(An Open Sky)
Fiction film • 14 minutes • India
Written, Directed, Produced by Surbhi Dewan
Presented by Painted Tree Pictures
about the film
A young woman living in isolation during the pandemic is surrounded by fears, both present and past.
Will she make it through?
Starring Samridhi Dewan
Do you think a person can stay fine all alone?
The idea for this film came about just after the country-wide lockdown was imposed in late-March 2020. My intention was to create a found-footage style experience since we were working with limited resources and restricted movement – one actor, one camera, one location, and a virtual crew.
Regarding the story, I was inspired by the uniqueness of the situation and how deeply it was affecting all of us. I wanted to use the pandemic as a setting and trigger for the character and yet have themes that would transcend space and time. I was also keen on ending the story on a hopeful note.
I was fortunate to have the film's lead actor and creative producer, Samridhi Dewan, working closely with me throughout the process. In addition to a great performance on screen, she filmed about 90% of the film by herself.