Birthday Present

A Film by Guy Lichtenstein

Synopsis

On their last night together, Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning-after pill”. Cultural and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With multicultural Jerusalem as a backdrop, they are confronted with the realities of two worlds apart.

Director

  • Picture of Guy Lichtenstein © Guy Lichtenstein

    Guy Lichtenstein

    Guy Lichtenstein was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Arts before spending a year at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. In 2010 he began studying film direction at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria under master-director Michael Haneke with whose guidance he directed Birthday Present, his graduation film.

Awards + Festivals

  • 26th PREMIERS PLANS - FESTIVAL D'ANGERS (Competition, France)January 17, 2014
  • 17th PALMARÈS - BRUSSELS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Belgium)April 30, 2014
  • 11th VIENNA INDEPENDENT SHORTS (Competition, Austria)May 27, 2014
  • *PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT AND EXPERIMENTAL FILM*
    11th JAMESON CINEFEST - MISKOLC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Hungary) September 17, 2014
  • 30th HAIFA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Israel)October 13, 2014
  • 4th AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, UK)November 7, 2014
  • 28th LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, UK)November 14, 2014
  • 5th FILOFEST STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Oficial selection, Slovenia)November 24, 2014
  • 4th ASCONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Switzerland)February 26, 2015
  • 16th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Germany)March 18, 2015
  • 4th KYIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ukraine)April 22, 2015
  • 8th LVIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ-ART (Official Selection, Ukraine)May 21, 2015
  • LOCALIZE – FESTIVAL FÜR STADT, KULTUR UND KUNST (Official Selection, Potsdam, Germany)July 17, 2015
  • 22nd OPENEYES FILMFEST 2015 (Openair Film Section, Marburg, Germany)July 19, 2015
  • 3rd ARIANO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)July 30, 2015
  • 20th PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 5, 2015
  • *BEST FEMALE ACTRESS*
    15th NICE FILM FESTIVAL (European Competition, France)October 9, 2015
  • SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2015 (Official Selection, Santa Fe, NM, USA)October 14, 2015
  • 4th NEW YORK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)October 19, 2015
  • 7th EKO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lagos, Nigeria)October 24, 2016
  • 16th OJAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)November 5, 2015
  • 10th SCENECS - THE INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FILM FESTIVAL (Sneak Peak Screening, Netherlands)November 8, 2015
  • 19th UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)November 10, 2015
  • 9th GOLDEN ANTEATERS FILM FESTIVAL (Special Program, Poland)November 20, 2015
  • 13th FILMFEST DÜSSELDORF 2015 (Official Selection, Germany)November 25, 2015
  • *3rd PLACE - BEST SHORT FILM*
    1st MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL CANNES (Official Selection, France)November 25, 2016
  • *SPECIAL JURY AWARD*
    19th CINEMAIUBIT INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Fiction Competition, Bucharest, Romania)December 2, 2015
  • *GOLD AWARD IN FOREIGN FILM COMPETITION*
    CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, San Diego, CA, USA) December 30, 2015
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 7, 2016
  • 4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
  • 10th SCENECS FESTIVAL – INT’L DEBUT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, The Netherlands) April 15, 2016
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Balchik, Bulgaria)July 24, 2017
  • WARSAW SHORT FRAMING (Screening, Cinema KADR, Warsaw, Poland)December 29, 2016
  • FROM GOLDEN ANTEATERS TO LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL – ISRAEL (Screening, Centre for Culture in Lublin, Poland)June 3, 2017

Synopsis

Crew

Producer
Simon Baumgartner, Paul Stren, Uli Müller-Uri
Line Producer
Kobi Azran
Director
Guy Lichtenstein
Screenplay
Guy Lichtenstein
Director of Photography
Georg Geutebrueck
Editor
Alexander Rauscher
Sound-Design
Rudolf Pototschnig
Music
Alon Lotringer

Details

Running Time
26:00
Shooting Format
Red Raw
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,35
Sound
Stereo/5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER

Simon Baumgartner Filmproduktion
Guy Lichtenstein

contact@birthdaypresent-film.com