PESN PESNEYSONG OF SONGS
A fairy tale, in which Busya plays the part of the princess and little Shimek feels like a prince – that’s the world of the Ukrainian schtetl at the turn of the twentieth century to which SONG OF SONGS transports its audience. Shimek, a dreamer, shares his fantastic stories with the neighbour’s daughter Busya and is deeply determined to escape from the constricting schtetl, convinced as he is that he can achieve anything if he just puts his mind to it. And indeed, years later he has even managed to become a doctor. But when he learns of Busya’s impending engagement and returns home for Passover after having been away for such a long time, he finds that his kingdom has vanished and he is left with no other option than to sing a song of praise to love and the yearning for what could have been.
In tableau-like shots, Eva Neyman tells a moving, melancholy story about the magic of childhood and an enchanted world in which the characters stroll around as if on stage. The clear, beautiful physiognomies of the schoolboys give way to the characteristic and incomparable features of the old men who gather to welcome Shimek. Nostalgic songs reinforce the elegiac tone of this love story, which is based on the writings of Scholem Aleichem.
Born in 1974 in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, studied law in Marburg and graduated with a degree in film directing from the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin in 2007. She has directed three documentary and three feature films that have been screened and honoured with awards at numerous international film festivals. In 2008 her film U REKI / AT THE RIVER won the Award of the Federal Foreign Office at goEast. Her feature film FILM DOM S BASHENKOY / HOUSE WITH A TURRET premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, winning the prize for best film in 2012.
2005 // DAS MEER SEHEN / TO SEE THE SEA (doc)
2007 // PUTI GOSPODNI / GOD’S WAYS (doc)
2007 // U REKI / AT THE RIVER
2012 // DOM S BASHENKOY / HOUSE WITH A TURRET
2015 // PESN PESNEY / SONG OF SONGS