GUEST: LEO ROTTMANN
If you want to explain this to us later, then we will already know
Leo Rottmann, D/B 2020, 23 min, OmeU
“How does story begin again?” – is a question posed after various possible narratives have already been introduced countless times. Variations of group constellations can be seen alternating, as if driven by a pendulum movement: young girls, young women, young girls, young women … At best, as marginal figures appear: boys and men. One could argue about the designations here, as well as the precise lines of demarcation between the found and the invented, the documentary and the staged. As much as this film was taken directly from life, it becomes clear that it is conceptually a utopia ahead of reality: nothing less than patriarchy seems to be overcome here, just like the camera is emancipated from the hierarchically organized film production. “I feel like shit” can be read on a protagonist’s T-shirt and reminds us that the film arises from a present in which it is important to realize the possibilities it has opened up.
GUEST: NANNA WIBHOLM
Nanna Wibholm, D/DK 2020, 35 min, OmeU
“You can’t grasp who you are,” says the protagonist Anders at one of the meetings with the filmmaker Nanna Wibholm. If so, how much can you get to know – or know about – another person? How can you approach someone and how can you talk about the other?
In her documentary essay, Wibholm tries to get to the bottom of these questions in an interplay of rapprochement and aloofness. She often visits Anders. They talk about what seems to preoccupy him, and their conversations also revolve around his mental illness and how it has marked his life. Wibholm transfers her search for Anders ’personality to the camera and the images, like her own undertaking, always remain vague and cannot provide a clear picture.