One evening, after work, Iwona buys a box of happiness in a strange discount store and has to decide what to do with it. Inspired by the myth of Pandora's box, Happiness is a straight-faced comedy about how the little things can make all the difference in a humdrum world.
Length: 11 minutes
Premiere: New York
Born in France, SOPHIE BARTHES grew up in the Middle East and South America. She graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of International & Public Affairs after directing a documentary in Yemen on the UNICEF literacy programs for women. Both Happiness and Cold Souls (her latest work) won the NYSCA Individual Artists Grants and the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay (Feature & Short categories) at the Nantucket Film Festival. Barthes recently completed her residency at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony and was admitted to the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters Lab with Cold Souls.