ASHMINA

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The Feature

Inspired by the experience in Nepal and building on the success of Ashmina the team has decided to expand the project into a full-length feature.

The film, Broken Wings, will draw inspiration from the director’s experiences, gained while he was travelling around the world between 2011-2015, and will be made of five different parts, each shot in a different country - Ukraine, Israel, Brazil & New Zealand. The film’s fifth and final part will take place on a cruise ship, at sea.

Each part will tell the story of a different woman who lives in a different country, and each of the parts will be unique and unrelated to the other. Sexism, gender bias and inequality, misogyny and hyper-sexualization, body shaming, child labour and physical violence, are some of the key themes explored in the project.

While each segment represents part of a bigger whole, one which is united by a single vision, each segment will take a slightly different stylistic approach, taking into account the particularities of each specific story and location.

 

Locations & Timing

 
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The Team

Broken Wings will be shot in multiple countries and is co-produced with award winning local producers.

Elad Keidan

Elad Keidan - Executive Producer

Studied film at the Jerusalem film school of Sam Spiegel. Anthem, his graduation film, won the Cinéfondation selection in Cannes 2008. Another short, And On He Walks participated in the Locarno film festival in 2011. His first feature Afterthought took part in the Cannes Official Selection in 2015 and won several local awards. Elad lives in Tel Aviv where he teachers, lectures and gives story tutoring to film students and professionals.

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Adar Shafran - Co-producer (Israel)

The film’s third segment - Adva - will be shot in 2019 in Israel.  Adar is the owner and primary producer at Firma Films which produces award-winning feature films. In 2016 he was an associate producer on Through the Wall, which won 3 Israeli Academy Awards and was screened at the Venice Film Festival. In 2017 he produced Maktub, which screened at the Chicago and Palm Springs Film Festivals and is the highest grossing Israeli film in the last 30 years.

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marta parlatore - Project Consultant (NL)

Born in Bologna with Polish-Italian roots. Graduated from the Film Directing department of the Polish film school in Łódź, where she wrote and directed
several shorts. Her shorts Kardiofemia, Alice’s Land and Seven Days were received awards at distinguished European festivals such as Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand. Alumni of institutions such as the Résidence of the Cinéfondation (7th session), the Screenwriter’s and Director’s programmes of the Binger FilmLab, and the Torino Film Lab.


Director’s Vision

Filmmaking is neither spontaneous nor mechanical. It is the sum result of a highly concentrated effort by a large number of people, all directed by a particular vision in which every detail, from character design and story pacing to editing style and camera movement, is meticulously pre-planned in order to create a profoundly rich and significant audio-visual experience. It is the careful selection and crafting of a small number of scenes, spanning only a couple of hours, which could contain within them a lifetime of events.

Stylistically I’m interested in poetic social realism, films which are both highly authentic, yet lyrical, in a way that is organic and does not call attention to itself. A good example and influence is Andrea Arnold and her films Fish Tank and American Honey. The first is a fiercely honest depiction of the British working-class, among tower blocks and council estates. The second, an equally compelling story following the lives of poor teens crisscrossing the South, juxtaposing both ends of American society. Both films make perfect use of cinematic imagery to contradict the ugly reality with the simplicity and beauty of nature.

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In a similar fashion, and following the style outlined in Ashmina, I envision Broken Wings as both extremely realistic, raw and natural, yet rich in allegorical, metaphorical and symbolic details. Actions speak louder than words, and it is by following our hero’s stories and choices that we discover their real character and life circumstances.

When it comes to style - restraint, moderation, and self-control are key. Cliché is the enemy of good art, as well as “on the nose”spoon-feeding the audience with story information or too obvious symbolism. A good story is not told but shown; and the best stories are not simply shown but are formed in the combination of seemingly unrelated elements, with meaning created in their union as in the marriage between seed and water: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


Wild Tales

Wild Tales - Dir. Damián Szifron.

Wild Tales - Dir. Damián Szifron.

Broken Wings shares some similarities with the Oscar Nominated Argentine film Wild Tales a 2014 black comedy film composed of six standalone shorts, all written and directed by Damián Szifron.

The standalone shorts are united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. The film received considerable acclaim, particularly in South America where it won many accolades, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language in the United Kingdom and the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in Spain. Additionally, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, and for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The film exhibited in 34 countries and grossed $27,000,000 worldwide.