17:00 BLOCK 14 CROSSING
LGBTQ, Drama (Argentina / Estonia) 2018
Director: Gwenn Joyaux
East Coast Premiere
SYNOPSIS: In the dawn of the Cold War, a young Soviet telegraphist makes a desperate attempt to save her American lover from being stranded in the Russian side of the Bering Strait after receiving a border closure message.
DIRECTOR BIO: Gwenn Joyaux (ARGENTINA, 1985) is an Argentine-French multi award-winning director and writer born in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She studied at La Plata National University in Argentina where she earned a BA in Multimedia Production, a BA in Direction of Film, Video and TV and a Degree in Audiovisual Communications. Later on she relocated to Europe to study a MA in Film Directing at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon (Portugal), Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh/ Napier University (UK) and the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn (Estonia) with an ERASMUS+ scholarship.
She is a Talent Buenos Aires - Berlinale Talents (2007). She received a scholarship to attend to the 3º Seminar Program for Professional Latin American and European Film Producers at the Copenhagen Filmskolen. In 2013 she was selected as one of the residents at the Koumaria Residency in Greece where she made "Stories of a tree" an audiovisual installation which was exhibited at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens.
While she was a BA student, she wrote and directed the short movies "Haiku" (2003), winner of the Popular Jury Award in the 1º Panorama Latinoamericano de Cinema Universitario in Sao Pablo, Brazil; "Conquest" (2005), awarded with the 1st Mention Award in the 1º FICIFF in La Plata; "A" (2005), winner of the 1st Prize in the 64 Film Festival 2.0 in Buenos Aires;"Phoenix" (2005), awarded with the Editing Mention Award in the 4º Festival de Cine y Video Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires; the micro video "six secondes autour de moi" (2008) which is in the permanent collection of the International Contemporary Art Center CAM_Museum in Italy; "I wake up and see" (2008) winner as Best Videoclip and Best Production Design in the 9º FENAVID in Bolivia; "ojta, journal intime de la distance" (2008) winner as Best Experimental Work in the International Film Festival of Portugal and "Night Watchman" (2009) winner of Festifreak Produce in La Plata.
2008 saw the release of Gwenn's first feature as writer/director, the micro-budget 'La América aislada,' which premiered at the 4º FICIFF, before going on to play at many other festivals.
In 2009 Gwenn was the recipient of the INCAA's Historias Breves award which led to her making her first professional short film "Cenizas" (Ashes). It premiered in theaters in 2012 and was screened at the 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the only 'Category A' Latin American Film Festival.
Her next project, an unusual self portrait in the form of a film entitled "Las dos mitades" (The two halves) had its world premier at Transatlantyk Film Festival in Poland, where it won the Jury Award of the Capturing Freedom Short Films Contest, and has since screened at multiple festivals, winning the 1st prize at Bendita Tú Film Festival in Spain
Gwenn is currently in development on her new feature film.