The Perfect Backpack
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    The Perfect Backpack

    La mochila perfecta

    Directed by

    Argentina, Germany

    2014

    20 min

    • Spanish
    • German

    Documentary

    BAFICI

    An ecologist from Germany and her filmmaker daughter who lives in Argentina meet in Cuba to film a documentary on snails. The mother has worked for years helping her colleagues in Cuba protect the polymita picta snails, which are facing extinction. She has her own ideas on how to make the documentary and the daughter follows her lead. However, when the authorities ban the shooting, the course of the film changes: it is no longer about the snails, but they themselves become the protagonists.

    Awards

    • Best Documentary - Cine Cippoletti

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Sibylle Maurer-Wohlatz
    Nele Wohlatz
    Screenplay
    Nele Wohlatz
    Cinematography
    Nele Wohlatz
    Sibylle Maurer-Wohlatz
    Editing
    Gerardo Naumann
    Production
    NELE WOHLATZ
    Nele  Wohlatz

    Nele Wohlatz

    Germany

    We cannot really know who we are, and therefore I prefer it when actors don’t try and interpret their role as such — I feel cheated sometimes by over-explanation. It’s much more intriguing not to explain everything.

    Born in Hannover, Germany, in 1982, Nele Wohlatz studied Set Designing at the HfG Karlsruhe in that country. She directed the short film COUNTRYSIDE LOVERS (2009) and the feature-length film RICARDO BÄR (2013) with Gerardo Naumann. They were followed by THE PERFECT BACKPACK (2014) and THE FUTURE PERFECT (2016), Best First Feature at FF Locarno and New Auteurs Grand Jury Award at the AFI FEST. Recently she has directed THREE SENTENCES FOR ARGENTINA, included in the Argentinian collective work INTERVENED EVENTS (2016).

    Selected Filmography