Friday, March 23rd 2012 at 9:00 PM
Film Society Lincoln Center – New York, NY
Sunday, March 25th 2012 at 5:00 PM
MoMA, New York, NY
A sexually aggressive woman is a dangerous thing — or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Images of the vamp, the damaged innocent, and the prostitute are staples of cinema, but what about the woman who uses sex as a distraction or comfort and isn’t hung up on emotional attachments? Filmmakers have largely ignored her story. This is what makes Hemel such a discovery. Hannah Hoekstra plays a strongwilled, complicated, and vulnerable heroine who longs (perhaps too much) to connect with her elusive father and ultimately find herself. The film follows her raw investigation of both physical and intellectual intimacy.
About the Director
Sacha Polak graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2006. She has made four short films since then, including Teer, which screened at numerous international film festivals. In 2009, she took part in the Directors Lab at the Binger Filmlab. Hemel is her feature-film debut. Director Q&A at both screenings!