dir. ANNA GYIMESI
To move on with her life, Els has to accept her adult daughter’s decision to ask for psychiatric euthanasia.
Els is a mother in her late 40s, divorced and in love again. For her, falling in love was not easy: it meant that she had to accept that she has a life, even if her 20-year-old daughter wants to die and has already asked for euthanasia – something Els can do nothing about. Feeling a storm of guilt, anger, fear, and hope, it is love that teaches Els to try to move forward, even if it seems impossible. She meets her daughter once per week, and waits for the final decision about euthanasia from her daughter’s psychiatric team. She tries to accept her daughter’s choice, but she still hopes that she will change her mind. It’s a lyrical, found footage-based testimony from a mother who faces not only the taboos surrounding motherhood, but also the most difficult situation of her life.
FALLING | 2023 | 16 min | Belgium, Portugal, Hungary
|Anna Gyimesi – DocNomads Joint Masters
|Anna Gyimesi, Aurélien Lebourg
FESTIVALS & AWARDS (SELECTION)
Sarajevo Film Festival, 2023 – Best Student Documentary, World Premiere | Camden International Film Festival, 2023 – North American premiere
Anna Gyimesi was born in 1985, in Budapest. After receiving her degree in medicine in 2011, she turned to filmmaking. She graduated from the film directing program of the University of Theater and Film Arts, Budapest in 2019 and from documentary film directing in the DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course in 2021. Her interests are taboo social dilemmas represented through personal dramas, especially connected to motherhood, womanhood, and social marginalization. Her latest short Affricate – which premiered in the short film competition of Sarajevo FF and screened among many others at PÖFF Shorts 2022, Seattle IFF and Odense IFF – focuses on a single mother raising her disabled teenage daughter facing her own deeply buried needs. Recently she has been focusing on the development of her debut, Soft Hours, under the frames of Midpoint Feature Launch 2023. Falling is her graduation film at DocNomads Joint Master Programme.