Director Gertrud Pinkus
Completion Date: January 1, 2023
BELLA - MIA deals with “domestic violence” in an unusual narrative form. The film is partly set in a surreal underwater world, because the essence of a relationship runs in secret beneath the surface. It tells the story of two lovers whose love cannot withstand the challenges of everyday life. Narrated with light humorous touch, yet entertaining, despite the tragic topic: domestic violence.
Director - Gertrud Pinkus
Film Director, Swiss nationality
Education for stage design at the Theater Basel and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, bachelor of Arts diploma in Theater Stage Design.
She works as screen writer, camera-operator, director, editor. For television she realized numerous documentaries and worked for a longer period in Germany, Italy, Algeria, Mexico, Guatemala and Switzerland. From 1980 on, she directed feature movies for the big screen in the international cinema area. Here films were well received by critics and movie audiences.
Gertrud Pinkus is also involved in several interdisciplinary art projects. There are her movies part of collective art works in collaboration with artists from other disciplines: musicians, dancers, painters, sculptors. The performances take place in galleries, museums, theaters, music halls and public spaces.
Her extensive work as an artist in theater, film, video and photography have brought her international recognition. She has received several international prizes and awards, among them the prestigious "Deutscher Filmpreis"
Shorts & Video-art
2023 “BELLA MIA”
2020 “WHAT WATER TELLS”
2019 “LA MIA DIMORA È IL MIO CORPO”
2018 “ALS DEN FÜSSEN OHREN WUCHSEN”
2018 “AFTER WORKS IN LA HABANA”
2017 “PLAZA MORELIA”
2016 "IN THE RIVERS DEPHTS"
2015 "MADE IN BURKINA FASO"
Feature films for Cinema (screenplay and director)
1991 „ANNA GÖLDIN –THE LAST WITCH“
„Hessischer Filmpreis“ (best actress)
„Preis für Film“ des Kantons Solothurn
„Audience award“ Max Ophüls Festival,
„Prix des femmes“ Figueira de Foz
„Preis der oek. Jury“ Filmfestival Locarno
„Qualitätsprämie“ des EDI, Switzerland
„Anna Göldin“ was a box office hit in Switzerland. Festival competition: Locarno, New-Dehlì, Del Aviv, San Sebastian, Figueira de Foz, Göteborg. Tournées in den U.S.A., South-Africa, several Arabic Countries and Israel. TV-broadcasting: SF-DRS, SF-TRS, ARD, BR, TVE, France5, 3-SAT.
1985 „NEVER AGAIN – UNTIL NEXT TIME“
„Preis der deutschen Filmkritik“
„Studienprämie“ des EDI, Schweiz
1984 „DUO VALENTIANOS“
„Grand prize“ Tunesyde Filmfestival U.K.
„Prädikat“ der FBW
“recent-german-cinema" MoMA, N.Y.
Film-Festival Competitions: Montreal, Tunesyde Filmfestival, Festival of european Films Rimini, Karlovy Vari-Festival. Screening Tours in India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea, Saudi-Arabia and more...
1980 „THE GREATEST VALUE OF A WOMAN IS HER SILENCE“
„Special prize City of Mannheim“
„Preis Akademie der darst. Künste“
„Filmpreis“ des Kantons Solothurn
„Prix du public“ Festival d. femmes Paris
„Preis Verb. deutscher Filmkritiker“
„Studienprämie“ des EDI, Schweiz
„Preis der kath. Filmarbeit“ DE
„Preis der evang. Filmjury“ DE
„Film des Monats“ Nov. 1980
„Fernsehspiel des Monats“ Dez 1980
In theatrical distribution in many european countries and in Australia. Screening Tours in Italy, serveral Arabic Countries, Mexico, U.S.A., Canada and Australia. Film-Festival Competitions. TV-broadcasting in the channels: SF-DRS, ZDF, WDR, WNYW , TV-Australia.
And more than 30 documentaries for television
"Domestic violence" is a multi-layered topic and deeply rooted in social structures. I was particularly interested in the aspect of "love". If love becomes violence, all the trust in a family community and in a close human relationship disappears.
This film opens access to a new audience. It is designed for groups working with victims of domestic violence.