WAKE UP ON MARS
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MELISANDE FILMS, AMOK FILMS, DEA GJNOVICI
Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director and producer based in Paris. Her short documentary 'Sans le Kosovo' won the prize for best national film at Dokufest in 2017. She received support from the Sundance Film Institute to direct her first documentary feature 'Awakening on Mars' co-produced by Radio Télévision Suisse with the participation of France Télévisions, and won the Perspectives d'un doc pitch prize at Visions du Réel 2018. ‘Awakening to Mars’ had its world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and at Visions du Réel 2020 in Switzerland, and at more than forty festivals around the world.
She obtained the mention “Best new talent” at the Biografilm Festival 2020 and at the ZagrebDox 2021. Her film was also nominated for the prestigious Solothurn and Opera Prima awards at the Solothurner Tage 2021. In 2022, Réveil sur Mars is nominated in the Best section documentary at the Swiss Film Prize.
A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious Resignation Syndrome that has put his sisters in a coma. His tight-knit family is trying to rebuild a normal life far from their native Kosovo where they were victims of persecution. While their entire future hangs in the balance of a pending asylum request, the little boy dreams of building a spaceship to leave it all behind.