Elfi Mikesch: I Often Think of Hawaii (Ich denke oft an Hawaii)

I Often Think of Hawaii (Ich denke oft an Hawaii), Elfi Mikesch, 85', FRG, 2.11.1978, OV with English subtitles

Elfi Mikesch writes: "Ruth R. is a woman aged 42. Her children Carmen and Tito played in the courtyard every day. About a year ago, I noticed how much Carmen had changed. Her body had become huge, but her mouth had not grown with it. It looked small on her face with her big eyes, depicting Carmen's reticence and her silence." With her debut film, the filmmaker gives the 16-year-old a voice. The camera does not observe, but with every shot, with every cut, the filming itself becomes the language. Mikesch works with repetition, suddenly throws in a close-up, uses the camera to recreate the rhythm of Carmen's day, whose longing to escape the petty bourgeois suburban life becomes painfully palpable. (Abridged by the ed.)

Elfi Mikesch (*1940) is an Austrian-German photographer, cinematographer and director. As cinematographer, she worked with Rosa von Praunheim and Werner Schroeter, later with Monika Treut. For her cinematography, she received the German Camera Award and as director the German Film Award several times for her documentaries. Her directorial debut I Often Think of Hawaii (1978) was made for Das kleine Fernsehspiel and screened in the Berlinale Forum. For the same editorial department, she made What Shall We Do Without Death (1980), which also screened in the Forum, as well as Zechmeister (1982) and Die blaue Distanz (1983).