My Life As A Film - How My Father Tried To Capture Happiness

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    My Life As A Film - How My Father Tried To Capture Happiness

    Das Leben drehen – Wie mein Vater versuchte, das Glück festzuhalten

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2015

    77 min

    • German

    Documentary

    DOK Leipzig

    When I came of age, my father gave me a film about my life. It infuriated me, because I had unavailingly attempted to get away from his camera. My father, filmmaker Joschy Scheidegger, documented our family obsessively. It was only when he died that I was impelled to take over not only his extensive film archive, but also his camera. The result is a personal search for traces of surprising truths hidden behind my father’s pictures. A philosophical family story about filming and the attempt to share life.

    Awards

    • Soleure Prize - Solothurn FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Eva Vitija
    Cinematography
    Stefan Dux
    Editing
    Natascha Cartolaro
    Fabian Kaiser
    Music
    Christian Garcia
    Production
    SWISSDOK GMBH

    Press

    A powerful debut film with (perhaps) unexpectedly universal appeal that doesn’t shy away from portraying the small and big flaws that make us human.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Eva Vitija

    Eva Vitija

    Sweden

    Eva Vitija was born in 1973 in Basel, Switzerland. In 2002, she received a screenwriter degree from DFFB (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin). Following that, she wrote scripts for film and television in Switzerland and Germany. In 2012, she got her MA in Film at ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste). Her film debut is MY LIFE AS A FILM (2015) was screened at Solothurn Film Festival.