The artist Carlotta has a neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing faces. A poetic journey into her world, where faces remain faceless.

Carlotta cannot recognize faces, not even her own. For her, human faces are no bastion of trust, but places of fear and confusion. She is one of the 1% of all people whose part of the brain responsible for facial recognition does not work properly. With his film LOST IN FACE, neuroscientist Valentin Riedl travels through Carlotta’s universe, full of anthropomorphic animals, lucid dreams and bumpy false paths. He peels back her charming, idiosyncratic solutions that she employs to be able to join the masses of human conformity, until she one day decides to build a ship and leave her fellow humans. Her never-ending search for answers leads her to art—and thus an avenue to her own face and back to humanity.

Genre Feature Documentary
Length 80'/52' HD
Film by Valentin Riedl
Production CORSO Film with the support of Wim Wenders Grant, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, 2020
Original Title Lost in Face
Year 2020

Festivals and awards
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany 2020 (Audience Award / Best Music in Documentary Film)
CPH:DOX, Denmark 2020
DOK.fest Munich, 2020
Cine Alemán Madrid, Spain 2020
Cine Alemán Buenos Aires, Argentina 2020
International Women's Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne, Germany 2020 (Best Cinematography)
SWR Documentary Film Festival, Germany 2020 (Young Talent Award)


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