Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria, La
- Pia Cseri-Briones |
- 1994 |
- 17 minutes |
- COLOR/B&W |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Images, texts and sound: Pia Cseri-Briones; Musical manipulations of folksongs: Brian Tibbs;
Technical assistance: George M. Ferguson.
An experimental film folktale about a young girl who gets pregnant unexpectedly as the result of mysterious circumstances. Based on Hungarian folkstories and songs and the poetry of Sándor Petöfi, this film offers a contemporary tale of changing traditions and female roles as told entirely through the point-of-view of the girl. Shot in a style reminiscent of 1920s surrealist filmmaking, the story describes the mythical meeting between a modern young woman, Erzsebet, and a lost medieval prince seeking the mother for his child; destined to become the next leader of the Magyars. Using black and white, colour and tinted footage, the film explores the space where reality and myth intersect. An existing problem. A hypothetical situation. It's her affair, after all.
Exhibition: Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, 1995; Humboldt Film Festival, 1995; Big Muddy Film Festival, 1995; Director's Citation, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1995.