Teen Dox

My Dearest f#cking Phone

Eef Hilgers
Screening time  
24.02. / Wednesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
For Claudia, virtual world is more real than life itself.

Like many teenage girls, Claudia has an intense love-hate relationship with her smartphone. “You make me happy, give me distraction, but sometimes you make me sad too,” she says in the voice-over. Her reflections on her phone, but especially on herself and her “not all that great” life, are the leitmotif in the story of this teenager. She feels alone and insecure, sentiments further fed by the pictures of her beautiful, successful and fun-loving friends on Instagram. The camera follows Claudia during a brief period in her life as she visits and goes out with her friends – with their phones always playing an important role – and in atmospheric shots when she is alone with her phone. Together with Claudia, we dive into the world she herself has created, a virtual world consisting of her preferences and her Facebook likes, which is more real than life itself. It's no wonder then that she's dreading going on vacation, as that means no Internet. Interestingly enough, it is precisely that time without Wi-Fi that turns out to be a breakthrough for Claudia. 


Eef Hilgers

Eef Hilgers graduated in 2012 from St. Joost Art Academy with Just a Girl, You Know, a film about teenage girls who use YouTube to forge a new identity for themselves. The film was selected for IDFA 2012 and won Eef a TENT Academy Award. For Villa Achterwerk (VPRO) she directed two episodes of Tough Cookie (2013-2014), a series about young carers that was nominated for the Emmy Awards 2014 and won the BANFF Rockie Award in 2014.

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My Dearest f#cking Phone

2014, 17'

Directed by:
Eef Hilgers

Myrthe Mosterman, Christian Paulussen

Edited by:
Daan Wijdeveld

Hasse van Nunen, Renko Douze

Produced by:
Een van de jongens

Festivals & Awards:

DokuMA Film Festival 2015 – Special Jury Mention, Audience Award, IDFA 2015, DOK Leipzig 2015