Eastern Vista: Fajr Announces Short Movies in Competition

Eastern Vista: Fajr Announces Short Movies in Competition

Fajr International Film Festival has announced the names of short films that will compete in the Eastern Vista category: Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries.

China, Lebanon, Japan, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Syria, Netherlands, and France are the countries to participate at the 36th edition of the festival. The international version of the Fajr festival is to start in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on April 19, and last until April 27. The names of Iranian short films competing in the Eastern Vista category will be announced later.

Here are all the short titles screening:

A Gentle Night (Original Title: Xiao Cheng Er Yue)

Writer & Director: Qiu Yang

DOP: Constanze Schmidt

Editor: Carlo Francisco Manatad

Sound: Zhu Mei, Livia Ruzic, Mikko Quizon

Cast: Shuxian Li, Zhongwei Sun, Yaning Ding, Yun Xu, Zhijian Zhang

Producers: Qiu Yang, Li Yi

Production Co: Wild Grass Films

Language: Chinese

Country, Year, Runtime: China, France | 2017 | 15 min

Synopsis:

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gently into this good night.

Awards:

Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or – Best Short Film

About Director:

Qiu Yang was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. His short film A Gentle Night was awarded the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 70th Festival de Cannes. He became the first ever Chinese director to receive this award. In 2015, his short Under the Sun was selected for the 68th Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Competition. He was also a participant of Golden Horse Film Academy, Locarno Filmmakers Academy and Berlinale Talents.

Echoing Clouds

Writer & Director: Ziwei Yao

DOP: Ziwei Yao

Editor: Shao-Wen Liang, Wanhu Jin

Music: Ziwei Yao

Sound: Yuankang Zhang, Enji Zhao

Cast: Chuang Liu, Yun Hang, Xintao Xu, Wenjuan Liao

Producer: Ziwei Yao

Language: Chinese

Country, Year, Runtime: China, Singapore | 2017 | 13 min

Synopsis:

Hang makes a deal with a mob leader to murder a monk who tries to influence Hang to reconsider his actions. Through the monk, Hang realises that both of them will soon share a similar karma, that will make them suffer, one after another.

About Director:

Ziwei Yao was graduated from the City College of New York. Prior to graduation, Ziwei went into the minefields at the Chinese – Vietnamese border to shoot a documentary. Later that year, Ziwei was selected to receive the BAFTA New York Scholarship. At the moment, Ziwei is writing a feature-length film for independent production in the near future. His film-making will mainly focus on how Chinese diaspora live under various communities around the world.

Muse (Original Title: Nagham Hayati)

Director: Fatma Racha Shehadeh

Writer: Doris Saba

DOP: Alessandro Capomolla

Editor: Maysam Al Bacha

Sound: Tony Khoury

Cast: Abdo Chahine, Inana Halabi, Lama Khawtharani, Moufid Khoury

Language: Arabic

Country, Year, Runtime: Lebanon | 2017 | 13 min

Synopsis:

After facing the atrocities of the war, Yazan, a Syrian refugee child tries to return home in search of his family.

About Director:

Fatma Racha Shehadeh was born in 1994 in Los Angeles to a Lebanese mother and a Palestinian father. She grew up in Tripoli, Lebanon and moved to LAU – Byblos in 2012 where she graduated with a BA in Communication Arts (TV/FILM) in 2015. She wrote and directed her first film, Zikra, as her senior project at LAU. It achieved several awards and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner in 2016. Soon after that, she directed the short film, Inked, in 48-hours for the 48-hour film competition. She is currently pursuing her masters in Cinematography.

Projection (Original Title: Toei)

Director: Natsuki Nakagawa

Writer: Risako Kifune

Editor: Riko Hukuchi

Music: Masato Ohashi

Sound: Yukiko Shimizu

Cast: Ryuzaburo Hattori, Juka, Mayu Ryokucha, Gaku Hosokawa, Yuka Arai

Producers: Ayato Tokunaga, Sumire Nakagima

Language: Japanese

Country, Year, Runtime: Japan | 2017 | 15 min

Synopsis:

A man who broke up with his wife was unable to forget her. One day, during his work as a marketing research, he reunites with his wife over the monitor.

The Sacrifice (Original Title: Kurban)

Director: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar

Writers: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar, Tahsin Yetkin

DOP: Mehmet Engin

Editor: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar, Kenan Mansur Dogru

Music: Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar

Cast: Bedir Bedir, Gurur Aydogan, Meltem Miraloglu

Producer: Cagla Caglar

Production Co: Caglar Motion Pictures

Language: Turkish

Country, Year, Runtime: Turkey | 2017 | 11 min

Premier Status: International Premiere

Synopsis:

It is a cold winter night in a village clinic in Anatolia. A little girl who was forced to marry by her family escapes and takes refuge in the forest. She wants to commit suicide with a shotgun but she cannot do it. In the morning, foresters find the injured bride. They take her to the village clinic. In the same night, Ismail is in the village clinic with his pregnant wife who soon gives birth to a baby girl.

About Director:

Muzaffer Mehmet Caglar studied Business Administration at Yeditepe University. He graduated from New York Film Academy Filmmaking department. He established Caglar Motion Pictures Film Company in 2012. His short film The Sacrifice was supported by Culture Ministry. Caglar developed script of his feature film ‘Winter Light’ with Ebru Ceylan and continues to develop it.

