“Chrysalis” plays at Cannes Film Festival

Swedish film director Henrietta Eskelin has created a poetic and visually evocative short film that has been selected for showing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The film is focused on Norah a sensitive, lonely illustrator who becomes disturbingly obsessive about an intense relationship she develops with a beautiful butterfly. Although Norah lives a peaceful and quiet life, she longs for someone to share her life with. One day while filling out a crossword, a rare and beautiful butterfly lands on Norah’s hand and she is absolutely captivated by the magic of the moment.

Chrysalis PhotoAfter deciding to keep the butterfly in a jar, Norah becomes overly attached and increasingly dependent on it. The relationship soon becomes alarmingly human and Norah’s obsession at keeping the butterfly tightly contained in order to prevent it escaping and abandoning her tragically results in her killing it. Too late she learns that such a fragile thing as love should be kept in an open palm and trusted to stay there, rather than holding on to it too tightly and suffocating it.
Swedish student Henrietta Eskelin came to South Seas to study Drama Directing and Scriptwriting after she enjoyed working for Swedish Director Albin Glasell (South Seas 2011 Graduate) while he was shooting his 2013 Swedish film “Celice.” The film was produced by Daniel Bajnoci another South Seas 2011 graduate. The film Celice can be viewed on Vimeo.

‘Chrysalis’ was made by Henrietta as the final film project in her intensive one year practical training course at South Seas Film and Television School in Auckland, New Zealand.