Arts & Crafts was one of the films that screened at the “Begin Again” block at the 2017 Queens World Film Festival. Here is a synopsis of the film:
When Misha was small, he and his mother would spend hours creating their own toys and animals out of sticks and leaves. It’s been over a year since Misha’s mother died, and he now lives alone with his dad. Still hoping she might come home eventually, Misha leaves the door unlocked for her every night, much to his father’s consternation. Invoking her with cherished objects that link the two of them together, returning to look for her in the woods where they used to play, and even inflicting self-harm to get her attention have all failed to bring the mother back… So far.
After the screening, director Nina Gielen talked about her motivation for making this film:
Just my own fear of people dying, people I love. I was thinking of a situation where someone would accept any version of the dead person coming back to them. It’s cool, as long as they’re back.
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