A film by Paul Marques Duarte
16 min - Color - in development
October 1937. With his glory days behind him, Vander Clyde, a forty-year-old American trapeze artist, performs in a small travelling circus in France. Under the big top, he
transforms into a gracious woman: Barbette, his other self. But every night he can feel his aging body failing him a little more. Since giving up the show would sentence Barbette to death, Vander tirelessly keeps climbing on the trapeze, ignoring the danger. As a wounded animal that knows its end is near, he’s rushing towards his own fall.
Workshop short film & narration - Groupe Ouest Developpement
European Short Pitch - NISI MASA & Brest European Film Festival
Selected at Paris Courts Devant - Live Screenplay Readings