Blind Date | MAMA

Catrine Val

Short film
IFFF revisited

Blind Date | MAMA portrays the intimate relationship between internationally acclaimed dancer Andrius Strakele and his blind mother. We watch as Andrius moves around his mother in her cramped flat. His movements are floating, then abrupt, challenging and also appealing. Dominating the short film are his dance movements to music he’s listening to on his headphones, which we don’t hear as the audience. Yet the dance to his own rhythm also seems like a form of communication between mother and son.

Director / Script / Editing / Sound

Catrine Val


Olaf Val, Catrine Val


Tilman Ehrhorn, Catrine Val


Andrius and Victoria Strakele, Ginatere Masteikai, Marius Pinigistl


Catrine Val

Portrait of Catrine Val.

Catrine Val

Born in Cologne, Catrine Val first worked as a graphic designer in Vienna. After completing her studies at the Kunsthochschule Kassel art school, she took the postgraduate course at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Val exhibits her video work and photographs worldwide. IFFF Dortmund+Köln screened her film Commodity Fetishism in 2013, as well as her Strike a Pose in 2014 and An Ode to Vaginismus in 2017. Val also designed the poster motif for IFFF 2014.

Films by Catrine Val (Selection)
An Ode to Vaginismus 2017 | Transcendence 2015 | Strike a Pose 2014 | Commodity Fetishism 2013 | Monkey Up 2009