Dir. Hannah Schwaiger, Ricarda Funnemann / Germany / 2019 / 7’ / Polish premiere
Director: Hannah Schwaiger, Ricarda Funnemann
Cinematography: Hannah Schwaiger
Editing: Hannah Schwaiger, Ricarda Funnemann
Sound: Arno Augustin
Music: Henric Schleiner
Producers: Hannah Schwaiger, Ricarda Funnemann
Production: Funnemann & Schwaiger Produktion
World sales: Hannah Schwaiger, Ricarda Funnemann
Society distinguishes between two sexes: male and female. In Germany there is a new law for a new legal gender “divers”. “Divers” refers to a gender spectrum between male, female and beyond. “I feel my own sex very changeable, it never feels like I am a man or a woman. But only a body to which belongs a spirit and a mind that creates”. This is how Luca describes themselves and unites alleged characteristics of both classical sexes in his appearance. Although Luca has experienced antipathy and even physical violence, because of the appearance, Luca would never stop being themselves. Eventually, Luca found acceptance in the theatre community, being able to express themselves and experience other lives and stories through collective artistic practice. The rehearsals for the piece “Caligula” (directed by Clara Nielenbock), which were accompanied during the shooting are exemplary for this approach. The story of this play made it possible for Luca to develop empathy even for a historical tyrant beyond Luca’s own morality. The actor is fascinated by the inherent effect of acting on Luca’s own personality. By developing a close bond to a role and experiencing other life stories and perspectives give you a better understanding of another person. Finally, it makes you more considerate and empathetic for somebody else and overall. An effect that should not only be limited to the performance and may be passed on to people someday who are offended by Luca's looks, beliefs and way of loving.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
DOK Leipzig, Filmfest Dresden, Blicke Filmfestival (Second Grand Prix), Balkan Can Kino, Moovy, Bundesfestival junger Film, Queer Film Festival Hannover
Hannah Schwaiger was born in 1988 near Münster, Germany, where she grew up. After graduating from high school, she worked for several theater productions and did an internship at a television broadcaster. In 2012 she started studying in the Film and Sound Programme at the University of Applied Science and Arts in Dortmund, where she became part of the filmmakers collective “I AM HERE“. During her work there, she focused equally on her camera work as well as on directing. Especially the time in the collective was characterized by trying out and experimenting with different film formats. Already during her time at the University of Applied Sciences, she began to work on the project-related basis in the film industry. With the short documentary “Through the Desert“, which she has made together with Jacqueline Hochmuth, she graduated from University in Dortmund in the beginning of 2018. Hannah currently works as a freelance documentary filmmaker, but specializes also in music videos and image films for the cultural sector.
Ricarda Funnemann was born in 1989 in Hannover and was raised in Münster. At the college for graphic design she achieved her A-level and did her apprenticeship as a graphic assistant. After that she did her Bachelor of Arts at the Fachhochschule Dortmund – University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Currently she does her MA in Photographic Studies at the Fachhochschule Dortmund. Her personal projects include fashion photography and fashion films. She also likes to experiment with artistic influences. While experimenting with these two genres she realized that fashion photography is a good way to tell stories. Through her BA project, which is about anxiety disorder, her interest for human identity and human psyche was discovered. Through projects at the university she discovered the medium of film for herself and now works with multimedia projects. Besides her Master studies she started to work as a product photographer in 2016 and currently works as an advertising photographer for social media.