Dir. Martina Trepczyk / Austria / 2019 / 3’
Director: Martina Trepczyk
Screenplay: Martina Trepczyk
Choreography, Featuring: Anna Lis
Cinematography: Martina Trepczyk
Editing: Martina Trepczyk
Sound: David Furrer
Producer: Martina Trepczyk
Production: Martina Trepczyk
World sales: Martina Trepczyk
A portrait of a dancer and poetic criticism questioning the power over female bodies. It’s everywhere: patriarchal systems, schools, the government, religious institutions, society’s minds. “My Womb” draws parallels from the dancer’s upbringing in one of Poland’s strictest ballet schools and today’s patriarchic system, in which an institution has more say over a female’s body than herself. Poland, compared to other European countries, still has the strictest abortion laws, a torn past, battle wounds and the stale old systems, that we try to break. “My Womb” is a love letter to everyone who stands up for themselves.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Long Story Shorts (Best Documentary), EMIGRA Film Festival, On Art Film Festival, FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest (Special Mention: Best Documentary), The Bush Films
Filmmaker (*1990) with Polish roots, born and raised in Austria. She studied filmmaking at Kingston University in London and feels more European than identifying with and belonging to one nationality and place. She is always in search of aesthetics and authenticity, something real and raw. As director she works on documentaries, commercial work and music videos. The medium doesn’t matter, on the contrary: merging genres is all the more interesting, as long as the content evokes emotion. A strong message and aesthetic go hand in hand. Martina’s fascination for dance always finds a way into her projects. Her work has an incredible sense of delicacy combined with real power. Her background as a graphic designer plays a big role in her creative concepts and set directing and explains the sense of minimalism and abstraction. In general, she enjoys not to fit into existing categories but to unfold and create where boundaries cross.