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Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen
France, Germany
2023
40 min
Dutch Premiere
IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction, IDFA DocLab Spotlight
Synopsis

This interactive VR experience puts you inside the brain of a man with aphasia. You not only share the experience of a father who has lost his speech, but also hear the story of his daughter, who is trying to communicate with him. She attempts to unravel the past that he can no longer talk about, and you join her in the puzzle.

After the daughter has introduced their story, you take on the role of the father during a speech therapy session. You try to perform different exercises with your hands. They are apparently simple, but your control is disrupted—you’re unable to express what you mean. And then early memories emerge, which prove stronger than the here-and-now of the exercises.

Monochrome pencil drawings come to life like a dreamy and imaginative animated experience—and you’re right in the middle of it, transported to the mysterious geography of Aphasia.

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Credits
40 min
black and white
Digital file
Spoken languages: French, English
Director
    Marion Burger,
    Ilan Cohen
    Marion Burger,
    Ilan Cohen
Production
    Oriane Hurard for Atlas V
    Oriane Hurard for Atlas V
Co-production
    Katharina Weser for Reynard Films
    Katharina Weser for Reynard Films
Sound Design
    Côme Jalibert
    Côme Jalibert
Music
    Jamie Turner,
    Gaspar Claus
    Jamie Turner,
    Gaspar Claus
Narrator
    Olivia Cooke
    Olivia Cooke
Involved TV Channel
    France Télévision
    France Télévision
World Sales
    Astrea
    Astrea

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More from the program section IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
With this year's theme Phenomenal Friction, DocLab explores friction in all its forms. The exhibition program invites audiences to look beyond technological efficiency and convenience, to explore the resistance that can propel creativity forward and the conflict that reveals life's complexities.
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