International Competition

Wake Up On Mars

Dea Gjinovci
Screening time  
14.06. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Ticket
20.06. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Ticket

A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious Resignation syndrome that has put his two sisters in a coma. The tight-knit family is trying to rebuild a normal life far from their native Kosovo where they were victims of persecution. While their entire future hangs in the balance of a pending asylum request, the little boy dreams of building a spaceship to leave it all behind. 


Dea Gjinovci

Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian documentary filmmaker with a background in Economics and Anthropology living between Paris, London and Geneva. She is a 2019 Sundance Talent Forum alum and 2019 Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short Sans le Kosovo screened at many international festivals and won Best National Film at Dokufest as well as prizes at the Global Migration Film Festival and Festival Cine Zaragoza in 2017. Her debut feature-length documentary is Wake Up on Mars (2020). In 2018, she co-founded Amok Films with Antoine Goldet.

General sponsor

Réveil sur Mars

France, Switzerland
2020, 74'

Directed by:
Dea Gjinovci

Maxime Kathari

Edited by:
Catherine Birukoff

Sophie Faudel, Dea Gjinovci, Britta Rindelaub, Jasmin Basic, Heidi Fleisher

Produced by:
Melisande Films, Amok Films, Alva Film

Festivals & Awards:

Biografilm Festival 2020 – Special Mention Best New Talent
Tribeca Film Festival 2020
Visions du Réel 2020
CPH:DOX 2021
Human Rights Watch 2021
Underhill Fest 2020
Hainan International Film Festival 2020


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