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Grain (Semih Kaplanoglu) Turkey

Grain
Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey. 2017. 128 min

What is it that the two men are after in Dead Lands in an indefinite near future?

The global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones in areas where the climate is relatively good. These cities are populated by the elites, corporation’s executives, scientists, and those multi-ethnic immigrants who have been admitted after passing genetic compatibility tests.

The immigrant masses struggle with hunger and epidemics. Professor Erol Erin (55), a seed genetics specialist, lives in a city protected from them by sophisticated armed forces and magnetic walls. For unknown reasons, the city’s agricultural plantations have been hit by a genetic crisis – and, as a result, by massive crop failure.

In a meeting at the headquarters of the corporation which employs him, Erol learns of Cemil Akman (40), a fellow scientist. Apparently, Cemil wrote a thesis about the recurrent crisis affecting genetically modified seeds – but the work was banned by the corporation. Erol sets out to find Cemil and learn more about the thesis. He discovers that, after losing his wife and all of his scientific research in a suspicious fire, Cemil left the city and moved to Dead Lands, an almost uninhabitable place poisoned by chemical waste. Together with his assistant Andrei (30), Erol illegally crosses the magnetic walls in search of Cemil.

Erol finds Cemil, who is searching for the remains of “life” in Dead Lands. But Cemil believes Erol will not survive the journey, nor be able to handle the truth he will find.

SEMIH KAPLANOGLU

Semih Kaplanoğlu was born in 1963 in Turkey. He is one of the most acclaimed writer-director-producers of contemporary cinema in Turkey. His first films Away From Home (2001) and Angel’s Fall (2005) were screened in international festivals worldwide, but with his third feature Egg (2007) Kaplanoğlu achieved international recognition as the film was premiered in Quinzaine des Realisateurs. In 2008 Milk premiered at the Venice Film Festival, giving him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul. Honey (2013), the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, won the Golden Bear at Berlinale that year. As a producer, he recently contributed with his fellow director Aida Begic in Children of Sarajevo which earned a special mention in Cannes Certain Regard (2012). Grain is his sixth feature.

FILMOGRAPHY
2017 Grain (Buğday)
2010 Honey (Bal)
2008 Milk (Süt)
2007 Egg (Yumurta)
2004 Angel’s Fall (Meleğin Düşüşü)
2000 Away From Home (Herkes Kendi Evinde)

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Here is Afghanistan (Khadim Hussain) Afghanistan

Here is Afghanistan
Khadim Hussain Byhnam
Afghanistan. 2020. 3 min

Children honestly work together with their teammates as a family under one roof to play their children’s games. It does not take a moment for a terrorist to come into the room and destroy all their ideas and aspirations, and by doing so, the minds of each of them are affected and leave a negative impression. In short; terrorists in Afghanistan take the children’s smiles hostage and instead record images of war and bloodshed on the minds of each of them in order to spread their savagery.

KHADIM HUSSAIN BYHNAM

Khadim Hussain Byhname studied cinema in Kabul university. Till now he has been making short films on children, andwon many national and international awards and letters of appreciation from major international festivals such as Algeria Digital Gate, Indian KIIFFA, Turkish Brotherhood, Nominated German films, London Amo Media, Didor Thajikistan, Australian Gone, BBC Aparat, California Women and awards at major national festivals such as Herat Women, Human Rights, Mehregan, New Look and Afghan Animation. He is the author or co-writer of the screenplay of all the films he has directed, most of his works are a combination of bitter comedy with child and women themes.

