Searching Eva
  • Year2019
  • Duration83 min

When in 1996 the lyricist of The Grateful Dead announced that Cyberspace will bring „a civilization of the Mind“, F. was four years old. A few years later she declared privacy as an outdated concept, renamed herself Eva and published her first diary entry online. Quickly Eva became an Internet star, allowing the world to watch her grow up. Today Eva is in her early twenties, fluctuating between her offline life, where she recently defined herself an anarchist vagabond and a feminist sex worker and her online persona, iconified as an archetype of authenticity.

This film is the tale of a young woman growing up in the age of the internet, turning the search for oneself into a public spectacle, challenging you on what a woman „should be“. The film dives into Eva's constantly changing life over the course of three years, following her through Berlin, Italy, Mexico and Greece like flipping through her Instagram profile.

You meet her lovers, her dad's new kids and her mom who is still living in her teenage room at her parents' house. You see her walking fashion shows, meeting sugar daddies in bourgeois hotel rooms, shooting up ketamine in bathtubs, ironing her girlfriend ́s hair, playing with her cat. Instead of following a straight line the film circles around current topics that Eva's lifestyle naturally brings up – questioning your sexuality, your gender, the concept of work, the idea of a „fixed identity“. All of this is juxtaposed by her followers, commenting on Eva's life, her new hairstyle, judging her actions, praising her person.

Online – where Eva showcases the most private parts of her life – reality and fiction seem to be inseparable. And so “Searching Eva” floats between artificial staging and documentary observation, combining Eva's blog – which leads as a voice over through her online published introspection – with everyday scenes, always followed by her online fans. A portrait of modern existence.
  • Director(s): Pia Hellenthal
  • Producer(s): Erik Winker , Martin Roelly
  • Country: Germany
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Premiere status: UK Premiere

  • Youth Jury Award

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