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Andre Saraiva’s “The Shoe” Premiers at the Standard Hotel

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Andre Saraiva
Photography by John Wenrich

Last night a sparkling cabal of New York City’s shiniest socialites, stylists artist(e)s, actresses, restauranteurs, singers, producers, and designers were chased by the usual horde of penniless photographers and idealistic writers into those charcoal halls of the Standard Hotel, where everyone put their pretensions aside, if only for a few minutes, to pay homage to Andre Saraiva‘s short film debut — “The Shoe.”

Partnering with J.M. Weston, a master French cobbler, Saraiva ties his cinematic narrative around a pair of shoes stolen from a lover met over a cigarette on an overcast Parisian afternoon (yes, now would be an appropriate time to start blushing). Sex, violence, and cheeky fun all ensue. The film, which somehow succeeds in imbuing loafers with a sense of carefree rock’n’roll masculinity, seems to pull from the director’s experience growing up in France during the late 1980s. Said Saraiva: “In America they used to steal your Air Jordans; in France they would steal your J.M. Westons.”

Andre Saraiva and Annabelle Dexter Jones
Carlos Motta.
Peter Davis. (love the shorts...)