28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe

Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe

director: Emma van den Berg
original title: Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
country: Netherlands, United Kingdom
year: 2022
running time: 25 min.


Emma's mother first idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was then replaced by Russell Crowe, and the household’s DVD collection grew to include all the actor's films. At the same time, however, there is no real man in her mother’s world. She lives for her daughter and makes do with a few close female friends with whom she throws frivolous house parties. The apparent contradiction between the manifestation of the sex drive and its fulfilment leads the director to question the things that remain unspoken and yet define her and her mother’s coexistence. And, in deep introspection, it also leads to the painful realisation that she herself might be carrying her mother's traumas.

“I see myself continuing to research between the line of art and documentary film. Letting my voice be heard in today’s society as a filmmaker who happens to be queer and female.”

Source: Film Freeway


Emma van den Berg (1992) is a Dutch visual artist and documentary filmmaker. She graduated from the Audiovisual Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She has been living, studying and working in London since 2020.

more about film

director: Emma van den Berg
cast: Coby van den Berg, Stephanie Gude, Barbara Gozens
producer: Emma van den Berg, Imoje Aikhoje
sound design: Jack Evans, Peter Sant
skladatel: Joel Whitaker
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