Sweet Terror of Memory – ΨΙΘΥΡΟΙ
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.
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
Sweet terror of Memory – ψίθυροι (14’54, 2018)
Chaos in Eden | Kamka Tocinovski
Seraphim and Daimon | Silvina Buchbauer
Unison | Nikolina Kujaca
Director of Photography
Florencia di Concilio
3D-animation Concept Installation Walkthrough-Trailer
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.