Women CineMakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Aleksandra Niemczyk Lives and works in Oslo/London

Memories of the life and visions of the Balkan prophet Baba Vanga, who predicted the future of human kind and the world up to its end in the year 5079. Baba Vanga, as an older woman, tells how she lost her sight but “began to see”. Following an accident, ghosts of dead people came to her to reveal what would happen to the world. Some of her predictions actually happened, some didn’t, and for many predictions time will show. Aleksandra Niemczyk (b. 1977, Poland) is a former student of Béla Tarr, as part of the first generation of MA students graduating from his ‘film.factory’ program in Sarajevo Film Academy. She also holds a Master of Art degree in Fine Arts from the European Academy of Art in Warsaw (2001). Niemczyk began studying film directing at the New York Film School in 2007. Since 2001, she lives and creates in Oslo, Norway. One of her first short films made in Norway was selected and awarded in Locarno Film Festival 2009. Niemczyk’s roots in the fine arts manifest through the visual storytelling that drives her narratives. Niemczyk investigates memories, dreams, and paranormal characters or events, using a dream logic and poetic approach to the realization of her own distinct cinema. An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Hello Aleksandra and welcome to Before starting to elaborate about your artistic production we

would like to invite our readers to visit in order to get a wide idea about your artistic production and we would start this interview with a couple of questions about your multifaceted background: you are a multidisciplinary artist and after having earned your Master of Art