DIR: Marion Kellmann . 12 min . Germany . 2019
Marion Kellmann’s film “Ekstase” is a montage of scenes from various silent films. Based on similar settings and gestures it explores the stereotype of women on the verge of insanity. In a repetitive montage the same symptoms and actions recur repeatedly in different places, different sceneries and with different people.
DIR: Laura Rantanen . 21 min . Finland . 2020
Did you know puberty lasts forever? On Hold is an experimental documentary short film contemplating around the themes of intergenerationality and socially constructed masculinity. The film is based on anonymous phone calls dialed for a helpline for boys and young men under 20-years of age. The film asks which are the attitudes, values and emotions we inherit from the generations before and pass on to the generations after us. On Hold visualizes every child’s need to be heard and claws space for empathy.
Wan Ju Wu
DIR: Isabela Bianchi . 16 min . Spain . 2020
Rachel is a prostitute that lives at her work place. She's originally redhead, but can change the color of her hair according to the taste of each client. That's because Rachel it's not an ordinary prostitute. She's an hyperrealistic sex doll. And this, a portrait of Rachel, her coworkers and the only brothel of sex dolls in Spain.
DIR: Mathilde Babo, Zoé Rossion . 4 min . Germany, France . 2020
While Germany sits as one of the major democratic models, an ex-prisoner of the Stasi delivers from his former cell a frightening testimony that questions the sustainability of our contemporary democracies.
DIR: Ali Asgari . 14 min . France, Iran . 2020
A mother helps an elderly woman in a shopping mall in Tehran. A tragedy occurs, brutally confronting her with the impact of her actions.
DIR: Kyuho Sim . 23 min . South Korea . 2020
A young man who lives in retreat from the city finds a suspicious sack in the water while fishing. Suddenly, a crippled stranger with a hump on his chin appears before the young man’s eyes.
Have You Seen That Man?
DIR: Yotam Ben-David . 15 min . Romania . 2020
An 8 years-old boy finds a dead man's body at a top of a mountain. As he knocks on the doors of the village, trying to solve the mystery, a portrait of a village is revealed - a place in transition between the traditions of the past and the violence of contemporary reality.
DIR: Jorge Perez . 15 min . Colombia . 2020
Felipa awaits death with resentment towards her daughter Eva for refusing to follow the funeral traditions of Lumbalú from her town San Basilio de Palenque when her husband Juan died. The visits of the soul in pain of Juan are more common than before and more evident, and seems like Eva has learned to live with it. Filomena, Eva's aunt arrives and finds a dying Felipa, so she makes sure that, before the upcoming death of her sister, her niece does not make the same mistake she made with Juan.
O Black Hole!
DIR: Renee Zhan . 16 min . England . 2020
A woman who can't stand the passing of time turns herself into a black hole. A thousand unchanging years pass inside her warm and dark embrace until, finally, the Singularity awakens inside. An immovable woman meets an unstoppable girl in this epic 2D/3D space opera about the meaning of transience and letting go.
DIR: Joanne Cesario . 19 min . Philippines . 2020
Here, Here reimagines a once rugged and undisturbed town years after mining operations began. Koi, 22, returns home for the first time since leaving for college, and does so with an infected ear. He accompanies his mother Tonet in waiting for his father, both of them clueless as to whether his father could make it home alive after an accident in the extraction tunnel. As Koi reconnects with his hometown in slow decay, he fears the impending possibility of losing both his father and his hearing. Part fiction, part experiment, and purposefully blurring the distinction, Here, Here serves as a loose visual study on landscapes and terrains, both natural and beyond.
L’Enfant du Métro
DIR: Nathan Le Graciet . 14 min . France . 2020
Lost among the crowd of Paris is a young man. He's a pickpocket. Above all he is alone. In this crowd he is no one and no one pays attention to him. However, if you were to follow him from dawn till dark, you'd find amidst his wandering small adventures, troubles and dreams...
DIR: Tyler Macri . 14 min . USA . 2019
Elizabeth, ten years old, lives with her reclusive mother in a dilapidated apartment where fish infest the piping, surfacing by way of a drain in the bathtub.
DIR: Dorian Jespers . 20 min . Belgium, Russia . 2020
Fedor is a young locksmith in Murmansk, a frozen city in the obscurity of the Russian Arctic. Client after client, he roams through the alleys of concrete animated by a fantasy that isolates him from the city and its population. His dreams corrode his relation to reality and open the door to a phantasmagoric universe; a second sun is rising above the Russian Arctic.
DIR: Luís Soares . 7 min . Portugal . 2020
Lying on the bed of a small room, a man is in a stalemate, unable to decide. Time is suspended within and outside of him, in the minimalist room and in the geometric city. In between this another man observes, side by side with some red dried flowers. Inaction. Pushed by disgust and despair, a very brief glimpse of an exit seems to unroll: between cycles of analysis and broken sequences.
DIR: Daniel Santiago Cortés . 14 min . Colombia . 2020
Today in Colombia, the last peace agreement shatters to pieces and violence takes over the country. Two films shot in 1984, lost for more than thirty years, come to light together. 84 drags the viewer between fiction and documentary through this cursed reels, into a divided country, between cities and countryside, condemned by a dark omen of repetition and death.
