Reading Faces

Reading Faces

a video 2011 5’30’’
in collaboration with Cooltūristės

Agnes from Estonian film „The Last Relic“ (1969) and Veronika from Lithuanian film „Ave, Vita“ (1970) are facing decisive moments in their lives. Agnes is asked to marry a man she does not love for the sake of holy relic. Veronika discovers that she is pregnant. Both strive to be independent women, trying to find their own place. In the video heroines are deprived of their voices. Only their faces are visible. The silent conversation of women‘s gazes is interrupted by the subtitles, representing how patriarchal power structures (the convent and the hospital) is trying to control women’s bodies and intimate life. The true feelings of Agnes and Veronika can be only read from their faces.
Viimne Reliikvia / The Last Relic /1969 / Estonia / 86 Min. / ColorDir. Grigori Kromanov /Scr. Arvo Valton, Eduard Bornhöhe /Agnes: Ingrid Andrina
Ave, Vita / 1970 / Lithuania / 90 Min. / Black and White / Dir. Almantas Grikevičius
Scr. Grigorijus Kanovičius, Vytautas Žalakevičius / Veronika: Eugenija Bajorytė

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