Anke Schiemann

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The Secret of the Woman-bird...

surreal experimental short movie

In a dream-like sequence a Madonna and an Edwardian man meet on the beach of Reculver for a game of chess. The woman perishes and only a black box contains the secret of ehr myserious disappearance.

The woman (refered to as the Madonna), identified as the “psyche” or “anima”  gradually submits to the man with the bowler hat, even commits the cardinal crime of punishing her child, sinks into vice and is finally destroyed 


The film consists of animated etched drawings inspired by the surrealistic novel in collage “Une semaine de Bontè” by Max Ernst and paintings by Giorgio de Chirico.

The movie was shown at the London Experimental Film Festival and awarded with  “best soundscore” .



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