France, 87′, 2022
The decadence of the splendour and wealth of Babylon inspire the film’s title of Gianluca Matarrese, who was introduced into the fashion Olympus by three exceptional guides, i.e., Michelle Elie, a fashion fashion icon of Haitian origins, the musician Casey Spooner, and the drag artist Violet Chachki, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”‘s seventh season .
Throughout the chapters Rise, Splendour, and Fall, we follow the three characters among catwalks and fashion shows, gradually discovering a world of gaudy outfits where champagne flows, between marketing and appearances, daily struggles to conquer a front-row seat, and humiliation in a system made of hierarchies. The world described by Matarrese is filled with loneliness and glitter and fuels on the perseverance of its followers in playing their role without a hitch.
“I now realize that I have shadowed a species that is bound inexorably for extinction. I found myself in the center of a universe that had reached maximum entropy. I was watching when it reached the point of no return, when it imploded and everything went into freefall” (Gianluca Matarrese).