Companions

Director: Nurlan Sharipov

Writers: Nurlan Sharipov, Daryn Tokhtarov, Chingiz Ablanov

DOP: Alexander Rubanov

Editor: Nurlan Sharipov

Music: Alisher Taubayev

Sound: Ilya Korobeynikov

Cast: Erzhan Nusipakynov, Sultanna Shengelbyeva, Zhanel Alikova, Myrza Makhambet, Elena Ghee

Producer: Nurlan Sharipov

Language: Russian

Country, Year, Rutime: Kazakhstan | 2017 | 15 min

Synopsis:

The head of the family is negative about the way his children live and blames his wife for it. But today something is going to happen and it will bond the whole family and make daddy proud.

About Director:

Nurlan Sharipov was born in Kazakhstan in 1968. He began making film in 2017.

Li.le (Animation)

Director: Natia Nikolashvili

Writer: Natia Nikolashvili

Cast: Tinatin Babakishvili

Country, Year, Runtime: Georgia | 2017 | 10 min

Language: None

Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017, Nominee Crystal Bear (Generation Kplus – Best Short Film for Natia Nikolashvili)

Synopsis:

In the magic forest, it is dark and cold; the fog so thick that not a single ray of sunlight shines through. The plants are withered and the lakes frozen, with nothing stirring anymore. A lonely girl and a deer are wandering through this icy landscape. What are they looking for? Natia Nikolashvili has created a fantastical world as backdrop for a tale as fascinating and enigmatic as a dream, in atmospheric water colour.

Kombars

Director: Abdulaziz Alballam

Writers: Abdulaziz Alballam, Hmoud Alamri

DOP: Abdulaziz Alballam

Editor: Yusef Alabdullah

Music: Jassim Alrumaidheen

Sound: Soud Almisfer

Cast: Amer Abukabeer, Rawan Mahdi, Hussain Alrasheed, Sulaiman Almarzouq

Producers: Abdulaziz Alballam, Laila Alghareeb

Production Co: BLACKRAIN Films

Language: Arabic

Country, Year, Runtime: Kuwait | 2017 | 11 min

Synopsis:

A short film about an extra actor’s life. His struggle and his dream is to become a real actor.

About Director:

Abdulaziz Kadhem Mohsen Qasem Alballam was born in 1991 in Salwa, Kuwait. Student at the higher education of dramatic arts in Kuwait, he aspires to be a director. At first, Abdulaziz was interested in sports. He made his first short film Step to PK.

Blue Fly Road

Writer & Director: Bassam Chekhes

DOP: Bassam Chekhes

Editor: Bassam Chekhes

Cast: Muna Rageb Fadel Allah, Abdulla Mohammad Dumrani, Ibrahim Mohammad Dumrani

Producers: Bassam Chekhes, Rami Nihawi, Behrooz Hashemian

Language: Arabic

Country, Year, Runtime: Syria, Netherlands, France, Lebanon | 2017 | 15 min

Synopsis:

Syrian filmmaker Bassam Chekhes’s tale of nine-year-old twin brothers investigates the mystical bond that forms between the close siblings. Ibrahim lives alone in the forest. Every day, he waits for his twin brother Abdulla to bring him food and water. One day they switch places, so Ibrahim can wander, for the first time, through the blue fly road.

Festivals:

Dubai International Film Festival 2017

About Director:

Bassam Chekhes was born in Syria and moved to the Netherlands, where he studied Audio-Visual Art and graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has shot, directed and produced a dozen short films and collaborated on several projects with other artists and filmmakers.

O+

Director: Waththab Oneizah

Writer: Mostafa Alrekabi

DOP: Mohammed Kamel

Editor: Ali Albayati

Music: Nac Media

Sound: Zaman Abouyazan

Cast: Ameer Almajed, Abdulla Alghareeb, Zainab Ali, Amerr Almajed

Producer: Haidar Jalwkhan

Language: Arabic

Country, Year, Runtime: Iraq | 2018 | 11 min

Synopsis:

It’s the story of two brothers having a tough time dealing with cancer.

About Director:

Waththab Oneizah is winner of the best screenplay award from Alnahj International Film Festival.

All I Want

Writer & Director: Venika Mitra

DOP: Sarthak Johar

Editor: Gurmmeet Singh

Music: Anuarg Saikia

Sound: Resul Pookutty, CAS, MPSE, Vijay Kumar

Cast: Ballu Panchal, Kamal D. Khatak, Atteet Bhandari

Producers: Venika Mitra, Crowd Funding

Language: Hindi

Country, Year, Runtime: India | 2017 | 7 min

Synopsis:

Ratan is an incorrigible and aimless rough sleeper; who rambles through an entire day to buy one mango. The only money he has today is 9 rupees.

About Director:

Venika Mitra began his career in film as assistant director. His movie is winner of Diversity in Cannes Short Film Festival 2017.

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month

Writer & Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad

DOP: Lim Teck Siang

Editor: Lee Chatametikool

Music: Benjo Ferrer

Sound: Mikko Quizon

Cast: Angeli Bayani

Producers: Armi Rae Cacanindin, Ling Tiong, Josabeth Alonso

Production Co:  Plan C

Language: Tagalog

Country, Year, Runtime: Philippines, Singapore | 2017 | 13 min

Synopsis:

Previously dedicated to her job at a soon-to-close gas station, the subject devotes her last night work to some questionable acts, thereby reflecting the increasingly anarchic nature of the society around her.

Festivals / Awards:

The 56th International Critics’ Week of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Best Southeast Asian Short Film

About Director:

Carlo Francisco Manatad is known for his work on Fatima Marie Torres, The Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 (2017), Ordinary People (2016), and Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (2017).

For all Festival goers who are already planning their visit, check screening time and other information at www.fajriff.com, or email us at infor@fajriff.com. Presided over by Iranian film writer and director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held in Tehran on April 19-27.

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