Half of the world

2014 | Drama | 18 min | BA Film

Directed by Jérôme Furrer

Collection: Degree Films 2014

Nadir – father of an immigrant family – works night shifts as a cleaner in a Zurich office building. Despite having to work very hard he’s trying to
integrate himself in Switzerland and enable his son Babak a better future. One night after work he notices that the son’s room is empty. In the trash he discovers a thrown away letter from university, in the drawers he finds a torn up picture of his girlfriend and a Koran. When Babak finally arrives home the father confronts him with his findings and realizes that his son has had a change of heart he never thought was possible.

Runtime18 min
Year of Production2014
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, HDCAM SR, HDCAM, Digi Beta, Beta SP
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatProRes
Spoken LanguageGerman, Persisch
Available SubtitlesFrench, English
Director Jérôme Furrer
Cinematography Tom Keller
Production Design Isil Demircan
Lisa Bruggmann
Aurelia Buchli
Music Pierre Funck
Editor Armin Tobler
Screenplay Jérôme Furrer
Leading ActorsRamin Yazdani
Alireza Bayram
Supporting ActorsSima Bürgin
Kemal Küskü
Sarah Andrina Schütz
Casting Melisa Muhtari
Makeup Artist Marina Schrackmann
Milena Kunz
Location Sound Engineer Thabea Furrer
Rafael Kistler
Sound Design Benjamin Pogonatos
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Digital Colorist Ramón Königshausen
Project Supervision Stefan Jäger
Project Mentoring Stefan Jäger
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Head of Programme BA Film Prof. Bernhard Lehner


31. March 2015
Studio Hamburg Talent Award

Best Script: Inland, 2015 MA degree film, written by Marina Guerrini (Director: Piet Baumgartner) | Best Short Film (Audience Award): Die Hälfte der Welt, 2014 BA degree film, by Jérôme Furrer

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