By Maximilian Feldmann & Luise Schröder
Original version with English subtitles
“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a tracksuit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won her mother’s heart with a bottle of juice and a pack of cigarettes, why her sister was held at gunpoint by her parents-in-law, where her siblings were brought after they were caught begging. Together with her family of twelve, Valentina lives in a run down one-room shack in the Romani municipality of Šutka, in Skopje, Macedonia. The documentary VALENTINA combines observations of daily life with Valentina’s personal stories, dreams, and factual information. Yet, it becomes clear that all of her story telling is nothing but a preparation for her big dream.
Maximilian Feldmann was born in Berlin in 1985. He shot his first documentary portrait in 2005, during his Voluntary Social Year in Ecuador. This was followed by several traineeships at film and TV productions. Between 2007 and 2015, he studied Documentary Filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Since graduating in 2015, he has been working as a director and author of both fictional and non-fictional productions. VALENTINA is his graduation project.
Director: Maximilian Feldmann
Cinematography: Luise Schröder
Sound: Oscar Stiebitz
Music: Oliver Ole Fries
Editing: Gregor Bartsch
Production: Maximilian Feldmann, Luise Schröder
SUNDAY, 17:45, with Q&A with the director and other team members