French Graffiti Artist Debuts Shoe Film

By Meredith Hoffman on June 29, 2011 4:37pm 

"The Shoe" will premiere Wednesday evening at the Standard Hotel.
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Courtesy of the Standard Hotel

By Meredith Hoffman

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MEATPACKING DISTRICT — Famous French graffiti artist Andre Saraiva is showing off his debut film — about a pair of shoes.

Saraiva's quirky new film, "The Shoe" premieres tonight at the Standard Hotel on 848 Washington Street. The cast includes Leo Fitzpatrick, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Josephine de la Baume.

The free event, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Standard's Highline Room, includes two showings of the 20-minute short, followed by an after party at the Standard's Le Bain at 11 p.m.

Saraiva and members of the cast will attend the event, co-hosted by J.M. Weston and NOWNESS.

"The whole story is set against a backdrop of pretty girls and hordes of Parisians … wearing loafers!" says the press release about the film, inspired by Saraiva's relationship with shoemaker J.M. Weston.

"The script gently pokes fun at the myths that surround us and the social and cultural frictions between a middle class with a false veneer of good behaviour, and rebellious rockers who aren't quite so bad after all."

The film also includes allusions to Weston's personal history, including "the youth revolt of the 1970s, which gave a new edge to Dad's traditional loafers, and the aesthetes of the 1980s, who treated their shoes as quasi-religious objects", the release said.

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