Program flyer of the Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival 2014

Chaja & Mimi is screened on February 3rd at the Jewish Film Festival Punta del Este in Uruguay and on Feburary 15th at the ViBGYOR Film Festival in Thrissur in India, hte biggest alternative film festival in South Asia - this years focus: gender justice. I am very happy about seeing the movie in its international version of 2013 going down well with the festivals.

Maybe even more enthusiastic I am about the funny names some festivals bestow upon me. In Uruguay I am Eric Essen, an Israeli filmmaker, and for keeping it coherent they also changed the release date and the synopsis. With me is the female Italian filmmaker, whose movie We Weren't Given Anything for Freei just has been screened in Veracruz...

Logo of the Long Night of The Political Short

Chaja and Mimi was decorated on October 23rd during the Lange Nacht des politischen Kurzfilms (Long Night of the Political Short) of the central office for political education in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz. The audience in the cinema CinéMayence voted the movie on the 3rd place. Yippie!


The Anne Frank Center uses Chaja & Mimi since 2011 within the project  »Nicht in die Schultüte gelegt …« ("Not placed in your first day of school bag"), a learning material, which is based on childhood memories and historical pictures from the 1930ies from Jews (formerly) based in Berlin and in whichs course "Chaja and Mimi" is utilized at times.

On October 22nd the Anne Frank Center will present the project and its learning materials, in the New Synagogue Berlin - Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Straße 28, between 16:00 and 18:00. Please apply on the website of the Anne Frank Center.

Poster of the Jewish Filmfestival Bucharest 2013

Ok, that was completely giving it away in the headline. The only thing to add is that it is the Jewish Filmfestival Bucharest, and the movie's in the competition, yippie! The people organizing the festival seem outmost nicely, and I am very curious about the festival and about the city. Screening is Sunday, October 20th, 5pm. On their Facebook site they wrote "Duminică, 20 octombrie, regizorul german Eric Esser (înscris în competiţie cu filmul documentar Chaja & Mimi), va avea o scurtă intervenţie." I wonder, what that means.

Any advice regarding a nice coffeeshop?

Award plates of the "I Corti sul lettino" festivals in Naples (Photography: Eric Esser, please note the ready-made vanitas in the background)

Looks like my film career is up shit creek with an outboard engine: this morning I found two award plates in my mailbox for my fecal poetry movie November double winning at the I corti sul lettino festival in Naples. Miglior Corto ('Best short') und Miglior Corto straniero (not quite sure what that means - either 'Best foreign short' or 'Best strange short'). Thanks to Mirna Campanella for the Italian transaltion!

Maybe stepping in dog poop does bring luck after all? Or is this just another one of my strange views of life?