Mela Hilleard 1h 35min

Original title : HOME

Directed by : Mela Hilleard

HOME (2023) is a documentary by Mela Hilleard, selected in the “Competition Prix PRESENT” section of the 19th edition of the Paris European Film Festival, Europe by Europe.

Synopsis :

This documentary feature explores questions of identity and emigration through the lens of Polish- Irish-South-African-English connections, pondering the meaning of “home.” Crafted from a selection of her films and photographs, HOME traces the lives of a handful of individuals expelled from their own cultures and homes. Together, they establish a household and find love in the home of a 90- year-old woman in the London suburbs, who is bedridden.



“The overall work is reminiscent of the narrative films of Jonas Mekas, such as As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty. The ambiance may evoke films like Wojtek Staroń’s Siberian Lesson, where the camera becomes “a tool for discoveries”. There are no rules of continuity for sound, much like the non-linear visual structure of the film’s editing. This method employs the same cinematic language as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror, which “unfolds like an organic flow of memories.’ It incorporates camera sounds, ‘seeking concentration and clarity”, as the backbone of the film.”
Mela Hilleard.

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