The Netherlands / 2019 / documentary / 24' / Short Film Competition
Three girls tell their stories of taking the most important decision of their lives so far. Their faces shown in close-ups express more than words: pain and the overwhelming burden of responsibility – too heavy for their age and life experience. Poetic micro-impressions accentuate the rhythm of the film, emphasising the petrifying solitude of the protagonists facing a dramatic choice. Even though all of them are convinced that they did the right thing, the experience of abortion will change their lives forever.
- directed by
Tessa Louise Pope
Tessa Louise Pope (Amsterdam, 1988) graduated as a documentary director at the Dutch Film Academy. Being the daughter of a psychologist and a filmmaker, Tessa likes to dig deep and ask the right questions to capture people’s true inner stories. With a touch of humor and her ability to create intimacy on set, Tessa directs honest work that feels up-close-and-personal. Filmography: “Overdue” (2019, short), “Echoes of IS” (2017, web series), “My Happy Complicated Family” (2017, short), “The Origin of Trouble” (2016, short).
- Myrthe Mosterman
- Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
- Fatih Tura
- Maarten Kuit (Hazazah Pictures)