“How do you write about illness? I am mad. I spend all my time folded over the bosom-screen of my laptop. Searching for another plot… another outcome… another expertise… I have not time to spare, yet I stand motionless. I am not mad. I live in madness. I am trapped. I wait. I am the woman who swallowed her house.“ Catherine Adamidi
“The Woman Who Swallowed Her House” is a film about the radically subjective way in which a biologist deals with her cancer diagnosis.
In her story, writer and scientist Catherine Adamidi alternates between essay, letter and diary. “How do you write about illness?“ is a question that runs throughout her text linking medical facts with fragments of her own history and philosophical reflections on human life and death.
Inspired by Adamidi’s writing this experimental film takes viewers on an unusual journey. In “The Woman Who Swallowed Her House” director Frauke Havemann explores the poetics of science and the cinematic (im)possibilities of depicting processes inside the body.
The Woman: Iris Boss
Supporting Cast: Jack Rath, Neal Wach, Annette Klar, .a.o.
Voice-Over: Christiane Kühl
Director: Frauke Havemann
Camera: Eric Schefter
Editing: Frauke Havemann, Eric Schefter
Texts: Catherine Adamidi
Dramaturgy: Rose Beermann
Script: Frauke Havemann
Producer: Gesine Enwaldt
Production: Filme & Consorten Produktionsgesellschaft
und Frauke Havemann / ON AIR
Script development and research funded by the programme for women artists in film/video of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.
Completion date: early 2020