Adinah Dancyger

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United States, Fiction, 2019, 8′

People living in big cities will relate to this drama. A young woman has a Sisyphean task ahead: to carry a mattress up the stairs to her apartment. Almost without words and filmed in 16mm, this physical comedy is also an homage to the city of New York. 

There are a handful of films whose representation of a truly New York experience includes an example of public urination: Kids, Frances Ha and also Moving. But the quintessence that this film captures is broader and an illustration of how any change – material or emotional – is the most difficult when done in solitude. Even if it’s as simple as pulling a mattress up a flight of stairs, if “you can make it there, you can make it anywhere”. (Ana Cabral Martins)