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Cloud Forest (Eliane Esther Bots, 2019)

Cloud Forest

A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves. The narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters through conversations, listening in, silence and finding information on youtube. Resulting in a scattered image of a conflict present on the horizon of one's life. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by mobile phones, where these narratives can unfold. While the girls listen back to their own stories, a mechanism similar to listening to a narrative shared by a parent, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their family.

18'20" / DCP,HD File / colour / sound

Prod: near/by film - Manon Bovenkerk
Scen:Eliane Esther Bots
Country: The Netherlands
Completed: 2019
Language: Dutch with English subtitles
Screening format: DCP, HD File

Festival selections: Nederlands Film Festival 2019,  Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2019, Dokument Film Festival Glasgow 2019, Kassel Dokfest 2019 (International Competition), Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, The Hague 2019,  32 Filmfest Dresden 2020,  Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2020 (European Competition), Movies that Matter Film Festival 2020,  Glasgow Short Film Festival 2020 (International Competition), Roots Festval, The Hague (2020).

Eliane Esther Bots:
Gulo (2011, short), The Captain and the Boy (2012, short), The Dome & The Cone of Silence (2012, short), The Visionary (2013, (installation),The Keeper (2014, short),  Conversations (2014, short),-We Can’t Come From Nothing (2014, short), The Brick House (2016, short).

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Distributor: EYE Experimental

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