Fata Morgana

A Film by Amelie Wen

Synopsis

A middle-aged couple from China arrives in the United States for the first time to organize the funeral rites of their only daughter. In the midst of dealing with the logistics of the funeral and their overwhelming grief, they begin to unravel the escalating fractures in their relationship and the uncertain futures that lie ahead of them.

Director

  • Picture of Amelie Wen © Amelie Wen

    Amelie Wen

    Originally from Beijing, Amelie was accepted as a directing fellow at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory, receiving the Bison fellowship for promising Chinese filmmakers. Her first short film, Home, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 and would go on to win Best International Short at Raindance Film Festival and the HBO Films Student Competition Award at Savannah Film Festival among others. Her AFI thesis film, FATA MORGANA, had its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2016.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th CLERMONT-FERRAND INTL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, France)February 5, 2016
  • *FILM OF THE YEAR*
    3rd AFMA, FILM FESTIVAL OF YOUNG CINEMA (Official Selection, USA)April 2, 2016
  • 35th MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INTL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)April 7, 2016
  • 14th BOSTON INTL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boston, USA)April 14, 2016
  • *GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR STUDENT SHORT FILMS*
    10th DALLAS INTL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, USA)April 14, 2016
  • 18th ISMAILIA INTL FILM FESTIVAL FOR SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES (Official Selection, Giza, Egypt)April 20, 2016
  • *NEW DIRECTORS NEW VISIONS AWARD*
    32nd LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVA (Official Selection, LA, USA)April 21, 2016
  • 5th LE COURT NOUS TIENS (Official Selection, France)April 30, 2016
  • CINE GEAR EXPO FILM SERIES (Official Selection, LA, USA)June 2, 2016
  • *SPIRITS AWARD SHORT NARRATIVE*
    19th BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)June 3, 2016
  • 22nd PALM SPRINGS INTL SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs, USA)June 21, 2016
  • 20th FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Newport, RI, USA) August 9, 2016
  • 16th INTERNATIONAL FILM SCHOOLS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)August 11, 2016
  • *BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM*
    3rd SAMYAK INT’L SHORT FILM & DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Pune, India)August 19, 2016
  • *DIRECTOR'S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA) September 5, 2016
  • 3rd FIRST STEP FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)September 14, 2016
  • 9th TANGIER INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Morocco)September 20, 2016
  • *FIRST PRIZE IN STUDENT NARRATIVE CATEGORY*
    25th GOLDEN ROOSTER AWARDS (Student Narrative Category, China)September 20, 2016
  • 17th CALGARY INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada) September 21, 2016
  • 3rd SILK ROAD INTÄL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, China)September 21, 2016
  • 14th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL SIGNOS DA NOITE (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)October 1, 2016
  • *STUDENT FILM AWARD*
    24th HAMPTONS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NY, USA)October 6, 2016
  • LVIV INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL SCREENING (Special Screening, Lviv, Ukraine)October 6, 2016
  • *BEST ACTRESS AWARD FOR MARY MA*
    FILMLABFESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Brescia, Italy)October 13, 2016
  • 25th HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Indianapolis, USA)October 20, 2016
  • 23rd FESANCOR CHILIAN INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santiago de Chile, Chile)October 24, 2016
  • 7th AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wroclaw, Poland)October 25, 2016
  • 2nd WOMAN IN FILM SHOWCASE (Objectifs Center for Photography and Film, Singapore)October 26, 2016
  • *BEST ACTOR*
    15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 39th DENVER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Colorado, USA)November 2, 2016
  • 6th AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, UK)November 3, 2016
  • 30th AFI FEST (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)November 10, 2016
  • 11th CHINESE YOUNG GENERATION FILM FORUM (Official Selection, Wuhan, China)November 22, 2016
  • 20th CINEMAIUBIT – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 7, 2016
  • 26th FLICKERFEST – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)January 6, 2017
  • INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DONA I CINEMA - MUJER Y CINE - WOMAN & FILM (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)January 16, 2017
  • 30th STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (Int’l Competition, Germany)January 18, 2017
  • 13th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Istanbul, Turkey)March 13, 2017
  • 7th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)March 14, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 2017
  • 35th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)April 6, 2017
  • 12th IFEMA IMAGENES INTERNATIONAL FEMALE FILM FESTIVAL MALMÖ 2018 (Official Selection, Malmö, Sweden)April 9, 2018
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017

Trailer

Crew

Director
Amelie Wen
Screenplay
Amelie Wen & Jon Keng
Producer
Yu-hao Su, American Film Institute
Director of Photography
Jon Keng
Art Direction
Michelle Patterson
Costume Design
Meghan McWilliams
Sound
Fred Schultz
Editor
James Stiegelbauer
Sound Design
Nathan Ruyle
Music
Dai Bo

Details

Running Time
20:06
Shooting Format
Digital 2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1.85
Sound
Dolby digital

Contact

DISTRIBUTION /FILM AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL/PRODUCTION

American Film Institute
Yu-hao Su
2021 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

david7892267@gmail.com

DIRECTOR

Amelie Wen

amelieyewen@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/fatamorganathefilm