Director BIO: Nora Jaenicke (WHALES)

Director Biography – Nora Jaenicke

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Nora Jaenicke is an award winning film maker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City.

She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to get a full scholarship to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University. She is an avid traveler, continuing to explore the world and telling stories about it, whenever she gets a chance.

She has worked in Cologne, Germany for the Documentary Film Production Company Taglichtmedia and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. Among other films she has worked as a Set Designer on Chronenbergs Film “A Dangerous Method”. Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency August 2017. Her most recent film Between Seconds has won 33 Awards all over the world.

 

Director Statement

 

Whales is a film about a family’s secluded, twisted world. A homage to sisterhood and the impact that lies can have on our lives.

A film with an ending that sheds light onto a dark secret that has been haunting the family members for most of their lives.  It is a challenge to describe each character in their complexity, and reveal the effects that the interweaving of past events has left upon each one of them, and most importantly, upon their relationships to one another.

The story is about an attempt to reconnect. Family members confronting their biggest fears, by trying to communicate clumsily, and perhaps for the first time. Getting together in the house that saw them united in the first place.

I wanted to tell a story that is both painful and yet, strangely beautiful and touching in its resolve, as it leaves us with Margot and Louise confronting the truth, after years of living a lie.  At the end, however, the message isn’t of peace and calm after the storm. As a matter of fact, there is no message at all. My intention is to share their lives and struggles and allow the audience to make their own conclusions.

Separated by the passing of time and different upbringings, the two sisters unexpectedly find their lives linked back together by the forces of remembrance and forgiveness. How do we forgive and forget, are the main themes that the audience is left with at the end. Is it actually possible to forgive?

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