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An Attempt to Make a Perfect Play

The main character in An Attempt to Make a Perfect Play is mine 88 year grandmother. The film begins and ends with a scene from the Drottningholm Theatre where my grandmother emerge as the opera singer, she dreamed of becoming. Narrated in between the story of her life in the Soviet Union as a celebrated actress, but whose career was curtailed by external circumstances. With a montage -like technology laps interviews with my grandmother made in recent years with excerpts from diaries and clips of Super 8 movies taken by a family member in the sixties. The story unfolds in a dialogue between two women from different generations, but faced questions about the past. Through the film my grandmother having difficulties to distinguish the different time layers from each other. However, what happens on the stage and in the song is that it suddenly occurs an alloy of the present and the past.

  • maria buyondo
    Director
  • maria buyondo
    Writer
  • maria buyondo
    Producer
  • Elena Somova
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Country of Filming:
    Sweden
  • Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    super 8, black magic, Canon 5D
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - maria buyondo

Maria Buyondo was born in Moscow, in 1982 and grew up in Stockholm Sweden. She is an artist and film maker working with documentary and experimental films.
Ms. Buyondo received her Master in Fine Art Photography, in 2016 at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. She has exhibited work at Gothenburg Konsthall, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Center for photography (CFF), Frame Film Festival, Smack Mellon in NY, the Bronx Museum in NY, Winkleman Gallery in NY, Women’s History month film festival in Newark, First Floor Gallery Harare, in Zimbabwe, and On the ground floor gallery in Los Angeles, among others. Ms. Buyondo has participated in a number of residency programs including the Bronx Museum’s AIM program in 2008, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, Smack Mellon from 2010-2011, Aljira Emerge Eleven in 2013, A-I-R at CPW in Woodstock 2013, Creative collaboration, Nida art Colony in 2015 and I-Park Foundation in 2016.

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