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Chris, the pan-sexual, pan-talented star formerly known as Christine and the Queens (born Héloïse Letissier) dances with the devil in this lavish, erotic treat.
Produced by Frenzy Paris, the 12-minute film, La Vita Nuova, is shot in 16mm and set in the opulent surroundings of the Palace Garnier, Paris’s baroque 1,979-seat opera house, built for Emperor Napoleon III.
The episodic film is based on Dante Alighieri’s tale of a love for a woman called Beatrice and his devastation at her untimely death. The star has called it a project about vulnerability, but it’s also a vehicle for her penchant for ‘horny’ sex as she expresses her sympathy for the devil by cavorting with a handsome horned fella in various locations around the stunning palace, including the rooftop at dawn.
Heffington’s choreography gorgeously expresses both anguish and joy as Chris morphs through various identities and travels from desperation to defiance –eventually enjoying a steamy smooch with US singer/songwriter Caroline Polachek, who guests on the title track and represents Beatrice.
Finally Chris moves across to the Dante-esque dark side and indulges in a little red-eyed vampiric party-ing. It's a hell of a watch.