The Reunion dir. Anna OdellThe Reunion dir. Anna Odell
NH Tit-Bits
06 May 2014
14th T-Mobile NH (International Competition Films on Art): "The Reunion"

This multilayered film, which is part feature, part documentary, and part performance art, is known for the controversial actions of Swedish artist Anna Odell. In 2009, Odell ended up in a psychiatric hospital after trying to jump off a bridge. It turned out that her suicide attempt was a performance that divided not only critics but also society. Her film debut is no less controversial. Odell has constructed a situation that, while completely fictional, is based on real events. Bullied by her peers, she suffered a trauma in school that has had an adverse impact on her later in life. As her school reunion grows near, she decides to confront those who tortured her, but, to her surprise, she discovers that the reunion has already taken place and that she was not invited. The film is a reconstruction of the reunion but with her in attendance. But that is just half the project. The second half consists of her calling up her former classmates and recording their reactions during a presentation of the film. (Ewa Szabłowska, curator)

Anna Odell was born in 1973 in Stockholm. Anna graduated from two of the most highly valued institutions in Sweden: University College of Arts, Craft and Design, and the Royal Institute of Art. Unknow Woman 2009-349701 was her final graduation project at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm. It has been shown at various locations in Scandinavia and in Paris May 2013. The Reunion is her first feature film.

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