‘The Universe Game’ is a short film written, produced and directed by Alireza Sadreddini aka Alex in London that is his ever film, a production of his company SadRed Films which also fully self funded. The Universe Game is philosophical comedy drama, mostly shot using hand held style. Based around the character of Juri, an elderly Russian gentleman, it is an exploration in his unique philosophy of life that he calls it The Universe Game.
Juri (Daniel Godward), despite his poverty, believes that if he appreciates every moment in his life, then life will in return provide him with everything he requires. In a restaurant he eats a fine meal and then, having no money, offers to wash the dishes as payment for the meal he has enjoyed. When the manager (Tom Coulston) reluctantly agrees to this, he is surprised to find that Juri does the job as effectively as three people, and offers him a permanent job - but Juri refuses the offer, stating that he wouldn’t like to live a routine life and trusts the generosity of the universe.
The film then follows Juri at a second restaurant where he meets Alexandra (Elena Dana), a beautiful Ukrainian woman. Despite not having any funds, Juri invites her to his table for a meal and drink, quietly confident that the universe will provide a solution to the predicament he has placed them both in. When Alexandra finds out that her new acquainted host does not have any money for their excellent meal and drink she is shocked and worried about the consequences. But little does she know that Juri has a way of making the Universe respond to his needs, and as the evening draws to a close he is quietly confident the Universe will provide a solution, and that's what he calls The Universe Game.
Directed by: Aleksandra Czenczek
Written by: Jessica Madu, Aleksandra Czenczek
Produced by: Adriana Kulig
Piotr: Janusz Guttner
Ivor: Adolfo Espina
Gang Leader: Bartek Morawski
Director of photography: Magda Kowalczyk
Editing: Robert Polewski
Sound Recordist: Tomasz Stec
Sound Design & Mix: Nico Metten
Second camera unit (Poland): Elżbieta Smoleńska
Colourist: Aleksandra Czenczek
Production Assistants: Magdalena Ceron, Sonia Mazurek
Runner: Łukasz Jerzykowski
Original music by Limboski from 'Verba Volant'
Written by and composed by Michał Augustyniak
Knock Knock is a short film exploring ventriloquism, football and allegiance. See comedy, performance, accent and identity intersect whilst involving burqas, soccer and puppetry.
The film follows a character - Susan, playing Gottla (played by Susan Husband) as she performs a ventriloquist's routine with her puppet, Geer (played by Geer Geer). Both wear Burqas*, both like football.
Susan / Gottla has enough time to make it to the match after her routine, only she's left with an awkward choice of costumes (and allegiances) to wear down to the ground.