Dane Komljen about his new film Afterwater
With Afterwater, the idea took hold to make a film as fluid as water itself, to begin
one story and make it flow seamlessly into another, drifting out ever further as
parallels, rhymes, and echoes appear. The starting point were tales about
submerged settlements and drowned histories which evolved into a study of a
certain type of landscape: a reflective surface onto which one projects stories and
images. This film explores lakes as biotopes and repositories of imagination,
capturing a multitude of species, languages, materials, temporalities and ways of
being together. A group of people gather by the side of a lake and, as they plunge
into it, the film shifts from present to past and future, from digital to celluloid and
analogue video, from community to community, body to body. Springing from the
experience of floating in cold water and that feeling of being touched by
everything, this is a film that forages for links between what we are, what we have
forgotten, and what we can’t yet see.
The world premiere of the film Afterwater, directed by Dane Komljen, will be held at the
72nd Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale 2022 as part of the Forum program selection.