Sydney Film Festival

Esther Rots – Retrospekt #SydFilmFest

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Retrospekt is a riveting drama about domestic violence, trauma and memory, part psychological thriller, part experiment.

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9 min. and 53 sec.

PODCAST | Cristiana Palmieri interviews Esther Rots, director and screenwriter of the film Retrospekt.

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Esther talks about sensory cinema, her non-linear and non-chronological cinematic style, where the visual aspect is deliberately incoherent to offer an interpretation of life events by bringing both the audience and the protagonist into the same emotional space.

Retrospekt: Stars Circé Lethem and Lien Wildemeersch are electrifying as a caregiver and her charge, an unstable survivor of abuse, who develop an unhealthy co-dependency. This tragic but enigmatic story, told over multiple fragmentary timelines, is as riveting as it is unsettling.

To discover more about the film, click here.


  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Esther Rots
  • Interviewee role
    director, screenwriter
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Europe! Voices of women in film
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