PREMIERE Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ at NFF 2018

It is with great honour to announce the premiere of my first short film produced, written & directed, Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ, officially selected by the Nederlands Film Festival 2018.

The film premiered September 29th 2018 at Pathé Rembrandt 3, in Utrecht.

Kamka Tocinovski, Silvina Buchbauer and Nikolina Kujaca are the film’s protagonists, entirely narrated – in English and Greek for the greater part, by Tiffany-Jane Madden and Amalia Charikiopoulou. Music by Florencia di Concilio, Sound Design by Peter Flamman. Post-production by Rafaël Croonen. Coinciding with this premiere, I’m very proud to release the beautiful filmposter (with flipside): Graphic Design by Rob van Leijsen.

Programmed as prefilm October 4th , followed by “Liefde is Aardappelen” (2017) from Dutch filmmaker Aliona van der Horst, at the Louis Hartlooper Complex 3, scheduled 4pm. Order your ticket at the NFF website. The Festival takes place from September 27th until October 5th in Utrecht, hope to meet you there. Stay tuned for all upcoming news on the announcentment page or via social media.

Latest update: Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ, is selected for the Media Library 2019 | Visions du Reel Festival International de cinéma Nyon, Switzerland, running from April 5th-13th/2019. The film is on sale for accredited industry professionals, visiting Visions du Reel. Acces online for three more months: Media Library of Visions du Reel

"Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ" © Ilse Frech 2018. Graphic Design by Rob van Leijsen.

A Letter to Eternity

A Letter to Eternity  is a philosophical and poetic quest for identity and belonging, on the crossroad of documentary, fiction and re-enactment, addressing our common heritage, as well as our heroic and brutal deeds, envisioning the ‘condition humaine’. A modern mythology on the notions of exile rises along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the historical and contemporary centrepiece of a tale, where people in exile arrive upon new lands and native inhabitants of cities, desert and grasslands shall embody and give voice to mythological characters anew; be they heroic or tragic. In the nation states of the Mediterranean basin and the hinterlands, an entangling ‘Odyssean’ gaze creates yet another tale of Land peoples and Sea peoples, journeying since centuries in a quest for eternity. Going through fierce transformations and turmoil, living in present times, evoked and told by locals living today on the Phoenicians historic route. Inspired by Greek tragedy, archaeology and the Phoenicians’ ancient maritime routes, connecting the Levant with the southern coast of Anatolia (former Troy) to neighbouring South Europe and North-Africa.

The idea and research took shape during my artist-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan, from March 1st – June 1st 2016, in affiliation with the Mondriaan Fund in The Netherlands. The project is currently in its research phase for further development, intended to start this forthcoming year.

"A Letter to Eternity - A prelude" (filmstill, 2016) by Ilse Frech.