SUMMER TIME WITH MY MOTHER
China, 2017, DCP, Color, 17’,International Short Film Competition, Chinese with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Diana Lu
Screenplay: Diana Lu
Cinematography: Xu Ke
Editing: Li Muhan
Cast: Alice Shao, Zhao Enxi, Chen Xuancheng, Dou Chenxi, Sun Yuhan, Chen Qing, Liu Yixuan, GuoDong, Wang Hongyu
Producer: Junior Tang, Wang Hongyu
The film tells the story of a girl and her mother who is pregnant with a second child during the times when Family Planning (One-Child-Policy) is mandatory. Told from the girl’s perspective, we are invited to witness their fragile emotions during the pregnancy as their close relationship subtly drift apart and gets rebuilt. Combining with special circumstances and exquisite emotions, pitching in from the personal family issue, shadowing humanity and tortured mind, the story portrays the unenlightened perception of patriarchy and the inhumane policy of one-child. The style of dark fairytale and the core of family get remixed: we born with a sense of insecurity; we look for redemption through pain.
Diana Lu graduated from China Academy of Art. She has a passion of for literature and films. Years of painting experience, together with the habit of in-depth observation, her works pay a close attention to sentiments and humantıy as well as the relationship between society and human nature. Her other short films include “Robosaur Wars”, “Love Education”, “The Innocent.”
United Kingdom, 2017, DCP, Color, 10’, International Short Film Competition, Kurdish, English with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Mizgin Müjde Arslan
Screenplay: Mizgin Müjde Arslan
Cinematography: Özgür Karakaya
Editing: Amy Hamilton
Cast: Esra Uğurlu, Gülağa Aslan
Producer: Lisya Yafet
Solin is a pregnant Kurdish woman living in London with her old dad. One day, her non-English speaking dad gets lost. Solin looks for the only thing he managed to describe: a clock tower. The search slowly reveals traumas from the recent history of Kurdish people.
She was born in a small village near Mardin, situated in eastern Turkey. Having worked as a journalist for six consecutive years, she began to shoot her own short films and documentaries, which focus mainly on women, the elderly and immigrants. She received various national and international awards with her first short film,“Lîstika Dawî.” Her first feature documentary, “Ez Firiyam Tu Mayi Li Ci / I Flew, You Stayed ” won many awards, including the Turkish Association of Film Critics, Documentary of the Year (2013) and Mirella Galetti Award in Italy in 2014. Her latest short film, Asya (2013) won a Jury Special Award at the Atıf Yılmaz Short Film Festival. The short film “Houses with Small Windows” that she co-wrote and acted in was selected for the Official Competition at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and won many other awards, including the European Short Film Award.
ODNOGO RAZU V ODESI
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ODESSA
United Kingdomraine, 2016, DCP, Color, 5’, International Short Film Competition, Russian, Georgian with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Vladek Zankovsky
Screenplay: Vladek Zankovsky
Cinematography: Vladek Zankovsky
Editing: Vladek Zankovsky
Cast: Karina Lapina, Dmitry Bon, Igor Gomenuk, Vladimir Egorov
Producer: Igor Razdorozhnyy
The film focuses on an assassination attempt on a high-ranking official in the center of Odessa, Ukraine. In this action film packed with chase scenes, the criminals running away from the ones after them find themselves at a birthday party.
Vladek Zankovsky is a film director, producer and screenwriter. Studied at the Heriot-Watt University. In 2000, Vladek piloted an experimental production studio with the help of two friends. By 2004, the studio became one of the top-rated in Central Asia and carried out many prestigious projects. His first feature “The Zohar Secret” was completed in 2015.
Turkey, 2017, DCP, Color, 13’, International Short Film Competition, English with Turkish subtitles
Director: Selman Nacar
Screenplay: Selman Nacar
Cinematography: Barış Aygen
Editing: Selman Nacar, Daniel Becerril
Cast: Adam Miller, Ana Ribeiro, Arthur Chill
Producer: Dila Bulut, Lauren Lopez De Victoria, Selman Nacar
Fatih has to stay with his estranged father’s dead body in the same room for one night.
Selman Nacar graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University’s Faculty of Law in 2015 and Department of Film & Television in 2016. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University in New York.
Kyrgyzstan, 2016, DCP, Color, 10’, International Short Film Competition, Dyalogsuz No Dialogue
Director: Ziregul Kubandyk kyzy
Screenplay: Ziregul Kubandyk kyzy
Cinematography: Sanzhar Abdyzhaparov
Editing: Bekzat Turatbek uulu
Cast: AsanDzhantaliev, Elnura Abdykasymov
Producer: Akzhol Bekbolotov
A girl works as a security guard at a construction site, and her life is threatened when a stranger comes to her quarters at night. This startling and scary VISIT will lead to unexpected events that will change her life.
Born in 1992 in Kyrgyzstan. She graduated from Kyrgyz – Turkish Manas University’s Department of Radio, Television and Cinema, and worked as a video editor at various media outlets and agencies. Her short films were screened at both national and international festivals.
