Spiegl

  • 54'
  • Netherlands
  • 2022

Spiegl tells a universal story of fleeing, through an organic mix of road movie, opera, and re-enacted memories. Yitschak Spiegl was the foster daughter of a Czech mother, and was living as a woman when in 1988 he fled Communist Czechoslovakia. Fragments of his personal history emerge as he visits places in Austria with filmmaker Vita Soul Wilmering where he spent time as a refugee. Chance meetings with people on the street unintentionally form a recurring thread that links up themes of exclusion and pigeonholing, which shape the painful undertone of Spiegl’s life story.

In a studio, Yitschak and Vita zoom in on significant moments in his life: the farewell to his foster mother; a raid on the asylum-seekers’ centre by armed police; his first love. Wilmering is concerned more about the process than the result, demonstrating both how memory works, and the trust established between maker and protagonist. The mini-opera, running through the film, elevates Spiegl’s experiences to a higher plane.

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Director
Vita Soul Wilmering
Country of production
Netherlands
Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
54'
Medium
DCP
International title
Mirror
Languages
Dutch, German, Russian, Czech
Producer
Vita Soul Wilmering
Sales
Vita Soul Wilmering
Screenplay
Vita Soul Wilmering
Cinematography
Vita Soul Wilmering, Horacy Muszyński
Editor
Vita Soul Wilmering, Stella van Voorst van Beest
Production Design
Vita Soul Wilmering
Sound Design
Vita Soul Wilmering, Noemi Osselaer, Jannes Oosterwijk
Music
Koen Egberts, David Van Ransbeeck, Vita Soul Wilmering
Cast
Yitschak Spiegl, Emma Karels, Vita Soul Wilmering