Gabriela Muñoz is one of five artists commissioned by the London International Mime Festival to create a short film that isn’t driven by spoken text as part of the festival’s online material.
The London Mime Festival 2022 is running until 6 February, both in person and online. Access to online shows can be found here.
Dizzy camera work and distorted sets feature in Mexico-based clown Gabriela Muñoz’s short film Plant, which follows a mime through her life in what is seemingly an ornate prison cell.
The protagonist has a monotonous and simple yet joyful life in what appears to be a space age hobbit home (designed by the amazing Javier Senosiain), living a sort of Groundhog Day existence of spotty fruit, blank jigsaws, and monotone paintings.
But when one day she wakes up without her normal joie de vivre, her home becomes a prison, and she begins to go a little stir-crazy. Her descent into frustration and madness is portrayed excellently, the camera looping through Senosiain’s - at times - disturbingly organic architectural passageways.
Overall, the piece is incredibly entertaining, both for its charming simplicity and terrifying sci-fi dystopian feel – the words ‘clown husbandry’ come to mind. Muñoz is an incredibly talented artist and a delight to watch.