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Redefining Intimacy - Nov 26 to Dec 2

Sayōnara William Andreas Wivel

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Director William Andreas Wivel films Eyad, a young Syrian man who has fled across Europe and is now holed up in an apartment in Denmark. Eyad spends a lot of time in his room, learning Japanese or sleeping for days on end. In the kitchen, his mother is adjusting to her surroundings. As she cares for her son, she worries about what will happen to him when she’s gone. Observing the pair’s daily activities and capturing the complexity of their emotions, the filmmaker evokes his own experience of mourning his mother. Feelings of longing and loss – of loved ones, and by extension oneself – bring the filmed and the filmmaker closer, united in a touching farewell to the past and the people we hold dear. (Charlotte Selb)

Presented in collaboration with CINEMANIA

Sayōnara

  • Country : Denmark
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : Arabic, Danish
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 32 MIN
  • Cinematography : Stroud Rohde Pearce
  • Editing : Nikoline Løgstrup
  • Production : Charlotte Hjordt
  • Sound Design : Johannes Rose
Filmography of William Andreas Wivel :

23°32’50’’S/46°38’09’’W (2014)
Fire, Fem, Seks, Syv, Otto (2016)
Sorgsystemer (Grief Structures) (2017)
Abricot, Bergamot, Lemon (2018)

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