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Some days we find ourselves on an obscure road of eternal darkness. You don‘t know who you are and where you want to go. Your own reality becomes distorted and the perception of ordinary things suddenly becomes abstract. You carry heavy ballast with you, a shadow that you cannot encounter.

CYCLES is a short film that deals with depression and anxiety on an abstract and artistic level. It is a topic that is still rarely addressed in our society, but is more important than ever, especially under today‘s circumstances. The withdrawal of freedom and closeness to people, pushes our own psyche into a corner.

Director’s Vision

The very first idea of the short film came up in the middle of winter during the second Corona lock-down. I always thought that I’m in a very good mental condition, but at that time I noticed how I also suddenly fall into a kind of dark place with my own psyche. I didn’t really realize it at first, but then I started to self-reflect my thoughts and tried to talk about it with my close circle of friends and family. Furthermore, I was amazed because especially in my close environment the topic of depression and anxiety (and in general mental health) became more and more present. So, I asked myself the question, why is mental health talked about so little in our modern society?
With that question in mind, I came up with the idea to work on an abstract short film about depression and anxiety to create further awareness of the disease.

After finite conversations with affected people, newspaper articles and including my own experience, I realized that I would like to treat the subject on a symbolic and metaphorical level. Because each of us perceives depression differently, so I found an experimental and abstract approach very interesting. Everyone who looks closely at the film can find small symbolism and much inspiration from art history.

We hope to reach a broad audience which can see a part of themselves inside our film and just maybe open a conversation about anxiety and depression in our communities.