DIRECTOR,S NOTE

Since you all know about the situation of Afghanistan, that how the situation of war is going on, and also how is the political atmosphere, also some other issues really caused the economic of my country. In addition to that, in a situation like right now, people are only thinking how to survive, because there is no security and safety, plus there is not stable economic. But me and my teammates followed our dream and goals, while the situation of art and artistic activities are very difficult in this situation. It’s because there is no safety to travel and also there is not enough money to spend for our works. However, we always had and also will continue toward the target, and we are struggling for bringing changes, even though the field of production is blocked for us (Afghans). But we keep struggling and standing in the route of art by tolerancy of hardships and challenges. By having all this difficulties and shortcomings we are still working hard to introduce the Cinema for the people around the world. Me and my collogues/ teammates are trying to express our people’s pains and their hardships by our Films for the world. Specially the pains that my people were suffering in the past times and these matters have been continued for so many years and still going on.
Dear audience and friends, for us actors and actresses here in Afghanistan, we don’t have issues on our plans, and production, but we do have equipment shortcomings. When we are making a film even, we don’t have a basic camera and other related accessories to use them for producing film. Sometimes we are borrowing a camera from friends or renting for few days. It’s because the equipment’s are very limited for us here in Afghanistan. It is good to mention, most of the time we don’t have electricity to charge our camera and computer. Specially the place that I am living now it is a village that lacking electricity and internet. Overall, all our stories are very sad stories, all we have here is wars, poverty and sadness. In this dark moment your encouragements are such a hope, happiness for us that really impact us and changes our life to work harder and harder. I am so happy that I am here now, and it is very honor that I am seeing myself here among all of you from a long-distance way Afghanistan.

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Colorless (Hamid Mandgar) Afghanistan

Colorless
Hamid Mandgar
Afghanistan. 2019. 7 min

Narges was a girl who had a passion for dancing, and whenever she danced, her brother beat him,Narges still did not stop dancing. My brother continues to beat her until one day Zia, Narges’ brother, realizes that Narges is dancing for her mother, and this surprises Zia and stops beating her.

ABDUL HAMID MANDGAR

Abdul hamid mandgar Afghan filmmaker he directed 5 short film he awarded 5 international and national a award.

DIRECTOR,S NOTE

I think cinema has the power to establish humanity in societies.
Cinema is the only visual language among all the people of the world. I try to show harmony, humanity to the people of the world with films of peace, I believe in the cinema revolution and I am happy to be a filmmaker. My style of work is minimal, I think it gives me the opportunity to decide with my frames about the people in my film, minimal is the only style that catches the eye sooner.
In fact, minimalism is the style that attracts the most attention, and I call my style minimalism alone.
For me, art is more valuable than the message. I think when I can convey my message strongly that it has good art, so before the content, style, form is more important to me.

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The Great Indian Kitchen (Jeo Baby) India. Official Section

The Great Indian Kitchen
Jeo Baby
India. 2021. 100 min

A newly wedded couple is looking forward to having a happy days ahead. The day of the wife (Nimisha Bindu) starts in the kitchen and ends in the kitchen. Throughout the entire movie, you see her doing nothing but cooking and performing the household chores. Her husband (Suraj Venjaramood) works as a teacher at school and her mother-in-law flies to the US for the delivery of he daughter. Meanwhile, the wife is on a job hunt and when she decides to apply, her father-in-law, the man of the house says no to her. A lot keep adding to this with each passing day and she realises that her husband doesn’t even have any feelings towards her. Slowly, the wife realises that this place is not for her and it is high time for her to react. Well, how she reacts to it is the actual beauty.

JEO BABY

Jeo Baby is an Indian film director, scriptwriter and actor who works in the Malayalam film industry.

Jeo Baby was born in a Christian family in Thalanad near Pala. He studied cinema at St. Joseph College of Communication, Changanacherry. During his student days, he directed the short film Secret Minds which discussed same-sex relationship. The short film became controversial following which Jeo Baby and four other students were expelled from the college.

Jeo Baby started his career in entertainment industry by writing for Television sitcoms in 2010. He was involved in scripting the initial episodes of popular television sitcoms Marimayam, ‘Uppum Mulakum’ and ‘M80 Moosa’. He made his directional movie debut through the Malayalam movie ‘2 Penkuttikal’ which was released in 2016. His second movie Kunju Daivam was released in 2017. In 2020 he directed Kilometers and Kilometers which has Tovino Thomas playing the lead role. The movie skipped theaters due to COVID-19 pandemic & was premiered directly on Malayalam satellite channel Asianet followed by an OTT release in Netflix. His fourth Malayalam film The Great Indian Kitchen which has Suraj Venjaramoodu & Nimisha Sajayan playing the lead roles was directly released over ‘NeeStream ‘ OTT platform on 15 January 2021. With the positive response round the globe, the movie officially released on Amazon Prime.

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NIMISHA SAJAYAN

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mankindcinemas@gmail.com

Rauf (Soner Caner, Baris Kaya) Turkey

Rauf
Soner Caner, Baris Kaya
Turkey. 2016. 90 min

Rauf hopes to win over his big crush, the older Zana, with the help of the colour pink. But what does pink really look like anyways, and will he even be able to find it in his snowy little Kurdish village up in the mountains? Meanwhile, disturbing rumours sweep in from the outside world.

