Official Selection

The Measure of a Woman – Half the Sky

The Measure of a woman

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

The Measure of  Woman

HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min 

DIRECTOR : Sara Blecher
WRITER : Sara Blecher & Collin Oliphant

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

World Rowing Championships 2018, an unknown South Africa wins the women single scull event, smashing through the field making all the others look like amateurs. It’s a great victory for South Africa, but dark clouds have been gathering around the athlete. Doping charges are red flagged, as they always are in such cases, but so too are allegations that the 19-year-old isn’t even a woman. With news flying around, everyone is discussing about her. Some naughty boys even try to sneak a peek at her when she is in the changing room. The agent tries to dress her up for TV interview, hoping it could help shift the public opinion and get her back to the game. She believes that God has made her the way she is and that she is not a mistake. But with the social pressure, should Ntombi become another person, to go along with what the public calls a woman?

 

PROJECT INFO

Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”

THEME

“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
 
woman of measure director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Sara BLECHER graduated with honors from NYU film school.
As an award winning documentary director and producer, Sara’s debut
feature Otelo Burning won over 17 international awards and was named by CNN as one of the top ten African films of the decade. Ayanda premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected to open the Durban International Film Festival. She recently completed her fourth feature film Mayfair which will soon to be released

Dumplings – Half the Sky

Dumplings

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Dumplings

HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min 

DIRECTOR & WRITER : Yulin Liu

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

A year after her husband’s death, Shuxian QIN lives a simple life together with her daughter Xiaodan ZHOU. At some point during this year, Shuxian met Chef DONG and their hearts bonded. On this night, they are making ‘jade dumplings’ together to have for dinner with Xiaodan in hope that
she will accept their relationship. Xiaodan rejects the dumplings and more devastatingly, rejects their relationship. She thinks Chef DONG is inferior to her deceased father and doesn’t ‘match’ their family’s socio-economic status. Chef DONG leaves Shuxian. A year later, Shuxian QIN doesn’t mention Chef DONG to her daughter anymore. In fact, they don’t talk at all anymore. Under her mother’s silent treatment, Xiaodan is on the edge of a nervous
breakdown. Shuxian seeks out Chef DONG after hearing that he is getting married. They shared some ‘old words’ and those ‘old words’ awoke Xiaodan who was hiding behind a tree nearby; and dramatically changed the lives of mother and daughter.

 

PROJECT INFO

Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”

THEME

“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
 
Dumpling director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in Beijing, China, Yulin LIU graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking.
In 2014, the short narrative film Door God, acclaiming awards at both the Student Academy Awards (Oscar®) and the Annual Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. Door God was selected into over 50
international film festivals and won multiple awards.
In 2016, Yulin directed her first feature film Someone to Talk to, which was selected into many film festivals including Busan, Cairo and Berlin
Film Festivals, and the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, etc.

Taken for Granted – Half the Sky

Taken For Granted

Festival / Official Selection 2018 / Taken for Granted

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Taken for Granted – Half the Sky

HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min 

DIRECTOR : Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
WRITER : Sakshi Tiwari

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

Amongst the clusters of houses in Old Delhi resides the amusing Batra family. Homemaker & Salon owner ‘Seema Batra’ manages the home and family (her husband, 2 children and in-laws) with utmost sincerity. Till one day Seema takes an ingenious decision after an incident at home where she feels taken for granted and needs a break from responsibilities of daily family routine. This
sudden pronouncement creates an upheaval within the family.
TAKEN FOR GRANTED by Ashwiny Iyer TIWARI, is rooted in the subculture of societal truth. It is a slice of life, emotional journey of a wife, mother and daughter in law, finding her true self in a world of ‘family and responsibility’.

 

PROJECT INFO

Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”

THEME

“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
 
Taken for granted director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Ashwiny Iyer TIWARI has won several awards like Cannes Lions since she started pursuing her passion in filmmaking in 2014.
She made her debut with highly acclaimed Nil Battey Sannata, awarded Filmfare Best Debut Director Award and Best Actor at the
Silk Road International Film Festival. In 2017, she made the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi which won her the Best Director award at Filmfare awards and Zee Cine Awards, India
She was selected as one of the most powerful women in 2016 in Femina. Ashwiny has now collaborated with Fox Star Studios to make a film on Kabaddi (an Indian dying sport).

Catfishing – Half the Sky

Cat Fishing

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Catfishing

HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min 

DIRECTOR : Alexey Elizaveta Stishova
WRITER : Alisa Khmnelnitskaya

SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

Valentina, a middle-aged single woman lives a simple and naïve life with her old mother in a quiet, rural village by a river in Russia. Through the Internet, she falls in love with a humorous and charismatic inmate. The man sings songs and plays guitar for her over video chats, and where they also share sweet vows to each other. Soon, the inmate gets out of the prison, and Valentina is delicately preparing for the day of his arrival. Her mother and the neighbors, on the other hand, are skeptical about the man and want to burst her imaginative bubble of Internet romance. The man finally arrives in a boat with roses in his hands, as promised. Charismatic as always, but Valentina leaves with disappointment…

 

PROJECT INFO

Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”

THEME

“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
 
Cat fishing director

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in Moscow, Russia, Elizaveta STICHOVA received her degrees from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). In 2014, she participated at the Berlinale Talents Campus, and after completing several short films, in 2017, Stichova’s first feature length film “Suleiman Mountain” was selected at Toronto (TIFF), San Francisco
(SFIFF), and many international film festivals across the world. The
film was also awarded the Roberto Rosselini Award for best film at Pingyao International Film Festival (PYIFF) in 2017