LAB 2013-2014 > Maite Alberdi & Giedre Zickyte – I am not from here

Maite Alberdi & Giedre Zickyte – I am not from here

Maite Alberdi


Maite Alberdi (1983) studied Film and Aesthetics at Universidad Católica de Chile. As a director she has developed a highly particular style that accomplishes an intimate portrayal of the characters she works with, through everyday stories in small-scale worlds. She works teaching in several universities, and is co-writer of the book: 'Teorías del cine documental en Chile: 1957-1973'. Films: 'La once' ('Tea time'), documentary feature in postproduction. 'El salvavidas' ('The lifeguard') documentary feature, world premier IDFA 2011. 'Las peluqueras' ('The hairdressers'), fiction short, 2007.

Giedre Zickyte


Giedre Zickyte was born in 1980, has studied journalism, film and TV directing and gained Master's degree in Visual Arts at Vilnius Art Academy in 2007. She has directed several documentaries and short fiction films, one of them - 'Baras' - has won the best TV film of the year award at Lithuanian National Film Awards Silver Crane, 2009. 'How we played the revolution' was her first feature length documentary film. It premiered in Official competition of Warsaw Film Festival and is going in festival circuit, was distributed theatrically in Lithuania, nominated for the best documentary of the year at Lithuanian National Film Awards and got the 1st prize in the competition of the Baltic Countries at Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival, 2012.


I am not from here


Alice, a twenty-something Swedish woman finds herself in Mexico City, arriving just within the aftershock of a massive earthquake. She is on a personal quest: first to reconnect with her father who lives in a sanatorium, and then together to go searching for her mother who left Sweden years ago to become a beauty queen in the desert state of Sinaloa. Moving in a state of heightened reality, sometimes somnolently and other times hyperactively, Alice and her father set out through the city and then in the desert, all the while dealing with their own fragmented relationship. A progression through a series of episodic scenes brings us diverse encounters, often times feeling like a déja-vu. On the "road", Alice and her father try to figure out their tie and in the end, things are maybe not what they seem. This is a film about family dynamics and confused emotions, the past and the present, history, longing, and how memory works in trying to put together the lost pieces.