A cubist film or a portrait of Miriam Goldschmidt.
The face of a woman seems to be fluctuating in space. She is absorbed and it is almost possible to hear her breathing. Suddenly, she seems to wake up. She gazes at us profoundly. Meanwhile she is transforming herself, unravelling and recovering herself piece by piece.
Title: WOMAN WITHOUT MANDOLIN
Country of Production: GERMANY, BRAZIL
Running Time: 04:40 MIN
Language: NO DIALOGS
Aspect Ratio: 3:4
Shooting format: 16mm, DIGITAL
Available Screening Copies: DCP, FILE, BLURAY, DVD
“Woman without Mandolin” is a portrait of Miriam Goldschmidt and a cubist film. My intention is to rethink cubism as a film medium by using digital motion compositing combined with a visual concept in which I simultaneously use different cameras in different angles to capture several perspectives of the same subject.
By choosing “Girl with Mandolin” from Picasso, a milestone of Cubism as a movement, I am confronting this European art context with his evident influence of African art and the vigour of black culture. It‘s also about re-appropriation of the appropriated. Above all I wanted to make a portrait, that in a way displays the formalistic methods and aspects of Cubism and at the same time expresses through a strong woman, the conscience, the feelings and the memories of different cultures and history.
I have been thinking about and working on these ideas for many years, when I finally heard for the first time the powerful voice of Miriam Goldschmidt singing an old song from Mali. She had learned it from a friend, Malik Bagayogo, during her travels around the world working with him in Peter Brook’s company. Since then she sings it by heart for different people on various occasions. Through the encounter with Miriam Goldschmidt and the powerful song the film “Woman without Mandolin” finally came into being and this is my way to keep singing it. Axé!
FABIANO MIXO (b. 1987, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian film director and multimedia artist based in Berlin.
He studied Art & Media at EAV Parque Lage and Communication & Film at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro. In Berlin he concluded his studies in Filmmaking at FilmArche. His work is inspired by poetry, semiotics and daily life, exploring the re-contextualization of history, culture and the media through his personal experiences and memories in order to give alternative interpretations of the present.
He is currently developing the video installation “Letters to Lumière” (360° short films) which will be shown 2016 in the Museum of Arts and Technology Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MIRIAM GOLDSCHMIDT (b. * 1947, Frankfurt am Main) is a German actress, director and author. She was born in an occupied postwar Germany from an unknown black father and a Spanish-German-Jewish mother. She spent her childhood between orphan homes and “new families” growing up under the influence of different cultures in France and Germany. As a young woman she studied acting under Jaques Lecoq in Paris and worked with many established directors, amongst others Peter Zadek in Munich, Hans Hollmann in Basel and Peter Stein in Berlin. She found her artistic home at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris in Peter Brook’s Company. With him, she has been consistently on worldwide tour, writing texts in French and German, performing Becket pieces or interpreting African and Japanese songs. Miriam lives and works in Berlin.