Lea Schlude (*1990) grew up in Berlin, Bonn and Rome. She studied Philosophy, Arts & Media at Universität Hildesheim and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Universidade Federal do Parà, Brazil. Her debut film Via San Cipriano (San Cipriano Road) screened at many international film festivals and was selected for the markets of Visions du Réel Film Festival and Hot Docs Toronto in 2019. It was awarded Best Feature Documentary at Olhares do Mediterraneo Film Festival and Best Film at Roma Cinema Doc. Lea is currently a fellow of the Wim Wenders Foundation and the Film Commission NRW for the development of a feature documentary project about the forgotten indigenous topography of Los Angeles and its connection points to Germany.
2022 Hazy Valley, 90 min. (in development)
2019 Via San Cipriano (San Cipriano Road), Germany/Italy, 67 min.
My work explores issues of place, memory and identity at the intersection of film and philosophy. I am interested in the major political struggles of contemporary societies - labor, race, gender and ecology - and how they manifest locally, in human interactions with specific natural and cultural environments. While my research is informed by critical theory, I feel especially drawn to textures and fragments, peripheries and liminal spaces in the relations between nature and culture, objects and subjects, body and mind. In my master thesis I argued for an epistemological understanding of pleasure as a mode of thinking.