The experimental short film Cherry Blossoms by An Van Dienderen received a Special Mention by the Short Film Jury at FIDOCS Chile (24 – 29 June). Cherry Blossoms has already finished screenings at festivals such as FIDMarseille earlier this month, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen last May and the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival in March.

Cherry BlossomsFIDOCS, the International Documentary Films Festival in Santiago, Chile, founded in 1997, plays more than 90 films during six days. Its mission is to offer people the opportunity to discover as much films as possible. FIDOCS has become one of the most important spaces for sharing and discussing documentary films in Latin America. The festival’s current edition hosted three separate competitions and aimed at pushing the boundaries of the definition of documentary. Cherry Blossoms screened in the fest’s International Competition section “Monsieur Guillaume”, where it was awarded a Special Mention by the Jury.

Cherry Blossoms
depicts the character Carly, who is working late at night in one of the many translation booths located in the dark plenary hall of the European Parliament, translating a Japanese documentary. As this goes on, she becomes more and more attracted by the punk looking girls being interviewed; documentary footage shot by An Van Dienderen in Harajuku, Tokyo.

The film was written and directed by An Van Dienderen. Elektrischer Schnellseher produced the short film, which was made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Tuesday 16 July 2013

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