Home When You Return

Carl Elsaesser

2021 | 00:30:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Architecture, Death and Dying, Family, Found Footage, Memory, Time

"Superimposing the stories of two women—the filmmaker’s late grandmother and the amateur filmmaker Joan Thurber Baldwin—Home When You Return explores the psychogeographies of mourning through a variety of modes, from documentary to melodrama. Emptied and put up for sale following its matriarch’s passing, the family home becomes the site of a winding tour through polymorphic representations of the past in media and memory." - NYFF Currents

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Prizes + Awards

2022 European Media Art Festival, EMAF Media Art Award of the German Film Critics Association (VdFk)


New York Film Festival
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Berlinale, Berlin, Germany

Cinéma du réel, Paris, France

Onion City Film Festival, Chicago IL, USA