Section: Women's roles in socialism and beyond

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE

Signe Baumane
US, 2022, 108 Min

Zelma grows up in the Soviet Union. She tries to conform to the norms of society: to marry a man and to be a good wife, since dedication is a woman's destiny, isn't it? A musical animated film that, taking a neuroscientific perspective, explains the relationship between man and woman in a humorous and highly original way.

Performance

2022-11-13 | 14:00
Weltspiegel Saal 2

This semi-autobiographical animated film was seven years in the making. Director and animator Signe Baumane turns to neuroscience in order to, quite literally, put themes such as love, sex, affection, gender roles and personal fulfilment under the microscope. Though it sounds overly intellectual at first, as soon as the benevolent nerve cell, one of the film's protagonists, appears on the screen, you soon find yourself growing attached to her, as she calmly and patiently explains all of the effects and emotions experienced by Zelma's body, thus offering the viewer insight into the youngster’s inner life. At the same time, we also hear the voices of the collective outside world, which appear time and again in the form of a female choir in order to show Zelma the way; one, however, which she perhaps doesn't want to follow. A deeply personal and, at the same time, universal story about love, failure and always starting anew.

Kammerbühne: original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation

Drehbuch
Signe Baumane
Kamera
Signe Baumane
Ton
Pierre Vedovato
Schnitt
Signe Baumane, Sturgis Warner
Ausstattung
Sturgis Warner, Signe Baumane
Musik
Kristian Sensini
Darsteller
Dagmara Dominczyk - Zelma (voice)
Michele Pawk - Biology (voice), Matthew Modine - Bo (voice)
MAe)
Produzent
Roberts Vinovskis, Sturgis Warner, Signe Baumane, Raoul Nadalet
Produktion
Studio Locomotive,The Marriage Project Llc, Antevita Films
Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane - Signe Baumane is a Latvian-born, Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker, artist, writer, and animator. She has made 17 award-winning animated shorts but is best known for her first animated feature Rocks in my Pockets. The film covers a 100-year history of depression and suicide of women in her family, includingherself. It premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014, went on to over 130 international festivals and opened theatrically in the U.S. through Zeitgeist Films. Signe’s new animated feature My Love Affair With Marriage fuses animation with music, theater, science, photography, three-dimensional sets and traditional hand-drawn animation to tell the story of a spirited young woman’s quest for perfect Love and lasting Marriage. Signe is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow inFilm for New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University.

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