Braiding the Challah: An Interview with Sofia Bohdanowicz, Burak Çevik, and Blake Williams

Braiding the Challah: An Interview with Sofia Bohdanowicz, Burak Çevik, and Blake Williams
An unclassifiable filmic object that sprang out of a long-distance creative partnership, A Woman Escapes brings directors Sofia Bohdanowicz, Burak Çevik, and Blake Williams together in an intimate and playful collaboration that mingles different formats, aesthetics, and experiences. In a nod to Robert Bresson’s classic A Man Escaped (1956), the film accounts the flight of a young woman—Bohdanowicz’s regular persona Audrey Benac, played by Deragh Campbell—from an emotionally paralyzing grieving process. We witness Audrey’s life being deeply impacted by the death of her elderly friend Juliane, whose apartment, along with its souvenirs, shared memories, and some images, are left behind to the devastated young woman. In the minuscule kitchen of this time-worn Parisian apartment, Audrey sits and vainly ruminates on the past while feeling speechless, lethargic, and trapped in an eternal stagnation. When Audrey’s friends Burak and Blake—also fictional personas of Çevik and Williams
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