Interview done by Women Making Films
“Representing your country is both exhilarating and nerve-racking” – Reema Sengupta on the Sundance 2018 premier of her film Counterfeit Kunkoo”
Reema Sengupta, a name that is going to make a tumultuous entry in the feature-length Indian independent scene very soon, has made a fabulous one with her short fiction ‘Counterfeit Kunkoo’ already. The wearer of many hats, Reema is a writer, director, and an editor, has done some stellar work via the advertising agency that she founded called CATNIP. Reema is known for her documentaries, stop-motion animations, interactive video installations, and fiction films that she has made and worked in across India, UK, South Korea, & the US. Continue reading Interview with Reema Sengupta
A Gentle Night
China. 2017. 15 min
In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing refuses to go gentle into this good night.
Her sudden jump to the popularity takes place when in 1979, after being crowned Miss Madrid, she becomes winner in the Miss Spain Contest, celebrated that year in Lloret de Mar. In addition, she would be Semifinalist in Miss World 1979 and 2nd Lady of Honor in Miss Europe 1980. The notoriety reached allows her to start her career as a model and above all, make her first incursions into the world of interpretation. Only a few months after winning the contest, the director Pedro Masó claims her to play the small of the children of Alberto Closas in La familia, the third of the titles shot around the adventures of a large Spanish family .
During the eighties she developed a discreet cinematographic career, intervening in not especially memorable titles like the revenge of the black wolf (Duel to death) 1 (1981), the black wolf (1981) (both of Rafael Romero Marchent), the last penalty (1984), by Martín Garrido or Pareja enloquecida seeks mother for rent (1990), by Mariano Ozores. She also made incursions into the environment of international co-productions, working in meals at home (1984) and the armor of God (1987), along with Jackie Chan.
Since the nineties she has focused her appearances on television (in which she debuted in 1983 with Las Pícaras, which she followed a year later Los Desastres de la Guerra, along with Sancho Gracia), and she has been able to find introducing (Rich and Famous, 1990, magazine broadcast by Antena 3 in its first months of existence) and performing (Amor de papel, 1993, telenovela shot in Venezuela, La forja de un rebelde, 1990, by Mario Camus, Calle nueva, 1998, The family … 30 years later, 1999, The secret, 2001 and In the name of love, Televisa 2008).
Hannes Thor Arason
Iceland. 2017. 13 min
An elderly man goes about his daily routine until his grandson shows up and is eager to play football with him. Their mismatch on the football pitch is quickly apparent, with the youngster running rings around his senior. The old man with a bruised ego and full of reminiscence of his youth begins to prepare for their next encounter.
HANNES THOR ARASON
A native of Iceland and a former inhabitant of Rome and Toronto where he received his degree in Film and Media Production in 2014. Hannes likes to combine the many influences from the different cultures in his works.
Hannes’ first short film Happy Endings premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2014 and screened at various festivals in Europe and North America including Atlanta Film Festival and Stockfish European Film festival. The film was nominated for a Canadian Cinema Editors Award.
In 2017, Hannes was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards for his music video to the song Neon Experience by the artist Júníus Meyvant.
His second short film entitled Footsteps premiered at the Giffoni Film Festival in July 2017.
Iran/Italy. 2017. 14 min
On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.
Farnoosh Samadi is an Iranian filmmaker. She graduated from The Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. She co-wrote three short films with Ali Asgari, More Than Two Hours (2013), The Baby (2014) and The Pain (2015). She also codirected with him, The Silence, which premieres in Cannes in 2016. Gaze (2017) is her second short as a director.
Wouter Jansen (Some Shorts)
Everything is fine
Mansi Nirmal Jain
India. 2017. 18 min
A middle aged woman wants to end her 35 year old unfulfilling marriage and seeks the support of her daughter who struggles to accept this decision.
MANSI NIRMAL JAIN
Mansi Nirmal Jain was born and raised in Delhi and moved to New York in 2012. She is the writer-director of multiple award winning shorts such as Everything is Fine, Lunch Lady and Custody. She co-wrote and associate directed a Hindi thriller called Moh Maya Money, which released across Asia in 2016 and was well reviewed for its script and dialogues. Mansi’s first feature, Time to Go was a NFDC screenwriting lab (2016) selection. Her latest short film, Chhuri had its world premier at MAMI 2017. It stars Anurag Kashyap, Tisca Chopra and Surveen Chawla.
Mansi is a MFA screenwriting graduate from Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York City. Before becoming a writer-director she worked as an Assistant Director for Rajat Kapoor on Ankhon Dekhi and spent a summer studying directing actors and directing at Harvard under Marcus Stern.
Mansi Nirmal Jain
India. 2017. 14 min
Brijesh Singh is having a house party to which his colleagues have been invited. Only big boys are aboard this ship, filled to the deck with loud laughter and casual sexism. Brijesh’s wife Manju (a superb Shefali Shah) is the captain elsewhere – in the kitchen. Manju and the wives of Brijesh’s colleagues are hard at work cooking goodies to go with the drinks. The men gossip about their disapproval of a new female colleague. One suggests that she should not have been hired in the first place and then apologises to Manju. She gives the faintest hint of a smile and leaves.
In the kitchen, the women discuss the pros and cons of marriage, bringing a child into the world, and balancing domestic duties with careers. Both genders have made their peace in their respective worlds, or so it seems.
How do you make a feature film without Hollywood connections? According to filmmaker Lena Khan, the answer is serious hustle. She began with a Kickstarter campaign where she rallied the South Asian and Muslim communities to which she belongs, to write, direct, and produce The Tiger Hunter. The film, starring Danny Pudi and Jon Heder, follows an Muslim-Indian immigrant on his journey to discover where he fits in 1970s America. Continue reading Interview to Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter)
Frodo García-Conde was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Currently lives in Madrid. His training covers different artistic disciplines, ranging from painting, illustration and photography to film direction. He studied at the faculty of fine arts in Madrid. At the same time he develops his learning in cinema, in Séptima Ars school, with a camera and lighting course and expands his knowledge in workshops of Jorgen Leth, Patricio Guzmán, Victor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami relevant in his development.
He was founding partner of the producing company Dedo Gordo, in which he develops his role as cinematographer, filming several documentaries, in countries such as Salvador, Guatemala, Israel, Palestine, Senegal, Guinea Bissao. He debuted as a director making short films with Luis Mesonero. His last personal project is shot in the workshop of Abbas Kiarostami and thanks to him he is invited to participate in the tribute that former students give to the director at the 33 th Film Festival of Tehran, Iran.
He was born in Murcia in 1963 although he grew up in Madrid since he was 3 years old. Film director and screenwriter. A great lover of cinema and with clear references such as Quentin Tarantino or Billy Wilder. At the time of accessing the university, he chose to study Information Sciences at the UCM.
From the early works until he makes his first film, he goes through many phases: he is part of the management team under Juan Antonio Bardem in the TVE series Lorca, death of a poet (1987). He also works in audiovisual production for Publicidad en Contrapunto, Madrid (1987-1988). He works on documentary series such as Central America, Chain in Action (1990) (produced by Johns Hopkins University, winner of the Population Institute Award, Best Media Award) in Central America, where he spends three years working for foundations and creating teaching videos .
He is also the director and scriptwriter of the telefilm “The Girl Who Saw the World from Above” (1991), shot in Mexico and Guatemala and produced by the Mac Arthur Foundation. It is worth mentioning his work as a screenwriter for both his own films and for others (Nine Muses by Regina Álvarez). In 1996 he joins David Menkes and Miguel Bardem with whom he founded Frenéticas Movies.