The Birthday - Short Film
Germany, 2014, Mandarin/English
WORLD PREMIERE: TGLFF, Turin Official Selection - April 2015
Cannes ShortFilm Corner -May 2015
Nominated Best Cinematography ShanghaiPride -June 2015
Frameline Official Selection -June 2015
Cinemadamare Official Selection, Diamante (Italy) -August 2015
Libercine Official Selection (Argentina) -September 2015
MicGenero (Mexico) Official Selection -September 2015
Outwest Film Fest (Usa) Official Selection -October 2015
Bejing Queer Film Festival Official Selection -November 2015
RENCONTRES DES CINEMAS D'EUROPE (France) Screening- November 2015
Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg Official Selection- German Premiere- October 2015
Queer-Streifen Festival (Germany)Official Selection -October 2015
El Lugar sin limites (Ecuador) Official Selection -September 2015
Ljubjana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival(Slovenja) Official Selection-December 2015
Sardinia Queer Festival-December 2015
Ackerstadt Palast (Berlin) Screening-February 2016
Boddinale, Loophole(Berlin)- February 2016
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival Official Selection July 2016
LesBiGayTrans Festival International de Cine Asuncion Paraguay Official Selection July 2016
Femart Festival- Official Selection- Premiere in Kosovo (Pristina)- May 2016
Two taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them in front of a meaningful change.
Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the Birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin.
The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend.
Nevertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much.
Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.
Written, directed and edited by Daniela Lucato
Starring: Vivian Jung Chang, Yung Ching Chiu
Director of Photography: Fàbio Mota
Foley,Sound design & Mix: Kolloagency
Boom operator: Jacopo Vannini
Digital Colorist: Felix Trolldenier
Music by: Miss Natasha Enquist - Lost brand - Edwina & Deko - Bias - GolemInLove
Distributor: Gonella Productions, Shortsfit