Rosetta’s Blues is a short film made by Rabia Sultana, submitted to the Cannes 2016 Short Film Catalogue and Short Film Corner of the festival. Here’s our short Q&A with the director.

Rabia Sultana

Rabia Sultana

What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?

Rosetta has been grieving the loss of her father for a few years, unable to come to terms with the death of the person she shared everything with. Her quirky and fair to say, morbid sense of humor leads her to stage crazy stunts to ‘stimulate suicide’. The perks of this are getting her distant mother, Mrs. Carlisle rattled up and infuriated as Rosetta is nothing like the well put together daughter she desired.

Rosetta is a loner, her only real friend is her childhood nanny and confidant, Barnes who epitomizes warmth and love. Barnes is Rosetta’s home, her place of comfort, as well as keeping Rosetta’s crazy antics in check.

At the funeral of a family friend, Rosetta meets Harvey, a overly poetic lost boy who takes interest in her. He want to show Rosetta that life is something that should be celebrated, even when it comes to and end, a thought that is tested when hardship will inevitably hit again.

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Rosetta’s Blues

Who is the target audience of your film?

Women 13-70, moviegoers 16+

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

The market is a fantastic opportunity to get your film seen by potential buyers, distributers and for people; audiences, filmmakers alike to enjoy your works. Cannes holds an amazing festival and being a part of it with my first film is such an honour.

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