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FOREVER
 
FOREVER
 
NY Premiere

Director: Niav Conty

United States/France, 2013, 13min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Alex Lora, Aundrea Fares
Crew:  Producers: Niav Conty - Screenwriters: Niav Conty - Cinematographer: Niav Conty - Editor: Niav Conty
Email:  niavctygmail.com

synopsis
A love story goes terribly awry when she wants out and he feels compelled to keep her... Forever.

director
Niav Conty studied acting at Skidmore College, then moved to France where she began making films and videos. In France, she participated in workshops with renowned filmmakers Boris Lehman and Pedro Costa. She was also oscarized filmmaker Joseph Strick's personal assistant for many years. She has had several shorts in festivals worldwide, and her no-budget feature Un peu plus d'éternité, is out on DVD with L'Harmattan Vidéo. Currently back in New York with an MFA in filmmaking from CCNY where she studied under Chantal Akerman, she has received the Kodak Award for cinematography, the NYWIFT scholarship, and is a 2013 Princess Grace Award winner. She is pursuing a career in narrative filmmaking and cinematography.
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filmmaker's note
Forever is the portrait of a man who is longing for a way to feel complete. He is continually longing for things that have never, or no longer exist. He is in a perpetual state of nostalgia for a sense of wholeness. Even in his insanely misguided attempts to retain his girlfriend, the more tangibly she is there, the less she is actually present to him. Yet it is only vicariously through his idea of her that he feels able to express the parts of himself that are lacking, whether they be love or limbs. When he is unable to find in her gaze an expression of the love that is no longer there, and then in her corpse an expression of his limb that is no longer there, he commits the ultimate act of desire, reaching union by ingesting her into his own ailing body and soul. Shot in black and white and composed primarily of still tableau style shots, the lens attempts to remain an exterior eye, observing Javiar within the physical and mental space that he has created for himself. With no commentary or explanation, we simply observe his overwhelming sense of longing at work.

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