Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Carlotta's Face

Ajyal Competition

Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld / Short Documentary / Germany / 2018 / 5 min / Colour / DCP
In German / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Documentary
Qatar Premiere


When the young Carlotta looks in the mirror, she doesn't recognise the image reflected back at her. She suffers from a rare neurological disorder called 'face blindness' which means she has trouble identifying herself others too. This elegantly animated portrait examines the confusion that this can cause for a child trying to make sense of the world, and ultimately, how this unique condition gave Carlotta the gift of artistic expression.

About the Directors

Valentin Riedl is a physician and neuroscientist studying the complexity of the human brain. For his endeavour to merge abstract science with the artistic form of film, Valentin won the 2016 Young Talent Award of the Cultural-Sparkassen-Foundation by suggestion of Wim Wenders. He is currently working on his first feature-length documentary 'Lost in Face' that will merge the perception of the face-blind artist Carlotta with a neuroscientific perspective.


Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Simon Bastian
Production Company
Fabian&Fred, Filmstahl
Simon Bastian
Simon Bastian

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