OS MUTANTES V: Blue Bag Life

FIlm - Wed 6 December 2023
WORM Rotterdam
Start → 20:30
End → 23:00

** Blue Bag Life**
By Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, Lisa Selby and Alex Fry
2022, United Kingdom, 104 min, English.

Blue heroin ‘baggies’ symbolise a lifetime of rejection for Lisa. Since childhood, the narcotic has been an intrusive and destructive presence, through her relationship with her addict mother and partner. When her mother dies and her partner’s relapse leads to his incarceration, Lisa embarks on a cinematic pilgrimage of self-discovery and salvation. Through it, she becomes determined that the indelible mark addiction has left upon her will be transformed into something positive. Blue Bag Life is a raw yet deeply moving journey through the world of addiction. Unflinching in its portrayal of the darkness addicts enter into, as well as the stigma that accompanies it, Selby’s film is nevertheless an emotionally resonant love story that champions hope over despair.

Followed by a live Q&A with protagonist and one of the directors Lisa Selby

The film is the fifth part of OS MUTANTES series at WORM. Inspired by Theresa Villaverde’s film of the same name, we use the concept of the mutant as a way to reframe growing up as a transformative process, rather than the typical "coming of age" narrative that often feels focused on individual success and self-improvement. The series includes films by Catharine Breillat, Lucrecia Martel, Paul B. Preciado, Gregg Araki, and many others.