Last week, our short fiction film 'Friday, 1st of July' debuted at Kortfilmfestival Leuven 2023 and instantly made quite the impression. Director Sarah Lederman took home the coveted Jury Price and Director of Photography Michel Rosendaal won the award for Best Cinematography.
In this stylish piece, Lederman convinced the jurors with the 'sensitive depiction of a family environment and excellent performances'. Combined with Rosendaals 'intimate imagery, clair-obscure and portraits of the performers', 'Friday 1st of July' got to take home not one, but two awards.
A more than fitting reward, as duplicity is one of the central themes in the film's underlying symbology. In the movie, the lives of two neighbours, one a pious Jewish woman and the other secular, inevitably cross during a power cut. Both are driven by a curiosity about what they have not been able to see, until now.
When the lights go out, two women from very different cultures have the chance to see each other more clearly. Set in the unique Jewish quarter in Antwerp, this picture sheds a unique light on what goes on behind closed doors during Shabbat in apartments just across the hall.