The Films of Eva Marie Rødbro
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The Films of Eva Marie Rødbro
At LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90028
Los Angeles Premieres!
Filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro in person from Denmark!
Note the change from our usual location.
With a skillful eye and generous spirit, photographer and filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro fashions an intimate and utterly unique view into the lives of various contemporary youths from her native Denmark to the American South. Her films remind us of the fervor, awkwardness and often painful experience of adolescent life while savoring the sweet, contemplative moments that are often overlooked in memories.
For her first ever in-person program in Los Angeles, Filmforum surveys Rødbro’s films made over the past eight years, showcasing her remarkable ability to construct intoxicating narratives from acutely recorded observations, and marked by a startling intimacy with her subjects. - Becca Keating, Los Angeles Filmforum, 2016
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://bpt.me/2599546 or at the door.
Danish photographer and director Eva Marie Rødbro (b. 1980) lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. She graduated from the National Danish Film School in 2015 and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2008.
Rødbro has exhibited and screened internationally at numerous shows, events and festivals including: FOAM, W139, NL fotomuseum, Berlin Documentary Forum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, CPH:DOX and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has documented the wild youth of teenagers in Greenland and the United States in a her award winning shorts, Fuck You Kiss Me (2008) I Touched Her Legs (2010), Kriger (2013) Dan Mark (2014), and most recently with We Chose the Milky Way (2015).
I Touched Her Legs
(2010, video, 15 min.)
An extraordinary portrait of a group of Southern teens hanging out in cars, rooms, and neighborhood yards in humid pool-party weather. Rødbro creates a deft and skillful montage in which animals, insects, children, and adolescents all inhabit an environment easily and warmly shared. Through subtly glancing shots taken at oblique angles and in brief bursts, I Touched Her Legs reaches directly into the soul of this small band of friends and explains everything that is important without a single dull expository declaration on their circumstances. Winner: Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award Emerging Experimental Video Artist, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2011 Winner: Most Inventive Film Award, OFF, 2011 Nominated: NEW:VISION award, CPH:DOX, 2010
We Chose The Milky Way
(2015, video, 28 min.)
Scenes from life on another planet, where a hedonistic civilization of young women decorate themselves with artificial nails, white clothes and a fake tan before taking the limo to the city. But Eva Marie Rødbro's film is from the suburbs of Copenhagen, and is shaped by its environment. In other words, an unplaceable, anthropological mutation of a bling, hip hop video, social-realist science fiction, and a documentary version of 'Spring Breakers', whose surreal shock cuts place us as participants, rather than mere spectators, in a world where everything is artificial except for friendships. In a number of films, Rødbro has documented the restlessness, fragility and self-destructive feeling of invincibility of youth and early adulthood. Her film school graduation piece lives up to all the promises that her previous work of photographs and short films has made, and is an extremely style-conscious and intelligent study of a lifestyle and an environment, where pure excess is elevated to an existential principle. Winner: George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2016
(2014, video, 30 min.)
In this film Rødbro has directed the camera towards a young boy who lives in the same house as her in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district. His name is Dan Mark - nothing less! - and his life is a state of constant action, which in no small part is due to his diagnosed ADHD, but which can't reduce him to a social case study. On the contrary, Rødbro is at a highly energetic eye level with the young man, whose parents and friends pour good advice down on him about the world that he is to become an adult in. A piece of modern street documentary by one of the Danish film scene's most promising names.
(2013, video, 25 min.)
A young man and his friends spend a week of nightly escapism before a big party.
Fuck You Kiss Me
(2008, video, 6 min.)
A black and white rhythmic poem in a post card from urban Greenland touching upon rites of passage and young love. Charlottenborg, the spring exhibition, 2009; Nominated: CPH:DOX Short Dox Award, 2009; Winner: Politikens Talent Award, 2009; Young Talent NFM (NL), 2009