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Fall Grants 2018 - Development Stage
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Larissa Sansour / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Identity

Synopsis

In a converted nuclear reactor, 70-year-old Dunia, the dying founder of a hi-tech orchard, passes on instructions to her younger successor Alia. The aim is to cultivate a replica ecosystem and replant the soil above. As preparations for resurfacing are underway, the intimate dialogue between the two scientists reveals stories of the past, the environmental disaster as well as their personal and collective loss. Alia is born underground as part of a cloning program, an entire generation reborn from the remnants of those lost in the apocalypse. She struggles with her memories, recalling situations and scenes from life above ground, although she has never experienced it. As Dunia’s stories from the world before the apocalypse become eerily familiar, Alia becomes intrigued by an early DNA memory encoding program. She starts questioning her origins, forcing Dunia to reveal it to her.

Credits

Director
Larissa Sansour
Screenwriter
Larissa Sansour, Soren Lind
Producer
Palmyre Badinier

About the Director

Larissa Sansour is an artist and director born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine. In her recent works, she uses science fiction to address social and political issues. Working mainly with film, Sansour also produces installations, photos and sculptures.Her work is shown in film festivals and museums worldwide. She has exhibited her work at Tate Modern, MoMA, the Berlinale and BFI London Film Festival. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Bluecoat’ in Liverpool, ‘Chapter’ in Cardiff and ‘Nikolaj Kunsthal’ in Copenhagen. Sansour currently lives and works in London, UK.

Production Company Profile

Founded in 2002 by director and producer Nicolas Wadimoff, and recently joined by Philippe Coeytaux and Palmyre Badinier, Geneva-based production house AKKA Films is dedicated to art-house documentaries, series and fiction films. Films ingrained in social debates that reflect and question stakes of the world of today, exploring audacious and original ways of cinematographic expression. Openness on the world and discovery of the other have led AKKA Films to co-produce most of its films internationally and to promote their distribution worldwide.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Palmyre Badinier

    Company: 
    Akka Films
    Phone: 
    (0) 22 345 11 70
    Email: 
    palmyre@zayna.fr / p.badinier@akkafilms.ch

  • Production Company

    Akka Films

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