Director: Anthony Chen, Jafar Panahi, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, Malik Vitthal, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, David Lowery
The Year of the Everlasting Storm, an anthology of short films directed by seven transcendental filmmakers, encompasses a repertoire of stories focused on the quarantine that besieged and stopped the world because of the COVID-19.
After several short films and documentaries, Jafar Panahi directed his first feature The White Balloon which premiered in 1977 in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d’Or. Some of his works such as The Mirror, The Circle, or Offside also won awards such as the Golden Leopard, the Golden Lion, or the Jury Prize, respectively. Jafar Panahi’s films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran.
Director and screenwriter Anthony Chen was born in Singapore, in 1984. He participates in the anthology The Year of the Everlasting Storm with his film The Break Away. Chen has written and produced the movie Ilo Ilo (in 2013), which has won several awards such as the Best Director (in the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award) or the award to the Best Film in the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul also includes his film Night Colonies in The Year of the Everlasting Storm. Weerasethakul was born in 1970 and he is a director, screenwriter, and film producer of independent Thai films. He has won several awards such as the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival (with his film Tropical Malady), or the Palme d’Or prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).