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Award Winner

Festival Season:

July 2023





Emil Dam Seidel
Dorotea Saykaly


Emil Dam Seidel, Dorotea Saykaly

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Caught in a room the protagonist, Clarice, unfolds a vision of her own identity through a mirror interrogator. SHE is a cinematic adaptation of a solo dance performance with the same name. The original performance work was created and performed by Dorotea Saykaly and premiered at 5éme Salle at Place des Arts in Montréal, Quebec in 2019. Inspired by The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector, the solo revolved around identity and doubt. Manifested through movement, distortion and an interview with a phantom interrogator, the original work proposed looking at a questioning body through a female lens. The cinematic adaptation of the original performance work arose during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 as a collaboration between Dorotea Saykaly and film director Emil Dam Seidel.

Submitter Statement

Emil Dam Seidel is an award winning film director. Most recently he wrote and directed the short interactive web series Courage to Act, for which he received the Silver Screen Young Director Award in Cannes in 2022. The year before he directed and produced the acclaimed short film SHE, which had its international premiere at the Fotografiska Museum New York and has screened at more than 25 film festivals across the globe. Before starting his own career as a film director, Emil assisted R. Thomas Vinterberg on the Oscar winning film Another Round and later became his 2nd Unit Director on the Tv-series Families like Ours. Emil’s professional film career was kickstarted in 2013 when he assisted the Oscar winning director R. Susanne Bier on the film A Second Chance.

Key Cast

Dorotea Saykaly

Other Credits

Director of Photography

Kristoffer Engholm Aabo

Composer: Louis Dufort

VFX Artist: Andreas Clausen

Editor: Tiago Feliciano

Sound: Emil Woxen

Hair & Make up: Jill Arnfjord

Post production artistic consultant: Steffen Johansen

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