LIVING UNDER KAPATALISM will screen this Saturday 25th November at the BFI as part of Underwire’s Growing Up is Optional programme of shorts, nominated for the Production Design Award.
Written, directed and designed by Nia Fausset, produced by Oliver Sunley and Cait Lyn Adamson, edited by Rasvan Barseti and with cinematography by Norbert Strehle, LIVING UNDER KAPATALISM is Nia’s graduation project. It was shot in October 2016 over a week in Belgrade, and was recently awarded Best UK Short at the London International Short Film Festival.
The story is a retelling of Nia's relationship with her grandmother and takes place in Serbia, 2010. Milošević is gone, but Kapa remains. Jo, a young English woman fighting to be an adult, visits her dying grandmother and Serbian matriarch, Kapa, in Belgrade. If only she could bear to be in the same room as her for more than three minutes. Underwire’s Growing Up is Optional programme includes films about “ground-breaking scientists, foul-mouthed grandmothers, octogenarian cheerleaders, life-long friends and magicians. Forget about acting your age, the women in these shorts are fierce, unapologetic and prove that time is nothing to good old-fashioned determination.”
Nia grew up in the south of England whilst often visiting relatives in the former Yugoslavia with her sister. She studied writing in Liverpool and eventually found herself as an office manager. It was at this point that she accidentally came across film school and everything started to make sense. Of her time at London Film School and the making of this very personal film, she says, “I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the friends I have made”.
Best of luck to Nia and all the team this Saturday!
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/224683160
Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. It was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. The festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films. It welcomes around 500 short film submissions each year, from which between 50-70 short films are selected for competition. The films often go on to be recognised at leading festivals and win multiple awards.