Dir. Eliane Esther Bots / Netherlands / 2019 / 18’ / Warsaw premiere
Director: Eliane Esther Bots
Cinematography: Herman van den Bosch, Daniel de Oliveira Donato
Editing: Eliane Esther Bots
Sound: Sergio González Cuervo
Producer: Manon Bovenkerk
Production: near/by film
World sales: Eye Experimenteel
A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves.
The narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by the mobile phones, where these narratives can unfold. While the girls listen back to their own stories, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their families.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Movies that Matter Festival, Filmfest Dresden, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival, Busan international Short Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Nederlands Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Dokument Film Festival Glasgow, Kasseler Dokfest, Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Roots Festival, Open City Documentary Film Festival London, Tacoma Film Festival, Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Videonale, VM Dublin International Film Festival, 2Annas Riga International Film Festival, RKV Feminst Film Festival
Eliane Esther Bots
Born in 1986 in the Netherlands. She graduated in 2016 cum laude from the Master of Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her films have been screened at Berlinale, Cinéma du Réel in Paris, New York Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Go Short - International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen, International Short Film Festival Curta Cinema and Kasseler Dokfest. She has been a programmer for the Go Short festival in Nijmegen and works as a lecturer of Moving Image at the University of the Arts in Utrecht.