The uncertainty one experiences as a viewer encountering the photographs and filmic works of Tova Mozard (b 1978) is related to the extent to which we are used to reading images and their contents. Mystery is a key element in her photographs together with the information that has been omitted. The sense of finding yourself in the middle of a story is striking. Although Mozard's compositions are made up of decayed environments, film sets and bizarre characters making her photographs visually attractive, the viewer is left with a feeling that is both nostalgic and saturated. Mozard's work reveals the nature of the relationship between the camera, the protagonist and the director. Sometimes relying on fiction and other times delving into her own biography, she takes on different roles in front of and behind the camera, testing the limits of directing and acting. Looking back, nostalgia and alienation are characteristic aspects of Mozard's pictorial world. She exploits this in an evocative way, cleverly playing with our receptivity and empathy on various levels. Tova Mozard holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy and has also studied photography at University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented in several public and private collections.
Bani Khoshnoudi was born in Tehran in 1977. She was 2 years old when her family immigrated to the United States in 1979, during the Revolution. After studying photography and film, she moved to Paris in 1999 and directed 'TRANSIT' (2004), a medium-length fiction that received the Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival. In 2006, Bani founded her production company, 'Pensée Sauvage Films' to be able to make independent films in Iran. In 2008, Bani produced the short essay film, 'All Restrictions End', by Iranian director, which played in various festivals around the world and won Best Documentary and Best Short Film at the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival. In addition to filmmaking, Bani makes more experimental work in the form of installation and video projection. In the fall of 2009, Bani was selected for the Cinéfondation Writing Residency (Cannes Film Festival) where she wrote her first fiction feature, 'ZIBA'. The film was shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Bright Future section, in Dubai Intl. Film Festival in Competition, at Göteborg Intl. Film Festival and FICUNAM in Mexico, CPH PIX, etc.
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.