La Femme qui Cherche (The Searching Woman) / לה פאם קי שרש
Stop-Motion Animation and Video 2015
Graduation film, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Supported by The New Fund for Cinema and Television
An abstract journey in search of a hidden matriarchal figure,
inspired by the artist's late grandmother Esther and her memories of Oran,
her native city on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of Algeria.
The viewer experiences the journey through passing along four
miniature domestic spaces: The office, the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room.
The film embodies an impossible gaze at the past, the remote, and hidden.
Landscapes which are biographic, geographic, and loaded with the feminine and the emotional.
Through the occupation with the terrains of home and family, the artist exercises a remembrance;
in the sensuality of the tactile and visual, she awakens a cinematic language of forms which is driven from both the imaginary and the concrete memory.
The artist's grandmother, who had lost her eyesight, as if gains her eyesight back through the reflexive cinematic journey of her granddaughter. The film suggests a "new vision"; a new sensual experience of remembrance.
Cinematography & Lighting: Tomer Zmora
Sound Design: Ori Kadishay
Graphics: Yaara Bar
Compositing: Tal Korjak
Selected Festivals / Exhibitions:
2015 Alternative Film / Video Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.
2016 19th Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury Selection, Art Division,
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 Athens Animfest, experimental competition, Athens, Greece.
2016 Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival, Istanbul.
2016 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel,
2016 25th International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem.
2016 Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev.
2016 Israeli Women Filmmakers Festival, Tel-Aviv Cinematheque.
2017 20th International Film Festival Zoom - Zblizenia,
Video Art competition, Poland.
2017 The Aesthetics and Bias conference, MFA Bezalel, Tel-Aviv.
2017 Epos 8 - The International Art Film Festival, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.
2017 NYLON exhibition, at the Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem.
2018 Aesthetics and Bias, Arsenal Gallery Poznan, Poland.