Kosova/Holland. 85 min. 2017
Teenager Alban lives in Amsterdam with his mother Zana, who left Kosovo during the war in the Balkans. When he starts going out with the sensitive Ana, neither of them has any idea that unresolved injustices and shadows from the past will make their way to the surface. This insightful, mature debut by a Kosovan director reminds us how difficult forgiveness and reconciliation can be.
Unwanted (Albanian: T’padashtun) is a 2017 Kosovan drama film directed by Edon Rizvanolli. It was selected as the Kosovan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Born and raised in Prishtina, he was forced to leave for Austria in the early 90’s, after the wars in former Yugoslavia broke out. He started his acting carrier in 1993 as Romeo in an amateur Theatre Group in Salzburg, Austria. This was followed with a contract in a professional ensemble where he went on to act for the next 3 years. In 1996 he moved to NYC and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, for the next two years. After returning to Austria in 1998, he continued working as a stage actor in Vienna. During this period he got interested in the other aspects of filmmaking and made his first short film Blownaway. Since 2007 he lives in Amsterdam where he works mainly as an actor. His debut feature “T’padashtun” premiered at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2017 and was selected as Kosovo’s entry for the 2018 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. He is a member of the European Film Academy since 2017.
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On The Edge
Kazakhstan. 62 min. 2018
Life is an eternal clash of destinies. The lack of friendly support and family warmth, the conflicts with society are pushing the underage heroes of this story to a dangerous edge.
The film tells the story of two teenagers who come from two opposite worlds. These worlds unexpectedly collide forcing both teens to the dangerous edge.
Aldiyar Bairakimov was born in 1991 in Almaty city, Kazakhstan.
From 2009 till 2014 has studied in The Kazakh National Academy of arts named after T.Zhurgenov, specializing in “Director, Producer of Cinema and TV”.
From 2014 to 2016 studied at the magistracy of the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. Zhurgenov in the specialty “Directing the author’s documentary film”.
Between 2011 and 2018 Aldiyar created fourteen short movies and documentaries. He was a participant and laureate of many republican and international competitions and film festivals
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Harvan Agustriansyah, Lola Amaria, Adriyanto Dewo,
Tika Pramesti, Shalahuddin Siregar, Agha Fahriansyah
Indonesia. 110 min. 2018
Fara, Aryo and Adi recently lost their mother, Maryam. How Maryam was buried provoked a debate among her three kids since Maryam is a Muslim. Although it seems that the conflict has been solved, there are some things that are still a problem. Fara, who is a swimming coach, always chooses which athletes should be sent to the national trainings. However, he cannot do it without facing the challenges from the club owner. Despite the students never questioned him because of his skin color, Adi, who is usually harassed by his classmates, sees an inhuman event. Ayro, must deal with the inheritance issues since he is the firstborn and Jjah is obligated to come back home to require justice.
Harvan Agustriansyah graduated from the Arts Institute of Jakarta and he did his debut in 2006 with the short film “Sepeda” which was nominated as Best Short Indonesian Film in the Film Festival of 2007 and elected as Best Fiction Short Film in the Film ITB Festival of Ganesha 2008. He participated in the horror film Hi5teria: five stories of five directors, which was projected in the Korean Festival of Puncheon of 2012. In 2016, he wrote, directed and produced “Pangreh”, which was nominated in more than 30 cinema festivals locally and internationally. The next year he got Best Short Film Award at the 4th International Festival of Short Films of Chennai (India), in the International Shared View Short Film Festival (Romania) and in the Peace Film Festival of Asia 2017 (Islamabad, Pakistan).
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