Wednesday, March 6
20:00 — Screening
Mindpirates welcome Berlin-based filmmaker Pia Marais, to share her film At Ellen’s Age. Marais recently won a Jury Special Mention at last months Berlinale for her new film Layla Fourie. We fell in love with her work last year after screening her film “Die Unerzogenen” (“The Unpolished”) and we are very pleased to screen her second feature film Im Alter von Ellen (At Ellen’s Age / 2010) with a Q&A to follow.
Pia Marais grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied sculpture and photography at art academies in London, Amsterdam and finally the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf before going on to study film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie (Dffb) in Berlin. She made several shorts, including “Loop” (1996), “Deranged” (1998), “Tricky People” (1999), and “17″ (2003), and after several engagements in film business as a casting director and assistant director, she made her feature debut with “Die Unerzogenen” (“The Unpolished”), which has screened at many international film festivals and has won various prizes, including Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam. Her second feature film “Im Alter von Ellen” (“At Ellen’s age”) was developed in the Résidence du Festival de Cannes.