Maya and the Present Tense

2024 | Drama, Experimental, Science Fiction | 19 min | BA Film

Directed by Dominic Curseri

Collection: Degree Films 2024

Maya and her best friend Cecilia are working in the memory transfer business. She hypnotizes customers and then downloads their memories using special machines. When a traumatic childhood catches up with her, she believes erasing those memories to be the only solution. But the process goes wrong and Maya wakes up with Cecilias childhood memories instead. The initial relief quickly gives way to confusion. Maya now sees her friend's mother as her own. When Maya is getting rejected by her, she realizes that only she can face her trauma.

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Runtime19 min
Year of Production2024
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Aspect Ratio2.39:1
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatDigital
Spoken LanguageGerman
Available SubtitlesEnglish
Director, Screenplay Dominic Curseri
Cinematography Manuel Seiler
Production Design Jan Petzold, Vera Henninger
Editor Andri Erdin
Production Manager Dominique Frey
Leading ActorsMahalia Horvath as Maya
Luana Fitzgerald as Cecilia
Supporting ActorsMaria Thorgevskyas Mutter
Casting Dominic Curseri
Costume Design Mina Tomic
Make Up Sharon Berger
Sound Joel Gilardini, Mischa Müller, Mina Tomic
Sound Design Marvin Mata
Sound Mixing Martin Scheuter
Digital Colorist Luca Mengisen
Project Mentoring Michael Karrer
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss


23. May 2024
Programm Diplomfilmscreening 2024

Vorstellungen Diplomfilmscreening: Vernissage: 6. Juni, 18:00 Uhr, Block A, B und C Weitere Vorstellungen: 11.06.24 18:00 Uhr A 11.06.24 20:00 Uhr B 12.06.24 18:00 Uhr A 12.06.24 20:00 Uhr C 13.06.24 18:00 Uhr B 13.06.24 20:00 Uhr C 18.06.24 18:00 Uhr B 18.06.24 20:00 Uhr A 19.06.24 18:00 Uhr C 19.06.24 20:00 Uhr A 20.06.24 18:00 Uhr C 20.06.24 20:00 Uhr B