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Searching Eva

dir. Pia Hellental / Germany / 2019 / 84 min.

Section: HERstory


Director: Pia Hellenthal

Screenplay: Giorgia Malatrasi, Pia Hellenthal

Cinematography: Janis Mazuch

Editing: Yana Höhnerbach

Sound: Marcus Zilz, Stephan Bergmann, Frank Bubenzer, Falk Möller 

Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly

Production: CORSO Film in co-production with ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel in association with VICE Studios and Ryot Films

World sales: Syndicado Film Sales

Language: German, English, Italian


When in 1996 the lyricist of The Grateful Dead announced that Cyberspace will bring “a civilization of the Mind“, F. was four years old. A few years later she declared privacy as an outdated concept, renamed herself Eva and published her first diary entry online. Quickly Eva became an Internet star, allowing the world to watch her grow up. Today Eva is in her early twenties, fluctuating between her offline life, where she recently defined herself an anarchist vagabond and a feminist sex worker and her online persona, iconified as an archetype of authenticity. “Searching Eva” is the tale of a young woman growing up in the age of the Internet, turning the search for oneself into a public spectacle, challenging you on what a woman “should be“. 




Berlinale, Hot Docs Toronto, CPH:DOX (Special Mention), DOK.fest München, frame[o]ut Film Festival, Dokufest, Sarajevo Film Festival, Macao International Documentary Film Festival, Outview Festival Athens (Audience Award), Jeonju International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Fragments Festival London, Biografilm Festival, AFI Docs, Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival



Pia Hellenthal is a Cologne and Berlin based writer and director working in fiction and documentary. She graduated from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with a diploma in Media and Fine Art. Her films screened at various international film festivals, among others at Karlovy Vary IFF and Berlinale, where she was shortlisted for the Teddy Award and the Documentary Prize and received prizes - i.a. the Special Mention in CPH:DOX Competition and Outview Audience Award for Best Film. Next to her own films, Hellenthal has been working for publications like VICE, where her work was awarded with the Pink Pudel, nominated for the Lovie Awards and licensed to international TV Stations.


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