Miguel Eek’s film addressing mental health taboos comes to Bucharest at One World Romania.
After its world premiere at IDFA, The First Woman will travel to Romania next week at the One World Romania in Bucharest. The film, directed by Miguel Eek, explores the meaning of “normality” within the collective of people with mental illness.
The First Woman follows the life of Eva, a woman who yearns to leave the psychiatric hospital that she’s called home for the past six years. Her greatest dream is to reconnect with her estranged son, whom she hasn’t seen for over a decade, but she fears he won’t forgive her for her past mistakes. After a long wait at the facility, punctuated by philosophical and often humorous conversations with other patients, Eva’s opportunity to leave finally arrives. Director Miguel Eek captures this moment of transition in Eva’s life with a keen eye for composition and an empathetic approach. The First Woman is a tender portrait that will challenge preconceptions about people living with mental illness.
Eva’s vitality and resilience are what fascinated the filmmaker: “Having a life project is something unusual and deeply valuable in a psychiatric hospital where illness and a certain medical paternalism can wither any desire for an autonomous life. As Eva told me, without that dream, she would be dead today”.
The First Woman is screening physically at the One World Romania on June 16 / 21:00, at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului in the presence of Miguel Eek; and online from June 21-27. Tickets are available on their website.
The film is a Mosaic production in co-production with IB3 and with the support of the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics, the Consell de Mallorca and the Mallorca Film Commission.