All Her Dying Lovers
2020
Synopsis:
ALL HER DYING LOVERS is based on a tale that started out as a rumour from WWII Czechoslovakia and ended up in the international tabloids in 2014. The story in question involves a nurse, Nazis, seduction and syphilis, but no-one can agree on what really happened. Our film re-investigates this urban legend through interviews with the town’s present day residents, which are used to create an animated portrait of the unknown woman at the heart of it all, who may or may not been a feminist heroine and who may or may not have existed. Through the combination of animation and speculation, the film gives the story back its poetry, while also rooting it in the reality of the woman’s life, as we see her going about her daily activities: getting dressed, making dinner, mending clothes. This juxtaposition between the shocking nature of the events and the banal familiarity of the actions performed on screen play on tropes of femininity and the perceived roles of women, while allowing the audience space to make their own judgements.
Filmmakers:
Eluned Zoë Aiano
Director
Eluned Zoë Aiano is a filmmaker, editor and translator with a background in Visual Anthropology. Her work generally focuses on Central and Eastern Europe and often addresses topics such as archetypes of womanhood and the importance of storytelling in daily life. In 2017, she was commissioned by the London Short Film Festival to produce the short doc Imam pesmu da vam pevam/I Have a Song to Sing You for their “With Teeth” programme. She is currently editing Flotacija, her first documentary feature, and she is also a regular contributor to the East European Film Bulletin as a reviewer and essayist.
Anna Benner
Director
Anna Benner is a Berlin based artist working primarily in animation and illustration. Her work deals with psychology and emotion usually expressed with delicate line drawings. As a filmmaker, her animated shorts have screened worldwide and won prizes at international film festivals like Annecy, Encounters and Stuttgart Trickfilmfestival. With a good portion of humour, she creates a personal mythology filled with mopey humans, foul mouthed creatures and sexy abstraction. Anna also runs graumalerei, a gallery for contemporary illustration in Neukölln.
Linda Dedkova
Producer
Linda Dedkova works as a creative film producer in Berlin and Prague, and is a Film Production graduate of FAMU (Czech Republic, 2012) and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany, 2014). Party of Eight (Cinema Du Monde Montreal), the feature film she produced during her studies at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, was officially distributed in German cinemas in 2016. In addition to various jobs as line producer in production companies such as Constantin Film in Germany, she has worked for the renowned Erich Pommer Institute. In her work, she mainly focuses on international artistic and female-driven projects.