+ Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara
Following his Oscar-winning The White Helmets, Orlando von Einsiedel turns his camera on his own family as they attempt to cope with a devastating loss.
Dir Orlando von Einsiedel
Courtesy of Violet Films
When his brother, newly diagnosed as schizophrenic and suffering from intense depression, took his own life at 22, Orlando and his other two siblings buried the trauma, rarely talking about it. Over a decade later, the remaining family set out on a hiking tour, visiting landscapes Evelyn liked to walk, to reflect on his life and death. The result is an intensely personal and moving documentary on the emotional impact of suicide within a family and a powerful account of the benefits of creating safe spaces for emotional communication. Shot in a subjective style and against the stunning backdrop of the British countryside, Evelyn is an emotionally raw film that documents the difficult, yet rewarding, attempt to navigate the rocky highlands of collective trauma.
Ana David, LFF Programmer
Tickets on sale to BFI Champions Fri 21 Dec 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.
Audio Description available.