Directed by Kathrin Steinbacher
To the public eye Hedi appears to be afflicted by a form of decline, albeit tragic in nature. She suffers from dementia. In this autobiographically inspired film, Steinbacher mobilizes the redemptive and thoroughly creative potential of cognitive displacement: the significant "red shoes" here play a literally leading role. Hedi continually rediscovers herself in the mountains as a young woman bursting with energy, climbing the highest peaks with ease, her boots serving as a loyal companion. When a neighbor alerts Hedi to her worn out old boots and thereby incidentally signals the precarious proximity of welfare and social control, it is no coincidence that a view of the village opens through the eyelets of Hedi's hiking boots.
About the Director
Kathrin Steinbacher is a multi award-winning and Bafta nominated animation director and Illustrator based in London and Salzburg. Her films have been screened at festivals around the world including Slamdance, Ann Arbor, LIAF and Tricky Women Festival. Her graduation film ‘In her Boots’ (2019, Royal College Of Art) has recently been nominated for a Bafta. Kathrin finds depth in the vast variety of people, opinions and cultures by using narrative and documentary aspects as an essential component throughout her work. Motivated by talking about difficult topics and raising awareness, she often uses observation to draw, and later bring it to life, by having a strong focus on research, design and characters. Her narratives are often inspired by personal experiences. She graduated from Kingston School of Art in 2017 and completed her Masters in Documentary Animation at the Royal college of Art in 2019.