Are you where your heart beats?
I had known about my grandmother's interesting past as a professional flamenco dancer in Spain for a long time. I slowly became aware of the significant changes she had to go through in her life. She gave up her dream of being a dancer for her love and moved to Switzerland to live with my grandfather.
An Alzheimer's patient loses his sense of time and no longer recognises his loved ones. By allowing the viewer to watch the film in an eternal loop, I show on one hand how enclosed the patient is in his own world, and on the other hand the viewer is disoriented like the protagonist himself.
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I wanted to evoke that feeling that an inanimate mobile phone can give us when it is constantly buzzing and ringing, but despite everything, it also enriches our day-to-day routine and can even save us in certain situations.
"Sonder" was introduced as a new word by John Koenig in his project "The dictionary of obscure sorrows" (2012). It describes the realisation that everyone around you lives a life as vivid and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly around you, bearing the accumulated weight of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries and triumphs. Countless other stories you’ll never be able to see, in which you might appear only once. As an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.