OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min
DIRECTOR & WRITER : Daniela Thomas
SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm
Maria HELENA, a struggling and spirited woman in her fifties, lives in a squatted building in downtown São Paulo (the giant metropolis of Brazil). Her past comes back to haunt her and she must return to her remote hometown in the abandoned mining country of Minas Gerais to face the family that once hurt and forsook her. Inspired by the Christian tale of the “prodigal son”, BACK, shows the journey of Maria HELENA after she finds out that her mother is very ill and wants to see her before she dies. She grudgingly undertakes the trip back to São Joao, the tiny, archaic village she was born in, after decades of
absence and, on the long way, has the chance to heal old scars.
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.”
“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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Daniela THOMAS directs and writes films, creates opera and theater sets, designs exhibitions and creates installations. Her work has been seen, exhibited and played around the world. She partnered with Walter Salles, writing and co-directing three features, Foreign Land
(1996), Midnight (1998) and Linha de Passe (2008), and many shorts, including a Paris, Je T’aime segment (2006). She also co-directed Sunstroke (2009), with her partner in theater, Felipe Hirsch. Daniela
directed and wrote the feature films Vazante (2016), which opened the Panorama Section in the 67th Berlinale, 2017. And her latest feature
The Last Dinner will soon be released.