Synopsis: Lea, a therapist, who specializes in treating victims of sexual abuse, is no longer able to follow her own methods and becomes a victim of her trauma after she herself is assaulted. She loses control over her life and taps into the abyss of her own psyche. This film is a journey through the inner realm of a distressed woman, where reality and fiction, truth and dreams entwine.
Julia Hartmann (Lisa)
Lina Rabea Mohr (Alice)
Shantia Ullmann (Laura)
Christoph Gawenda (Father/Man)
With “ Kintsugi,” I felt it was important to show the horrific consequences of a traumatic experience in all its brutality. Therefore I decided to use a more radical and ruthless form of storytelling.
This film is about women suffering from a deep emotional injury, yet succeeding in breaking free from their role as a victim.
While researching the subject of sexual abuse, I realized that more people than I expected were affected, starting with the people around me. Even the smallest incidents of unsolicited intimacy will haunt a person subjected to such experiences for a lifetime and leave them feeling paralyzed in even the most simple daily situations. For me, it was important to show that aspect in the movie.
I wanted to break the silence and create an act of liberation and freedom. “Kintsugi” is not a psychological treatise but rather a story about reclaiming freedom and self-determination, portrayed by a woman fighting to return to life.
Me and my Co-Producer invested all of our savings into the shooting of this film. Our fortune was, that we managed to put an amazing crew together consisting of film specialists and professional actors from all over the world, despite our minimal budget. All of us met in a little town in Poland where we moved together into a house in which we lived and filmed for nine days. Our challenge was, to shoot in a place where there is a minimal film infrastructure using minimal budget and time.
To manage the difficulties coming our way was only possible because everyone stepped up and brought their highest energy and dedication to the process. But then came the challenge of finalization which only became possible with the help of numerous people who believed in this project and wanted to bring it to life. So with the support of several crowdfunding pools, we were finally able to make this film.
Nadja Bobyleva was born in 1983 in Moscow. At the age of seven, Nadja began taking classes at the Class Centre school for art and theatre. Her family immigrated to Germany when she was nine. In 2000 she received her debut in the feature ENGEL & JOE, followed by offers for various roles in film and TV. In 2002, Nadja started her theatre studies at the Theatre Academy in Hannover and, in parallel, spent a year abroad at the State Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg in 2004.
The same year she was honored with the Günter Strack Award for her performances as Klara in the TV movie GETTING A LIFE.
After completing her studies, Nadja moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the Laboratory Theatre “Schkapf”, both as actor and director. Around that time she worked with Steven Spielberg and starred in the Luc Besson produced Web series “The Show” directed by Jan Kounen.
After completing several short films, she gave her director´s debut with an autobiographical documentary “Father. Mother. Me.” which premiered 2017 at the International Women´s Film Festival Dortmund.
Brighton Rocks Film Festival - United Kingdom - 2020
Best Drama (Kintsugi Film)
Show Low Film Festival - United States - 2020
Montral International Indie Short Film Awards - Canada - 2020
The South African Independent Film Festival - South Africa - 2020
Best Drama Short /Best Lead Actree