SONER CANER / BARIS KAYA

Barış Kaya is a filmmaker from Turkey. Kaya studied at the film and TV faculty at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. He worked in film productions and made a number of TV commercials. He collaborated on the film “The Breath (Nefes)” directed by Levent Semerci, in 2009. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the feature drama “RAUF”. Rauf made premiere in Berlin FF – Generation competition, won 29 awards in 91 international festivals.

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baris.kaya@periistanbul.com

The Miniaturist of Junagadh (Kaushal Oza) India

The Miniaturist of Junagadh
Kaushal Oza
India. 2020. 29 min

The ravages of Partition have compelled an old artist, Husyn Naqqash, to sell his ancestral home in Western India and move with his family to Karachi, Pakistan. When Kishorilal, a stoic and stone-hearted man, who has bought the house, comes to know that Husyn is a well-known miniature painter and has an invaluable and rare miniature collection, he schemes to get hold of the collection. But all is not what it seems and there is a secret about the collection that Husyn’s family is holding back. Not only from Kishorilal… but also from Husyn.

KAUSHAL OZA

Born and raised in Bombay, Kaushal Oza graduated in Film Direction and Screenwriting from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) Indian’s premier film school. He has twice been awarded the National Film Award for his short films Vaishnav Jan Toh and Afterglow by the President of India. His films have won 15 International best film awards and have been screened in Clermont Ferrand, New York, London, Los Angeles, Beijing, Singapore, Goa, Colombo etc. His third short film The Miniaturist of Junagadh begins its festival journey in 2021. He is currently on the pre production of his feature film Little Thomas, whose script was mentored at NFDC Film Bazar, Goa and Cinekid, Amsterdam.

DIRECTOR,S NOTE

The Miniaturist of Junagadh was born out of the grief that I experienced at the loss of home. Home, in the literal sense, when my family’s century old ancestral home was to be razed to ground to give way to a housing complex. And home in the philosophical sense, as the tolerant nation I grew up in elected a religious fundamentalist as prime minister, and I, like my many liberal compatriots, was robbed of the secular heritage India’s founding fathers had bequeathed us. Soon, a citizenship law was proposed that marked religious minorities, and can one day become the basis of deporting Indians on religious grounds.

Husyn, the blind miniaturist of the film, also finds himself being forced out of his house on the eve of Indian Independence. In the aftermath of ethnic violence, it is not just his home that is being taken away from him, but also his art. The art of Indian miniature paintings is a confluence of Islamic and Hindu traditions and is a testament to the true heights the human spirit can scale, when minds, cultures, and religions, assimilate. It is through this art that Husyn speaks to his tormentors; and in his own way, breaks free of the tyranny of lines, be they borders or religious divides.

The Miniaturist of Junagadh, although rooted in India’s difficult past, speaks to the world of today – a world ravaged by religious, ethnic, xenophobic and racist violence. It is a film about a lost art, shot in my own ancestral house before it is torn down. It is at once a lament, and at once, like in Husyn’s final act of bridging cultures, a prayer of hope.

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o.kaushal@gmail.com

American Anomie (Shahriar Azim) USA

American Anomie
Shahriar Azim
USA. 2020. 25 min

Timir, a young south-Asian student attends a prestigious Los Angeles music academy, chasing his dream of becoming a classical composer. To scrape together money for tuition he manages a shady motel in South LA where he lives with his girlfriend, Sarah. He struggles to find meaning in his music when faced with the grinding poverty and depravity the motel residents experience each night. As he watches his dreams, his relationship, and his ambitions slip away, Timir finds himself at a crossroads.

SHAHRIAR AZIM

Born and raised in Bangladesh, Shahriar Azim is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 2010 he moved to Moscow after receiving a scholarship in Journalism. He made his first short documentary film “We are Global Citizen” (2014), a documentary that deals with the suffering caused by war and how traditional media helps to publicize the narrative of warmongers rather than stopping them down. In 2015 Shahriar made his second short Documentary Film “Freedom 404”, depicting journalism in Bangladesh.
After graduating from PFUR (2015), he branched out into fictional storytelling instead of working as a journalist and moved to Los Angeles. Since 2016 Azim continuously making various kinds of short films such as Osmosis (2016), Black beans (2017), Widh (2019).
“Widh” was screened in multiple film festivals and won the audience choice Award at Ojai short film festival (2020).

