I am Me

Twins look alike. Sometimes they even think alike. But they’re two rather than one.
I Am Me is in part about the fact that an individual is more than the sum of his or her characteristics. The fact that a person is neither what other people say about them nor their own description of themselves. And photographs and moving images are nothing more than representations.
A person’s true nature, what constitutes the difference between one individual and another, is interchangeable. It doesn’t really differentiate us from others; on the contrary it’s something we have in common: the consciousness of being an individual.
We all have hidden talents. We all secretly believe that we have some great mission in life. As children at least. And in later years we ask, “Is that all there is?”
Everyone’s unique, so we’re told. I doubt that sometimes, because I think that we’re all separate. We’re all individuals. (Kathrin Resetarits)

In I Am Me Kathrin Resetarits explores the meaning of individuality, and her film is set up to resemble a double reflection, with two pairs of female twins, one perhaps six years old, the other ten.
In most scenes the camera captures both sisters in the same picture, showing them singing or playing the recorder. The younger pair chews on bites of bread, the older ones eat yogurt with a spoon?and at first these pictures are juxtaposed almost as if in a structuralist experiment, eating paired with eating, music paired with music, though the synchronicity suggested by the montage of these everyday routines proves to be deceptive, just as the synchronicity within the individual shots.
When Resetarits has ballet students Olga and Anastasia, dressed identically, dance the part of the dying swan near the film’s conclusion, their movements are either correct or clumsy, ambitious or relaxed, obviously demonstrating two individual personalities. And so the film moves away from the hypothesis of duplicates suggested formally in the beginning, and begins to meander more and more, finally ending in darkness with the claim “And that’s me.”
(Maya McKechneay)
Translation: Steve Wilder

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Orig. Title
Ich bin ich
Austria, Germany
33 min
Orig. Language
Kathrin Resetarits
Sandra Merseburger
Camera Assistant
Helen Sabatzki, Jette Waldow
Uwe Pfizenmaier, Thorsten Kohlhoff, Michael Lierka
Emily Artmann
Oliver Göbel
Sound Mix
Alexander Koller
Henry Notroff
Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
Executive Producer
Markus Glaser, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Production Manager
Zepp Berensmeier, Holger Lochau
Production Manager
Chris Guse
Editorial Department
Inge Classen
Kimberley Jeckl, Anastasia Lubeznova, Jill Jeckl, Olga Lubeznova
Assistant Director
Valeska Grisebach, Elke Hauck
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Seoul - EXis (Experimental Film- & Videofestival)
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival (Jury Special Award)
Firenze - Festival dei Popoli (best ethnographic / anthropologic film.)
Ghent - COURTisane Festival
San Diego Women's Film Festival
Aarhus - Festival of Festivals
Glasgow Film Festival
Chisinau - Cronograf, Int. Documentary Film Festival