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Belleville Baby

Sweden | 2013 | 76 minutes | Mia Engberg

Through home movies and spoken memories, director Mia Engberg reconstructs her bohemian love life with a charismatic drug dealer when he wants to reconnect after eight years in prison.

June 2, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 3, 2013
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Director Mia Engberg was head-over-heels in love and living a bohemian life with her thuggish boyfriend and a cat named Baby. She was a student and he was from the wrong side of the tracks, until one day when he disappeared without a trace. Eight years later he calls her out of the blue. She now has two kids and he's just released from prison. He wants her to help him recall memories of their life together in order to reconnect with a better part of himself, but she's not sure she's ready to revisit that period of her life. Engberg opens this docu-essay about the subjective nature of memory, truth, and love with a retelling of the myth of Orpheus, who went into the underworld to retrieve his true love Eurydice, but lost her forever when he couldn't keep his promise not to look at her before they return to the land of the living. For Engberg, who obviously identifies with Orpheus, the moral is that it may not be possible to save someone with love—or maybe that Eurydice didn't actually want to be saved. Using home movies, recollections, and reconstructed phone conversations, Belleville Baby is a poetic approach to a very personal story.

Director Biography
Stockholm-based Mia Engberg has made many short films and documentaries, including feminist porn documentary Dirty Diaries which attracted attention internationally in 2009. She teaches film directing at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and plays bass in a ska band.

Director: Mia Engberg
Principal Cast: Olivier Desautel, Mia Engberg
Premier Status: North American
Country: Sweden
Year: 2013
Running Time: 76 minutes
Producer: Tobias Janson
Screenplay: Mia Engberg
Cinematographers: Mia Engberg
Editors: Mia Engberg
Music: Michel Wenzer
Website: http://www.bellevillebaby.com/
Awards: Göteborg International Film Festival 2013 (Dragon Award Special Mention)
Filmography: Dirty Diaries (2009); Bitch & Butch (2003)
Language: French, Swedish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Story AB
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