Morgane Frund on „Ours“/ interview

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1997, she studied film, English and German at the University of Lausanne. Between 2019 and 2022, she took a BA degree in video at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. She is currently active in the fields of documentary film, video essay and performance arts.

What was your starting point for “Ours”?

The project started with an email from Urs, the protagonist of the film. He contacted my school looking for somebody to edit his footage of wild bears in Alaska and Kamtchatka. I responded because I was very interested in animal documentaries, especially how we look at animals and what it means to film them. However, there was a major turning point in the project when I started digitizing the tapes and discovered that Urs did not only film bears. The film is now about the male gaze and the challenges of talking about it.

Do you have a favourite moment in the film? Which one and why this one?

I think my favourite scene is the one in the museum. It was very important for me to find a way to open the topic of the male gaze further and to discuss it as something historic and systemic. It’s not just about me and my protagonist, the issue is bigger than us. So going together to a museum allowed us to talk more freely about images and what we see in them. Urs, the protagonist, had never been in an art museum before. We listened to each other more on that day than ever before and this is why that scene moves me.

What do you like about the short form?

The short form doesn’t need to answer everything. It doesn’t necessarily need to bring answers at all. The format allows me to ask questions and to leave the audience with images and tools to continue to talk beyond the film.

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