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