film about Erna Morena by Bettina Neuhaus and Natasja
'Schwarzer Schwan' is a poetic film portrait about Erna
Morena (1885-1951), one of the celebrated actresses
in the German silent film industry in the twenties.
Fascinated by anecdotes and photographs of this remarkable,
expressive and beautiful film actress, Bettina Neuhaus
and the Dutch sound engineer and light designer Natasja
Giebels got involved in what is the life story behind
this touching and eloquent face that we see today on
old film programs, photo books and post cards?
'Schwarzer Schwan' is a journey back in time, into the
life story and personality of Erna Morena, into the
time at the beginning of the last century and the beginning
of German film. It also deals with the questions: what
is left in the world after a lived life? What do we
remember and how do we deal with the gaps in our memory?
Concept and realization: Bettina
Neuhaus and Natasja Giebels
'Schwarzer Schwan' will be presented in the beginning
of 2006 in Germany.