Sun Dog

A film by

Belgium/Russia | 20' | 01/2020 | fiction

Fedor is a young locksmith in Murmansk, a frozen city in the obscurity of the Russian Arctic. Client after client, he roams through the alleys of concrete animated by a fantasy that isolates him from the city and its population. His dreams corrode his relation to reality and open the door to a phantasmagoric universe; a second sun is rising above the Russian Arctic.

Nominated for the European Film Award 2020 for Best European Short Film

“Dorian Jespers’ stunning and unsettling Sun Dog harnesses an immersive visual language, blending watery and metallic soundscapes with liturgical music and a Tarkovskyan treatment of space and time – and signals the arrival of a distinctive new voice on the international landscape of the cinema of the real.”
Square Eyes - IFFR 2020 - Laurel
Square Eyes - 2020 NDNF laurels - official selection kopie
Square Eyes - Vienna Shorts Laurel Official Selection 2020 BLK L
“Dorian Jespers’ stunning and unsettling Sun Dog harnesses an immersive visual language, blending watery and metallic soundscapes with liturgical music and a Tarkovskyan treatment of space and time – and signals the arrival of a distinctive new voice on the international landscape of the cinema of the real.”
Square Eyes - IFFR 2020 - Laurel
Square Eyes - 2020 NDNF laurels - official selection kopie
Square Eyes - Vienna Shorts Laurel Official Selection 2020 BLK L

Dorian Jespers

Biography

Dorian Jespers (1993) is a Belgian filmmaker. He studied cinematography at INSAS and directing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Gent, an education that focuses strongly on the development of a filmmaker’s personal language. This is reflected in his experimental fantasy MA film, Sun Dog. A project for which Jespers graduated with the highest distinction, received the Horlait-Dapsens prize and was offered the Wildcard by the Flemish Audiovisual Funds. The film won the Ammodo Tiger Short Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Filmography

  • Sun Dog – 20’ – 2020
Square Eyes - Director - Dorian Jespers - Square Eyes

Crew

Director: Dorian Jespers
Screenplay: Dorian Jespers
Production company: KASK, Scum Pictures, ATAKA51
Producer: Gust van den Berghe
Cinematographer: Arnaud Alberola, Dorian Jespers
Sound Design: Thomas Becka
Editor: Omar Guzman
Production Designer: Zara van den Bergh
Composer: Felix Casaer
Cast: Alexander Pronkin, Tatiana Smirnova, Andrey Sychyov, Katarzyna Wiesiołek, Lisa Fitier, Daria Orlova, Natalia Haikara, , Deni Pitsaev

Festivals

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (22 January – 2 February, 2020)
    Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition Won: Ammodo Award for Best Short Film & EFA Nomination
  • Short Waves Festival, Poland (17 – 22 March, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Kino Pavasaris Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania (19 March – 2 April, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (1 – 5 April, 2020)
    Student Competition
  • Vienna Shorts International Short Film Festival, Austria (28 May – 2 June, 2020)
    Fiction & Documentary Competition Won: Vienna Short Film Award
  • Palic European Film Festival, Serbia (18 – 24 July, 2020)
    Young Spirit of Europe
  • New Holland Island International Film Festival, Russia (3 – 9 August, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo (7 – 15 August, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Short Waves Festival, Poland (18 – 23 August, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Russia (19 – 23 August, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Netzhaut Ton Film Festival, Austria (27 – 30 August, 2020)
    Newcomer Section
  • Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Israel (20 – 26 September, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece (20 – 26 September, 2020)
    Student Competition
  • Black Canvas – Festival for Contemporary Cinema, Mexico (1 – 10 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Greece (15 – 18 October, 2020)
    Competition
  • Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany (6 – 8 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia (11 – 22 November, 2020)
    International Competition

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here