THE BRICK HOUSE
Eliane Bots | Netherlands 2016 | 16 Min. | OmeU
Two friends, Sapa and Hija, re-enact and re-tell short anecdotes of their lives. Coming from another country to The Netherlands, there is a quest for belonging and the (im)possibility to completely feel at home and relate to the world outside the apartment. The starting point of this film was an encounter with Sapa, who chose his friend Hija as his interlocutor in the process of making this film. Extensive interviews with Sapa and Hija, acting exercises and spending the Sundays together, resulted in this short film and in a new friendship.
Eliane Esther Bots (1986, The Netherlands) graduated at University of the Arts (HKU, Utrecht, The Netherlands) in 2008. She studied one year Slavic languages (Russian) and cultures at the University of Amsterdam to improve the possibilities to work as a filmmaker in Eastern-Europe and Russia. Moreover, she participated in the post-graduate program ‘Document and contemporary art’ at École Européenne Supérieure de l’image (EESI) in France in 2012. In 2016 she graduated cum laude in Master Film at The Netherlands Film Acadamy in Amsterdam. She is part of the selection committee of the documentary section of the 'Go Short' film festival in Nijmegen (NL). Since five years Bots is working as an educator at the University of the Arts in Utrecht (NL) where she coaches Bachelor students from the second up to the fourth year in ‘Moving image’ and ‘Times based arts’.
- Berlinale - Forum Expanded 2017
- GoShort International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2017
- VideoEx Zürich 2017; Cinema du reél 2017
- Nederlands Film Festival 2017
- Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival 2017
- Tirana International Film Festival 2017
- New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center 2017