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WILL (8) wakes up in the middle of the night. He sees his aunt LIZ (25) push a car into the
backyard and cover it up. He is curious about the car. The next morning at breakfast Will mentions
the car which creates tension between Will’s mom, ANN (27), and Liz. Will’s perception of people is starting to change as he unravels the mystery surrounding the car which opens up a new and sinister world to him.

  • Tumi Bjartur Valdimarsson
  • Tumi Bjartur Valdimarsson
  • Tumi Bjartur Valdimarsson
  • Jade Morash
  • Theo Ben Leo
    Key Cast
  • Sara Herrlander
    Key Cast
  • Silje Talgø Grønset
    Key Cast
  • Cadenza Zhao
  • Silvia Cannarozzi
    Assistant Director
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    9 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
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    Digital Super 35 mm 4k
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Director Biography - Tumi Bjartur Valdimarsson

Born and raised in Iceland. Studied directing and screenwriting at the Icelandic Film School and worked as a video editor for Channel 2 before moving to Berlin to further his studies in film. Before venturing into film & media he worked over 4 years as a kindergarten teacher which has influenced his way of storytelling. Aunt is Tumi’s bachelor degree project in film production. He has produced & directed music videos, short documentaries and short fiction films and has a passion for writing new stories.

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Director Statement

One of the amazing things about film is its ability to condense and relate a topic in such a way that allows its audience to take it all in, have a physical, emotional, intellectual and visceral reaction to it like no other art form. The idea of this short film Aunt; is to allow the audience to live through the eyes of our main character Will. Film is not only one of the greatest art forms but also a great tool that connects all art forms. Through the power of audio and image we become vessel participants in a sequence of events constructed to provoke thought and a certain response. In this instance, to have a visceral and emotional experience from the perspective of a kid. Film is a simulation of emotions of sorts that we can hitch a ride with. Wherein we can enjoy and hopefully learn something about ourselves and others all at the same time. It’s tough to know what really makes us US but one thing is sure; we gather knowledge from experience and the behavior of a whole heap of people, all over our social circle, and the line between influence and ignorance is thin. This line can be explored in films in a way that can be precarious in real life. This line is not always clear to us so by communicating on both sides of this line seems pretty damn important for there to be evolution and understanding. The responsibility of films is often mentioned regarding representation and by representing a kids point of view makes the responsibility even more immediate to us as viewers. Including kids as a real part of the film narrative can only help us understand our inner child and empathize with others.