My Life as a Film
Das Leben drehen - wie mein Vater versuchte, das Glück festzuhalten
When Eva Vitija came of age, her father gave her a feature-length film about her life. Far from pleasing Eva, the film infuriated her. Her father, filmmaker Joschy Scheidegger, documented his family obsessively, and his daughter had vainly attempted to get away from his camera during her entire childhood. Only after Joschy died did Eva feel the need to examine his extensive film and video archive and, like her father, go behind the camera to chronicle the family. “My Life as a Film” is Eva’s intimately revealing search for the difficult yet healing truths hidden behind her father’s pictures. This deft, beautifully constructed personal documentary features several surprising turns, including the revelation that Joschy had another family before Eva’s. The fraught interview she conducts with her half-brother is a disturbing highlight of the film, and Eva’s voice-over and interviews with her mother and brother are similarly startling in their candor. Because much of the family works in the field of psychology and psychiatry, Eva’s relatives offer sharp insight into their own and Joschy’s behavior. “My Life as a Film” makes particularly excellent use of both the father’s home-movie footage and excerpts from his professional work, whose themes and subjects have clear parallels with his personal life.