Art Cinema Award for “Wolf and Sheep”, by Shahrbanoo Sadat, during Directors’ Fortnight 2016
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 2016 Directors’ Fortnight went to WOLF AND SHEEP by Shahrbanoo Sadat.
WOLF AND SHEEP
Drama, Afghanistan, 2016, 96 min
Direction and screenplay: Shahrbanoo Sadat
Acting: Ali Khan Ataee, Amina Musavi, Masuma Hussaini, Qodratollah Qadiri, Sahar Karimi, Sediqa Rasuli
Production: Adomeit Film
International sales: Alpha Violet
Film website: http://wolfandsheepfilm.com/
More info and pictures on the Directors’ Fortnight’s website.
In rural Afghanistan, people believe in the stories they invent to tell each other, explaining the mysteries of the world, they don’t understand. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grown ups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together, they have to be separated. The boys practice with their slings to fight the wolves should they attack the flock. The girls smoke dried branches of wheat secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about every one and everything, but mostly about Sediqa, 11, an outsider among the shepherd children. They think she is cursed, as an evil ghost disguised as a snake bewitched her grandmother.
Sediqa picks up her sheep and goats every morning and drops them in the owner’s house every evening. She dreams of having a sling and learn to swing it like the boys and hit a wolf. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic of everyone after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He prefers to be alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains. This is where he meets Sediqa and they become friends until Qodrat’s mother has to send him away.
“We decided to award the bravest and truly innovative film in selection. This beautiful adventure gave us the opportunity to discover a hybrid film constructed from sweet fairy tales, mysterious fantasies, touchingly portrayed real life, inspiring dreams, unique culture traditions in stunning and calm landscapes just before chaos and war. The young and talented director amazed us with convincing and spontanious performances by joyful kids and friendly animals. With this award we want to encourage European producers, investors and decision makers to believe in promising directors from such rarely seen countries in cinema. The CICAE Art Cinema Award goes to Ms. Shahrbanoo Sadat from far away Afghanistan for her powerful WOLF AND SHEEP.”