DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Melanie


Melanie




CATALOGUE TEXT
“Once upon a time there was this woman whose picture was taken while she was wearing a drying hood.” At a flea market in the Sauerland the German-Dutch filmmaker Susanne Helmer stumbles on the box of a 1970s drying hood. The model pictured there looks young and shy – “not as if it were her aim in life, being a model.” Starting from this accidental encounter she sets out on a quest for the real or possible biography of the unknown woman.

“Melanie” mixes documentary research and a parallel plot of speculations and projections. Family pictures, re-enactments and sound fragments from feature films write a trivial photo and movie novel – with smugness and camp running into each other. Scenes from a marriage or the story of a privileged life as a dropout? In addition to asking about the representation of reality and fiction, the film takes a firmly aesthetic look at the society of the German Federal Republic in the 1970s and 80s: at advertising, living and consumer culture and the gender relations reflected by them.

Esther Buss

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Credits
Original Title: Melanie
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 73 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Susanne Helmer
Producer: Susanne Helmer (Shelmerfilm Amsterdam)
Cinematographer: Susanne Helmer
Editor: Susanne Helmer
Music: Rik Zaal
Sound: Susanne Helmer, Wiebe de Boer
Script: Susanne Helmer
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.