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Marie Losier (b.France, 1972), is a filmmaker and curator who’s worked in New York City for 20 years and has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals. Losier studied literature at the University of Nanterre (France, BA, 1995) and Fine Arts at Hunter College, City University of New York (MFA, 2003). She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers, such as the Kuchar brothers, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad, Genesis P-Orridge, Alan Vega, Peter Hristoff and Felix Kubin. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists. 

Losier’s films are regularly shown at prestigious venues such as The Cannes Film Festival, The Berlinale, The Rotterdam Film Festival, IDFA, The Tate Modern, MoMA, Le Palais de Tokyo, Le Centre Georges Pompidou and La Cinémathèque Francaise. She was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, N.Y.C). 

Losier’s first feature film was a portrait of pioneering musician-artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and their partner Lady Jaye. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2011, winning the Caligary and the Teddy Awards. She also won the Grand Prize at Indielisboa, the Prix Louis Marcorelles and the Prix des Bibliothèques at Cinéma du Réel; the film was released in France, Canada, Mexico, Germany and in the USA. 

In 2013/14 Losier was awarded the prestigious DAAD Residency Award in Berlin and the Guggenheim Award to work on her new feature film Cassandro The Exotico!, a portrait of the celebrated Mexican wrestler Saul Almendariz. She is currently an artist-in-residence at La Cité des Arts, Paris and her feature film Cassandro The Exotico! premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in May of 2018. It was released in France in December 2018 and will be in theaters in the US, opening at the Metrograph NYC in the summer of 2019. 

Losier recently had a mid-career retrospective at MoMA NY and all of her films were acquired for the museum’s archives in November of 2018. She recently had an exhibition, in collaboration with Pauline Curnier Jardin, for the Fondation Ricard for May 2019 (www.fondation-entreprise-ricard.com). 

She just premiered a new film at Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in August 2019: a feature film on the German composer and musician, Felix Kubin (Felix in Wonderland!).

She will present a mid career retrospective for the Museum Le Jeu de Paume, Paris (www.jeudepaume.org) in November 2019 and for the Cinematheque of Athens (November 2019); a solo exhibition for Anne Barrault’s contemporary art gallery in Paris, where she will exhibit photography, paintings and film installations (January 2020) (www.galerieannebarrault.com).

For the past two years Losier has been the coordinator and director for first year MFA cinema students at LA HEAD in Geneva, Switzerland (Haute École d’Art et de Design à Genève, www.hesge.ch/head/en/school/about) where she teaches 16mm filmmaking.

Selected Awards/Grants and Fellowships

Villa Belleville - Artist Residency Sept-dec 2019 (FR)
FNAGP et Hamburg post prod grant pour le film Felix Kubin, Atomium Vertigo
CNC, Court Métrage pour le film Felix Kubin, Atomium Vertigo, soutien pour
la réalisation en production avec Ecce Films (FR)
Résidence Espace en Cours - Paris, France (2016-2017)
Artist Residency Citée des Arts de la Ville de Paris (2015)
Brouillon D'un Reve -SCAM-France- Aide au Développement for Cassandro The Exotico (2015)
CNC  - Aide a L'écriture et Aide au Développement for Cassandro The Exotico (2015)
CNAP-Centre national des arts plastiques-Paris-France: Production Grant (2015)
Moulin D'Ande- Screenwriting Residency (France 2014-2015)
Artist Residency Villa Arson-Nice (2014 & 2015)
Jerome Foundation Grant (2014)
Cité des Arts de la ville de Paris Residence/France(2014)
DAAD Artist Residency Berlin (2013)
Guggenheim Artist Fellowship, Film and Video (2013)
Wexner Arts Center – Filmmaker Award (2012)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012)
Prix Louis Marcorelles and Prix des Bibliotheques ( 2011-Cinema du Reel – France)
Jerome Foundation Grant (2010)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2008)
CNAP-Centre national des arts plastiques-Paris-France: Production Grant (2008)
Sarah Jacobson Grant (2008)
Whitney Biennial  2006 /film portrait on Richard Foreman, The Ontological Cowboy (2006)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2006)
Experimental Television Center LTD  (2006)
Jerome Foundation, Jerome Hill Centennial (2005)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2004)
Flaherty Film Seminar, full grant (2004)
Vermont Studio Center, full grant/residency (2002)

Selected Awards for Cassandro The Exotico!, released 2018 in France
Audience award - Viva Mexico (Paris, France, 2018)
Jury award - In and Out Film Festival de Nice (France, 2018)
Best directing award - Gijón International Film Festival (Spain, 2018)

Selected Awards for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Debut Feature Film released 2011 in France, USA, Mexico, Canada and Germany
Grand Prize – Indilisboa Film Festival (Portugal)
Teddy Award (Berlin Film Festival – Forum)
Caligari Award (Berlin Film Festival – Forum)
Prix Louis Marcorelles and Prix des Bibliotheques (Cinema du Reel – France)
Audience Award-Bafici-Buenos Aires Film Festival (Argentina)
Artistic Achievement Award – Outfest Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Sanfic Special Mention – International Competititon (Chile)
Audience Award – Special Mention – (Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Quebec)

Retrospectives
2020 Solo Exhibition Anne Barraud Galery (France)
2019 Jeu de Paume Museum - Mid Career retrospective (France)
2019 Cinematheque of Athens - Retrospective and masterclass (Greece)
2018 MoMA- Museum of Modern Art of New York City - Mid career retrospective  (USA)
2018 Spoutnik, Geneva, retrospective (Switzerland)
2017 Pink Life QueerFest of Ankara - Solo show films et masterclass (Turkey)
2017 Milan Filmmaker Festival -FOCUS on Marie Losier Films, Lectures and Catalogue (Italy)
2016 Minsk Film and painting show in Modern Art Museum (Belarus)
2015 St Petersburg Art Fair (Russia)
2014 Moscow BEAT Film and music (Russia)
2014 Winnipeg Cinematek (Canada)
2014 LUFF Lausanne (Switzerland)
2014 San Sebastian (Spain)
2013 DAAD Screening at Arsenal Kino Berlin (Germany)
2013 BAFICI Film Festival/Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2013 Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Canada)
2013 Pera Museum-Istanbul (Turkey)

Education
M.F.A. in Painting - Hunter College (1995)
M.F.A. in American Poetry and Literature - Nanterre University/France (2003)
Bachelors Degree in English Literature- Nanterre University/France (1993)

HEAD, MFA Cinema Geneva, Coordinator for the first year students and professor of 16mm filmmaking
(Sept 2017 - June 2019, Switzerland)
Bard College in New York : Guest Professor for the graduate program of Cinema, (June - July, USA)

Festival Selections 2005-2019