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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

MAN

Directed by: 
MAJA BORG
13'
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 20:00
Written by: 
Maja Borg
Cast: 
Maja Borg
Cinematography: 
Maja Borg, Tobias Feltus
Editing: 
Maja Borg
Sound: 
Mario Adamson
Music: 
Ela Orleans
Producer: 
Maja Borg, Ruth Reid
Production: 
Maja Borg Filmproduktion
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

“A word is not a simple and separate entity but part of other words”, says Virginia Woolf in her last known recording, as used in Man by Maja Borg. Since language creates the reality it describes, then no aspect of reality “is a simple and separate entity”. Intelligently playing with this notion, the director re-enacts cliché depictions of manliness while pregnant, thus bleeding dry of their initial connotations the images and the stereotypical ideas they represent. The mix of super 8mm footage and watercolour-negative animation makes for a poignant and innovative parallel between the body’s ability to create new life to the artist’s ability to create new meaning. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Maja Borg

Maja Borg was born in Norrköping, Sweden, in 1982. In 2005, her work To She In Me was selected for the Culture Bound 7, East Wing Collection at the Courtauld Institute, London, and Borg became the youngest artist ever to exhibit in this context. Her first feature film, Future My Love was nominated for the Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012. It has been the catalyst for many debates and master classes around the world, both about alternative economies and the craft of experimental documentary. After taking part in the Dirty Diaries project, Borg participated in several panel discussions on the importance of finding new ways of depicting female sexuality. In 2010 she was bestowed an honorary award for distinguished work by Filmform – Archive for Swedish art film and experimental video.

Contact: 
info[at]majaborg[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2016
Director's statement:
As soon as I had this iconic female body, when pregnant, it became even more important to use male attributes to show a kind of otherness to my female being. I have never had any desire to be a Man, but this otherness or queerness is a fundamental part of my sense of self. I think gender identity is much more complex than just identifying with one of two genders no matter what sex you were born into. My sister is trans and has a much more traditional feeling towards her female gender than I do; we both identify as 100% woman and I don’t think that’s a contradiction. There are also things that became more complicated when I pictured myself as a parent: for example, the rebel (quoting an image of Marlon Brando), is an image of the right to die young, or to be free and take risks. But I had to promise myself: if I choose to have a child, I deny myself the right to take my life. And also the image of the egotistical artist – using the woman, the other, as a lampshade, which fits very badly in my idea of parenthood. (Interview for raisingfilms.com)