A video by Marie Rømer Westh
Cast: César Torales
Camera: Jide Tom Akinleminu
18 min, HD, Berlin 2013
The film was developed from an idea of placing a specific person in a specific environment and through him reflect on, a space, a personal reality as well as on a specific time in history, namely the democratic Utopia of the 1960s and the 1970s. In many ways 'a short-lived, fragile period of naïve optimism…’
All the scenes are improvised and developed on site through a close collaboration between protagonist, camera and director.
Shot on location at the former church complex of St Agnes (build 1964-67) Berlin.
Marie Rømer Westh is born in Denmark. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2002. Prior to this she studied Art History at the University of Copenhagen and later joined the Film School for postgraduate studies.
Her interest for juxtaposing personal and collective history and aesthetics has roots in her interest in culture and Art history. One of Westh’s main themes is the search for freedom and how it is dealt with in our society both on a personal and collective level. Growing up in the aftermath of the idealistically charged 60’s and 70’s she often questions the utopias of the 20th century and the urge to control human behavior. By showing different individual approaches to the search for freedom and self-expression she opens up new perspectives to the theme.
Sabaudia – Redefining Utopia (Installation) / 31 min / 2013
There are places, he said / 2010 / 5 min
People of Experience (Installation)/ 2010 / 20 min
Lidt væk fra det hele (A Bit Away From It All) / 2006 / 23 min
The Nobel Prize Winners / 2003 / 11 min
Trekroner / 1999 / 4 min
Yeti? / 1999 / 4 min
Hotel Treveni / 1997 / 9 min
Family II /1996 / 9 min
Family I (Installation) / 1996 / 25 min