GERMANY | 2019 | COLOR | 84 MIN. | GERMAN, ENGLISH, ITALIAN
Searching Eva is a beautiful metamorphosis; the story of a chameleonic Italian influencer named Francesca, aka Eva Collé, a young woman who seeks to free herself by way of a constantly fluctuating social media presence. In this documentary, the protagonist challenges the viewer to ask themself a question: what am I seeing on screen? Is this a stranger´s story, or is it my own? By way of images bursting with light and color, Hellenthal offers a rich portrait of femininity and the manifold forms of violence that can accompany it. Searching Eva addresses current issues – gender violence, feminism, libertinism, drugs, loneliness – and astutely connects them with other ideas no less important: the ideology or repression of the modern-day state.
Review by: Selene Enríquez
Pia Hellenthal | Bochum | Germany, 1985
Pia Hellenthal is a writer and director based in Cologne who works both fiction and documentary. In 2013 Hellenthal obtained a diploma in media and fine arts from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Her short films have been scheduled at the Karlovy Vary, New York and Oberhausen festivals. The German has also worked for publications such as Vice. Searching Eva is her debut feature film.