SEARCHING EVA Documentary Films


For 25-year-old Eva living in Berlin, complex emotions surrounding adolescence, family, body, art and sex work are processed publicly through unflinchingly personal photos and writings posted on the internet and Instagram. In an attempt to capture the essence of this elusive personality, Pia Hellenthal’s extraordinary feature debut is a modern cinematic portrait that cleverly dismantles identity construction and performativity via social media. A life on-display unfolds as a barrage of fragmented sounds and hyper-composed images interspersed with quiet moments of reflection. Followers, alternately revolted and inspired by Eva’s projected self-acceptance are compelled to interject with their own opinions, insecurities and concerns that Eva might not be “a real person.” A profound openness extended towards them inspires an active identity shaping, a scrounging and scavenging, begging the question as to whether anyone is “a real person” after all. –Malin Kan

Pia Hellenthal is a Cologne-based writer and director working in fiction and documentary. In 2013, Hellenthal graduated from Academy of Media Arts Cologne with a Diploma in Media and Fine Art. Her short films have screened at various international film festivals including Karlovy Vary, New York and Oberhausen and received prizes including the Prix H. R. Giger “Narcisse” for best short. For her feature debut SEARCHING EVA, she received the 2016 Gerd Ruge Scholarship from Film Fund Medienstiftung NRW, the Goethe Institute Film Residency in Beirut and took part in the dok.incubator workshop 2018.

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Country: Germany

Year: 2019

Director: Pia Hellenthal

Screenwriters: Pia Hellenthal, Giorgia Malatrasi

Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly

Executive Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly

Director of Photography: Janis Mazuch

Editor: Yana Höhnerbach

Production Designers: Daniela Dieterich, Giorgia Malatrasi

Cast/Featuring: Eva Collé

Running Time (minutes): 83 min

Languages: German, English, Italian