About esther

Esther Wellejus is a filmmaker and a writer, living and working in Copenhagen.

She wrote and directed ‘You Are Still Somebody’s Someone’ / ‘Vi Lader Billedet Stå Et Øjeblik’ – a documentary from a daughter to her father; a film on the blurry paths of memory and the love for the person behind the diagnosis. The film is produced by made in copenhagen with producer Mathilde Hvid Lippmann and Helle Faber as executive producer.

The film has been screened at film festivals all over the world and selected for competition at Sheffield DocFest 2017 (Best New Talent-nominee), CPH:DOX 2017 (NEXT:WAVE-nominee), Odense International Film Festival (Best National Film-nominee), Open City Documentary Festival, London and Astra Film Festival, Rumania (Best International Short Documentary-nominee) 2017 and the aCinema Festival, USA 2018 and won for Best Original Music at the Ekko Shortlist Awards 2017.

Recently Vi Lader Billedet Stå Et Øjeblik (You Are Still Somebody’s Someone) was selected for competition of best short documentary at the Danish Film Academy Awards 2019.

 

Presseomtale

Vinder i kategorien ‘Bedste originale musik’ ved Ekko Shortlist Award 2017:

Lasse Aagaard, komponist – vinder for musikken til ‘Vi Lader Billedet Stå Et Øjeblik’

http://www.ekkofilm.dk/artikler/vinder-ekko-shortlist-awards/

Sight & Sound magazine, omtale, juli 2017:

“In Esther Wellejus’ beautiful and deeply moving short You Are Still Somebody’s Someone, the evocation of Odysseus is a more mournful. On this occasion he is the absent father, disappeared to foreign lands without reasonable explanation. Wellejus’ film is an elemental expression of memory and childhood trauma accompanied by a letter to her father, read in voiceover, which one imagines he’ll never hear. Through home movies and archival footage, the film transports the audience to the tactile surroundings of the director’s home in Lolland, Denmark as shifting seasons and creeping storms seem to ebb and flow with the tides of her personal torment.”

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/festivals/visions-creative-documentary-sheffield-docfest-2017-luke-moody

Fyens Stifttidende, anmeldelse, august 2017:

“Som et indadskuende, visuelt digt folder Esther Wellejus historien om sin far sig ud i den aldeles levende og bevægende intimdokumentar “Vi lader billedet stå et øjeblik””… “(filmen) hører til den slags introverte, lyriske dokumentarfilm, der synes at have et terapeutisk og personligt afsæt. Som næsten al god kunst. Formet i intimitet og tænksomhed uden den fjerneste hensyntagen til publikum. Der såmænd nok skal springe om bord og blive grebet af rejsen, når materialet er så godt skruet sammen som her.”

https://www.fyens.dk/kultur/OFF-anmeldelse-Far-alle-har-forladt-dig/artikel/3179829

Ekko Filmmagasin, interview, september 2017:

http://www.ekkofilm.dk/artikler/i-erindringens-favntag/

POV International – interview, marts 2017:

http://pov.international/jeg-digter-min-far-frem-mig/

BT – interview, marts 2017

http://www.bt.dk/nyheder/jeg-gik-ind-i-sorgen-for-at-laegge-den-fra-mig

Radio 24/7 – interview, februar 2017

https://www.radio24syv.dk/programmer/hviids-varmestue/16192662/vi-lader-billedet-sta-et-ojeblik