With Me

A woman is lying on a bed. Her double is stretched out next to her, and she slowly turns to caress it, to kiss and lick it before the two cuddle up to each other and the scene darkens.

A straightforward etude. A simple setup, though with a false bottom: The woman is played by the filmmaker, who - as in other works - has cloned her ghostly actors by means of multiple exposures. With Me, shot in 16mm and silent, resembles early cinematic works and their phantoms, and not only because of this special effect. Taken together, the old-fashioned interior and the faded colours, the jerky movements, the slightly exaggerated gestures and the almost transparent bodies create a somewhat eerie and somnambulistic atmosphere. And the doppelgänger motif - which is closely linked to supernatural experiences - contributes to this feel. At the same time, these images also possess a sense of absence. The overlapping time periods on the strip of film, a result of the production method, literally show through. The space is a fixed quantity and therefore has a dual presence. The action leaves fleeting traces, like a daydream in which the familiar secretly returns.

(Isabella Reicher)

Orig. Title
Mit Mir
Austria, Germany
3 min
Kerstin Cmelka
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
With Me (Image)
With Me (Image)
Kerstin Cmelka
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Manchester Int. Short Film & Video Festival
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival
Humboldt - Int. Film Festival
Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
Belo Horizonte - Festival Int. de Cortas Metragens
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
Los Angeles - LA Freewaves
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Onion City - Film Festival Chicago
Ann Arbor - Film Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Tampere - Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
Brisbane - Int. Film Festival
Sao Paulo - Mix Brasil