In rural northwest Iran, Gheirat, a modest charcoal producer, is pushed into a tragic spiral after his son, sentenced to jail, evades to Azerbaijan.
The story is set in a village in Azerbaijan, focusing on a family deep into some financial crisis. Yashar, son of the family is on parole for her sister’s wedding.
Born in 1976 in Ardebil, Esmaeel Monsef studied cinema. He has directed three short films: Oyan (2010), Under the Colors (2012), Tears (2015) which were presented at Clermont Ferrand France, Teluride USA, Leeds England, Winterthur Switzerland Film Festival. As an editor he has worked on feature films such as, A Minor Leap Down, Without Borders and also documentaries such as I Want to be a King, Wining, The Rock and Slowness.
God On The Balcony Biswajeet Bora (Director) Noorul Sultan (Producer) India. 2020. 89 min
The film is set in a remote village of Assam. It revolves around Khagen, a farmer, his wife Numali, and daughter, Kuwali. Numali dies in anunfortunate incident where she was crushed to death by wild Elephants. Khagen takes her to the hospital where she dies. The story narrates his relentless struggles to carry the dead body of his wife on his bicycle back home from the hospital due to the unavailability of an ambulance. As he walks through the pebbled roads with the body & his young daughter, he comes across two reporters and as a result, their journey turns to a different battle altogether.
Biswajeet Bora is an Indian filmmaker, producer, editor and writer and one of the renowned filmmakers from northeast India, now based in Mumbai. He worked with internationally acclaimed filmmaker JahnuBarua for 6 years as an Assistant Director before making his first Hindi film titled AISA YEH JAHAAN which was India’s first carbon neutral film. Later he forayed into commercial cinema in Assam in 2016 with BAHNIMAN, which was one of the biggest hits in Assam. His next film RAKTABEEZ was also a commercial hit, released in 2018. In 2017, his film PEHUJALI got critical acclaim and recognition in various international film festivals. His latest film GOD ON THE BALCONY has been well received at international festivals, and he bagged BEST DIRECTOR award for the film GOD ON THE BALCONY which have been selected in National Competition Section: Competition on Indian Languages of 26th Kolkata International Film Festival.
I was born and brought up in Assam. Since childhood I have been witnessing these kind of real stories out there. People are suffering in different ways due to negligence and under development but very few care for these people’s grievances.
Their struggles to live life despite being suffocated in many ways, inspired me to take on this subject. Their little hopes, joys and happiness are what motivated me to pen this story of their daily struggle.
Is it possible to travel twice to the same memory? The filmmaker built a cabin on an isolated river bank, just opposite his childhood island, which had disappeared under the water after the construction of a dam. The goal was to go back to that place, which had become invisible. Only the trees of the island where he’d played stood firm in the middle of the water, like the masts of a broken toy, so the air was the only space left, the only vestige of the past to be conquered.
AN ATTIC OVER THE RIVER. A memory-shaped hut built of birch planks and balanced on columns of iroko wood like a house on stilts in flight over the shoreside waters. The architecture of a piece of nonsense. Set on the island of childhood, on the most inaccessible river bank, just opposite the great submerged poplar tree. The cabin was transported by water and along a narrow footpath that is only accessible on foot, and it took five months to build. It was camouflaged with branches, heather, hawthorn, brambles and moss from the island, which helped it blend into the landscape.
Punto de Vista International Film Festival artistic director from 2013 to 2016 in Pamplona-Navarra. His first film Emak Bakia baita (the search for the house in the Basque coast where Man Ray shot his Emak Bakia film) was shown in BAFICI, Edimburgh, Telluride, San Sebastian, Shangài, Yamagata, DocLisboa, San Francisco and Denver Film Festivals, has been translated into 16 languages and won 17 awards.
The Search for Emak Bakia (2012)
My father used to film the traditions and landscapes of his small village. One day I noticed he also used to film the plants and birds that were disappearing and at the same time and at the same time he noted down the words for them in old Basque. Then I learned that if words die, birds and plants also vanish. So filming was a way to save our ancient world.
“We knew that a painter could say it all by painting one single flower. Now we know that a filmmaker can tell it all by filming one single cloud.“ Isaki Lacuesta
“Bold and masterful. This film shows us that cinema is the home of childhood.” Ignacio Agüero
“This movie is unlike any other; like a Robinson Crusoe of memory.” Eric Pauwels
“A feast for the soul, an anthropology of time, a masterpiece.” Alan Berliner
Aliah Rupawala, is a 24 year old Bohri Muslim girl from a very traditional family. She secretly becomes a Suicide Prevention Counsellor and on her first day she encounters a 52 year old man about to jump from the terrace of a high-rise. As she begins to try to bring him down, she is forced to confront why she became a Suicide Prevention Counsellor in the first place, and also share a lot of herself to get him to share and open up. Going all in, to save him, she begins to deal with and release the loneliness and grief in herself to be able to do the same in the caller. And in doing so, ends up healing not just her own heart, but also the heart of the man who has called, a man who has himself been a Suicide Prevention Counsellor for 15 years.
