Wednesday, October 09, 2019

MOTHER, N. American premiere at Chicago Int'l Film Festival (Chicago, IL)


A film by Kristof Bilsen
Executive produced by Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON)

North American premiere- Chicago International Film Festival
in competition, International Documentary
Acquisition title- Deckert Distribution

Chicago International Film Festival Screenings:
Monday, October 21st at 8:30pm- N. American Premiere
AMC River East 21, Chicago
Director Kristof Bilsen in person

Tuesday, October 22nd at 3:15pm, AMC River East 21, Chicago
Director Kristof Bilsen in person

Official Selection, 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest- World Premiere

From award-winning director, Kristof Bilsen (ELEPHANT’S DREAM) and executive producer, Kirsten Johnson (CAMERAPERSON) comes this touching portrait following two mothers whose stories converge in an eldercare facility in Northern Thailand—Pomm, a Thai woman devoted to her patients but heartbroken that she’s not around for her own children, and Maya, a Swiss grandmother suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Profoundly intimate and complex, MOTHER presents a deeply layered account of caring for those you love, and those you grow to love.

Five stars…one of the “Best films of 2019 so far”…“A radical achievement.” –The Guardian

“MOTHER is a film full of unforgettable portraits of people navigating the most profound challenges.  A haunting and gorgeous meditation. The film opens ways of thinking about what a mother’s role is, questions what we owe our children and our mothers, and most profoundly, asks how we can face life’s most painful conundrums with dignity.” –filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

About the Filmmaker:
Award-winning director Kristof Bilsen received his Masters in Documentary Direction at the National Film and Television School (UK). In 2014 he released Elephant’s Dream, a portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in DR Congo, a film he directed/filmed and co-produced. He is an IDFA Academy and EURODOC graduate and is one of the Emerging Producers for Jihlava 2019. He won several awards, such as Grand Prize Nanook-Jean Rouch in Paris, Magic Hour Award at Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw), the TRT 2nd International Documentary Award in Istanbul, Special Mention Bertha Best International Documentary at One World Media Awards (UK), the Buzz Wilson Award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, and his work screened at various festivals internationally. He regularly teaches and gives workshops on documentary research, storytelling and production.

Feature Filmography:


Directed by: Kristof Bilsen
Executive Producer: Kirsten Johnson
Co-Producers: Marion Hänsel, Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Cinematography by: Kristof Bilsen, Marko Milovanovic, Chutimon Sonsirichai
Country: Belgium, The Netherlands
2019, in English, Swiss-German, Thai with English subtitles, 82 minutes
A Limerick Films production
International sales: Deckert Distribution


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