Elephant in the Room

A Film by Chanelle Eidenbenz

Synopsis

Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose center is Elias, a rubber doll. While Irna holds on to her own reality with all her might, Jago is desperately trying to make his mother understand.

Director

  • Picture of Chanelle Eidenbenz © Pascal Reinmann

    Chanelle Eidenbenz

    Born in 1992 in Zurich with Dutch heritage. 2011 several Internships at film production companies in Zurich and Munich. 2012 artistic propaedeutic course and work as freelancer producing castingvideos at home and abroad. 2013 - 2018 Bachelor of Arts in Film at the Zurich University of the Arts. 2015 semester abroad in Seoul. 2017 interdisciplinary graduate program „Transcultural Collaboration“ in Hong Kong. Chanelle is a filmmaker based in Zurich. Next to her own projects she works as script supervisor and assistant director.

Awards + Festivals

  • CAMERIMAGE (Out Of Competition, Student Etude Panorama, World Premiere, Bydgoszcz, Poland)November 12, 2018
  • MAX OPHÜLS (Official Selection, Short Film Competition, German Premiere, Saarbrücken, Germany)January 14, 2019
  • 5th FICME - MERIDA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Merida, Mexico)February 8, 2019
  • 7th INTERNATIONAL CHANGING PERSPECTIVES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)March 6, 2019
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • 9th CA' FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Venice, Italy)March 20, 2019
  • 20th SHORTS - TRINATIONALES FILMFESTIVAL AM OBERRHEIN (Official Selection, Offenburg, Germany)April 2, 2019
  • 2nd SWINDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Swinton, Wiltshire, UK)April 15, 2019
  • *NOMINEE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY SHORTFILM*
    29th DEUTSCHER KAMERAPREIS 2019 (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)May 10, 2019
  • BEST SHORT AWARD* *BEST ACTRESS*
    8th INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK (Official Selection, New Jersey, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 9th ZLÍN DOG - ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Kudlov, Czech Republic)May 24, 2019
  • *OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE*, *OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A FEMALE FILMMAKER*, *BEST EDITING*, *BEST DRAMA*
    2nd SA INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2019
  • 47th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)June 8, 2019
  • 25th PALM SPRINGS INT'L SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs, USA)June 18, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • 26th OPENEYES FILMFEST MARBURG (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 24, 2019
  • 24th PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, London, UK)August 29, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Short List, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 6th STUDENT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rijeka, Croatia)October 17, 2019
  • 17th SHNIT WORLDWIDE SHORTFILMFESTIVAL (National Competition Swiss Made Program, Bern, Switzerland)October 17, 2019
  • 8th EVOLUTION MALLORCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)October 23, 2019
  • 2nd LINZ INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)November 7, 2019
  • AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Trimstein, Switzerland)November 15, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Chanelle Eidenbenz
Screenplay
Chanelle Eidenbenz
Producer
Filippo Bonacci, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in cooperation with Aalto University of the Arts
Director of Photography
Pascal Reinmann
Sound
Benoit Frech
Editor
Florian Geisseler
Sound Design
Lotta Määki
Music
Tarek Schmidt, Nik Eidenbenz

Cast

Irna
Doris Schefer
Jago
Johannes Hegemann

Details

Running Time
19:30 min
Shooting Format
Digital 2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1.85
Sound
5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Moritz Schneider

moritz.schneider@zhdk.ch
www.filmstudieren.ch

DIRECTOR

Chanelle Eidenbenz

+41 (0)178 6251352

chanelle.eidenbenz@gmail.com
www.chanelleeidenbenz.com