Water Children

Water Children
Regisseur: Aliona van der Horst

The miracle of fertility has always remained a miracle.  The filmmaker followed the trail of the unconventional Dutch-Japanese pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama who made a multi-media artwork on this theme.  She created a cathedral-like space out of thousands of white dresses in which visitors, as in a ritual, roamed around and fell silent, where people confessed intimate details about children who were or were not born, sexuality and choices made.  This led the filmmaker to the ritual of the ‘water children’ for premature babies, stillborns, babies that were never born.  In the film, the sound of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, magically and sensually interpreted by Tomoko Mukaiyama, subtly lifts the individual stories to the universal.  The pianist and the filmmaker kept silent for a long time about their own deeper motivations to want to make the film and the artwork.  Gradually, while making the artwork and the film, it becomes clear what drives them both, each from her own fate.

Credits picture from Tomoko behind the piano Shinji Otani  
Photo used for the poster & DVDcover: Carla van de Putterlaar
www.waterchildren.nl
 

director

director

Aliona van der Horst

Dutch director Aliona van der Horst has directed four international award-winning documentaries.  She was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1970 and studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She began her career in 1997 with the much-acclaimed The Lady with the White Hat and since then has received multiple awards for most of her films, among them the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca film festival for Voices of Bam (2006), and the Grand Prix of the FIFA Montreal for The Hermitage Dwellers (2004). Recently she has received the Jan Kassies award by the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund, for outstanding achievement. For her latest documentary Boris Ryzhy (2008) she received the ‘Silver Wolf Award’ at the IDFA 2008, Best Documentary Award at Edinburgh Filmfestival 2009 , the Award of the Dutch Filmjournalists and the Special Jury Prize at the FIFA, Montréal.

credits

credits

Director: Aliona van der Horst
Camera and editing in cooperation with: Maasja Ooms
Sound: Rik Meier, Leo Erken, Fokke van Saane
Sound design & mix: Tom Bijnen
Music and installation: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Music by: J.S. Bach /Goldbergvariations
Executive producer: Jorinde Soree
In co-production with VPRO. With the support from Netherlands Filmfund, Mediafund, CoBO Fund.

news

news

Water Children in ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’ December 2-15

The film Water Children by Aliona van der Horst will be screened in ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’ in Amsterdam together with the installation ‘Wasted’ from Tomoko Mukaiyama

The installation will be exhibited between the 2nd and 15th of December 2013.

Water Children & Tomoko Makaiyama in Boston

Water Children is screened at the Salem Film Fest in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Also, the main character of the film, artist Tomoko Mukaiyama, is performing in March with The Boston Ballet in Boston. For more information please visit her website: Tomoko Mukaiyama.

Aliona van der Horst with her films in Doku-Arts Berlin

If you live or happen to be in Berlin the coming weeks ...join the screenings of Aliona van der Horst's films at DOKU ARTS festival in ZEUGHAUS KINO. Aliona will attend the screenings of September 21 and 22...
19.09. at 20:00 hrs Boris Ryzhy
21.09. at 19:00 hrs Water Children
22.09. at 17:00 hrs Boris Ryzhy
25.09. at 20:00 hrs Water Children

Water Children

Water Children (2011) by Aliona van der Horst

Water Children wins DOXA Feature Documentary Award

WATER CHILDREN is awarded with the DOXA FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD in Vancouver. The film will be rebroadcasted by the VPRO on the 7th of June on 2:35pm.

Water Children

Water Children has been selected for the main competiton (Millenium Award) and additionally it's part of the section called Intimate Stories at the PLANETE + DOC FILM FESTIVAL in Warsaw. 

nomination DDG-award

Water Children is nominated for the DDG-award (Dutch Directors Guild). Every year collegue-directors choose their favourite film.

 

Water Children

will be broadcast at Holland Doc24 from March 17 untill March 23rd.

Water Children on TV

Broadcast on Thursday December 15th. VPRO's Holland Doc.

WATER CHILDREN at IDFA

wed16/11 Tuschinksi 4 -16.45hrs
mon 21/11 Brakke Grond Expozaal -14.00hrs
sat 26/11 Munt 13 -22.45hrs
 

NRC Handelsblad about Water Children

‘Reserved and breathtakingly intimate (…) a majestic epic about motherhood, miscarriages, menopause. (…) In a both searching and self-confident manner of discovering and watching, the film penetrates into what is probably still one of the greatest of taboos, menstruation, and, as a consequence, about what femininity and being a woman mean.’
Dana Linssen, NRC.
 

Award for Water Children

Water Children won a Honorary Mention at the DOK Leipzig International Film Festival.

Nomination for Water Children

for a Golden Calf for Best Film at the Netherlands Film Festival 2011.

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