Writer/ Director, Aditya Kripalani is a script writing graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India. He’s been credited as the Script Consultant on multiple award-winning films like ‘Tahaan’, and ‘Jogwa’. Since 2008 he’s written 3 bestselling novels, ‘Back Seat’, ‘Front Seat’ and ‘Tikli and Laxmi Bomb’. His third novel, became his first feature film, which he wrote, directed and produced. Along with being screened at a lot of film festivals, the film has won many awards like Best Film award at the 9th Berlin Independent Film Festival, 2018; Best Film – Gender Equality award at the 20th UK Asian Film Festival, 2018 and Best feature at the New Jersey Indian & International Film festival, 2018 etc . The film is currently streaming on Netflix.
In 2018, Aditya wrote his second film, ‘The Incessant Fear of Rape’ (Netflix) which he also directed and produced. This film was also screened at various national and international Film festivals like Kala Ghoda Art festival in Mumbai and the 21st UK Asian Film Festival in London, UK, Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey. , Split Film Festival, Croatia. In 2019, Aditya’s third feature film, ‘Devi Aur Hero’ (The Goddess and the Hero) screened at the 25th Kolkata International Film festival, 2019 and won Best film award in the NETPAC Category. Aditya Kripalani has also been a writer and Creative Director in advertising in India, Singapore & Malaysia with wins at Cannes, the Korean Ad Stars and the Malaysian Kancil awards over the years.
FILMOGRAPHY Tahaan (2008/ Fiction/Feature/97 minutes) as Script Consultant Jogwa (2009/Fiction/Feature/114 minutes) as Script Consultant Tikli and Laxmi Bomb (2017/Fiction/Feature/151 minutes) as Writer, Director, Producer, Composer and Scuffles. Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal (2018/Fiction/Feature/107 minutes) as Writer, Director, Producer and Action Director The Goddess and the Hero (2019/Fiction/Feature/117 minutes) as Writer, Director, Producer and Action Director Not Today (2020/ Fiction/Feature 91 minutes) as Writer, Director, Producer.
About 6 years I met someone through a friend who used to work in Suicide Prevention. Whether people killing themselves is alright is something that has forever been debatable. But when someone takes it upon themselves to try to convince people who call in, to not end their lives, they go through a tremendous amount of anguish, guilt, anger, pain and grief themselves. Because unlike the job of a regular counsellor, for a Suicide Prevention Counsellor, not succeeding doesn’t mean an unhappy client, it means the death of the client. And this made me want to explore the mind of a Suicide Prevention Counsellor and a young one at that, one who is dealing with her first day as an SPC. And her first dangerous call.
Long years ago, a young man has lost his friends in an air attack on a big river during the war. After 30 years, He is looking for their remains. A White Whale is the only sign he has.
Born in 1981, Sabzevar- Iran, Amir Mehran is studying M.A. in Animation Directing at Sooreh Art University and he has a B.A. degree in Animation Directing from Iran Broadcast University, Tehran. His animated short films “Cold Blood” (2008), “Silent City” (2009), ‘Aperture’ (2012), ‘Night of the lamb” (2012) and “The butterfly man” (2013) won awards at various international film festivals, including Grand off, Inter film Berlin, Banja Luka, Cinefiesta, Imperia, Short Soup, Silk Road, Noor film festival, etc. The award-winning and acclaimed director made a lot of title sequences and VFX for feature films. Now he is focusing both on short film making and directing commercials and commissioned work. He is the owner and co-founder of Aduren Studio that supports all forms of Visual Effects, Animation, Motion Graphics, and Commercial. . The White Whale (2020. Animation) . Tree (2019. Music Video) . Immanence (2017. Music Video) . The Butterfly Man (2013. Cutout Animation) . Night of the Lamb (2012. 2d Computer Animation) . Aperture (2012. 3d Computer Animation) . Silent City (2009. 2d Computer Animation) . Cold Blood (2008.Experimental) . The Lost Waves (2005. traditional Animation)
An Irrelevant Dialogue Moinak Guho India. 2020. 32 min
An octogenarian couple, Shankar and Ila Bagchi, live a life of isolation confined within one room of a big, empty and time-worn house in the city. Childless by choice and unwilling to become a burden on their kin, they are in constant tussle with panic and fear. The thought of a deteriorated future – a life succumbed to bed-bounding sickness or alone without their sole companion, makes their existing loneliness only deeper. After having offered all that they could to the society including pledging their organs, they are convinced of the purposelessness of their present. Plagued by uncertainty of tomorrow and the weary mundanity of today, they resort to writing to the President of India.
