Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ

Filmstill, Sweet terror of Memory - ψίθυροι

Sweet Terror of Memory – ψίθυροι, is a visual poem of historical narrative inspired by my Macedonian mother, exile of The Greek Civil War, sparked by WWII. Embarking upon a perpetual journey of memory where genealogical heritage of trauma unlocks, set in a metaphorical visionary landscape of legend and ruins.

A filmic collage of multiple time-dimensions vanishing and re-appearing, continuously counteracting visions of former lives recalled and projected into the future. Expressing cyclical movement of time: Ruins of recollection, incarnated in perpetuity.

Filmstills, Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι

The film connects numerous historical places and Monuments of war, closely related to testimonies of women soldiers, daughters, mothers, grandmothers and creates a landscape of ruins, where Greek legend inspired the choice of locations and the choreographed movements of the three actresses, re-enacting personal memories either visions of collective trauma, each one of them situated in different territory: FYROM, as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany and Greece.

Special thanks: Veselinka Asancarovska, Cena Borovska, Kole Borovski, Gera Ordeva, Stojan Asancarovksi, Liljana Trpcevska, Natasa Poplavska, Paraskevi Triantafyllidou, Thanos Triantafyllidis, Lazaros Anastasiou Mellios, Nikos Arabatzis and his daughters Deptina and Charissa, HEAD-Geneva Work.Master, Katarina Bogicevik, Cord Pagenstecher, The Visual Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation at Freie Universität Berlin.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of the Second World War, with as result the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed to never again allow atrocities like that of WWII to happen again.

Directed, Written & Produced by Ilse Frech

Cast

Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι (14’54, 2017)
Chaos in Eden | Kamka Tocinovski
Seraphim and Daimon | Silvina Buchbauer
Unison | Nikolina Kujaca

Crew

Director of Photography
Saskia Gruyaert

Sound Composition
Florencia di Concilio

Sound Design
Peter Flamman

Documentary Footage
Ilse Frech

Editing
Rafaël Croonen
Ilse Frech

3D-animation Concept Installation Walkthrough-Trailer
Rafaël Croonen

Sweet terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ, New Concept Installation II

Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι, New Concept Installation II – December 2017, by Ilse Frech

These visuals of the recently conceived Diptychs Series and filmstills are taken from the film Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι. A first 3D-visualised Walkthrough-Trailer was conceived in 2014. This new concept explores a multi-screen projection installation wherein the screens vary in size and possibly in texture too, as to let light through enabling to play with opacity. Archival footage is shown in dialogue with Frech’s film, conceived as diptychs; looking into both a past and a recreated visionary future, linked with the present for its repetitive nature. Thus supporting the conception of the film in the first place, creating an active gaze ‘through time’ and a fragmented visual body of memory: Ruins of perpetual recollection. One’s bodily placement defines the final edit of the work.

The film – in its conception and larger scope, is part of the research project Exile: Belonging.

Project

Sweet Terror of Memory – ψίθυροι, is a visual poem of historical narrative inspired by my Macedonian mother, exile of The Greek Civil War, sparked by WWII. Embarking upon a perpetual journey of memory where genealogical heritage of trauma unlocks, set in a metaphorical visionary landscape of legend and ruins.

Living as an ethnic minority in Greek Macedonia, Slav Aegean-Macedonians, just across the border from Yugoslavia, my mother, her sisters and their parents had to flee from their natal village upon bombardments in 1948 during the Greek Civil War. At the time the village’s name was German – in what was then Aegean Macedonia, up until the Second World War, it lay peacefully on a slope surrounding the fertile valley of lake Prespa.

It was winter still, as they left by foot, passing through the mountains. They would cross with many others, known as ‘DECATA BEGALCI’, the exodus of Greek children, generating at least 55.881 political exiles (and many more hereafter), of which the exodus of the Greek children in 1948.

Reflecting upon the female body and spirit, ‘bearer of time’, encapsulating myth and recollection of traumatic events, the personal biographical narrative of my mother and her family is interlaced with biographies of other exiles from Aegean Macedonia – the Northern province of Greece; echoing the stories of  survivors, their siblings and children, in exile till this day,  entwined with recounts of Jewish women and survivors of the Holocaust,  women giving account having seen trains coming in from Greece, Thessaloniki (passing through Skopje), with one last stop: Auschwitz. Children, mothers and grandmothers were gassed instantly.

No one knew that those to see the century passing into the 21st, would be the only ones to stand eye to eye again, with their once beloved, yet mystic motherland. A tragedy mirroring countless stories of exiles, lived yet again, until this very day.

Hence my film isn’t merely a manifest of war, memory and trauma; gently – though faithfully, it steers its way towards Grace.

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Directed, Written & Produced by Ilse Frech

Cast

Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι (14’54, 2017)
Chaos in Eden | Kamka Tocinovski
Seraphim and Daimon | Silvina Buchbauer
Unison | Nikolina Kujaca

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A filmic collage of multiple time-dimensions vanishing and re-appearing, continuously counteracting visions of former lives recalled and projected into the future. Expressing cyclical movement of time: Ruins of recollection, incarnated in perpetuity.

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