Dara Van Dusen
New York, Oslo | b. 1986 | The Blind Man
Dara is a writer/director from New York City. She is a graduate of the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland and has written and directed numerous short films, including Significant Others, which was accepted as part of the Cannes Official Selection, and The Blind Man based on the short story by Bertolt Brecht. She is the writer/director of the feature films A PRAYER FOR THE DYING and LIFE IN MY HANDS (Med Livet I Hendene). Both projects have received development support from the Norwegian Film Institute and are set to go into production in 2020.
THE BLIND MAN
Director’s Note: Based on the short story by Bertolt Brecht, THE BLIND MAN follows an old MAN who suddenly loses his sight. Taken in and cared for by his two brothers, he embraces the unfairness of his new reality and decides to spread his anger and suffering.
IN CONSIDERATION FOR FESTIVALS NOW
Director’s Note: A very young couple tries to construct a perfect life when faced with an unexpected pregnancy.
Prizes: II Prise Short Fiction (Warsaw, Poland)
-Cannes Official Selection Cinefondation (Cannes, France)
-Warsaw International Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
-Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA)
-Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
-34thPolish Film Festival in Gdynia (Gdynia, Poland)
-Brest European Short film Festival (Brest, France)
-Lodzia po Wisle Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
-Mlodzy I Film (Koszalin, Poland)
-Dwa Brzegi (Kazimierz Dolny, Poland)
-Batumi International Art House Film Festival (Batumi, Georgia)
-KinoFilm, Manchester European Short Film Festival (Manchester, England)
-Odense International Film Festival (Odense, Denmark)
-Cortopotere Short Film Festival X Edizione (Bergamo, Italy)