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

SHE/HER

Directed by: 
SONJA WYSS
11'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:30
Written by: 
Sonja Wyss, Cecilia Moisio
Cast: 
Jorijn Vriesendorp, Lineke Rijxman, Bart Harder
Cinematography: 
Diderik Evers
Editing: 
Axel Skovdal Roelofs
Sound: 
Bouk Bouwmeester
Music: 
Joni Vanhanen
Choreography: 
Cecilia Moisio
Producer: 
Floor Onrust
Production: 
Family Affair Films
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

If Jung's theory is true and "every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother", small wonder that a mother-daughter relationship is anything but smooth and rosy, since apart from an inherent conflict between generations there is a permanent confrontation with one's own self. With She/Her, Sonja Wyss goes deep into the anatomy of such a relationship, unwrapping layer after layer of feelings of resentment, disapproval, rebellion, and self-consciousness until she reaches a hidden core of delicate affection. Restrained movements portray a middle-aged, middle class comme il faut mother, defied by the daughter's rebellious outbursts. Eventually, her frantic dance fades into reconciliation. After all, her mother is nothing but a future version of herself. (Adina Marin, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Sonja Wyss

Sonja Wyss is a long-established artist, who works and lives in Amsterdam. She was born (1967) in the Bahamas and studied Fine Arts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and in the United States of America before completing her studies at the Master of Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Wyss uses clear lines to connect her entire body of work. Her fascination lies in two main themes: fragile beauty and the loss of innocence. Her video installations and experimental films are shown internationally at renowned galleries, museums and film festivals. Her work (What Time Is It (2014), Greifensee – NTR Kort!, (2013), nominated for Golden Calf for Best Short Film, Netherlands Film Festival, Krinoline (2010), Winterstilte (2008) – feature film, winner of Golden Calf for Best Sound Design, Netherlands Film Festival) has been distinguished internationally with several grants and prizes.
 
Cecilia Moisio (b. 1978) graduated in 2001 from the Theatreschool of Amsterdam. She joined Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel where she became one of the leading performer. She worked with artists such as Marina Abramović and Armando and danced in works of Ann van den Broek (BE), Neel Verdoorn (NL), Sjoerd Vreugdenhil (NL), Mauricio de Oliveira (Brazil) and Compagnie Salia nï Seydou (Burkina Faso). In 2006 Cecilia became a freelance dancer/choreographer, performing, teaching and giving workshops. Her works investigate the psychology of humans as put into perspective by different phenomena in our society. Movement, text and performance combine as elements of equal strength in giving a pertinent comment on our social and behavioral patterns.

Contact: 
swyss[at]xs4all[dot]nl
Festivals, awards: 
  • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2016
  • Cinedans - Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam 2016
  • Stories We Dance, Genova, Italy 2016
  • IndieCork Film Festival 2016
  • Leeds International Film Festival 2016
  • AESTHETICA Short Film Festival York, UK 2016
  • Dance Camera West Film Festival Los Angeles 2016
  • Message to Man St. Petersburg, Russia 2016
  • Riga International Film Festival, Latvia 2016
Director's statement:
On the surface everything seems normal and logical, until a little incident changes the relationships profoundly. A passing moment creates a decisive turn. Hidden frictions manifest themselves, friction and misunderstanding put the seemingly harmonious situation in a totally different light. None of the protagonists has control over the mood change. Everything is coloured by an irreversible strain. My stories revolve around dilemmas of ambivalence and different perspectives. They always deal with different viewpoints within or about a story; their characters could also be seen as different views of one single person. I’m interested in how minimal shifts in moods or behaviour influence the acts between people. All the characters’ actions are based on an emotion which is ultimately universal. (Sonja Wyss)