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Creepy cloth masks, a conjured quasi-Jesus, taxidermied animals that aren’t quite as dead as they appear to be… Swedish-Belgian duo Victoria+Jean go all out weird in their video for “Holly.”
Shot on 16mm by director duo Spike and Jones a.k.a. Paul Normann and Sebastien Alouf (who cut their teeth shooting for Coppola), the film has a found footage quality to it that makes the imagery all the more creepy. Apparently the pair were listening to a lot of Malian music and Nigerian rock from the 60s and 70s which, through their filter has the resulted in a crazed kind of experi-pop—like PJ Harvey reworking the “Atlas” by Battles.
Special shouts out to Kazakhstani actress, Nina Sever, who embodies the titular character—a whirling dervish redheaded babe with daddy issues.
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