Shmama (Miki Polonski) Imagineindia 2018

Shmama                                                                                                                                      Miki Polonski                                                                                                                            Israel. 2017. 25 min

Leah works as a maid in the hotel during the day, while Meital, her daughter, sings at the hotel’s lobby at night. They live trapped in their relationship, surrounded by the Dead Sea.

MIKI POLONSKI

Miki Polonski, 35, born and raised in Bat Yam, Israel. He graduated with distinction from the Film Department of Minshar School of Art, Tel Aviv. He was chosen to participate in Fred Kelemen Master class at Tel Aviv University and graduated with distinction.
He directed:
“Ten Buildings Away” (Short fiction, 2015, La Cinéfondation in Cannes, winning 8 international awards, above 40 festivals, nominated for the Israeli Academy Awards).
“Albina 12” (Short fiction, 2012, nominated for the Israeli Academy Awards, special mention Tel-Aviv International Short Film Festival).
“1 Building and 40 People Dancing” (Documentary, 2015, won the Perlov Fund Prize, DocAviv Film Festival and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum competition, winning 5 international awards, above 10 festivals)
He was chosen to participate in the 2016 German-Israeli short film project, Storyvid, among 5 promising directors.
In 2016, “Shmama”, won best script in the Sam Spiegel and Gesher Multicultural Film Fund script competition.
Polonski received in 2016 a development from the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts for his debut feature film.

CONTACT

KM Productions
Kobi Mizrahi
1 Simta Almonit St.
Tel-Aviv 6326637, Israel
kobmiz@walla.com
+972-525785388

Tradition (Lanka Bandaranayake) Imagineindia 2018

Tradition                                                                                                                                   Lanka Bandaranayake                                                                                                        Srilanka. 2016.

An old woman decorates a bride with the traditional Sri Lankan jewelry. She describes the symbolic meaning of each jewelry piece. Those meanings carry the girl to her past relationships and their deep scars. The bride’s ultimate destiny seems something illusive.

LANKA BANDARANAYAKE

Ms.Lanka Bandaranayake was born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. She started her career as an actress in 1998. Since then she has won several acting and costume designing national awards. Later she also became a national award Winning Drama Producer and Director.
Her first short film “Tradition” was produced in 2016.

CONTACT

Lanky Films :  lankabandaranayake@ymail.com

Hamja (Mehdi Ghanavati) Imagineindia 2018

Hamja                                                                                                                                          Mehdi Ghanavati                                                                                                                  Iran. 2016. 58 min

The film tells the story of a man called Abdolhassan who has built a village for himself and his family. The village is located in the south of Iran in Boushehr. Their income comes from farming and livestock. There is a private school at the village where the students are all brothers and sisters. Abdolhassan has managed to electrify the village.He has four wives and 27 children.

MEHDI  GHANAVATI

Graduated in filmmaking from Ahvaz Soureh University, Ghanavati began his artistic career in 2002. He got his bachelor’s degree in filmmaking in 2013. He is a filmmaker and a photographer. His directorial film works include Usual Lunatics (2003), Jajim (2004), Sneeze (2013) and Yaft Abad (2013)

CONTACT

mohammad.fartousi@gmail.com

 

Bones for Otto (Matei Lucaci-Grunberg) Imagineindia 2018

Bones for Otto                                                                                                                        Matei Lucaci-Grunberg                                                                                                      Romania. 2016. 29 min

Two prostitutes meet on a deserted road. One is used to the nightly routine but is having trouble coming to terms with the competition – a naïve beginner who is just discovering what the oldest profession is all about. Time spent together gradually reveals that neither has anything to reproach the other for. They both need money, whether to feed their family or to fulfill a lifelong dream. With its comic tone, Bones for Otto doesn’t take aim at women on the streets, presenting them instead as strong individuals whose lives have taken an unexpected turn.

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg (b. 1989, Bucharest) is a theater and film director, screenwriter, and playwright. He earned his bachelor’s in film direction from the National University of Theater and Film I.L. Caragiale (UNATC) in Bucharest. He completed his master’s at the same university and is currently pursuing a doctorate. His theater and film productions have earned him national and international awards.

     

CONTACT

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg

E-mail: m.lucaci.grunberg@gmail.com

Romanian Film Promotion
52, Popa Soare Street, 023984, Bucharest
Romania
Tel: +40 213 266 480
Fax: +40 213 260 268
E-mail: info@romfilmpromotion.ro
www: www.romfilmpromotion.ro

Meral, Kizim (Süheyla Schwenk) Imagineindia 2018

Meral, Kizim                                                                                                                            Süheyla Schwenk                                                                                                                  Germany. 2016.  21 min

Meral, a young paraplegic girl, is not only bound to bed because of her illness but also to her traditional family – which she thought she had escaped long time ago.
No one can accept her illness, only to her younger sister she has a special relation.

SÜHEYLA  SCHWENK

Süheyla Schwenk was born in Sweden / Göteborg. When she was five, she moved with her family to Turkey, where she grew up. She studied acting in Istanbul and completed with the master degree. Now she lives in Berlin since 2009. Since 2012 she studies directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She makes movies which are about politics, social and woman rights.

FILMOGRAPHY 

2016/ SEVINCE/ DCP/ 30Min (Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Max Ophüls Preis 2017)                                                                        2015/ MERAL, KIZIM/ DCP/ 22Min (Achtung Berlin 2016 Best short Movie Award, !f Istanbul 3. Audience Award, Max Ophüls Preis 2016, Lausitziale 2016, 45. Lubuskie Filmsummer, World Cinema Amsterdam 2016.)

2014/ PERI GEHT AUS/ DCP/ 7Min

2013/ STEMPEL/ DVD/ 5Min

2012/ DER ANFANG/ DVD/ 2Min

2012/ OPFER/ DVD/ 6Min

CONTACT

Production:
DFFB (a.zaluska@dffb.de)

Sevince (Süheyla Schwenk) Imagineindia 2018

Sevince  (Germany)                                                                                                              Süheyla Schwenk                                                                                                                  2016.  30 min

Peri wants to leave and to be free; she does not just exist for her husband and daughter. It’s not only the Burka creating the borders of her life in the German society, her mind is divided too. She is convinced that she doesn’t have the right to live out the life she wants and worries what will happen to her if her secret is discovered by a her husband who has just made a decision that will throw her life off track.

SÜHEYLA  SCHWENK

Süheyla Schwenk was born in Sweden / Göteborg. When she was five, she moved with her family to Turkey, where she grew up. She studied acting in Istanbul and completed with the master degree. Now she lives in Berlin since 2009. Since 2012 she studies directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She makes movies which are about politics, social and woman rights.

     

FILMOGRAPHY 

2016/ SEVINCE/ DCP/ 30Min (Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Max Ophüls Preis 2017)                                                                        2015/ MERAL, KIZIM/ DCP/ 22Min (Achtung Berlin 2016 Best short Movie Award, !f Istanbul 3. Audience Award, Max Ophüls Preis 2016, Lausitziale 2016, 45. Lubuskie Filmsummer, World Cinema Amsterdam 2016.)

2014/ PERI GEHT AUS/ DCP/ 7Min

2013/ STEMPEL/ DVD/ 5Min

2012/ DER ANFANG/ DVD/ 2Min

2012/ OPFER/ DVD/ 6Min

CONTACT

Production:
DFFB (a.zaluska@dffb.de)