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Kate, a carefree young woman, is nervous about spending her first weekend away with her new lover and his kids. On their way to his beachside holiday home, he receives a text from his troubled ex-wife, threatening suicide. Thinking it's just another cry for attention, he ignores it. Later that night he receives the call he was dreading. Kate suddenly finds herself embroiled in a complex family situation that she's not ready for, trying to find a way to comfort a grieving family that she hasn't yet found her place in.

  • Anastasia Raykova
    Director
  • Gulnara Sapargalieva
    Writer
  • Angela Franklyn
    Writer
  • David Royzengurt
    Producer
  • Anastasia Raykova
    Producer
  • Anastasia Everall
    Producer
  • Paulo Rocha
    Key Cast
    "Hugo"
  • Anastasia Everall
    Key Cast
    "Kate"
  • Luisinha Guanilho
    Key Cast
    "Diana"
  • João Maria Dias
    Key Cast
    "João"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ela
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Portugal
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FARCUME: Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Faro
    Faro
    Portugal
    August 23, 2021
    Fiction Grand Prize, Best Actor
  • Entre Olhares - Mostra de Cinema Português Entre Olhares - Mostra de Cinema Português
    Lisbon
    Portugal
Distribution Information
  • White Sea Films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Anastasia Raykova

Anastasia is a film director and producer based in Lisbon. After gaining an MA in Information Technologies Anastasia studied TV Production and worked on several films and TV projects in Lisbon.
Constantly looking for professional development, Anastasia enrolled in the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School. She worked on a feature film in 2018, a tv-series project, “Hidden Track”, where she was a associate producer and a production supervisor. Hidden Track was broadcast on an internet platform okko.tv, Russia.
Short film “the Womb”, which Anastasia produced in Portugal has been accepted to Palm Springs ShortFest 2021, USA FF and continues its festival circuit.
Short film “Ela”, which Anastasia directed was supported by Cascais City Hall and pre-screened at museum Casa das Histórias Paula Rego.
Currently Anastasia is working on the pre-production of her first feature film and is preparing to shoot it in Portugal in 2022.
Feature film project "A Sua Familia"/"His Family" has been accepted to be part of a pitching program during 50th Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist".

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