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Divided into three episodes, Afterwater works as a complex exploration on the figure of the lake, building around it narratives in which documentary, fiction and experimental film intermingle. Shot on digital, 16mm and video, the second feature by Dane Komljen (All the Cities of the North, 31st Festival) doesn’t look at nature as something pure, distant, idealized—the three parts are organized from the bond between the human bodies and the water, in a convergence of dance, poetry, science and community ties. One of the keys that allow the segments to establish a dialogue with each other fluidly is the cinematography by Jenny Lou Ziegel, who moves skillfully between disparate formats and texture, giving a sense of mystery and fascination to the lakes and the spaces around them. In Afterwater’s universe, water is the source of beauty, life and change; there is no greater act of justice.
Dane Komljen was born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia, and lives and works in Berlin. He studied Film and Art and directed a number of shorts including All Still Orbit (2016, 31st Festival). His first feature, All the Cities of the North (2016, 31st Festival), was part of such festivals as Locarno and Rotterdam. Afterwater is his second feature.
G, E: Dane Komljen
F: Jenny Lou Ziegel
S: Jakov Munižaba
P: Zsuzsanna Kiràly
CP: Flaneur Films
I: Jonasz Hapka, Ton Gras, Rose-Anabel Beermann, Signe Westberg, Boban Kaludjer, Gorka Martin