And Meanwhile a Lifetime
Wars leave behind not only physical wounds. Fear, loss and insecurity haunt the victims, but also their children and grandchildren in a constantly changing world whose development is neither linear nor predictable. The arcs span generations. Each life accumulates much that we know about, and even more unknown to us.
While in "Motherland" the 12-year-old Kovas enters his mother's homeland for the first time in his life, thus opening a door for him to an unknown space of his identity, in the documentary "Self Portrait" the photographer Lene Marie Fossen searches in her black-and-white images for a reflection of her identity, which is difficult for her to grasp. Not only origin and imprinting determine who we are, but also the goals we set for ourselves.
03:00 pm Friday, June 18th 2021
Doublefeature „And Meanwhile a Lifetime“ – Part 1
2020, Margreth Olin, Katja Hogset & Espen Wallin
By putting herself behind the camera, she steps in front of the curtain. Photographer Lene Marie Fossen penetrates to the core of existence with her black-and-white images.
Lene Marie Fossen stopped eating at the age of ten - since then she has suffered from anorexia. In her photographs, she deals with her illness and traces the sense of shame that haunts her. She thus gives her work a compelling truthfulness. "Self Portrait" also tells of Lene Marie Fossen's struggle to survive.
Three directors accompany Lene Marie Fossen's journey over a long period of time. In doing so, they approach the photographer's radiant being in an almost magical way and do not allow the audience to remain at a safe distance. This closeness not only creates familiarity and empathy - the fragility of her body leads the viewer back to her own search for orientation.
Margreth Olin & Katja Hogset
Director of Photography
Øystein Mamen, Lars Erlend, Tubaas Øymo, Espen Walli
05:00 pm Friday, June 18th 2021
Doublefeature „And Meanwhile a Lifetime“ – Part 2
2019, Tomas Vengris
Viktorija fled Soviet-occupied Lithuania 20 years ago. Now, in the mid-1990s, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, she returns with her 12-year-old son Kovas to claim the family estate for herself. But the now run-down farm is now home to an impoverished Russian family. While Viktorija must consider how far she is willing to go to realize her dreams, her American-born son is confronted with a side of his identity previously unknown to him.
In "Motherland" Tomas Vengris finds his way to impressively poetic images, with which he turns the journey of his protagonists into a journey through love and longing for the audience, constantly driven by the eternally pressing questions: Where do I come from? Where am I going? Matas Metlevski and Severija Janušauskaitė shine in the roles of son and mother, reflecting the conflicts of different generations - personal destinies against the slowly fading backdrop of great historical changes.
Director of Photography