International Film Festival Rotterdam

Marion Hänsel – There Was a Little Ship #IFFR2020

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The Belgian filmmaker presents her latest work in an IFFR strand dedicated to her works.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Marion Hänsel, director of the film There Was a Little Ship.

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Belgian filmmaker Marion Hänsel was the subject of a retrospective at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam, within which she also presented her new work – an intimate feature documentary titled There Was a Little Ship (Il était un petit navire). Here, she tells her story of her life, revisiting memories from childhood to present day during a two-month stay hospital stay. In this interview, we ask the filmmaker whether it was difficult to revisit some of these moments, whether she considers herself a nostalgic person, the experience of working with archive footage along with footage she filmed herself, and more.

There Was a Little Ship (Il était un petit navire): A two-month hospital stay marks the start of a journey through the memories of a woman, the filmmaker. Invisibly providing voiceover, she returns to 1949, to the staircase she would take down to the water as a child in Marseille, where she was born. This leads her to Antwerp, England, New York, Paris and other places she visited as a child, teen or adult.

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  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Marion Hänsel
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    There Was a Little Ship
  • Festival section
    Deep Focus
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