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My Dearest f#cking Phone

Original title: Lieve K#ttelefoon
Netherland, 2014, 17 min.

Director: Eef Hilgers
Production company:
Een van de jongens
De Kempenaerstraat 11B
1051 CJ Amsterdam
+31 20 894 36 28
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Co-producers: Eikon
Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Film genre: Documentary

Like many teenage girls, Claudia has an intense love-hate relationship with her smartphone. “You make me happy, give me distraction, but sometimes you make me sad too,” she says in the voice-over. Her reflections on her phone, but especially on herself and her “not all that great” life, are the leitmotif in the story of this teenager. She feels alone and insecure, sentiments further fed by the pictures of her beautiful, successful and fun-loving friends on Instagram. The camera follows Claudia during a brief period in her life as she visits and goes out with her friends – with their phones always playing an important role – and in atmospheric shots when she is alone with her phone. Together with Claudia, we dive into the world she herself has created, a virtual world consisting of her preferences and her Facebook likes, which is more real than life itself. It's no wonder then that she's dreading going on vacation, as that means no Internet. Interestingly enough, it is precisely that time without Wi-Fi that turns out to be a breakthrough for Claudia.

This film is part of the Kids&Docs workshop 2013/2014.

DokuMA Film Festival, Makarska 2015 (Special Jury Mention, Audience Award)
IDFA 2015
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2015
International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana, Moscow 2015
DOK Leipzig 2015
Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund/Köln 2016