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"When you look into the sky you look into the past."

 

Economic migrant Andrej strikes up a friendship with the much younger Chechen refugee Moya. For a fleeting moment Moya may dream of a normal life;

Andrej already knows it's an illusion.

Illegal

Genre: Drama

Production: UK 2006

Running Time: 12 min

Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital Betacam, Super 8mm

Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Sound Mix: Stereo

 

 

                  

Synopsis

Info

Writer/Director — Robert Cambrinus

 

Cast

Moya — Audrey McCoy

Andrej — Robert Cambrinus

 

Crew

Director of Photography — Ken Kwek

Lighting Cameraman — Martin Doyle

Cameraman (Super 8) — Martin Fickling

Steadicam Operator — Tom English

Camera Assistant — Iago Lopez

Sound Recordist — Craig Rihoy

Boom Operator — Adam Jarvis

Runner — Nathan Gokhool

Make-up — Sylwia Pokrzywka

Production Assistant — Beatrix György

Offline Editor — Nathan Cubitt

Sound Designer — Sandra Portman

Composer — Timara Galassi

Foley Artist — Alex Robinson

Dubbing Mixer — Nick Harris

Online Editor — Tom Cole

Stills — Yury Panikov, Nathan Gokhool

Producer — Robert Stokvis

Cast & Crew

Cinequest (San Jose, USA) — Premiere

LA Shorts Fest (Los Angeles, USA)

Tiburon International Film Festival (USA)

Poppy Jasper Film Festival (Morgan Hill, USA)

Brighton Festival/Final Cut (Great Britain)

Filmstock Festival (Luton, Great Britain)

Portobello Film Festival (London, Great Britain)

Festival du Film de Strasbourg (France)

Reykjavík Shorts & Docs (Iceland)

Film Festivals

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Amber Wilkinson's review in Eye For Film 2007

 

A man in a cafe sparks up a conversation with a girl. It seems they are both illegal immigrants to the UK, Andrej (Robert Cambrinus, who also writes and directs) from the Ukraine, Moya (Audrey McCoy) from Chechnya. We watch as their romance blossoms, but trouble isn't far away.

 

Cambrinus has an eye for composition. He cleverly focuses on the little things - hands on the cups in the cafe, the protagonists' backs as they walk away from the camera - everything is neatly framed.

 

In a central interlude he uses Super 8 to good effect, carrying you away with the improptu enthusiasm of film that is up close and personal. Curiously, this segment, which is filmed without dialogue works on a deeper level than those sections that are scripted.

 

This may be due to the accents. Both are serviceable enough, but Cambrinus (Austrian by birth) is a little too Bond villain and — if I am not much mistaken — I could swear McCoy's Chechnyan affectation bore the traces of an Irish brogue.

 

Two things stand out. One is a selective use of nudity — most unusual in a short film but employed sympathetically here. The other is the intelligent plot development. It's clear Cambrinus has a lot of potential — though probably more so behind the camera than in front of it.

First Review

Awards

Golden Knight (Best Film) — Malta International Film Festival (Valletta, Malta)

Jury Prize (Best Film) — Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival (San Francisco, USA)

Special Mention — Short Film Festival of Los Angeles (USA)

Golden Bear — Festival of Nations (Ebensee, Austria)

Grand Goldie Award — Goldie Film Awards (Palatka, USA)

Silver Lei Award — Honolulu Film Festival (USA)

Best Screenplay — Festival du Cinema de Paris (France)

Best Actress — San Francisco Short Film Festival (USA)