A Biography

director: Alexander Schellow
06 minutes | France, GERMANY

How can a person suffering from Alzheimer still tell herself her own life? When words are no longer there, only remain the sensations and the sounds the body remembers. In the community room of an Alzheimer clinic, a music coming from a radio triggers the dancing of an old lady in a wheelchair.

Remembering the moves it used to perform, her body brings along a series of sound memories. Entirely drawn and animated from memory, A BIOGRAPHY reconstructs dot by dot this emergence of memory where it is no longer expected, in an effort to keep this body and this life from oblivion.


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Production: Films de Force Majeure (FR), Index.film (DE), Studio Lemon (FR), in cooperation with Catalogue du Sensible

Distribution: Films de Force Majeure

Release: 2017




UniFrance (promotion support)
Goethe Institut Marseille

In cooperation with
Catalogue du Sensible


Written and directed by Alexander Schellow
Editing Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Sound editing Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Nans Mengeard
Mixing Nans Mangeard (Studio Lemon)
Producers Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Alexander Schellow
Postproduction coordinators Nora Bertone, Jérôme Nunes

Technical sheet

Sound 5.1, Stereo
Lenght 6 minutes
Release 2017
Visa number


Rogue Dancer FilmFest – Raleigh (USA)
Sittannavasal International Film Festival – Best Animation Short – Tamil Nadu (India)
Almaty Underground Screening Series, Dom36 – Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Roshani International Film Festival – Maharashtra (India)
Thilsri International Film Festival – Sivaganga (India)
Riyadh Short Film Festival – Saudi Arabia
Nitiin International Film Festival – Palau Pinang (Malaysia)
Nepal Indie FilmFestival – Nepal
Kerala Short Film Festival – Kerala (India)
Barnstorm Dance Fest – Houston (USA)
Moving Image Arts International Short Film Festival – Toronto (Canada)
Kim Ki Duk International Film Festival – South Korea

18th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia – Untimely Meditations or: How We Learn to Live in Synthesized Realities – Italy
Goethe-Institut Bandung –  OH TINA : BEFORE EULOGY, curated by Suina Latersia/Dea Widya – Indonesia
Yearly conference of the translocal performative academy –  Brussels (Belgium)
Pebbles Underground – Canada
Future of film Awards – Best animated film – Ohrid (Macedonia)
Varsity Film Expo – Honorable mention – Bulawayo (Simbabwe)


Festival International du Film de Nancy – Official shortfilm competition – LABO selection award (France)
Videoformes – Young Public Section (France)
International days of art films (France)

Festival Tous Cours – Experimental competition (France)
Animasivo – Int. competition – Best short film award (Mexico)
Festival RISC (France)
Sommets du cinéma d’animation – Competition int (Canada)
Khiasma (France)
Cinanima – Grand Panorama Documentary (Portugal)
Un Festival c’est trop court ! (France)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival – Special Distinction of the Jury (Russia)
FIDMarseille (France)
La Nuit de l’Instant – Public award (France)
Festival National du Film d’Animation – French premiere (France)