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shahriar@redshadowpictures.com

Crossroads (Faysal Soysal) Turkey

Crossroads
Faysal Soysal
Turkey. 2013. 116 min

Benjamin is a volunteer in Bosnia, dealing with the gruesome aftermath of the war while trying to get away from his own devastating past in Turkey, which still haunts his dreams. To cope he must return home to heal old wounds and possibly, face new love.

FAYSAL SOYSAL

Faysal Soysal was born in Batman in 1979. He left medical school to focus on poetry and cinema in 2000. Between 2003 and 2007, he finished MA on “Film Directing” in Tehran Art University-Iran and at the same time “New Turkish Literature” at Van Yuzuncuyil University-Turkey. He did 4 short films in Iran, which were awarded at international film festivals. With ‘Dreams of Lost Time’(35mm), he’s become closer to find his own cinematographic language. In 2008, with a scholarship, he attended to the New York Film Academy and directed 4 short films. He has been selected for Talent Campus of Sarajevo Film Festival at 2009. He did his first feature film ‘Crossroads’ in 2013, (Filmed in Turkey and Bosnia) and it got 13 awards from film festivals. He did documentary series for Al Jazire and TRT TV. He used to be voluntary of Doctors Worldwide and produced Africa documentaries about their aid. They have been screened on TRT Documentary Channel in the name Worldwide Stories as 11 episodes. He published books on poetry and cinema. He is the director of International Amity Short Film Festival since two years. He finished his second feature film Silenced Tree as a first co-production of Turkish-Iranian at 2020.

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revzin@arthoodentertainment.com

Bal (Semih Kaplanoglu) Turkey

Bal
Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey. 2010. 103 min

Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his beekeeper father Yakup hangs specially-made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches to gather honey. The strong bond that he has with his father cannot protect Yusuf from becoming an outsider during his first year of school. Yusuf’s stutter shames him in front of his classmates during oral reading assignments. Yusuf’s anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. His father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder everyday. Yusuf summons all of his courage and goes deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown…

SEMIH KAPLANOGLU

Semih Kaplanoglu is one of the most profiled writers/ directors/producers of present-day filmmaking in Turkey, having received important national awards such as the Golden Orange (Antalya IFF) and the Golden Tulip award (Istanbul IFF) for his third feature »Yumurta« (Egg). His feature films have also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize for »Süt« (Milk) at the Istanbul International Film Festival and the Best Film Alternativa award for »Melegin Düsüsü« (Angel’s fall) at the Barcelona Independent Film Festival.
»Bal« (Honey) is the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, which traces the origins of a soul. Like in his previous films, Semih Kaplanoglu decides to work without music to create the emotional world of the film.

FILMOGRAPHY

2010 »Bal« (Honey, feature film)
World premiere in Berlin 2010

2008 »Süt« (Milk, feature film)
World premiere in Venice 2009

2007 »Yumurta« (Egg, feature film)
World premiere in Cannes 2008

2004 »Melegin Düsüsü« (Angel’s fall, feature film)
World premiere in Berlin 2005

2000 »Herkes kendi evinde« (Away from home, feature film)

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ersin.adiguzel@yee.org.tr

My Brother Artyom (Roman Trofimov) Russia

My Brother Artyom
Roman Trofimov
Russia. 2021. 25 min

Nikita is twelve. And he is bullied by school hooligans and an overbearing mother. He patiently suffers and accumulates offense. It all lasts until his half-brother Artyom returns from the correctional boarding school. He involuntarily pushes the boy to a terrible way of solving his problems.

ROMAN TROFIMOV

Graduated German Sidakov’s drama school (theater director 2013-2014, theater & film actor – 2015 – 2016). Filmed over 50 musical clips.
Filmography:
-“Mother” short film, 2013 (Artyom Semakin, Ingrizh Olerinskaya)
-“Looser” short film, 2019 (Nikita Elenev, Ivan Fominov), movie featured on Kinotavr at short movie category in 2019.
-“Missing” Russian TV show (5 episodes, 2013)
-“Witnesses” Russian TV show (2 episodes, 2018)

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agent@festagent.com