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Three Silent Shorts With Music

from: The Story of Belinda and Zoe, image: Til Maier

from: A Man for Marie, image: Til Maier

Anna Faroqhi

 

Between 1998 and 2001 Anna Faroqhi wrote and produced three silent films, which she regards as a trilogy for continuity in cast and crew.

The films tell about friendships between young women and formally indulge in carefree storytelling. They are shot in color on film, are set in present day Berlin and formally refer to the narrative language of early film.

 

 

The Story of Belinda and Zoe (1998)

 

The friends Belinda and Zoe have their ordinary everyday problems – Belinda has a boyfriend who is arguing all the time (Belinda) whereas Zoe has a potted plant she waters every day. Both of them dream of a better life. The opportunity arises when a shadowy guy forgets a suitcase with money in the café where they work. The better life can begin if it were not for the gangster who owns the money. The friends decide to leave. Before that, however, they first have to get rid of the gangster.

 

Writer, Director Anna Faroqhi Cinematography Til Maier Cast Valeska Hanel, Katrin Bühring, Ronny Tanner, Igor Jeftic Editing Jochen Retter Music Benjamin Rinnert Piano Babett Grawitter Production Anna Faroqhi Film Production and HFF Munich Production Year 1998 Format 16mm (from 8mm), 1: 1,33 Length 12 min. First Screening Rotterdam Film Festival Feb. 1998

 

 

A Man for Marie (1999)

 

One day, Liliane turns up in the tailoring shop where Marie works. The school friend has married a rich man and lives a luxury life. The two young women enjoy a carefree time in which Liliane takes her friend on a joyous search for a suitable husband for Marie. But she cannot convince the boy Marie craves for. It is Liliane's adventurous husband, who remarks innocent Marie and courts her. A fragile relationship breaks apart, but some time apart and a dance bring reconciliation.

 

Writer, Director Anna Faroqhi Cinematography Til Maier Cast Valeska Hanel, Zoe Herman, Felix Knyphausen, Ronny Tanner Editing Melanie Werwie Music Benjamin Rinnert Production Anna Faroqhi Year of Production 1999 Format 16mm, 1: 1,33 Length 18 Min. First Screening Rotterdam Film Festival Feb. 2000

 

 

A Surplus of Love (2001)

 

Lucy comes from another city in the Eastern part of Berlin because of love and is mobbed by a man because of her dark skin color. Activist Alma defends the girl. Since Lucy has no place to stay and the friend cannot be found, Alma offers the girl to stay with her. At a party, a roommate of the WG falls in love with Lucy, while Alma has long been inflamed. Some disappointments and misunderstandings are needed until Lucy finds her true dream husband and Alma realizes that love can not be won.

 

With funds from the Senate of Berlin.

 

Writer, Director Anna Faroqhi Cinematography Til Maier Cast Valeska Hanel, Yangzom Brauen, Felix Knyphausen, Frank Miram Editing Anna Faroqhi Music Benjamin Rinnert Production Anna Faroqhi Film Production Production Year 2001 Format 16mm, 1: 1,33 Length 28 min. First Screening Rotterdam Film Festival Feb. 2001

from: A Surplus of Love, image: Til Maier

from: A Surplus of Love, image: Til Maier