Rebels with a Cause Competition


Drama, Black Comedy, Social Issues
International Premiere

A Family

A Family
Director: Jayden Stevens
Country: Australia
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:34
Language: Ukrainian
Producer: Cléa Frost, Jayden Stevens, Olga Mykhalets, Thomas Swinburn
Screenwriter: Jayden Stevens, Thomas Swinburn
DoP: Tom Swinburn
Editor: Ariel Shaw
Music: Harry Lochhead
Cast: Maksym Derbenyov, Larysa Hraminska, Tetiana Kosianchuk Pavlo Lehenkyi, Liudmyla Zamidra
Production: Plot Twist
Scholarship of 1200 euros


Nothing similar has happened in Australian cinema. Ambitious debutant flew from Down Under to bleak outskirts of Kiev with small crew and almost no money. He casted Ukrainian non-actors (a dentist and a receptionist at the theatre school among them) to play in native language. Absurdist film opens horizons to varied interpretations as morbidly black deadpan comedy, psycho domestic thriller or harsh drama about the extremes of manipulations by double faced people.

Lanthimos, Seidl, Haneke firstly submerge for comparisons, however funny alps games are unpredictable. A weird loner Emerson dreams about a perfect family. He imagines vividly, how exactly life must be organised at home, asks actors to perform by precisely written instructions. Unstoppable desires to improvise turns joyful festive situations to naughtier sides. There are no better manipulators than actors.

Edvinas Pukšta


Jayden Stevens is a director and photographer from the Gold Coast. He is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, where his short film “Between Trees” won the school’s Brian Robinson Memorial script award. “Between Trees” screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival, where Jayden participated in the Accelerator program for emerging directors.
Director's filmography: A Family (2019)
  • Jayden Stevens

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 4, Tallinn

    Screening code: 100202
    Subtitles: English
    Q&A guests: Tom Swinburn, Olga Mykhalets
    Screening duration: 01:54
    Language: Ukrainian

    Fri, November 29, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 4, Tallinn

    Screening code: 150201
    Subtitles: English
    Q&A guests: Tom Swinburn
    Screening duration: 01:34
    Language: Ukrainian






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