A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.
Maya Deren (1917 - 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska, was born in Kyiv. When she was 5 years old her family moved to the USA. In 1943 she married Czech-born photographer and cameraman Alexandr Hackenschmied. He helped her with her still photography and taught the basics of filmmaking. In the same year she took the name Maya Deren and shot the film Meshes of the Afternoon, which was her directorial début.
In 1946, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Work in the Field of Motion Pictures. She then created a scholarship for experimental filmmakers, the Creative Film Foundation. Maya Deren's cinema is defined by critics as a poetic psychodrama, a trance movie. There is no plot in her short films; The task of the image is to play with the light, shadows, mirrors, to change the sharp optical angles and so to take the viewer out of real space and time, to immerse him in a state of hypnotic fascination.
Sep. 16 - Sep.22