"Delivers a refreshingly even-handed assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of online culture. " - Slant
This acclaimed documentary paints an incandescent portrait of a young woman who gained an online following for her thought-provoking exhibitionism and socially-transgressive, sexually-ambiguous lifestyle.
Self-described drifter, Eva is an Italian in Berlin who makes a living as a sex worker and an occasional fashion model. She is also a Queer, politically-minded, online icon who started her personal blog at the age of 14 as an instrument of self-expression. after being sexually exploited by a family friend.
Now 25, Eva's life seems meticulously curated to her growing Instagram and Tumblr audience, captured with poetic sensibilities that resonate with the medium on which she thrives. Episodically changing her physical appearance, Eva's mutable search for identity reflects an emerging online culture where self-discovery is chronicled publically, routinely confronting social expectations around gender, sexuality, status and shame.
By frequently challenging her own perceptions of self, Eva’s fragmented personalities offer validation to an online audience for whom the concept of a fixed identity feels like an anachronism. In essence, with her personal experimentations and disarming honesty, Eva demonstrates a new way of being—exposing by posing, self-defining by defying and pleasing no one but oneself in the process.
Modeling her stylized, multilayered documentary on Eva’s online persona, Pia Hellenthal lets her protagonist's recount her most intimate musings and stories to ultimately reflect on the subjective values of a life contrived by its owner and documented online. Alongside, she excavates the blogosphere to derive insights from a fascinating range of reactions to Eva’s life online. Ultimately, this film, much like Eva's online narrative, captures the fluidity of an extrovert social movement that defines itself by avoiding definitions.
84 Minutes | English, Italian and German, with English subtitles.