Dont look at me that way

Don't look at me that way

Iva is a single mother of a five-year-old girl and Hedi is her new neighbor. Iva (played by first-time-actress Catrina Stemmer) falls desperately in love with Hedi and the two women begin a tumultous relationship. But what are Hedis ultimate goals? Love? Or the freedom to take everything and everyone she wants? Classic gender roles get a total makeover in this debut from German-Mongolian director Uisenma Borchu.

The director herself is playing Hedi, radically exposing herself and posing equally radical questions about iden- tity, gender, sexuality and power, the economics of the body. Argueably we encouter a female „macho“ bulldo- zing her way through life and relationships. And why not, if the society demands radical self optimization? Hedi is a fascinating figure, a dangerous one. While the impromptu approach makes her journey a fascinating, erotic and ever surprising cinematic experience, the film is meticulously crafted in structure and sustained by outstanding camerawork from Sven Zellner.

And the drama still heats up, things get more complicated by far. When Iva‘s father appears out of the blue (played by German acting legend and former Werner Herzog regular Sepp Bierbichler) Hedi feels strongly attracted to him. Through narrative collisions toward the end this outstanding debut lets us reflect on our present lives, up to the possible judgment by future generations: Mothers, fathers, what have you done to others? And why have you fucked them (up)?

Director: Uisenma Borchu


Uisenma Borchu was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 1984. Her family moved to East Germany in 1989. In 2003 she graduated from high school in Staßfurt. During this time she wrote for the German youth press organiz- ation Jugendpresse Deutschland and played competitive volleyball, winning the German championships in 2001. Uisenma studied French and history at Mainz University from 2004 to 2006. And documentary film and journa- lism at the University of Television and Film Munich from 2006. She has been a Heinrich Böll Foundation scho- larship-holder since 2009.