BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire
Helen

Helen

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Helen
Storbritannia/Irland / 2009 / 79 min
DIRECTOR:
Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor
The UK discovery of the year: a subtle, sophisticated psychological drama

When a woman disappears, loner Helen agrees to play her role in a police reconstruction. Slowly but surely, the missing girl's persona begins to influence Helen, filling gaps in her own fractured life. Writer/directors Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy maintain a sense of slow-burning mystery, treating the characters with heart-twisting compassion whilst keeping their true motivations ambiguous. With an atmosphere quite distinct from any British work of the moment, this is a most exciting debut.

Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor

Over the past four years, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor have been working on a project called Civic Life, which has involved local community groups in the production of short films for the cinema. In 2004, their film WHO KILLED BROWN OWL won the award for Best British Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In January 2008 their latest short film, JOY, won the Prix UIP at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. HELEN is the culmination of the Civic Life series.