A mother celebrates her daughter's fourth birthday and a VHS tape for the grandmother is being made. The assembled footage gradually reveals — and hides — details of their lives. What we see and what we don't...


Genre: Drama/Mockumentary

Production: UK/AUT 2011

Running Time: 15 min

Language: English

Shooting Format: S-VHS, miniDV

Original Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Sound Mix: Stereo LTRT

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Mother — Katy Vans

Vicky — Mariam Sanodze

Off-screen Voice — Robert Cambrinus


Writer/Director — Robert Cambrinus

Cameraman — Jun Keung Cheung

Sound Recordist — Dave Sohanpal

Offline Editor — Nathan Cubitt

Sound Designer — Markus Moll

Online Editor — John Holloway

Music Editor — Nicholas Singer

Additional Music — Jamie Robertson

Stills — Ewa Kuta, Marek Borysiewicz

Producer — Robert Stokvis

Festivals | Awards

Diagonale (Graz, Austria) — Premiere

Festival of Nations (Ebensee, Austria) — Silver Bear

VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria)

Österreichische Filmgalerie (Krems, Austria)

Cool Connections (Moscow, Russia)

Golden Knight Film Festival (Valetta, Malta)

Okto TV/Oktoskop (Vienna, Austria)

Text by Sebastian Höglinger (Diagonale)

Film is selection. There is no such thing as one true depicted reality. On the fourth birthday of daughter Vicky, a home video is made for the absent grandmother. Birthday cake, a house, and a cat – these are images of an allegedly happy life. The outtakes allow glimpses into another reality, avoiding a definitive classification. By using simple cinematic means and repetitive dialogue, Robert Cambrinus dismantles the idyll of family life – and possibly that of cinema itself.