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Pleasures of War

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Synopsis

An ancient tale retold, of a city under siege and the terrible action taken by one woman to save it.
 
The city elders are prepared to surrender, but Judith has other ideas. From the battlements she has watched Holofernes, the enemy general, and now she plans revenge and triumph. When they meet in his camp, they discover more complex desires and needs in each other, and during one night work out a passionate and dangerous relationship. By dawn Judith is victorious, but it is a bitter victory.
 
Does patriotrism justify any action? Is Judith a hero or a maniac? Is Holofernes oppressor or victim? Is this a story about the sexiness of war or the savagery of sex? Can violence ever generate peace, or does it just keep the brutal cycles of war, defeat, victory and reprisal circling forever?

Details

Year
2004
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
11 mins 30 secs
Format
35mm, Beta SP
Director
Ruth Lingford
Producer
Richard Gooderick
Executive Producer
Richard Gooderick
Editor
Jo Ann Kaplan
Screenwriter
Sara Maitland
Sound
George Foulgham
Music
Andy Cowton
Principal Cast
Pablo Duarte, Mildred Lee, Corinne Strickett (voices)

Production Company

Finetake Productions
110 Calabria Road
London
N5 1HT
UK

T+44 (0) 20 7359 5786
F+44 (0) 20 7503 9337

info@finetake.co.uk
http://www.finetake.co.uk

Sales
Company

Channel 4 International
124 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2TX
UK

T+44 (0)20 7306 8782
F +44 (0)20 7306 8363

asainsbury@channel4.co.uk
http://www.c4i.tv