Paola makes a wish

Kazakhstan, Switzerland / 07 min 50 sec / 2019

"In the beginning there was an orgasm. One way or another, Zhannat’s story always circles back to it: a fleeting moment of pleasure and desire. It’s the desire of sharing something, of making a film on short notice and alongside a Master of cinema Béla Tarr. Or an orgasm, and more specifically the pleasure “past its time” that Zhannat Alshanova wanted to reach with her filmmaking, which was born in the rain in a cold Locarno valley and will soon be a guest of the equally cold Utah sun. Her short film Paola Makes a Wish was selected for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival..."


From Locarno to Sundance, the journey of Pleasure


On an ordinary day at work, Paola starts to feel that she is missing out something exciting in her life








Zhannat Alshanova

Alex Takács

Locarno Film Festival, Ticino Film Commission, CISA

Zhannat Alshanova

Pulsar Studios

Christina Proserpio, Ana Shametaj, Valentina Manzoni


  • Official Selection Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland 

  • Official Selection Sundance Film Festival, USA

  • Official Selection Buenos Aires Film Festival, Argentina

  • Official Selection PÖFF Shorts, Estonia

  • Official Selection Regard Festival, Canada

  • Official Selection Method Film Festival, USA

  • Official Selection The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway

  • Official Selection ShorTS International Film Festival, Italy

  • Official Selection Sao Paola International Short Film Festival, Brazil

  • Official Selection SediciCorto Film Festival, Italy

  • Official Selection THESS International Short Film Festival, Greece

  • Official Selection FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada

  • Official Selection Lviv International Short Film festival Wiz-Art, Ukraine

  • Official Selection Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia

  • Official Selection Girls in Film, Czech Republic

  • Official Selection Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico

  • Official Selection Kraljevski Filmski Festival, Serbia

  • Official Selection Leeds International Film Festival, UK

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