Michaela Emzero

Masterstudy in Applied Art and fashion in art university for design in Linz and University for Applied Arts and University for Fine Arts in Vienna, various exhibitions as fine artist, my main material is glass and flowers, drawings, installations, super 8 films shown in Linz and Arnhem, writing texts and poems. I always choose that material which expresses my feelings and thoughts best.

My convictions and contents you find on my webpage: www.emzero.at

My son Tim Simon said one day, immersed in the contemplation of my glass work „mysterium amoris“: Mom, you give people a language who have no words, no pictures for their feelings and thoughts. Through you, they feel understood.“ Since my early childhood, I have been trying to give the whisperings of my soul, through the language of art, a dress, a voice. Born in the heart of Europe, in the border triangle of Austria, Bavaria, Bohemia, with winters of Siberian proportions from the end of September to the end of April and very short, intense summers with the most magnificent nature, which have profoundly shaped my understanding of the need to live in the moment.

In these first four years of my life, my beloved grandmother, who gave life to 14 children, taught me that the indestructible basis in life is the deep love for nature, for flowers. On these long winter evenings, my grandmother planned, down to the smallest detail, what should be planted in the coming spring, so that flowers could show their beauty throughout the summer. With her I walked through forests and meadows to collect herbs and berries; infinite lightness and security for my child’s heart. My grandmother’s life motto: “ Freedom is not automatically given to you, you have to take your freedom, no matter what happens in your life“ is my air to breathe. My mother lived this unwavering trust in divine love for a too short lifetime, especially in her most painful times. May this seed of unconditional love, standing above all, placed by my mother and grandmother, blossom in a beautiful flower in my children Esther Sophia and Tim Simon.

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What is the story behind your film?
the film is based on a remarkable dream about Erasmus of Rotterdam and searching and finding the key of all keys in unconditional love.

What should people take away, gain, realize after watching your film?
Love will heal everything, all sorts of pain and grief, love is the only truth in which we all are related.

Do you think that films can change people for the better or for the worse?
Films in general can not change not for the better nor for the worse, films can give impulses to reflect your doing and thinking.

How was the creation of your project at the time of COVID-19?
The filming day was very hard to organise and it took a lot of precision in cutting and editing because it was completely by email. We could not meet for a single hour.

What creation style did you use in the production of your project? What cameraman elements did you use?
Dreamlike elements like blend, and filming elements like drone footage.

How did you select the actors for your project?
That was quite easy it came naturally over my friends.

Why do you think your film should appeal to distributors?
The film is very original and the message of the film is for the situation in the world right now so important.

At which festival has your film been screened?
At none, it won prices in Best Istanbul Festival, Brussels Capital Film Festival, World Film Festival Cannes best female short film

How did your acquaintances react when they first saw the film?
Deeply touched by heart, a friend of mine, he is filmmaker said to me after watching: „your film has the power to move me for days.“

If you could change something in your film, what would it be?

Which movies are your favorites and why?
films which show inner psychologic processes, giving impulses for deeper feeling and thinking. Films which move my heart and soul.

What topics do you like to address in your stories?
Always the importance of love, that is my main topic also in my art pieces of glass and in my writing. Another topic is empowerment, freedom and real feminity.

What is your motivation in making films?
To reach and touch peoples hearts

Which contemporary filmmakers motivate you the most?
For example Julian Schnabel, he is fine artist too, especially his film „at eternity’s gate“ about Van Gogh.

What projects do you plan to shoot in the future?
a film about flying and freedom, the storyboard is still written, I am working on the music.

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