Searching Eva

  • Pia Hellenthal
  • Germany
  • 2019
  • 84 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
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Who is Eva Collé? Italian, born in 1992, now living in Berlin, she describes herself in key words: non-binary, Virgo, bisexual, autistic, sex worker, writer, musician, anarchist, feminist, drug addict. She’s also a model, blogger and Instagrammer. A restless spirit, she regularly moves around with her white cat, from one part of the city to another.

Eva remains elusive, and that’s the point this film is making—identity is something that is constantly changing. Eva (a self-chosen name) is both strong and vulnerable, contemplative and impulsive. In the documentary, she reveals herself entirely, but much about her still remains a mystery.

We follow Eva in the varied activities of her daily life: at a photo shoot, in a hotel room with a client, in bed with a boyfriend, at the table with her family. Meanwhile, captions appear: questions and comments from her followers, followed by her reaction. “I dedicate my life to show the world that one can pretend to be whoever they want,” she writes. Eva is living proof of this day after day.

Credits

  • 84 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, German, Italian
Director
Pia Hellenthal
Production
Erik Winker for Corso Film, Martin Roelly for Corso Film, Daniela Dieterich for Corso Film
Cinematography
Janis Mazuch
Editing
Yana Höhnerbach
World Sales
Syndicado Film Sales
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IDFA history

2019
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests

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