Brussels based Austrian Film Maker Dieter Grohmann has won with his film ‘follow me’ the award for ‘best foreign short’ at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Hs has also claimed the award of recognition in the category ‘Experimental foreign short’ at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. As of now the film is also listed in the official selection of 4 other film festivals in Europe and the US.
The soul is a vast country. Dieter Grohmann’s short film ‘follow me’ starring Shantala Pepe is solely anchored in this ‘vast country’. Attempting to escape from her inner self followed by panic attacks as well as quiet moments, the protagonist eventually faces her demons. Afflicted by doubts and quiet desperation, she realises that there is only one way out: to let go and give herself over to what is meant to be. This also turns out to become was her very own gateway to deliverance, inner peace and freedom. The story delves into the depth of the psyche, in the realm between dream and reality, trying to get to the bottom of whether the inner subjective experience is not actually the true reality.
‘follow me’ is another complex yet important film by Grohmann and well worth seeing. Grohmann’s stories such as ‘like so many others / Citizen B’ (official selection 2014 Erie Film Festival/ USA), eating up hesitation (screened off competition at the internationalen Kurzfilmtagen in Oberhausen) or just a dream (Internationales Short Film Festival Detmold – 2013) have the trademark of being set on the outer and most fragile edge of the soul.
The Brussels Times