THE ELVES’ TOWER by Polina Kelm
The idea of the film “The Elves’ Tower” comes from the project Young People about Ukraine 2016; project was developed in frame of Young Europe Work in Progress 2018 and is taking part in Young Europe Work in Progress 2019.
DESCRIPTION OF THE FILM:
Sergei is a film director with a huge passion for theatre. He believes that art can change the world for the better. Recently, he’s made a psychiatric facility a testing area for this. He is working with patients in occupational therapy on the staging of a fairytale drama “The Elves’ Tower” written by one of them. With great patience, insight and understanding, he responds to their quirks and limitations, he skillfully stirs their creative passions. He does not avoid intellectual proximity with the inmates. He tries to make their relationships mutually beneficial and he gets good results. He allows their roles on stage and in life to merge, creating a conglomerate of personality and blurring the boundaries between the real and the fictional worlds, between normality and mental illness.