RIFF Movies Archive - Short film



My Friend Ana
Canada Quebec, 2006, 35 mm - Color - 11
Directed by: Laura TUREK
Cast: Nasuna STUART-ULIN, Jessica MALKA
Screenplay: Laura TUREK
Photography: Claudine SAUVÉ
Editing: Annie ILKOW
Music: Aras BUKAUSKAS
Sound: Benoît DAME
Producer: Laura TUREK
Production: Productions Multi-Monde
World Sales: Productions Multi-Monde

Story description:
«When your best friend is your own worst enemy» At 14, Sophie’s life is suddenly turned upside down. She finds herself in a surreal work camp with no guards or sentries and where the gates are wide open. In the camp, Sophie meets Ana who offers to become her friend and guide her through this bizarre place. But just as Sophie seems to be able to free herself, Ana begs her to stay. Will Sophie choose to stay with her friend Ana?
 
Director Biographical note:
Producer/Director/Writer Laura Turek has worked in both documentary and fiction. Her recent television credits include; Mars Rising, a multi-million dollar behind-the-scenes look at the technologies and science that will transport the first humans to Mars; Buy Me, a lifestyle series for HGTV about the high stakes and stresses of buying and selling homes; Out in the City a docu-soap series for Life Network and Pride Vision and Women Warriors a series profiling female Olympic athletes for CBC. Laura is currently directing What’s That About?, a look at what makes up everyday things we take for granted, for Discovery Canada. Cherry Fruitbread, her first fiction short, won the Audience Choice Award for the Best Canadian Short Film at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2003. Best in Snow, her second short, was one of the scripts selected for production during this year’s Moc Doc’s competition and was screened at Hot Docs 2004 in Toronto where it placed runner-up Best Moc Doc of the festival. She is currently in pre-production with the Canada Council for the Arts on another short fiction film Man of the Family. BACKGROUND Directing, Producing - Canadian Screen Training Centre, Ottawa Screenwriting - Canadian Screen Training Centre, Ottawa Graduate Diploma in Journalism - Concordia University, Montreal MBA- McGill University, Montreal DIRECTOR/WRITER Director/Writer in production Pixcom Productions (II) Inc. What’s That About? (Discovery Channel) Director/Writer Currently in post production Galafilm Productions (I) Inc. Mars - The Right Stuff (Discovery Channel) Director/Writer 2006 Productions Multi-Monde • My Friend Ana (Short fiction - CBC) Director 2005 Whalley Abbey Media Buy Me (Lifestyle series – HGTV) Director/Witer 2005 Productions Multi Monde • Man of the Family (Short fiction - Canada Council for the Arts) Director/Writer 2004 Megafun • English version of Le Kruger: Parc National en Afrique du Sud (Documentary) Director/Witer 2004 Freyja Films • Best in Snow (Mocumentary - CBC “Roughcuts”) • Best Moc Doc 2004 - Hot Docs 2004 Director 2003 Ideacom International • Out à Montréal - Out in the City (Docu-soap series - Canal Vie, Life Network, Pride) Director/Writer 2003 Productions Multi Monde • Cherry Fruitbread (Short fiction - CBC “Canadian Reflections”) • Winner of Audience Choice For Best Short Film - Montreal World Film Festival 2003 • To date has played at more than 15 festivals worldwide • Part of Toronto International Film Festival’s - Canadian Short Film Showcase 2004 Director 2003 CBC • The Cities Project (2 one-hour specials) Director 2002 Red Apple Entertainment • The Surgeons (Documentary series - Life Channel, Discovery Health) Director 2001-2002 Diversus Productions • Women Warriors (Documentary series - WTSN, CBC) Field Director 2001 Combustion Inc. • Xchange (Documentary 90 minutes - CBC Roughcuts, RDI) Director/Writer 2000 White Pine Pictures • Servant of God: German Painter Berthold Imhoff (Documentary - “A Scattering of Seeds”, History, RDI, Air Canada) Writer 2000 TVA (Motion) International Inc. • Les Brin d’Amours (animated series) Producer 2005 Productions Multi Monde • My Friend Ana (Short fiction - CBC) Producer 2005 Productions Multi Monde • Man of the Family (Short fiction - Canada Council for the Arts) Producer 2004 Freyja Films • Best in Snow (Mocumentary - CBC “Roughcuts”) Producer 2003 Productions Multi Monde • Cherry Fruitbread (Short fiction) Producer/ Writer 2000-2001 Image Entertainment • L’Ecolo (Animated series) RELATED AFFILIATIONS SARTEC - Societé des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma Writers Guild of Canada ARRQ - Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices du Québec


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