Ani

Clutching the red phone, Ani pretends to be a grown woman who’s leaving her husband. Her mother departs that very night. Next morning, Ani consoles her crying father, skipping school so as not to leave him alone. Soon she has to express her own grief as well. Poignantly close to her protagonist, Māori director Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu depicts the conflicting feelings a nine-year-old girl experiences when her beloved parents separate.
by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu
with Isabella Evans, Maaku Pohatu
New Zealand 2019 English,  Maori 13’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 10 years and up

With

  • Isabella Evans (Ani)
  • Maaku Pohatu (Father)

Crew

Written and directed byJosephine Stewart-Te Whiu
CinematographyMaria Inés Manchego
EditingAnastasia Doniants
MusicLydia Cole
Sound DesignJames Dean
SoundMark Williams
Production DesignSamuel Evans
CostumesOlivia Dodson
Make-upStorm Robbins
ColouristPete Ritchie
Assistant DirectorSez Neiderer
ProducerSarah Cook
Executive ProducersErina Tamepo, Tamalene Painting, Christina Asher, Ngā Aho Whakaari, Adrian Burr

Produced by

Kōtiro Iti Films

Auckland, New Zealand

+64 21442804

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

The writer and director was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1984. Her father is Māori and her mother is ‘Pākehā’, the name for the first European settlers in New Zealand. In 2016, she participated in the Script to Screen mentorship programme and was one of the nine female Māori filmmakers to work on Waru, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded Best Feature Film Script at the Script Writers Awards New Zealand. In 2018, she won the Māori Screen Excellence Award from the New Zealand Film Commission. Ani is her directing debut.

Filmography

2017 Waru 2018 Krystal; short film 2019 Ani; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Short Films 2 - Kplus
Feb 11 10:00

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

German voice-over | Headphones for OV

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Feb 12 13:00

HKW

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Feb 13 14:00

CinemaxX 1

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Feb 15 12:30

Filmtheater am Friedrichshain

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