Bitter Sea

A Film by Fateme Ahmadi

Synopsis

An immigrant single mother has recently fled to London to build a better future for her daughter. She’s found a job and place to live, but the landlord has a strict “no children allowed” policy. Trapped in an impossible situation, she has to find a way to hide her daughter being in the flat.

Director

  • Picture of Fateme Ahmadi © Fateme Ahmadi

    Fateme Ahmadi

    Fateme Ahmadi is a writer-director based between London and Tehran. Fateme is an alumna of Berlinale Talents 2017 and her latest short film Bitter Sea is a fiction commissioned by Film London, London Calling Plus. It has just been nominated for the Best British Short Film Award by the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Fateme just finished Leila’s Blues, a short set in Tunisia as a part of Tunisia Factory which was premiered in Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes in May 2018. Fateme is currently writing her first feature script as well as working as the associate producer on a feature documentary titled Coup 53 directed by Taghi Amirani and edited by legendary Walter Murch. Fateme is represented by Kelly Knatchbull at Sayle Screen in the UK.

Awards + Festivals

  • *NOMINEE FOR THE BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM BY THE BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (BIFA) (2018)*
  • *LONDON CALLING PLUS - FILM LONDON & BFI NETWORK PRODUCTION AWARD (2017)*
  • *FINALIST FOR THE SHOOTING PEOPLE SHORT CUTS FILM COMPETITION (2018)*
  • LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK Premiere, London, UK)January 3, 2018
  • UOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)March 3, 2018
  • EAST END FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)April 10, 2018
  • *WINNER OF THE BEST SHORT FILM AWARD AND NOMINATION FOR THE BEST ACTOR (ADA CONDEESCU)*
    SWINDON INDEPENDENT FILM FEST (Official Selection, Swindon, UK) April 19, 2018
  • BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)June 15, 2018
  • SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA (Shibuya Diversity Program, International Premiere, Tokyo, Japan)June 19, 2018
  • SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA - THE SHORTEST NIGHT (Official Selection, London, UK)June 26, 2018
  • DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, African Premiere, Durban, South Africa)July 24, 2018
  • *FOUR NOMINATIONS FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM, BEST SCRIPT, BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST FILM EDITING AWARDS*
    IRAN INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Iranian Film Academy Award - Khaneh Cinema, Middle Eastern Premiere, Tehran, Iran)August 14, 2018
  • LONDON FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)January 18, 2018
  • *WINNER OF THE 2ND BEST SHORT FILM AWARD*
    SALAMAT NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tehran, Iran) September 15, 2018
  • *WINNER OF THE BEST SHORT DRAMA*
    THE SMALLS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) September 29, 2018
  • *HONOURABLE MENTION FOR THE BEST SHORT DRAMA*
    INTERNATIONAL ADANA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Turkish Premiere, Adana, Turkey) September 30, 2018
  • WOMEN MAKE WAVES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Taiwan Premiere, Taipei, Taiwan)October 12, 2018
  • TEHRAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IRAN (Official Selection, Tehran, Iran)November 3, 2018
  • EARL'S COURT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)November 6, 2018
  • AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, UK)November 6, 2018
  • *SPECIAL JURY MENTION FOR THE BEST SCREENPLAY*
    UNDERWIRE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) November 7, 2018
  • THIS IS ENGLAND (Official Selection, French Premiere, Rouen, France)November 10, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)November 12, 2018
  • ZINEBI - BILBAO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS (Focus Iranian Filmmakers, Bilbao, Spain) November 13, 2018
  • YEREVAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yerevan, Armenia)December 1, 2018
  • CROSSING THE SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, East Sussex, UK)December 7, 2018
  • DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangladesh Premiere, Dhaka, Bangladesh)January 5, 2019
  • IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF PRAGUE (Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)January 15, 2019
  • IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF EDINBURGH (Official Selection, Edinburgh, Scotland)January 18, 2019
  • BRITISH SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL OF BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)March 2, 2019
  • PIMPRI-CHINCHWAD INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, India)March 16, 2019
  • 37th FAJR INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tehran, Iran)April 18, 2019
  • 5th SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio Gallegos, Argentina)April 19, 2019
  • 3rd INDEPENDENT POLITICAL/ACTIVISM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)May 9, 2019

Crew

Director
Fateme Ahmadi
Screenplay
Fateme Ahmadi
Producer
Emma Parsons, 60 Degrees
Director of Photography
Alex Grigoras
Art Director
Zoe Payne
Costume Design
Emily- Rose Yiaxis
Sound
Barney Brooks
Editor
Abolfazl Talooni
Sound Design
Rob Szeliga
Music
Filip Sijanec

Cast

Maria
Ada Condeescu
Tatiana
Belle-Marie Ochiana
Hamza
Jeff Mirza
Dina
Raghad Chaar

Details

Running Time
14:48 min
Shooting Format
Prores
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 1.37:1
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

60 Degrees
Emma Parsons
Mortimer Street
London W1T 3BL, United Kingdom

+44 797052272027
emma@60-degrees.uk

DIRECTOR

Fateme Ahmadi
bitterseamovie@gmail.com