Official Selection


Signe Baumane | Letonia, Estados Unidos, Luxemburgo | 2022 | 108 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish

Signe Baumane has been dealing for years with issues that matter: sex (from a woman's point of view), mental health (in Stones in the Pockets) and on this occasion romantic love, an issue that has been especially targeted at women. In this hilarious and imaginative story (with an elaborate animation which earned her a Jury Distinction at Annecy), we see Baumane's (toxic) relationship with marriage, an idea that songs, stories and relatives have drilled into her head since she was a child: "you will not be complete without a man". Against the backdrop of the repressive USSR, the rush of falling in love, various kinds of men and neurological explanations for these phenomena, a film from which we are already waiting for a sequel. It had to be said and it was said.

Director: Signe Baumane
Script: Signe Baumane
Editing: Ana Remón
Music: Kristian Sensini
Producers: Robert Vinovskis, Sturgis Warner, Signe Baumane, Raoul Nadalet, Matthew Modine, Adam Rackoff, John Jencks
Production Company: Studio Locomotive, Antevita Film, The Marriage Project
Distributor: Filmin
World Sales: New Europe Film Sales

Filmmaker, artist, screenwriter and animator Latvian-born Signe Baumane has been living and working in Brooklyn, New York, for some years. Studying Philosophy at the University of Moscow. She has sixteen short films under her belt, which have been awarded at festivals like Ann Arbor, Tallinn and Ottawa, one of her shortfilms for instance, Teat Beat of Sex, is a look on sex from women’s point of view, full of humour and irreverence. Mental health and intergenerational trauma are the subjects of her first feature film Rocks in my Pockets, premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2014 and recipient of the Fipresci Award, which was screened at more than 130 festivals and premiered at cinemas in the US. My Love Affair With Marriage, Baumane’s latest film, premiered at Tribeca and Annecy, where it received a Special Mention.