Third Floor Film Production & Services

Developing Project

FRUIT GATHERING (Feature Length Film)

Writer and Director Aung Phyoe

Producer Thu Thu Shein & Thaiddhi

Co-producer

Claire Marquet, Art-Production (France)

Vít Janeček, D1 Film (Czech Republic)

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Script Development Stage

  • Jury Award, Myanmar Script Fund (2017)
  • Autumn Meeting Grand Prix for feature film project “Fruit Gathering” at Art House Film Corner Pitching, Vietnam (2018)
  • FLY Film Lab (Session 1) 2019
  • Southeast Asian Film Lab (SGIFF) 2019
  • Luang Prabang Talents Lab (2019)
  • Locarno Open Doors Hub, 2020 (Selected)
  • Ties That Bind, 2020 (Selected)

SYNOPSIS

When San’s father passes away, the family moves from their village to Yangon. SAN (12) is left with her grandmother OHM, when her mother EI goes working overseas. Working at a garment factory, San (now 18) meets THEINT (25), an outspoken and confident woman. While getting closer to her, San develops a feeling of attraction and even of obsession, but she is unable to understand her own desire. After six years, Ei (48) returns to care for Ohm’s (70) fragile health. San feels emotionally distant to her mother, who is different than in her memories. Ei and Ohm are planning an arranged marriage for San with their family friend PHONE (40), while Theint suddenly gets married to her boyfriend and follows him outside Yangon. San is devastated when Theint leaves and Ohm is hospitalized with a terminal illness. Months later, San informed about Theint unsuccessful marriage and goes to rescue her. Bringing her back to Yangon they are planning to live together with the promise of going to work abroad. But things take a different turn when Theint wants to leave as soon as possible, while San is delaying.

On Going Documentary Project

Director: Soe Moe Aung

Producer: Thu Thu Shein & Thaiddhi

Production Stage

  • IDFA Bertha Fund for development.
  • Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
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Synopsis

The character of the film, U Aung Win graduated from the Defense Services Academy in 1964. Immediately after graduation, he was posted in Kachin state as a second lieutenant for 4 years. That time was the peak of the fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government forces. During those 4 years, he fought many battles. The documentary is based on one of the incidents. The incident took place when he was assigned as a platoon commander in Kachin state. One day, he was ordered to recon a village in Kachin State. When they arrived at the village, they found a group of armed people at a house beside the creek. At the time, Lt. Aung Win signaled his men for a surprise attack. When Lt. Aung Win and his group entered the house, they found a dying woman holding a crying infant. Lt. Aung Win fed the child with condensed milk and brought the child back with him. He reported to the battalion and sent the child to the hospital. The film is about finding this child.