Archive of films Stranger Things / Stranger Things

USA / United Kingdom
2010, 77 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2011

Oona, whose mother has died recently, decides to offer shelter to a taciturn homeless man named Mani. A fragile and surprising relationship grows between the pair that may lead them in unexpected directions.


Oona returns to her recently-deceased mother’s beloved home, a rundown seaside cottage, in order to sort out her belongings and sell the place. But an encounter with a taciturn homeless man named Mani suddenly changes things, and the heroes get a chance to eliminate some of the troubles that burden their lives. Communication between the two introverted characters gradually becomes more relaxed, and Oona and Mani move closer in an entirely natural way. This subdued picture never aims for the melodramatic, instead penetrating to the heart of two withdrawn figures presented in all their vulnerability. While creating and filming the characters, the directors worked in close cooperation with the actors but didn’t show them the finished script. Thus, since the film was shot chronologically, the actors only knew – like the characters they were portraying – about one piece of the story at a time. In this way Burke and Eyal succeeded not only in highlighting the fundamental values of interpersonal relationships, but also in attaining a unique level of energy between heroes who are captured at exceptionally fragile moments in their lives.

About the director

Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal chalked up experience shooting short features and documentaries and music videos. They met at New York University, and their first short film together, Ruth and Maggie (2006), premiered at Slamdance. Their feature debut Stranger Things met with success at independent festivals in the US, even taking several prizes. The filmmaking duo also wrote the script and produced, with Burke taking on the duties of camerawoman and editor. Tightly coordinated character formation and acting performances are central to the directors’ creative vision. In 2009 Filmmaker Magazine included them as part of its 25 New Faces of Independent Film.


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal
Screenplay: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal
Dir. of Photography: Eleanor Burke
Editor: Michael Taylor, Eleanor Burke
Producer: Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal
Production: Faces Films
Cast: Bridget Collins, Adeel Akhtar
Contact: Faces Films


Eleanor Burke

Film Director, Film Director

Ron Eyal

Film Director, Film Director


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