dir. Oeke Hoogendijk, Holland, 2022, 71 min

Lous, the mother of filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk, hasn’t left the house for decades. She has a recurring nightmare in which she doesn’t know how to get home, just like the day when as a Jewish girl she was deported. Scenes which at first sight seem very ordinary—an elderly woman in a living room watching television with her cat—gradually develop into the troubling portrait of an astute woman who has to live each day with the Holocaust as her housemate. Even the Christmas tree, which makes her as happy as a child, still reminds her of the concentration camp. Through their tragicomic telephone conversations and a web camera in the living room, Oeke brings us exceptionally close to her mother. She opens up to us completely, showing her sadness as well as her sharp sense of humor. The filmmaker maintains this clever balance thanks to delicate editing, interspersing her mother’s camp memories with the joys of a TV travel program and the calming effects of the modern trance music.

PARTNER: The Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw

IDFA Amsterdam 2021, Zagreb Jewish Film Festival - Festival of Tolerance 2022, Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2022, DOK.fest Munich 2022, HotDocs 2022, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022

24-10-2023 20:00, KINO MURANÓW

Language: Dutch   Subtitles: Polish and English

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Oeke Hoogendijk








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