Director: Sarah Baur
Country of origin: Belgium
Country of Filming: Belgium
Film Language: Dutch
Category: 2021 Female Director Low Budget Short film (budget over $5k USD)
Yana, a heroic 10-year-old girl, is given the task of cleaning up the shards of her parents’ broken marriage in the attic of her former home. Unprocessed grief and a family secret undermine her grip on reality.
A touch of magic and a wee bit of mischief release Yana from the demands of the grown-up world and allow a new friendship to bloom.
Just like the main character, the film steps in and out of reality: it’s an ode to the healing powers of imagination and the resilience that children derive from it to cope with their problems.
After studying film and scenario writing at the RITCS School of Arts in Brussels, Sarah Baur worked as assistant director (for Marion Hänsel, José Pinheiro and Julien Vrebos a.o.) and as final editor and reporter at TV Brussel. She also made title sequences for television, promotional films for cultural and academic institutions, experimental videos and music videos.
Her first short film MetaFoor premiered in 2001, with Raven Ruëll and Céline Brouckaert in the leading parts. The film was made with the support of the Flemish authorities.
MetaFoor was part of the multidisciplinary performance FOIRE!, which toured in Belgian cultural centers between 2001 and 2003.
With the short film YANA, Sarah returns to her first love: fiction film. She funded the film herself and is grateful to have found a small but dedicated and generous crew and cast.
Sarah hopes the release of YANA will mark the beginning of new adventures in film.
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