63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

When her sibling Zara (played by a non-binary artist) suffers a nervous breakdown, the introvert Eva is forced to take on Zara’s job as a foley artist. She struggles to create sounds for a commercial featuring a horse, when a horsetail grows out of her body. Empowered by this change in her body, she lures a botanist into an affair, through a game of submission. A visceral journey into control, gender, and artifice, the sensational debut feature of a visual artist introduces the genre of "body pleasure." Shot in a textured, luscious 16mm film, and treating the sound design with warm meticulousness, this is a prime example of cinema that triggers, foreplay, climax, and all sorts of petit morts.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Ann Oren
Script: Ann Oren, Thais Guisasola
Cinematography: Carlos Vásquez
Editing: Ann Oren, Haim Tabakman
Sound: Danylo Okulov, Robert Hefter
Music: Munsha, äbvsd, VTSS
Actors: Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Bjørn Melhus, Sarah Nevada Grether, Lea Draeger
Production: Schuldenberg Films
Producers: Kristof Gerega, Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried
Costumes: Anna Philippa Müller
Sets: Ilaria Di Carlo
Make Up: Sada Leigh Sherrin
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 86΄
Contact: Rediance
Awards/Distinctions: Junior Jury Award – Locarno IFF 2022

Ann Oren

Born in Tel Aviv, Ann Oren is a visual artist and filmmaker. She studied Film (BA) and Fine Arts (MA) at The School of Visual Arts, NY. Her artworks have been presented in institutions including The Moscow Biennial for Young Art, The Hammer Museum, The Tel-Aviv Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Apexart, and KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst. After moving to Berlin in 2015, her artistic focus started to shift from video art and installations to cinema. She directed Passage in 2020, a 16mm short film that serves as a prequel to Piaffe, which premiered at Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and won many awards including Best Experimental Short at Slamdance.


2020 Passage (short)
2022 Piaffe