How to Disappear
DIR: Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf, Robin Klengel . 21 min . Austria . 2019
How to Disappear” is an anti-war movie in the true sense of the word, searching for possibilities for peace in the most unlikely place of an online war game. It’s a tribute to disobedience and desertion - in both digital and physical-real warfare. Shot in the picturesque war landscapes of “Battlefield V”, the hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. The film revolves around the history of deserters - a part of human history, which has hardly been illuminated. Performances and creative interventions explore the scopes and limits of the audiovisual entertainment machine.
The Reel 11004
DIR: Mirabelle Fréville . 19 min . France . 2020
In 1946, eight months after the atomic bombings, an American army film team made a feature documentary in Japan.
Several reels are shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki but when they arrive in the United States, the viewed images are immediately classified «secret defense».
“The reel 11004” explores the 19 minutes of a reel of these rushes and reveals, frame by frame, the first censorship of nuclear history.
Push This Button If You begin To Panic
DIR: Gabriel Böhmer . 11 min . England . 2020
Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.
Dirt Devil 550 XS
DIR: Rolf Hellat . 17 min . Switzerland . 2020
Residents of a flat share discuss the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. A genuine film about group dynamics, daily living together and democracy, in which banality, poetry and humour are mixed.
DIR: Daniel Belenguer . 8 min . Spain . 2019
Javi, a 13 year-old boy assaults another kid in his judo training. His teacher punishes him and he finds help on the most unexpected person: his troubled father.
DIR: Hanxiong Bo . 16 min . . 2020
Disguised as a girl growing up during the time of one-child policy in China, Yan confuses about his gender identity and struggles with the conservative world around him now. Drifting his dad's old taxi becomes his way of expressing feelings.
DIR: Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke . 30 min . Thailand . 2020
The queer espionage film made in the tradition of Cold-War-era Thai dubbed film. A transwoman prostitute-cum-spy is assigned a mission to disguise as a cis-masculine gay to acquire important information from an idealistic student activist.
DIR: Kathy E. Mitrani . 11 min . USA . 2020
Somewhere in the heat of South Florida, Adrian gets mesmerized by a mysterious attraction and decides to trail a gang of teenagers. But when she trespasses private property and gets involved in their reckless games, she quickly sees belonging has a price that only she pays.
DIR: Naïla Guiguet . 20 min . France . 2020
In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd is dancing as one on 145 BPM techno music. Among them is Dustin, a young transgender and crew: Felix, Raya and Juan. As the night draws on, collective hysteria morphs into sweet melancholy, and euphoria into yearning for tenderness.
DIR: Matisse Gonzalez . 11 min . Germany, Bolivia . 2019
In a world where gravity changes constantly, you have to find something to keep you grounded.
A Trip to Heaven
DIR: Linh Duong . 15 min . Vietnam . 2020
During a peculiar tour bus to Mekong Delta, 50-year-old Mdm.Tam bumps into her high school sweetheart. She's hopeful for a chance of reconciliation, but maybe he's not.
DIR: Daniel D. Saucedo, Lucía Malandro . 10 min . Uruguay . 2019
The iconic movie theater Acapulco de La Habana opens its doors for the screening of the film Dracula’s Satanic Rituals. The movie theater itself becomes the setting of the film, and the projectionist, one of the protagonists.
DIR: Tomer Shushan . 20 min . Israel . 2019
A man finds his stolen bicycle and it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.
DIR: Daniel Hernandez Delgadillo . 11 min . Germany, Chile, Mexico . 2020
Juan, a young Latin American student, is forced to flee after be a witness of the kidnapping of his best friends in Mexico. Juan lives as a misfit in Berlin under the growing uncertainty of not knowing when it will be time to come back.
DIR: Pier-Philippe Chevigny . 15 min . Canada . 2019
To Alex, a naive six years old boy, the mysterious patrols his father leads with his right-wing militia are just more occasions to go play hide and seek out in the woods. That morning, though, it all came into focus.
DIR: Farah Nabulsi . 25 min . Palestine . 2019
On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his daughter, Yasmine, set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between the soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?
3 Logical Exits
DIR: Mahdi Fleifel . 15 min . Denmark, England, Lebanon . 2020
A sociological meditation on the different “exits” that young Palestinians choose, in order to cope with life in the refugee camps.
DIR: Seyed Payam Hosseini . 14 min . Iran . 2020
In the story of The Kites short film it is stated that: Border boy silence falls in love with a girl who lives across the border. She tries to reach out to the girl through the missing girl's kite on the other side of the border.
L'ile et le Continent
DIR: Laurie Bost, Sébastien Savine . 12 min . France . 2019
Louise is a mermaid. One day, a young man discovers her secret.
DIR: Nisha Platzer . 14 min . Canada, Cuba . 2020
Every day, 18 year old Nori walks to the Bauta station to listen, watch, and feel the vibrations of the passing trains. His playful imagination leads us through the space as we witness his obsession and his sensory experience of arrival and departure. A glimpse of adolescence in the Cuban countryside.
Xiao Qiang Had a Daydream
DIR: Xisi Sofia Ye Chen . 17 min . Spain . 2020
Xiao Qiang (11) lives with his grandparents in a mountain village Southeast China while his father works in a distant city. After being scolded by his grandfather for having stolen in school, Xiao Qiang escapes, going into the forest to get lost. Frightened in the middle of the night he manages to be guided by a light emanating from a Buddhist temple, a curious place occupied by a group of card players and a monk who smokes cigarettes. In the temple the statues observe. Hypnotized by a Sutra machine that issues invitations to the Pure Land, Xiao Qiang, wandering among luminous walls, will live an experience that will lead him to make an important decision: to seek freedom.