A Momentary Yearning

Francis is a war correspondent, in his mid 30s. Jaded and exhausted by war, he returns to the city he had left 10 years ago. He recalls his days as an idealistic, young man, eager to change the world and a young woman named Nadine he had met and shared a deep bond with just before leaving for his first journalistic assignment. He attempts to reach out to Nadine again, yearning to find what he had left behind, and in the process discovers a truth he had not anticipated.

  • Faraaz Husain Rahman
    Walk Like Them
  • Faraaz Husain Rahman
  • Faraaz Husain Rahman
  • Mathilde Anglade
    Key Cast
    The Corners of Your Smile
  • Lachlan Ingham
    Key Cast
  • Justin Latimer
    Director of Photography
  • Emily Kemp
    Production Design
    Nangana, A Tea Party For Sad People, Standby
  • Luna Y Pan
    A Tea Party For Sad People, Retrace, The Ghost of Kelly Winters
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 AUD
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Director Biography - Faraaz Husain Rahman

Faraaz Husain Rahman is an emerging writer, director and editor based in Sydney. He completed his degree in Screen and Media at Sydney Film School having directed two short films and produced and assisted in multiple others. His first directed film was a short documentary titled Walk Like Them which was selected at various festivals including the London Australian Film Festival.

A Momentary Yearning is his first work of narrative
fiction exploring themes of longing, aspirations and sacrifice which are personal to him. Being a cinephile from a young age, Faraaz has an exhaustive knowledge and love of film history and world cinema. His work is best described as an interesting meeting place of European/North American and Asian/Indian aesthetics and style.

He is currently working on his third directorial venture titled The Professional.

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Director Statement

Coming of age in the 2000s meant that the layers of childhood and innocence we were protected by, unravelled pretty quickly. 9/11 was followed by the invasion of Afghanistan and
Iraq and it became very clear to people of my generation that war and destruction was not something of the past we read about in history but a reality of the present world. This film is
an attempt to explore the impact of this period and how it shaped our choices, decisions and their consequences and the yearning to find meaning and love in such a world.

The formative years of my film education were spent watching and appreciating the works of the masters, the great directors of performance, of drama and the ease and simplicity with which
they pulled it off. Starting out to direct my first narrative short, I set a simple yet ambitious goal for myself - make something cinematic out of the most common and arguably least
cinematic trope in cinema - two people talking to each other. The great directors I admired - Coppola, Mann, Scorsese or Linklater were masters of such a scene. A Momentary Yearning is built around the structure of two individuals talking to each other, across two different time periods in their lives. The idea was to compress their life experiences, emotions and
aspirations within those carefully constructed scenes. The performances were key and I am indebted to my two actors - Mathilde and Lachlan for working so hard, take after take to get
the scenes just right.

On behalf of the cast and crew of the film, I hope that audiences would be engaged, entertained
and moved by the characters and their experiences.