Valentina

A Film by Maximilian Feldmann
and Luise Schröder (Co-Author)

Synopsis

“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won her mother’s heart with a bottle of juice and a pack of cigarettes, why her sister was held at gunpoint by her parents in-law, where her siblings were brought after they were caught begging. Together with her family of twelve Valentina lives in a run down one-room shack in the Romani municipality Šutka, in Skopje, Macedonia. Observations of daily live are mixed with Valentina’s personal stories, dreams with actual facts. Yet it becomes clear, that all of her story telling is nothing but preparation for her big dream.

Director

  • Picture of Maximilian Feldmann © Maximilian Feldmann

    Maximilian Feldmann

    Maximilian Feldmann was born in Berlin in 1985. He shot his first documentary portrait in 2005 during his Voluntary Social Year in Ecuador. This was followed by several traineeships at film and TV productions. Between 2007 and 2015, he studied Documentary Filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Since graduating in 2015 he works as a director and author for both fictional and non-fictional productions. VALENTINA is his graduation project.

  • Picture of Luise Schröder (Co-Author) © Luise Schröder

    Luise Schröder (Co-Author)

    Luise Schröder was born in Lammersdorf in 1984. She worked as a trainee on various film productions for Heimatfilm and at ARRI film rental in Cologne. Between 2007 and 2015, she studied Cinematography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund and worked on documentaries in Chile, Venezuela, Indonesia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Germany. She lives in Berlin and works as a cinematographer for national and international documentaries. VALENTINA is her graduation project.

Awards + Festivals

  • 66th BERLINALE 2016 (Official Selection, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlin, Germany)February 18, 2016
  • 5th NEW TALENTS KÖLN (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)June 2, 2016
  • 1st FEEDBACK – JUNGES MEDIENFESTIVAL DORTMUND (Official Selection, Dortmund, Germany)June 11, 2016
  • 10th FÜNF SEEN FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gilching, Germany)July 27, 2016
  • 22nd FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM NANCY-LORRAINE (Official Selection, Nancy, France)August 26, 2016
  • *FIRST STEPS AWARD IN DER KATEGORIE MICHAEL-BALLHAUS-PREIS FÜR KAMERAABSOLVENTEN*
    FIRST STEPS AWARD 2016 (Competition, Berlin, Germany)September 19, 2016
  • 36th THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ”AUTUMN IN VORONET” (Official Selection, Romania)October 14, 2016
  • 3rd BANGKOK THAI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL October 15, 2017
  • 15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • *BEST FILM CATEGORY MEDIUM – LENGTH FILM*
    SHORTS 16 – TRINATIONALES FILMFESTIVAL OBERRHEIN (Official Selection, Offenburg, Germany)November 8, 2016
  • *PREIS DES STUDENTENWERKS GREIFSWALD*, *LOBENDE ERWÄHNUNG, INTERNATIONALER WETTBEWERB*
    25th dokumentART – EUROPEAN FILMFESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARIES (Official Selection, Neubrandenburg, Germany) November 11, 2016
  • 24th BLICKE – FILMFESTIVAL DES RUHRGEBIETS (Competition, Bochum, Germany)November 23, 2016
  • *PRIX SPÉCIAL DU JURY* *PRIX DU PUBLIC* *PRIX AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FRANCE*
    39th POITIERS FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Selection, TAP et TAP Castille, Poitiers, France)November 25, 2016
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    22nd FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)November 30, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • VALENTINA @EISZEIT KINO (Screening, Eiszeit Kino, Berlin, Germany)December 9, 2016
  • *NOMINATION: BEST UNIVERSITY FILM*
    GERMAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD 2016 (Official Selection, Nuremberg, Germany)December 10, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Fiction Short Film Section, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • JETZT ODER NIE FILMTAGE 2017 (Official Selection, Friedrichshafen, Germany)January 20, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    5th BODDINALE (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 9, 2017
  • *BEST FEATURE FILM INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY*
    2nd LANÚS FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)March 1, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR*
    2nd FEMUCIQ FESTIVAL MUNDIAL DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE DE QUITO (Official Selection, Quito, Ecuador)March 7, 2017
  • 5th SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)March 8, 2017
  • 3rd LONG AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF SANTIAGO (Official Selection, Santiago de Chile, Chile)March 9, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE* *BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY*
    7th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)March 14, 2017
  • 14th WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tartu, Estonia)March 20, 2017
  • *PRIX DU PUBLIC PRIX* *FORMAT COURT (MENTION)*
    14th FILM FESTIVAL OF BRIVE (Official Selection, France)April 4, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 46th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 26, 2017
  • *DOCUMENTARY FILM SPECIAL MENTION* *THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FIM PRIZE OF THE STUDENT JURY*
    27th MEDIAWAVE – “ANOTHER CONNECTION” INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC GATHERING (Official Selection, Komárom, Hungary)April 27, 2017
  • *INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD (IDA)*
    11th ETHNOCINECA – INT’L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL VIENNA 2017 (IDA - International Documentary Award, Austria)May 4, 2017
  • 3rd SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz, Argentina)June 19, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION BY THE JURY*
    16th EUGANEA FILM FESTIVAL (Int'l Documentary Film Competition, Padua, Italy)June 28, 2017
  • DOTDOTDOT OPEN AIR KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Program: “Millionaires of Time”, Vienna, Austria)July 4, 2017
  • NATURVISION FILMFESTIVAL LUDWIGSBURG (Special Programme, Ludwigsburg, Germany)July 13, 2017
  • 8th ONE COUNTRY ONE FILM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Apchat, France)July 27, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR FOR DOCUMENTARY*
    2nd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)August 10, 2017
  • *BEST STUDENT FILM*
    2nd PANAMA CANAL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá)August 17, 2017
  • 3rd FICABC - ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barranquilla, Colombia)August 30, 2017
  • 2nd CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)September 19, 2017
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM*
    4th STIFF - STUDENT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rijeka, Croatia)October 19, 2017
  • BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
    SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARS (San José, Costa Rica)October 25, 2017
  • 15th TIRANA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)November 3, 2017
  • 2nd CUCIF - CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • 1st SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Argentina)November 9, 2017
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    6th FAMILY FILM PROJECT 2017 (Official Selection, Porto, Portugal)November 15, 2017
  • 31st SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)November 29, 2017
  • 2nd SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sacramento, CA, USA)December 1, 2017
  • 3rd MONTEFELTRO FILM SCHOOL FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)December 8, 2017
  • 11th "CINEMA VERITE" IRAN INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tehran, Iran)December 10, 2017

Synopsis

Crew

Director
Maximilian Feldmann
Screenplay
Maximilian Feldmann, Luise Schröder
Producer
Luise Schröder, Maximilian Feldmann
Director of Photography
Luise Schröder
Sound
Oscar Stiebitz
Editor
Gregor Bartsch, Matthias Scharfi
Sound Design
Oscar Stiebitz
Music
Oliver Ole Fries

Details

Running Time
51'
Shooting Format
HD
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78
Sound
dolby surround 5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Maximilian Feldmann
+49 (0) 163 6855023
&
Luise Schröder
+49 (0) 179 9869008

contact@valentina-film.com