At the centre of the work is the close collaboration with the actor Lola Mercedes Wittstamm, who has the task of impersonating the director in front of the camera. In the film, she presents this work, which is currently in the making, as Zeno Gries. Through the positions of actor — director, whose balance of power is constantly changing, the focus of the work on representation and identity, original versus adaptation, become apparent. But since Lola's task as an actor is to be Zeno Gries, it also remains unclear whether she is actually the director of this film.
All members of the production team were chosen not only for their technical expertise, but also for their ability to be performers, as they had the freedom to intervene in the artistic process. Thus most of the film was created performatively at the moment, depending on the team's involvement. The director's task on the set was mainly to create an atmosphere for self participation, to successively relinquish his power and not to follow a ready-made script.
Zeno Gries Lola Mercedes Wittstamm
Camera Aron Lesnik
Sound Timo Kraus / Sarai Meyron / Julia Perkuhn