Nede

At the peak of an overpopulation crisis in the future, where the world is controlled by a technocratic one-world government, a couple wins the right to produce one child. They become pregnant with twins and are forced to choose which one they want to keep.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Izabela Ciesinska
Producer: Foad Almassi

Director’s statement

Izabela Ciesinska says:

“Months before I even wrote the script, I went over what resources were available to me and how I could use them to tell a story. Very quickly I realized that it would have to be a simple story.

Technically we were reduced to two shooting days, two locations, three characters and creatively it all came down to one thing: emotion.

In other words, the restrictions that we faced in terms of resources and experience led us to shift our focus on the art of storytelling and character development.

I didn’t just want to make a film for the sake of directing – I wanted to make a film that even in its humble simplicity would hopefully reach out and connect with an audience.

In retrospect, I now realize that every limitation and challenge we faced on this three-year journey in some strange synchronized way contributed to the shape and nature of the final story. We only hope that it accomplishes what it set out to do in the first place – to make people feel.”

About Izabela Ciesinska

Izabela-Ciesinska

With no formal training, Izabela started her film career as a volunteer for film and television production companies. She quickly worked her way up from a set PA to a first assistant director, having worked on local television shows and independent films.

During this time she accumulated the experience and people she needed in order to write, produce and direct her first short film, Nede.

Aside from set experience, she has also worked in film sales and distribution, as well as the Toronto film festival scene.

From 2001-2005, Izabela attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a full athletic/academic scholarship and graduated with a degree in Criminal Forensics (she should have gone to film school instead).

Izabela is currently working as a children’s book illustrator, while continuing to develop and produce her own independent film projects.

2 comments

  1. Margaret

    I liked this movie very much, very interesting and dramatic choice to face; great buildup of the emotions to the final decision. Love conquers all message – wonderful.

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