MARA

Amidst village idyll and childhood memories, a young woman tries to figure out if she wants to be a mother while being haunted by an overwhelming darkness.

  • Jenny Elisabeth Kleine
    Director
    {5 minutes of death}, why me, why me
  • Pia Mozet
    Director
    {5 minutes of death}, why me, why me
  • Jenny Elisabeth Kleine
    Writer
    {5 minutes of death}, why me, why me
  • Frederike Merkel
    Producer
    Nicht wie du
  • Pia Zessin
    Key Cast
    "Mara"
  • Anja Karmanski
    Key Cast
    "Heda"
  • Laura Sophia Becker
    Key Cast
    "Susanne"
  • Leon Brandt
    DoP
    Nicht wie du
  • Valentin Bolte
    VFX Supervisor
  • Pia Mozet
    Editor
    {5 minutes of death}, why me, why me
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Unter Wasser Lila
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Bauhaus University Weimar
Director Biography - Jenny Elisabeth Kleine, Pia Mozet

Jenny Elisabeth Kleine (*1994) and Pia Mozet (*1995) met during their bachelor studies in Halle, where they founded their collective klemopictures in 2017. With their own film productions, they were present at various festivals and won, among others, the Student Award 2018 at the Fulldome Film Festival Jena and were shortlisted for the GUFA Awards Hong Kong 2019 with {5 minutes of death}. Both are studying the Master of Media Arts and Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

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Director Statement

Some things are so overwhelming that our vocabulary is simply not capable of expressing them. The depression of our protagonist is as indescribable and incomprehensible as it is to outsiders. Going far beyond words and giving visual expression to the complexity of the emotional world was our goal for this film.-

Both postpartum depression and depression that occur during pregnancy are specific and often sneak up on us unnoticed. Furthermore, usually particularly difficult to recognize because pregnancy literally turns every woman's inner experience upside down. Depression is individual but can affect anyone. Like every depression, this one also has a unique story. Mara represents the large number of people who suffer from similar symptoms. By depicting common physical and mental effects, we want to approach the topic in an all-encompassing way, giving a voice to those affected.

As directors, we are always looking for ways to visually portray this variety of emotions. With MARA we wanted to create a film that shows the complexity of thoughts and feelings, their extremities, and visual aesthetics in all their diversity.