Mehr Licht!

‘Mehr licht' were the last words spoken by Goethe before he died. An intimate encounter with a blinding white light is an encounter with the self at the edges of time and existence.

  • Mariana Kaufman
    Director
  • Mariana Kaufman
    Writer
  • Mariana Kaufman
    Producer
  • Nanda Félix
    Key Cast
  • Pedro Faerstein
    Cinematographer
  • Edson Secco
    Sound designer
  • Mariana Kaufman and Luisa Marques
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mehr Licht!
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival - Competition "Black Box"
    Edinburgh
    Brazil
    June 26, 2017
    International
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema - Competition "New Alchimists"
    Montreal
    Canada
    October 7, 2017
    North American Premiere
  • Bogoshorts - Bogota's International Short Film Festival - Competition Experimental film
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    December 7, 2017
    Colombiam
  • Cine Ceará - Competition Shortfilms
    Fortaleza
    Brazil
    August 6, 2017
  • Semana Film Festival (ex Semana dos Realizadores)
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    November 22, 2017
  • Mostra do Filme Livre
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    April 11, 2017
    World
  • Cineramabc
    Camburiú
    Brazil
    November 29, 2017
Director Biography - Mariana Kaufman

Mariana Kaufman is a filmmaker and visual artist from Rio de Janeiro, a partner at Fagulha Filmes. Graduated in Cinema in UFF, studied screenwritting at NYU and is taking her master degree in Literature at PUC RJ. She wrote and directed, with Jo Serfaty, "Confete", 2012 ("best direction in FEMINA" and selected in the festivals Edinburgh, Havana, FIDOCS, Festival of Rio etc.) and "The lighthouse Island", 2017. Also wrote and directed the films "Still Life", 2016 (Curta Cinema, PirenópolisDoc.) and "Mehr Licht!", 2017 (Edinburgh). She participated in the Bolivian Art Biennial and in exhibitions at Casa França Brasil among others, and received an honorable mention in the II Reynaldo Roels Jr. Award MAM / EAV. She is currently in pre-production of the short film "Photosynthesis" (contemplated in the Riofilme government fund) and writes the fiction series "Nightwalks", contemplated in the Ancine / FSA fund.

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Director Statement

Mehr Licht! is part of a wider research on the relation between the human body and light, in the fictional and poetic utopia that it would be possible to capture the light and from that, to control the time. The research was born with the title of photosynthesis and has unfolded in different works in varied supports, such as the work "Futuro" (Future), which was shown inside the cave of “Park Lage” in the exhibition curated by Daniela Labra, "After the future." One of the importante objects for the research is the incandescent bulb that has recently been forbidden to be fabricated and therefore does not belong to the future, only to the past, becoming memory, which becomes fabled, like any memory. This research starts from "Theory of Relativity" in which Einstein stated that by moving at the speed of light, a body changes its gravitational force and therefore time itself. Thinking the human body as that of a plant, which can actually absorb the light to generate its own raw material, "Mehr Licht!" Tries to investigate these relationships and transform the incandescent lamp into a time machine.