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    SEE Factory

    Directed by

    Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro

    2019

    59 min

    • Bosnian

    Drama, Short

    After Taiwan in 2013, Copenhagen and Helsinki in 2014, Chile in 2015, South Africa in 2016, Lebanon in 2017 and Tunisia in 2018, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Obala Art Center and DW join to continue the adventure this coming year with SEE Factory. This Factory is supported by Film Center Serbia, Film Centre of Montenegro, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Canton Sarajevo, North Macedonian Film Agency and Slovenian Film Centre, in association with Atlatic Grupa, Academy of Performing Art, Sarajevo and SCCA/pro.ba on South Eastern Europe side and Cineli Digital on the French side. The Fortnight is proud to present the result of these discussions, five short films co-directed by five tandems of young directors. IN YOUR HANDS - Maša Šarović & Sharon Engelhart (10') After begging her to come back, Azra gets her daughter Lejla back at the airport. In the car, she tells her a surprising news and takes her to an unknown place where mother and daughter will revisit their roles. THE PACKAGE - Dušan Kasalica & Teodora Ana Mihai (10') After many years in Paris, Damir, professional saxophonist, returns to Sarajevo for a unique concert. One of his friends asked him to bring a gift to her best friend, Elma, who is waiting for Damir with surprises... **THE RIGHT ONE - Urška Djukić & Gabriel Tzafka (**14') A possessive mother, a loving son, the fiancée's first visit, a mute witness... Four players around a pie. **SPIT - Neven Samardžić & Carolina Markowicz (**10') Anka, 12, and Yelena, 45, know each other from the neighborhood grocery store where they spend their day, one inside, the other outside. One evening, an unexpected visit provokes an incident that both women will suffer from. **THE SIGN - Eleonora Veninova & Yona Rozenker (**12') Sara firmly disagrees about her granddaughter’s wedding plan. To convince her not to marry, she takes Andrea to her husband grave and begs him for a sign.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    IN YOUR HANDS - Mediha Musliović
    Lidija Kordić
    Vahida Ljubunčić THE PACKAGE - Boris Ler
    Marija Pikić
    Alice
    Pahuljica THE RIGHT ONE - Mirjana Karanović
    Muhamed Hadžović
    Doroteja Nadrah SPIT - Jelena Kordić
    Adela Petrović
    Mero Beganović THE SIGN - Jelisaveta Seka Sablić
    Andrea Aković
    Igor Skvarica
    Production
    DW
    Teodora Ana Mihai

    Teodora Ana Mihai

    Romania

    Teodora Ana Mihai was born in Bucharest, Romania, under Ceausescu’s regime. In 1989 she came to Belgium and was reunited with her parents, who had fled the year before. In junior high, the opportunity arose to study in California and Teodora completed the last two years of high school at the French American International High School in San Francisco. Soon, inspired by her father’s previous passion for photography and the artistic environment of San Francisco she found that she wanted to explore reality through image and sound. She went on to study film at Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. Upon returning to Belgium, she first started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director, followed by a stint in the TV industry. Soon, she started working on her own projects.
    Her films take on the challenge of striking a balance between social relevance and audio-visual poetry. After directing the award-winning documentary WAITING FOR AUGUST, which was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2014, Teodora became a member of the European Film Academy. She continues her film work with enthusiasm, currently developing with her Belgian based company One for the Road bvba, two features set in Mexico, in collaboration with Mexican writer Habacuc Antonio De Rosario: LA CIVIL and LOS OLVIDABLES.
    Her film THE PACKAGE, co-directed by Dušan Kasalica, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography

    Carolina Markowicz

    Carolina Markowicz

    Brazil

    Carolina Markowicz is a screenwriter and director based in São Paulo, Brazil.
    Her first short film 69-LUZ SQUARE won several awards around the world, including best short film at Rio De Janeiro IFF and was screened at MoMa-NY. TATUAPE MAHAL TOWER, which premiered at TIFF 2014, was one of the most awarded short films of the year in Brazil and has been selected to more than 200 festivals around the world.
    In 2015, she was invited to be part of TIFF Talent Lab, where her mentors were Wim Wenders and Jim Stark. She was selected to Talents Berlinale 2018 and to Locarno Filmmakers Academy, where she was showcased at Indiewire as one of "Some of the world most exciting new filmmakers".
    Her third short film, POSTPONED, won Best Screenplay at Festival de Gramado and was at official competition at Festival de Biarritz. Her recent short, THE ORPHAN, premiered at the Director’s Fortnight - Cannes in 2018, and won the Queer Palm. It was also selected to Locarno, TIFF 2018, AFI, and has been collecting many awards worldwide. Her latest short SPIT, co-directed by Neven Samardžić, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography

