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4242

4242

4242

SYNOPSIS

Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends.

At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference. 4242 is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenagers anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.



DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Inspired by true events, 4242 is a cinematic interpretation of a poem written by a teenager who leaves her home country, her family and friends, to live in another country somewhere in Europe. This story is important to tell because teenagers across the globe increasingly face similar situations as the character of 4242 says Sara Eustaquio. For several different reasons, many teens end up living in different countries where they may not even speak the same language. This story is not only about immigration, as we have seen in Europe, but also about the mix up of so many feelings during adolescence. Perhaps even feelings that may occur during adulthood: loneliness, confusion, the integration process in new spaces, the challenge of displacement both physical and spiritual.



ACCREDITATION

Awards:

• Junnior Winner (Sara Eustaquio) (Near Nazareth Film Festival), May 2016, Israel

• Award of Merit - Special Mention (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (BestShorts Competition), June 2016, USA

• Award of Merit (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (IndieFest Film Awards), August 2016, USA

• Best Student Film (Sara Eustaquio), Best Foreign Film (Sara Eustaquio), Best Teen Actress (Cristina Caldararu) and Best Producer (Victor Eustaquio) (Christian Film Festival), August 2016, USA

• Award of Best Cinema of Europe (Sara Eustaquio) (Canadian Diversity Film Festival), August 2016, Canada

• Best Student Film (Sara Eustaquio) (Creation International Film Festival), August 2016, Canada

• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Chandler International Film Festival), August 2016, USA

• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival), August 2016, USA

• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards), August 2016, USA

• Best Youth Film (Sara Eustaquio) (Chicano International Film Festival), September 2016, USA

• Best Filmmaker Under 18 (Sara Eustaquio) (Barnes Film Festival), September 2016, UK

• Silver Award (Student Film, Sara Eustaquio) (Fameus International Film Festival), September 2016, USA

• Award of Merit - Special Mention (Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Sara Eustaquio) (Accolade Global Film Competition), September 2016, USA

• Award of Merit (Tight Shorts category, Sara Eustaquio) (WRPN.TV Short, Tight and Loose global film festival competition) September 2016, USA

 

Nominations:

• Nomination for Best Student, Los Angeles CineFest, June 2016, USA

• Nomination for Best Narrative, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, June 2016, Spain

• Nomination for Best Portuguese Cinema Now, Lisbon International Film Festival, June 2016, Portugal

• Nomination for Best Short, Frame by Sound Festival, July 2016, Dominican Republic

• Nomination for Best Student Short, Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival, August 2016, USA

• Nomination for Best Short, Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, August 2016, USA

• Nomination for Best Short (Fiction), FARCUME, Festival de Curtas-Metragens de Faro, August 2016, Portugal

• Nomination for Best Experimental Short Film, Stonefair International Film Festival, August 2016, Romania

• Nomination for Best Short (Drama/Action), Filmmatic 2016 Filmmakers Awards, September 2016, USA

• Nomination for Best Young Filmmaker, TMC London Film Festival, September 2016, UK

 

Semi-Finalist:

• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, MCNY Short Film Festival, September 2016, USA

• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, Hispanic Heritage Short Film Award competition, September 2016, USA

• Semi-Finalist for Best Drama Short, Highway 61 Film Festival, October 2016, USA

• Semi-Finalist for Best Short, El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival, November 2017, Spain (still in competition)

 

Other Official Selections:

• Colossus Film Festival, June 2016, Greece

• Sweet as Film Festival, July 2016, Canada

• All Lights India International Film Festival, September 2016, India

• FILM-COM Down Under, September 2016, Australia

• Downtown Tyler Film Festival, September 2016, USA

• Seoul International Youth Film Festival, September 2016, South Korea (still in competition)

• Real Time Film Festival, September 2016, Nigeria (still in competition)

• Arte Non Stop Festival, September 2016, Argentina (still in competition)

• Short of the Month Festival, September 2016, India (still in competition)

• International Family Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)

• Laughlin International Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)

• Awareness Film Festival, October 2016, USA (still in competition)

• Mediterranean Film Festival, October 2016, Italy (still in competition)

• Outlaw Film Festival, November 2016, USA (still in competition)

• IndieWise Virtual Film Festival, January 2017, USA (still in competition)




MIRROR

MIRROR

MIRROR

ABOUT

‘Mirror’ : Short film, drama, thriller, USA (2016), 03:00

Directed by Sara Eustáquio

 Micro short film directed by Portuguese multi-award winning Sara Eustáquio, 16, starring Canadian young actress Jaimie Marchuk. Student project produced at New York Film Academy, in NYC.



SYNOPSIS

She is young. She is in trouble. She is staring at the mirror looking for answers.

But what she is about to find can change her life.



ACCREDITATION

Awards

Award of Merit - Accolade Global Film Competition, September 2016, USA

Award of Merit - BestShorts Competition, September 2016, USA

Nominations

Nomination for Best Short Film, Mediterranean Film Festival, October 2016, Italy 

Other Official Selections

Horror Online Art Film Festival of Navarra, October 2016, Spain 

IndieWise Virtual Film Festival, January 2017, USA 

Girls Do not Cry Film Festival, January 2017, USA 



THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

THE BIRTHDAY

ABOUT

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