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THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

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Two taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them in front of a meaningful change.


SYNOPSIS

Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the Birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin. The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend. Nethertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much. Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

I met the first actress, Vivian Yung Chang, during a theatre workshop in Berlin. I loved her language and her energy and very soon I decided to write something for her. When I wrote the script I was initially just focused on the characters: I didn’t have a concrete plot but I had two characters who were every day clearer in my mind. I could see their habits, the way they were dressing and talking to each other, I had so many images of them that drove me in the story. I felt the characters had already a story to tell and this story came to me quite quickly. I didn’t hesitate to shoot in mandarin because the language is so rich, dense and beautiful that I was really comfortable with it. From the first rehearsal the actresses were so natural in their own language that I could follow the script easily and I really thought it was the right choice. The title of my movie was inspired of course from the love poem by Christina Rossetti that I read just by chance a short time before writing, but it goes through it: a birthday is a new step, it has a meaning, it drives to a mental change, it has a concrete symbolic weight, especially for very young people. In this movie the birthday is like the lighthouse in Virgina Woolf’s book. It has to do with consciousness/unconsciousness, with emotions mostly connected more with the mind that with actions.


ACCREDITATION

Festivals/Nomination:
World Premiere: TGLFF, Turin Official Selection
Cannes ShortFilm Corner
Nominated for Best Cinematography at the ShanghaiPride
Frameline Official Selection
Cinemadamare Official Selection, Diamante (Italy)
Libercine Official Selection (Argentina)
MicGenero (Mexico) Official Selection
Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg Official Selection( German Premiere)
Queer-Streifen Festival (Germany) Official Selection
Outwest Film Fest (Usa) Official Selection
Bejing Queer Film Festival Official Selection
El lugar sin Limites (Ecuador) Official Selection
Les rencontres des cinema D’europe (France) Official Selection
Florence Queer film Festival (Italy)Official Selection
Ljubljana Queer Film Festival (Slovenja)Official Selection
Sardinia Queer Festival
Ackerstadt Palast (Berlin) Screening-February 2016
Boddinale, Loophole(Berlin)- February 2016
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival Official Selection July 2016
LesBiGayTrans Festival International de Cine Asuncion Paraguay Official Selection July 2016
Femart Festival- Official Selection- Premiere in Kosovo (Pristina)- May 2016



THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

ABOUT

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Two taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them in front of a meaningful change.


SYNOPSIS

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Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the Birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin. The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend. Nethertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much. Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

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I met the first actress, Vivian Yung Chang, during a theatre workshop in Berlin. I loved her language and her energy and very soon I decided to write something for her. When I wrote the script I was initially just focused on the characters: I didn’t have a concrete plot but I had two characters who were every day clearer in my mind. I could see their habits, the way they were dressing and talking to each other, I had so many images of them that drove me in the story. I felt the characters had already a story to tell and this story came to me quite quickly. I didn’t hesitate to shoot in mandarin because the language is so rich, dense and beautiful that I was really comfortable with it. From the first rehearsal the actresses were so natural in their own language that I could follow the script easily and I really thought it was the right choice. The title of my movie was inspired of course from the love poem by Christina Rossetti that I read just by chance a short time before writing, but it goes through it: a birthday is a new step, it has a meaning, it drives to a mental change, it has a concrete symbolic weight, especially for very young people. In this movie the birthday is like the lighthouse in Virgina Woolf’s book. It has to do with consciousness/unconsciousness, with emotions mostly connected more with the mind that with actions.


ACCREDITATION

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Festivals/Nomination:
World Premiere: TGLFF, Turin Official Selection
Cannes ShortFilm Corner
Nominated for Best Cinematography at the ShanghaiPride
Frameline Official Selection
Cinemadamare Official Selection, Diamante (Italy)
Libercine Official Selection (Argentina)
MicGenero (Mexico) Official Selection
Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg Official Selection( German Premiere)
Queer-Streifen Festival (Germany) Official Selection
Outwest Film Fest (Usa) Official Selection
Bejing Queer Film Festival Official Selection
El lugar sin Limites (Ecuador) Official Selection
Les rencontres des cinema D’europe (France) Official Selection
Florence Queer film Festival (Italy)Official Selection
Ljubljana Queer Film Festival (Slovenja)Official Selection
Sardinia Queer Festival
Ackerstadt Palast (Berlin) Screening-February 2016
Boddinale, Loophole(Berlin)- February 2016
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival Official Selection July 2016
LesBiGayTrans Festival International de Cine Asuncion Paraguay Official Selection July 2016
Femart Festival- Official Selection- Premiere in Kosovo (Pristina)- May 2016


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