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Sad Film

Out of Competition

Director:
Vasili
Production:
Myanmar Film Collective ZIN Documentaire (Corinne van Egeraat)
Running Time:
12’
Language:
Burmese
Country:
Myanmar, Netherlands
Screenplay:
Vasili
Cinematographer:
Vasili
Editor:
Petr Lom
Sound:
Olmo van Straalen

Synopsis

Young Burmese filmmaker, who goes by pseudonym ‘Vasili’, and wears a mask, for he must remain anonymous, documents daily life in Myanmar since the beginning of the military coup this past February. Under this brutal oppression, the filmmaker oscillates between a furious need for resistance and an overwhelming and paralysing fear: to protest or to hide—a repetition of the trauma inflicted upon his father who was arrested thirty years ago. What remains constant is the filmmaker’s need for creative expression, though he realises that under a dictatorship art has become impossible, and so is his dream of making films.

Director’s Statement

When I made this film, I really thought it would release my stress. But I am still under terrible stress. My fear is not gone. I still wake up in the middle of the night and I feel useless and empty. I still fear I cannot make films any longer. I still fear how long it is going to be like this. How long will this nightmare continue?

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Corinne Van Egeraat - Myanmar Film Collective/Zin Documentaire
243 Johan van Hasseltkade
1032 LP – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel. +31 624873171
corinne@zindoc.nl
http://www.zindoc.nl

INTERNATIONAL AND ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION 1: Corinne Van Egeraat - Myanmar Film Collective/Zin Documentaire
243 Johan van Hasseltkade
1032 LP – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel. +31 624873171
corinne@zindoc.nl
http://www.zindoc.nl

INTERNATIONAL AND ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION 2: Sydney Neter – SND Films Netherlands
Tweede Laurierdwarsstraat 60
1016 RC – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0)20 4040707
Mob. +31 (0)6 54955266
info@sndfilms.com
www.sndfilms.com


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