Distant Constellation


Distant constellation

USA – Turkey – Netherlands| 2017 | DCP | Color | 82 min | Shevaun Mizrahi

Director: Shevaun Mizrahi
Producer: Shevaun Mizrahi, Deniz Buga
Cinematography: Shevaun Mizrahi
Sound: Shevaun Mizrahi, Shelly Grizim
Edition: Shevaun Mizrahi, Shelly Grizim

This haunted reverie drops us inside an Istanbul retirement home, where the battle-scarred residents bask in the camera’s attention. A creaky- voiced woman confides her personal account of the Armenian genocide. A sweetly deluded pianist performs a composition before confessing his love. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. Shevaun Mizrahi’s playful, immaculately controlled film finds hypnotizing rhythms in the residents’ limbo-like state. Meanwhile, outside, ominous construction equipment transforms the land.

Shevaun Mizrahi
Director/cinematographer Shevaun Mizrah was recently awarded with the Guggenheim Fellowship 2018. She worked as an assistant cinematographer Ed Lachman and was also a fellow with Marcie Bloom (Sony Pictures Classics). Her first documentary feature Distant Constellation was selected for the IFP Documentary Lab and the IFP Project Forum from the Turkish New Film Fund (Istanbul). Before shifting to film, Shevaun was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for photography. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Shevaun was selected as one of filmmaker Magazines “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2015. She is currently developing her next documentary.

Locarno Festival
Vienna International Film Festival, VIENNALE
BFI London Film Festival
Film Independent Spirit Awards