Special event opening short film

Pinned Into A Dress

Directed by Gianluca Matarrese, Guillaume Thomas
France 2022
Runtime 20'

Growing up silently Queer, within a broken family, Kurtis faced abuse, trauma and addiction. As an escape, he discovered Beauty within his rural upbringing. Eventually unveiling places beyond his wildest dreams he created his alter-ego, Miss Fame, becoming one of the World’s most iconic supermodel drag. A hypnosis session takes us on Kurtis/Miss Fame’s journey into their mind, exploring their salvatory yet torturous relationship to Pain and Beauty.

Directed by
Gianluca Matarrese, Guillaume Thomas

Gianluca Matarrese, Guillaume Thomas

Gianluca Matarrese, Guillaume Thomas

Tess Gomet


Benjamin Poilane

Miss Fame / Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen, Betony Vernon, Patrick Bertschy, Dolly Silveira

Hind Saih (Bellota Films)

Bellota Films

Gianluca Matarrese

Gianluca Matarrese

Gianluca Matarrese (1980) moved to Paris in 2002 to study cinema and theatre. He graduated in History and Critique of North American Cinema at the University of Torino and Paris VIII, also graduating at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as writer and director in French television. There he continued as author, reporter, artistic coordinator, segment producer. In 2019 his documentary Fuori Tutto won the award for Best Italian Documentary at the Torino Film Festival. His film La dernière séance had its world premiere at the last Venice Settimana Internazionale della Critica, winning the Queer Lion Award. The film was later selected in other international festivals and broadcasted on Italian television. His film Il Posto, co-directed with Mattia Colombo, premiered in Vision du Réel and Hot Docs. His latest film Fashion Babylon was presented at CPH:DOX and Hot Docs.

Guillaume Thomas

Guillaume Thomas (1990), as a child, wanted to be a magician. They told him “Magic does not exist,” so he armed himself with a still and moving camera to prove the vitality of fairies. His quest has taken him on a journey to document those brave and enchanted souls who are unafraid to express the multiplicity of beings, their infinite selves. Those entities which he describes as “characters”. Trained in photography and video at l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, as well as at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he directed his first film Life damages the living in 2021. He is always on the look-out for characters, people reinventing themselves. Exhibited across Paris, his art work exploring the future of beauty, the Queer community and body expression was awarded multiple times through the years. With the visual and sound installation Ad Astra displayed at Le Fresnoy from September to December 2022, he now turns to the stars: how to go from fingerprint to starprint?