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Dead or a Life? Passing Away on Screen

20.02.2018 - Kamila Andini, Lucile Hadžihalilović, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

Often a taboo topic, death is part of our lives and a staple of cinematic storytelling. From letting go of a loved one in coming-of-age dramas to the nerve-wracking dangers of murder in horror movies, many stories send their characters and audience on that final journey into the darkness – or, rather, into the life and light that comes afterwards. Well known art house directors Lucile Haždihalilović (De Natura; Evolution) and Kamila Andini (The Seen and Unseen; The Mirror Never Lies) take a moment from their festival screenings to exemplify poetic approaches to genre and culture and discuss how a ghostly media like cinema can express the secrets of departure and transition in most lively ways.


Kamila Andini

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Kamila Andini studied Sociology and Media Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne. In 2011, she released her debut feature THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, which portrays the life of sea wanderers in the Indonesian ocean. It screened at over 30 festivals including Busan, Edinburgh, Seattle and the Berlinale, and won over 15 awards. After two shorts, FOLLOWING DIANA and MEMORIA, her second feature THE SEEN AND UNSEEN, in which a young girl deals with her brother’s impending death, was selected for Cannes Cinéfondation.

Lucile Hadžihalilović

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Lucile Hadžihalilović studied art history before graduating from La Fémis in Paris. Her debut mini-feature LA BOUCHE DE JEAN-PIERRE premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 1996. INNOCENCE won Best Film in San Sebastián in 2004. Her latest film EVOLUTION picked up the Special Jury Prize in San Sebastián in 2015. Both films were sold and released worldwide. Additionally, she has directed a few short films: GOOD BOYS (1998), NECTAR (2014) and DE NATURA (2017).

Moderated by

Dorothee Wenner

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A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.