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BEING MICKEY



Croatia, 2011., digital video - Being Mickey main interwiev-9 minutes, followed by the miniature episodes , 2-3 minutes each

DIRECTED BY:
KSENIJA OREL

CAST:
Vesna and Ksenija Orel

SCREENPLAY:
Vesna and Ksenija Orel, improvised

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Ksenija Orel

EDITING:
John Wheeler

MUSIC:
John Wheeler

SOUND:
John Wheeler

PRODUCER:
Vesna Orel

PRODUCTION:
John Wheeler

WORLD SALES:
no world sales

STORY DESCRIPTION:

BEING MICKEY is sureal satyre reflecting to a past years of the U.S.A. government.The central character Mickey is forced to leave his homeland ,the U.S.A.,as his sensitive nature cannot bear a level of opression caused by George Bush, the American president back then.Mickey finds a refuge inside Croatia, where one of his very distant ancestors descended from.Terribly disturbed by both realities ,Mickey is questioning his sense of his racial and national identity, and belonging. Eventualy, his quest reaches a culmination and conclusion inside a phantasmagorical dimension.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

KSENIJA OREL was born on 27.July 1964., on the ancient Greek Roman Island named ISSA. In conteporary times known as the Island of Vis, Adriatic, Croatia.From parents who are both of Italian origin, her mother's family Torre from Puglia,father's family Orel from Trieste,Italy. Her interest in art, in particular photography started in her teenage years,and it became her very first medium of the artistic expression.She never attended any art schools, but studied the archeology.Possesed by the natural and sponatenous talent, inherited from a line of her artistic ancestors.In particular her grandfather Anton Orel, the professional stonemason from Trieste, Italy. Ksenija's photographic engagement eventualy led to use of a moving image.The Super 8 and digital video.Her artistic interest and expression were much supressed by the ex-Yugoslavian conflict. She continues to create her highly original independent film works.Ksenija resides in the city of Split, Croatia. ksenija9@hotmail.com by Vesna Orel

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