Moinak Guho, is a filmmaker based out of Kolkata. An alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, where he completed his Post Graduation in Cinema, specializing in Direction and Screenplay Writing. During his coursework in SRFTI he has made short films, both fiction and non-fiction, under the scope of his curriculum and also outside of it with independent grants. This, “An Irrelevant Dialogue” his final project in SRFTI had its national premiere at the 13th SiGNS Film Festival, Kerala 2019, and its international premiere at the 39th FilmSchoolFest Munich, 2019, where it won the Best Cinematography award. The film has since won six awards and has been screened at several festivals. Most of his short films have traveled across festivals like, the 36th VGIK Student Festival, Moscow; 15th Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai; 11th IDSFFK, Kerala; 9th & 11th Cut.In, Mumbai; 4th Woodpecker Film Festival, New Delhi and several others. Besides these, he has also assisted Naeem Mohaiemen and Nishtha Jain in their latest films. He is currently writing his next film.
Inspired from a true story of a living couple in India, this film is a fictional interpretation of their lives. Through the essayist portrayal of the lives of this couple the film tries to explore a global dialogue which is still considered a taboo across the world leaving two or three countries in particular. What fascinated me immediately as I read the story in a newspaper last year, is primarily the character of the old man in whose arguments I found a reflection of myself and realizing that he believed in these ideologies back in his youth was pleasantly surprising as well as resonating. Standing deep into the 21st century where we all are living isolated lives and the constant change in lifestyle with advancement in technology has made “choice” an incremental index to personal freedom, I believe this conversation that the film aims to initiate becomes essential to engage with, albeit uncomfortable. However, in reality, with these characters being insignificant someone, the argument being against the established “normal” apparently seems to be irrational and inconsequential. An irrelevant dialogue.
As chance would have it, a young geologist and an aspiring artist meet in the Caucasus Mountains. They develop a liking to each other and spend an evening and a night together. They have their whole long lives ahead of them, and even after decades, the gleam of that meeting will persist.
Orkhan Abulov was born in 1992, in Moscow. Studied in Moscow international film school. Twice laureate of the “Artistic word of Russia” Contest. Graduated from Moscow theatre school. Performs in the plays of Russian state theatre “Satyricon”. Participated in master-classes of Roma Film Academy rector, Adriano De Santis. Starred in Russian films “Legends about Krug”, “Paupers”, “Trotsky”, “Vertinsky”, “Syrian sonata”. Since 2016, adopted a role of a film director.
Is it possible to tame a woman whose heart is broken? Alina does exactly what everyone would like to do if he had a dozen extra lives. The involuntary companion of Alina’s crazy actions is the teenager Denis, whom she met in the police.
Born August 19, 1984. As a child, the first was the desire to invent, and then direct. So he did not graduate. He was involved in hypothetical directing at the Institute of Cinema and Television in the studio of YuriNikolayevich Klepikov, having received the specialty of a screenwriter. At the St. Petersburg School of New Cinema, he took up practical directing in the workshop of Edgar Bartenev and Alexander Savchuk.
Things are not being easy for Dani and his father knows. That is why he set up a fishing day hoping to cheer him up. The problem is that, sometimes, what is good for one is not good for everyone.
Rakesh studied a degree in Audiovisual Communication in Malaga, completing his studies with mobility grants in Parma and New York. He worked as a waiter at Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village where classic films such as Serpico were shot. He returned to Spain to study a Masters in Fiction Screenwriting at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.
He debuts in 2013 with 15M: The city wakes up!, a documentary feature film co-directed with the journalist Laura Rueda, selected in relevant film competitions such as the Malaga Film Festival or the Toulouse Spanish Film Festival. The social film, made in a collaborative way, was supported by the writer and economist José Luis Sampedro.
His first short films, Clóset (with the Spanish actor Pepe Viyuela) and Black Bass (with the famous Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre) have already obtained about twenty awards in important national festivals such as Abycine, Curtas Noia and Festival de Málaga. These projects have also been present in the competitive sections of festivals such as Huesca, Fescigu and the Medina del Campo Film Week.
Together with the visual artist Paula Villegas, he created the production company Bazar Films, developing fiction, documentary and advertising projects for various agencies and clients such as Málaga C.F, Les Roches or La Fábrica de Cruzcampo.
My Parents’ Bazaar, their new documentary project, has just started its financing phase after receiving the Creation Grants from the Malaga Film Festival. This autobiographical film tells the story of the particular diaspora of a family of Indian merchants in Spain and the closure, after four decades, of the mythical family business, the Kirpa Bazaar.
Glad to See You Vladimir Golovnev Russia. 2020. 24 min
Two country men vying for the girl who already died… According to their beliefs her soul a few days is near and sometimes returns.
Vladimir Golovnev born in Omsk city in 1982. In 2004 he graduated historical faculty of Omsk State University. In 2005 he received the diploma of Independent School of cinema and TV INTERNEWS in Moscow (Faculty Directing Film and TV). Filmography: « Unwordly», doc., 2008 « The Curtain», doc., 2008 « The Game», doc., 2010 «The Sanctuary», doc., 2012 « Two Childhoods», doc., 2016 «Letsplay», doc., 2019