LISELLE MEI

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Ana: Portrait in Days

Short film, 16mm 40 mins

Cast: Maria Galante, Zaniz Jakubowski, Bill Steele
Writer & Director: Liselle Mei



It is England 1880. Seven days in the life of Ana, a young Victorian woman. When her sick father returns home, Ana is forced to come to terms with her incestuous past. Fragment by fragment, behind tightened corsets, veiled expressions and closed doors, a portrait of a woman is painted.


“Liselle Mei’s ANA: PORTRAIT IN DAYS is Bresson-like in its surface inaction and transcendental style.Mei’s experimentation with lighting and sound design wisely serve her storytelling, which is more aboutmood and subtext than conventional plot and character.”

—David Bogoslaw, Monitor New York Independent




1st Place Wasserman Award, First Run film festival

Directing Award, First Run film festival

Production Design Award,  First Run film festival

Production Award, First Run film festival

Cinematography Award, First Run film festival

Musical Score Award, First Run film festival

Best Experimental Short, Empire State Exhibitions

National finalist, Student Academy Awards


11th Annual Haig P. Manoogian screenings at the Directors Guild of America