New Eyes, by Hiwot Admasu
Official Selection at the Toronto festival, 2015
Best African Short Film Award at the Durban festival, 2016
SYNOPSIS : Along a river, a shy 13 years-old-girl, Selam, encounters a couple having sex in what seems to be an ordinary morning. Upset, she tries to focus on what she was doing when the couple joins separately the river to bathe. She cannot make herself stop starring at the irresistible naked body of the man. She starts to look at everything with her new eyes, turning everything and everyone into sexual objects. She gets jealous of the woman who did sex, her neighbour, who seems to own everything that Selam does not have: the body and curves of a woman who draws all men’s attention and sexuality. She foresees her rising sexual life and her place as a woman.
Production : Les Films de l'après-midi (France), GBGG Productions (Great Britain)
Distribution : Les Films de l'après-midi
World Sales : L'Agence du Court-Métrage
Year of production : 2015
Duration : 12 min.
Language : Amharic
Director : Hiwot Admasu
Writer : Hiwot Admasu
Cinematography : Dawit Zewdu
Editing : Henok Legesse
Sound : Habtamu Gebrehiwot
Selam Fikadu : Selam
Berite Eshetu : The mother
Surafel Tsegaye : Yonas
Feven Teshome : The woman
Yohannes Getachew : Beekeeper
Yonathan Girma : The man
Yitayish Dagne : The woman near the river
FESTIVALS : Toronto, Rotterdam, MOOV Films Festival, Durban, Venice Biennale...