Feature Film (2023)
86 mins, Super16mm.
Both a love letter to the less recognized magicians of cinema and a playful celebration of otherness, Piaffe is an opportunity for the viewers to see with their bodies and touch with their eyes.
When her sibling Zara suffers a nervous breakdown, the introvert Eva is forced to take on Zara’s job as a Foley artist. She struggles to create sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, and then a horsetail starts growing out of her body. Empowered by her tail, she lures a botanist into an affair, through a game of submission. Piaffe is a visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice.
Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau
Director: Ann Oren
Producers: Kristof Gerega, Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried
Writers: Ann Oren & Thais Guisasola
Director of Photography: Carlos Vasquez
Lighting Designer: Francisco MeCe
Editors: Ann Oren & Haim Tabakman
Editing Consultant: Benjamin Mirguet
Sound Concept & Mix: Robert Hefter / Sound Design: Danilo Okulov
Production Design: Ilaria Di Carlo
Costume Design: Anna Philippa Müller
Hair & VFX: Sada Leigh Sherrin
Music: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha, äbvsd, VTSS
Production: Schuldenberg Films
International Sales: Rediance
Funded by BKM (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
With the support of We Fade To Grey
First Prize Award, Junior Jury of the International Competition, Locarno Film Festival
Silver Hugo Award, New Director's Competition, Chicago International Film Festival
Best Director, Achtung Berlin Film Festival
Best Production, Achtung Berlin Film Festival
Spirit of the Festival Award, Cork International Film Festival
Prix du Jury, Gérardmer Film Festival
Best International Feature Film, Calgary International Film Festival
Best Film Award from the Junior Jury, Márgenes International Film Festival, Madrid.
Special Mention, BIEFF Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival