Experiencing Interruptions?

While She Waits

In a subtle choreography a woman slowly disengages from a familiar and structured world, about to enter a world yet unknown to her. While She Waits shows the emotional transformation during the last months of her pregnancy in a poetic and melancholic way. What happens during the long waiting till the unknown reveals itself? And how do we align a child being born with ourselves being reborn as a mother?

  • Sonja Wyss
  • Jorijn Vriesendorp
  • Sophie Challa
  • Jorijn Vriesendorp
    Key Cast
  • Daan Nieuwenhuijs NSC
    Director of Photography
  • Axel Skovdal Roelofs NCE
  • Mattijs Mollee
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    still, movement, experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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  • Cinedans Film Festival
    March 9, 2019
    Dutch premiere
    official selection
Distribution Information
  • Jorijn Vriesendorp
    Country: Netherlands
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Sonja Wyss, Jorijn Vriesendorp

Sonja Wyss is a long-established artist, who works and lives in
Amsterdam. She was born (1967) in the Bahamas and studied
Fine Arts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and in the United States
of America before completing her studies at the Master of Film
at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam.
Her video installations and experimental films are shown internationally
at renowned galleries, museums and film festivals.

In the diversity between installations and cinema, Wyss uses
clear lines to connect her entire body of work. In her work
she draws from memories, fantasies and associations. Her
fascination lies in two main themes: fragile beauty and the loss
of innocence. In the stories she tells there is often an underlying
tension lurking just beneath the obvious narrative. She never
explains situations, but depicts them beautifully all the more.

1996: Get off my back (5 min) • 1998: To Date (5 min.) • Purity (5 min.) • Pippi (30 min.) • 1999: Grüezi wohl Frau Stirnimaa / Hello Miss Stirnimaa (3 min.) • 2000 Purity (5min.) • 2001 Hoch-Zyte / Wedding Bells (6 min) • 2002 Die Krähe / The Crow (8 min.) • 2007 Ich will raus / I want to get out (5 min.) • 2008 Winterstilte / Winter Silence (70 min.) • 2010 Krinoline (5 min.) • 2013 Greifensee (10 min.) • 2014: What Time is it (16 min.) • 2016: She/Her (10min.) • 2019: While She Waits (10 min.) • Farewell Paradise (93 min)

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