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"A girl is playing with her brother in the dark, holy waters of the Godavari River. I record the pair on video in spring, 2011 in Nashik, India. Orpheus and Heurtbise are crossing Hades in Jean Cocteau‘s black-and-white film Orphée from 1949. The materials clash in their difference from one another – the incompatibility of the styles fascinates me, like strangers standing side by side. Using various maneuvers, I place the materials in relation to one another. Formal similarities and parallels emerge, breaking open Orpheus’s poetic boundaries and extending the girl’s play and perspectives." 
Eva Heldmann

r i v e r r e d is the second film in Eva Heldmann’s river trilogy: Mississippi/USA - Godavari/India - Tati/Botswana.

Eva Heldmann
, born in 1951 in Dillenburg, lives and works in Berlin.

Format: HDCAM
Length: 8 min

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