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West of Sunshine

West of Sunshine

Synopsis

Director

Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

„West of Sunshine“ is a story of love, free will and intergenerational trauma. It explores love not just as an idea or a feeling but as actions we must take. On this day-long journey Jim learns to let go of his own trauma of abandonment and take a second chance at life: to be a father to his son. He chooses to love and be loved. Cinematically I took inspiration from Italian Neorealist cinema, documenting the unfolding events, but also playing with that style to heighten the subtext in key moments of the film. In a disconnected society my aim for this film was to celebrate the simple but fundamental values of humanity and family.“

Jason Raftopoulos, Film Director

Jason Raftopoulos

is an award-winning director working in narrative and documentary films. His work has been described as poetic and visceral, crafting cinematic images that elevate and communicate the idea of the story. Jason’s films have screened throughout Australia and internationally, his film „From Dope To Dalai Lama“ won the Inside Film IF award for Best Short Documentary. His film „Kin“ has been accepted into the 2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner. „West of Sunshine“ is his first full-length directorial debut film.

Filmography

  • West of Sunshine (2017)

Schedule

22.11.2017
21:00 - 22:18
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 060704
Sold out
25.11.2017
15:00 - 16:18
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 091701
Sold out
28.11.2017
21:00 - 22:18
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 121903
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Country: Australia
Year: 2017
Duration: 78 minutes
Language: English
Director: Jason Raftopoulos
Producers: Alexandros Ouzas, Jason Raftopoulos
Writer: Jason Raftopoulos
DOP: Thom Neal
Montage: Paul Rowe
Composers: Lisa Gerrard, James Orr
Cast: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Kat Stewart, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Arthur Angel
Production: Exile Entertainment
Festival: Venice

Synopsis

Director

Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

„West of Sunshine“ is a story of love, free will and intergenerational trauma. It explores love not just as an idea or a feeling but as actions we must take. On this day-long journey Jim learns to let go of his own trauma of abandonment and take a second chance at life: to be a father to his son. He chooses to love and be loved. Cinematically I took inspiration from Italian Neorealist cinema, documenting the unfolding events, but also playing with that style to heighten the subtext in key moments of the film. In a disconnected society my aim for this film was to celebrate the simple but fundamental values of humanity and family.“

Jason Raftopoulos, Film Director

Jason Raftopoulos

is an award-winning director working in narrative and documentary films. His work has been described as poetic and visceral, crafting cinematic images that elevate and communicate the idea of the story. Jason’s films have screened throughout Australia and internationally, his film „From Dope To Dalai Lama“ won the Inside Film IF award for Best Short Documentary. His film „Kin“ has been accepted into the 2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner. „West of Sunshine“ is his first full-length directorial debut film.

Filmography

  • West of Sunshine (2017)