Iran, 2016, DCP, Color, 18’, International Short Film Competition, Persian with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Asma Ebrahimzadegan
Screenplay: Asma Ebrahimzadegan
Cinematography: Sina Kermanizadeh
Editing: Saeed Kiyanpour
Cast: Iman Sayyadborhani, Fariba Kamran, Behzad Dorani
Producer: Asma Ebrahimzadegan, Iranian Youth Cinema Society
On the ceiling of a newly tenant, Mahmoud, there is a hole which is common on the floor of the landlord, Amin, who postpones the repairing the hole. Mahmoud slowly realizes why the hole has never been fixed.
Born in Tehran in 1986. After studying graphic design, photography, and drama, she worked for an advertising agency in 2006. She made her directorial stage debut in 2010, and began her film career as an assistant director in 2014, and directed her first short film in 2016.
Iran Azerbaijan, 2017, DCP, Color, 19’, International Short Film Competition, Azerbaijani with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Darioush Najafi Gol (Arturan)
Screenplay: Darioush Najafi Gol (Arturan)
Cinematography: Mehdi Meimandi
Editing: Darioush Najafi Gol (Arturan)
Cast: Turan Malakara, Taghi Turkmani
Producer: Ehsan Mahdian, Fariz Ahmedov
An old woman, who starves for sleep because of her husband`s constant snoring, tries to take measures.However, she unintentionally makes the situation even worse. It’s an unpretentious film that evokes a feeling of having a life partner.
Born in Iran in 1980. Darioush Najafi Gol (Arturan) studied film directing at the Azerbaijan State University. She acted in many plays, 3 short films and one fiction film, and worked as an art & theater photographer from 2005 to 2016
THE ALL SEEING BLIND
Turkey, 2017, DCP, Color, 15’, International Short Film Competition, Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Nuri Cihan Özdoğan
Screenplay: Nuri Cihan Özdoğan
Cinematography: Arda Yıldıran
Editing: Nuri Cihan Özdoğan, Nurselin Aktaş
Cast: Kemal Burak Alper, Engin Yüksel, Serdar Şeker, Osman Eren, Nermin Kurtuluş
Producer: Osman Tekin
A group of blind workers of a weaving factory are taken to a different workplace once a month to separate rocks from the cotton. The boss’ nephew Sadik has not yet seen the real face of this world that he wants to enter. Basri, who has successfully carried out every order of his boss has a new task now: teaching Sadik the realities of this world they reside in. The biggest truth which Sadik is to discover, is that this “unseeing eye” has extended to him. Just as Bruegel expresses in his painting “De Parabel der Blinden”, Sadik will be “The blind leading the blind.”
Born in 1990 in Osmaniye. He adapted the stories he wrote during his high school years into screenplays. He continues to make short films in Adana while doing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Cukurova University. His short films were screened at both national and international film festivals, and won many awards.
Spain, 2017, DCP, Color, 9’, International Short Film Competition, Spanish with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Ana Maria Ferri
Screenplay: Ana Maria Ferri
Cinematography: Pablo Van Damme
Editing: Pablo Van Damme
Cast: Alejandro Garrido, Sergio Pardo, Mon Ramos, Paula Martinez
Producer: Ana Maria Ferri
Coco is Sergio’s inseparable friend since Carla left. One day Coco takes him to “Láquesis”, Carla’s favourite shop. It seems to emit a powerful magic. “Misappropriation” is a dark tale about how everything that makes you happy can disappear in the blink of an eye. One moment of distraction is enough for our life to end up in the hands of a destiny that was not ours… or maybe yes.
Ana was born in Valencia, Spain. She studied law, and holds a Master’s Degree in History of Cinema. She worked as a press, radio and TV editor for a decade. In 2002, she started her production career as head of promotion, and was responsible for documentation in numerous national and international feature films. In 2015, she directed her short documentary, Natalia. “Misappropriation” is her fictional short debut.
Hungary Turkey, 2017, DCP, Color, 16’, International Short Film Competition, Hungarian with Turkish English subtitles
Director: Ünal Altunyaymak
Screenplay: Ünal Altunyaymak
Cinematography: Jasper Enujuba
Editing: Jasper Enujuba
Cast: Wayne Brett, Jeremy Wheeler, Eniko Pinter-Nagy, Karoly Gerencser
Producer: Cem Seremetli
The protagonist is a struggling writer who receives a call from his brother about the loss of his mother, and the fact that she has already been buried. Then he visits his brother at their late mother’s house where his brother also lives. The writer expresses his frustration by talking about his struggles in life, his under achievements, and how he wishes to return back to his hometown. His brother encourages him by telling him that he doesn’t have to be hard on himself and should be grateful and happy with whatever little things life has offered him. The next day, he leaves without his brother’s consent, and visits his mother’s grave before returning to the city
He was born on the 19th of February 1986 in Bodrum. While he was studying at Kadir Has University, he took ´Directing´ and ´Screenwriting´ courses at the institution of SINEMATEK. He later graduated from Budapest Film Academy in 2016 and shot two short films.