    Gabriel Tzafka

    Gabriel Tzafka

    Greece

    Born on 19th April 1986, Gabriel Tzafka graduated from the Film School of the Aristotle University in 2010 with MA in Film Directing. In 2008 he participated in the MEDIA's educational program “Four Corners”. In 2010 he was selected to participate at Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2012 he was selected from Sarajevo Film Festival to present his film project supported by MEDIA RE:UNION ("Greek Nomads") at Pack & Pitch section. In 2013 he got supported from BBC and DR (Danish Television) to develop his project DAYS OF BLACK. Meanwhile, he was selected to join the Danish film school SUPER16/NORDISK FILM (2013-2016). His films have been awarded up to 30 times and have been participating in more than 60 international film festivals. Since 2016 he is a member of the Danish Film Directors Association. His first feature film THORN, a coproduction between Denmark and Greece was awarded the Eurimage Lab Award as a work in progress and screened in Thessaloniki Film Festival.
    His film THE RIGHT ONE, co-directed by Urška Djukić, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography

    Dušan Kasalica

    Dušan Kasalica

    Montenegro

    Dušan Kasalica was born in 1987. in Montenegro. He graduated the film directing from the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro, where he now works in the Department of Film and Television directing. His short film A MATTER OF WILL won the Heart of Sarajevo award for the best short film of the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival and was screened in other prestigious festivals around the world. His new film SOA won Special Jury Mention at 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival. He participated in programs like Berlinale Talents and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. He is currently developing several projects, either as a director or producer.
    His film THE PACKAGE, co-directed by Teodora Ana Mihai, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography

    Yona Rozenkier

    Yona Rozenkier

    Israel

    Raised in the Yehiam kibbutz, Yona Rozenkier graduated from the department of film and TV at the Tel Aviv University. In 2012, he directed the short film RAZ AND RADJA, which was followed by WATER (2012), an Israeli-Palestinian film, co-directed with several other filmmakers which opened the Critics’ Week in Venice and was selected in Busan, Clermont Ferrand and Santa Barbara among others. His film THE DIVE (2018) was selected at the Locarno Festival. His film THE SIGN, co-directed by Eleonora Veninova, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Selected Filmography

    Sharon Engelhart

    Sharon Engelhart

    Israel

    Sharon Engelhart graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television school with NIGHTSWIMMING (2013). She participated in the 35th edition of the Cinéfondation Résidence, Festival de Cannes. Her film IN YOUR HANDS, co-directed by Maša Šarović, was selected for the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Maša Šarović

    Maša Šarović

    Serbia

    Maša Šarović was born in 1993 in Subotica, Serbia. She studied Film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She has directed several features and shorts including THE CITY (2015) and HOTTEST SUMMER DAYS (2017). Her film IN YOUR HANDS, co-directed by Sharon Engelhart, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Urška Djukić

    Urška Djukić

    Slovenia

    Born in 1986 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Studied at the Academy of Arts, University of Nova Gorica. Her first professional fiction / animated short BON APPÉTIT, LA VIE! won the Best Short Film Award at the 19. Festival of Slovenian film. In 2018, she was chosen to participate at SEE Factory South East Europe 2019, a joint project for young directors curated by Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and Sarajevo Film Festival, and co-directed a short film THE RIGHT ONE that premiered in Cannes opening of Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.
    By combining live action, animation and various forms of experimental techniques Urška Djukić creates hybrid visual narratives and is especially focused on exploring topics of contemporary womanhood.

    Neven Samardžić

    Neven Samardžić

    Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Neven Samardžić was born in 1986 in Sarajevo. In 2017 he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo. He directed and wrote student short films and student plays at the Academy of Performing Arts. Professionally, he did four stand up shows ("Magacin Kabare production"), two music videos and worked as an assistant director and director on the documentary series HOCU KUCI for Al Jazeera Balkans. His senior thesis film CLEAN won The Heart of Sarajevo for Best Student Film in 2017. His film SPIT, co-directed by Carolina Markowicz, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.

    Eleonora Veninova

    Eleonora Veninova

    Macedonia

    Eleonora Veninova is a screenwriter and director of award-winning short fiction films, documentary films and TV series. Her films have won a dozen awards and screened at over 60 festivals around the world, including Oscar, BAFTA and EFA qualifying festivals. Eleonora graduated in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge. After her studies in Los Angeles, she moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked as a writer and editor-in-chief for a local production company before moving back to Macedonia. She is the co-creator, writer and director of the TV series PRESPAV and a writer for several other Macedonian TV series. She is currently developing her own thriller/mystery series and a feature film. Her film THE SIGN, co-directed by Yona Rozenkier, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight.