4-14 SEPTEMBER 2014
Short Film Competition

Eight ideas for a short film competition

Here are some notes, in random order, on the short film competition (58 films, 32 countries taking part), that are not to be used as a guide to seeing the films, but more as an invitation for a transversal reading of the selection, beyond the individual programmes. Because this is how it is patiently put together by the ten selectors.

Social. It’s official, the web has irreversibly contaminated the short film. In the selection, a compendium of the most effective (and radical) proposals. 

Kids. A recurring theme of debut filmmakers, they are more lost and hard to catch than the average kid. 

Animals. Humans are losing contact with reality, and the cinema attempts to re-establish a virtuous bond with the animal world, possibly a non-hedonistic one (cute kitties on the web, trendy coats for dogs etc. …). 

Time. Our time, which the short films – because usually they are freer from the production demands of feature films – try to frame in the moment in which it becomes reality. 

Italy. The very lively and eclectic selection of the Italians – at last!! – engages in enthusiastically challenging the standard way of making short films in Italy. 

Men. It is not a tender picture for men that emerges from the selection. 

Women. As though obliged by a dark force to push herself beyond what her body and her heart can do, woman in this selection is restless and in transition. 

Cinema. Freed from every constraint, the short film at times reflects on its cinematographic existence. 

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A Political Story
A Political Story

Lander Camarero , ESP, 2013, HD, 27´

Lauren C. Carroll is studying direction at the New York Film Institute and thinks that her final project should be a film on the upheavals in contemporary society. She is horrified by the idea of making an entertainment film. This is a film that pokes fun at political cinema with much irony and intelligence.
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A Soccer Game Journal
Bir Maç Günlüğü

Deniz Özden, TUR, 2014, HD, 5´

In a bar with big glass walls, the fans are following the match between Turkey and Holland. There is a hope that perhaps they’ll manage to beat the Oranges. Meanwhile on the second floor, another unexpected event is underway involving the women. The result is an examination of cultural contrasts.
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All That Is Solid
All That Is Solid

Louis Henderson, FRA, 2014, HD, 16´

What do gold, colonialism and cloud storage have in common? In front of a computer screen that is clicked by an invisible hand, the viewer follows an experimental video essay that connects material found online in new ways. The web becomes a cinema critic and tries to be “the archeology of the future”.
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Au nord du monde
Au nord du monde

Raphaël Bélanger, CAN, 2014, HD, 21´

Three teenagers are found dead in suspicious circumstances, in an aboriginal community of Quebec. Is it a case of spontaneous human combustion, a macabre urban legend that cyclically resurfaces over the centuries? A sinister story set against the snow of the north, suspended between ancestral tradition and modern-day tragedy.
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Beauty
Beauty

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, ITA, 2014, HD, 10´

Mountains framed by woods, animals living in harmony, content mothers and sprightly children, healthy and flourishing youngsters; then, the body becomes an object of desire. The balance crumbles, and flesh and blood discover just how transient they are. A bewitching visual piece made up of famous paintings, brought together in two years of delicate work.
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Berlin’s Short Film Scene
Berliner Kurzfilmszene

Florian Dietrich, DEU, 2013, 16mm, 3´

If someone were to ask you what the best short film of the year was, would you know what to say? Berliner Kurzfilmszene investigates the fate of the short film form in the most immediate way possible: through a question put to Berliners, but meant for all of us. Is it a challenge to the memory of each and every one of us, or the model for a cultural void?
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Boring Angel
Boring Angel

John Michael Boling, USA, 2013, HD, 4´



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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

Daniel Gil Suarez, ESP, 2013, HD, 12´

A port in a Spanish city. A man with an empty bag clears a fence and pretends to to be an insider. What exactly is he looking for? Buenos Aires plays with silences, melodies and every day noises: sounds and notes that give voice to the stubbornness of exile and nostalgia.
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Cambodia 2099
Cambodia 2099

Davy Chou, FRA, 2014, HD, 21´

It’s election time in Phnom Penh, and on Diamond Island - an urban symbol of modernity - two friends confess their dreams. In the cadences of intimate science fiction, a look at the profound distress felt by those who feel they have no choice but to move, and those who dream of travelling into the future.
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Coda
Coda

Alan Holly, IRL, 2014, HD, 9´

The final hour has arrived. But who would be ready to go without asking to see more? In this classic animation, the result of almost five years’ work, Alan Holly creates something profound and packed with meaning - from the fox and the need to always to be able to see, to the cyclical nature of life and the eternal return, the "Coda".
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Dieu et les Chiens
Of God and Dogs

Abounaddara Collective, SYR, 2014, HD, 12´

The Abounaddara collective brings together self-taught filmmakers who, since the demonstrations against the Bashar al-Assad regime, have been publishing short films online from their Damascus base to share the realities of Syria. In this testimony, a young “revolutionary” recounts how he had to kill a man who he knew was innocent. A raw account of the banality of evil that disturbs our clear conscience.
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Disemboat
Laineeton

Jukka Silokunnas, FIN, 2013, HD, 1´

Rapidly, frame by frame, a wooden boat breaks up on the banks of a stream and returns to the earth. An experimental Finnish short film from those who play with common sense and create surprise. And so, for the first time, we assist in a truly radical “disboat-ation”.
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En Août
En Août

Jenna Hasse, CHE, 2014, HD, 10´

It seems to be a morning like any other: it’s shower time, a moment the children are known for not being keen on. This time their father can’t cope with the tantrums. The story of a small but hugely emotional moment in life. Without rhetoric and as sweet as a sudden and unexpected smile.
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Esa música
Esa música

Dario Vejarano, COL, 2013, HD, 27´

Omar is a bricklayer, and one day he receives a mysterious message on the telephone: there’s no voice, only the muffled melody of a song. What will be esa música? Maybe it’s a bolero… who knows? It’s definitely a melody that gradually evokes distant memories, and glimpses of a past life, of which remains only nostalgia and a song.
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Federsee
Federsee

John Skoog, SWE, 2013, HD, 8´

Every year at Bad Buchau, they celebrate Fasnet with a rite of purification: a procession of masked men capture the mayor and take him to Lake Federsee, the place where a father once murdered his family.
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Fernando que Ganhou Um Pássaro do Mar
Fernando Who Received A Bird from the Sea

Felipe Bragança, Helvecio Marins Jr., PRT, 2013, HD, 20´

The days pass Fernando by slowly at Porto, between the little bar in the neighbourhood and his little house. One day, a parrot arrives. A a melancholy song that compares Portugal hit by the crisis with Brazil and its economic boom.
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Flora i Fauna
Flora and Fauna

Piotr Litwin, POL, 2013, HD, 30´

A teenager and a mature man go to a hotel to follow through with a sexual contract, but faced with the detailed list of restrictions drawn up by the girl, the man is not able to have intercourse with her. When, later on in the day, he realises he has paid for something he has not had, the two meet again.
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Garagedoor December 2nd
Garagedoor December 2nd

Astrid van Nimwegen, NLD, 2014, HD, 2´

Four episodes, each with an identical structure. A garage door opens to reveal, like a theatre curtain, the landscape outside. A single sequence, in which time goes slowly, revealing the inexorable passage of the seasons. Everything passes and, at the same time, everything is the same as itself.
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Garagedoor December 7th
Garagedoor December 7th

Astrid van Nimwegen, NLD, 2014, HD, 2´

Four episodes, each with an identical structure. A garage door opens to reveal, like a theatre curtain, the landscape outside. A single sequence, in which time goes slowly, revealing the inexorable passage of the seasons. Everything passes and, at the same time, everything is the same as itself.
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Garagedoor January 15th
Garagedoor January 15th

Astrid van Nimwegen, NLD, 2014, HD, 2´

Four episodes, each with an identical structure. A garage door opens to reveal, like a theatre curtain, the landscape outside. A single sequence, in which time goes slowly, revealing the inexorable passage of the seasons. Everything passes and, at the same time, everything is the same as itself.
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Garagedoor October 27th
Garagedoor October 27th

Astrid van Nimwegen, NLD, 2014, HD, 2´

Four episodes, each with an identical structure. A garage door opens to reveal, like a theatre curtain, the landscape outside. A single sequence, in which time goes slowly, revealing the inexorable passage of the seasons. Everything passes and, at the same time, everything is the same as itself.
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Grand Canal
Grand Canal

Johnny Ma, CHN, 2013, 16mm, 19´

“A Greek tragedy told in Chinese pop music”: that’s how the young Johnny Ma describes his poetic film - shot on Super 16mm, evocative of the not yet completely modernised China of the 80s - through a biography that is a collage of many others. Have your tissues at the ready.
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Gregory Go Boom
Gregory Go Boom

Janicza Bravo, USA, 2013, HD, 18´

A paraplegic, to whom an extraordinary Michael Cera lend his face and body, tries everything to gain some independence (primarily from his sister, with whom he lives), and to find a space where he can be free, away from the limits that his condition imposes. A film about rejection and the cruelty of feeling rejected.
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Je ne suis pas un grand acteur
Je ne suis pas un grand acteur

Jean-Guillaume Bastien, CAN, 2013, HD, 20´

Thomas arrives at the theatre just a few minutes to curtain; he is the star in a Commedia dell’Arte piece, but is troubled by the feeling that he is a mediocre actor. The duration of the film and the time span of the story coincide, communicating a creeping sensation of stage fright.
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La baracca
La baracca

Alessandro De Leo, Federico Di Corato, ITA, 2014, HD video - Hi8, 28´

In the midst of the turmoil of the separation of their parents, two young brothers decide to take a break from the world, teaming up with other local children to seek refuge in a self-sufficient society. A shack to furnish and a commune on the margins of adolescence, far away from everything but not without its disharmonies.
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La météo des plages
La météo des plages

Aude-Léa Rapin, FRA, 2014, HD, 22´

Two women who love each other and want to have a child together ask their best friend to help them. A film about the landscape, which is also a very human story: taking a break in the calm of unspoiled, resplendent nature brings emotions rushing to the surface, which the director portrays with grace and sincerity.
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La Reina
La Reina

Manuel Abramovich, ARG, 2013, HD, 19´

You’re a beautiful little girl, and mummy wants the whole world to admire you. In the pageant of the year you must look like a princess, or rather, a queen. It doesn’t matter how much the crown hurts. A film that shows the talent of a director who successfully portrays the diversions of an image-obsessed society.
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Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day!
Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day!

Christian Larrave , USA, 2014, HD, 4´

Lesley, the pink, sunglasses-wearing pony, trots through the streets of Merryville, radiant for her next meeting with the Duke. But bitter tears await poor Lesley. Will she manage to overcome the disappointment? An animation in pastel drawings by young Wesley Nuñez (born 1992).
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Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs

Sam de Jong, NLD, 2013, 16mm, 17´

Soufyane is 9 years-old and lives in Amsterdam-Noord. Soufyane has very clear ideas: while all his friends want a pair of Ray Bans, he wants a pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses. Soufyane is excited because his Dad’s going to take him on a trip to Morocco.
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Mémorable Moi
Remember Me

Jean-Francois Asselin, CAN, 2013, 35mm, 15´

Mathieu confesses to his partner, who has just found out he cheated on her, that he is the victim of a compulsive disorder: to exist, he needs someone to always be thinking of him, to click “like” on his increasingly crazy stunts. A tragicomedy on the dissolution of self, in this the age of multitasking and Web 2.0.
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Metacinéma Appliqué
Applied Metacinema

Luis Nieto, RUS, 2014, HD, 4´

Another of Luis Nieto’s crazy experiments. After the mouse in Carlitopolis and the monkey in Capucine, this time the protagonist in doctor Nieto’s experiment is a cat. A performance film that turns into a kaleidoscope of image and sound through a mixture of reality and special effects.
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Molii
Molii

Mourad Boudaoud, Carine May, Yassine Qnia, Hakim Zouhani, FRA, 2014, HD, 14´

At the end of the day, the old caretaker of the municipal swimming pool shows his son Steve what needs to be done when it’s time to close for the night. The boy cleans and carefully puts everything in order, but when everything seems to be in its place, something, or someone, disrupts the peace.
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Noah
Noah

Patrick Cederberg, Walter Woodman, CAN, 2013, HD, 17´

After splitting up from his girlfriend, Noah gets his revenge by hacking into her Facebook account. Then he listens to some playlists, writes messages to friends and goes on chat.
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Notre tempo
Our Tempo

Lorena Zilleruelo, FRA, 2013, HD, 13´

In Roubaix in the north of France is a rom camp where three brothers, Tabita, Geanina and Denis, live. Theirs is a nocturnal story, made up of voices and bodies, dancing and broken French, with which they play and give form to fears and emotions.
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One Man, Eight Cameras
One Man, Eight Cameras

Naren Wilks, GBR, 2014, HD, 2´

Optical illusions are at the origins of cinema and experimentation with it. This brief short film is a game for the gaze of the viewer, an entertaining and dynamic mise en abîme, with a rhythm that gradually becomes frenzied and almost giddy.
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Partouze
Partouze

Matthieu Donck, BEL, 2013, HD, 20´

Céline and Brigitte know each other from acqua aerobics. Bored, and probably annoyed, with their lives and husbands, they decide to arrange a wife-swap. In the midst of an evening of embarrassment and uncertainty, there will be an unexpected reversal.
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Pedro Malheur
Pedro Misfortune

Camila Beltràn, FRA, 2013, HD, 18´

The donkey-zebra Pedro suffers his drunken master’s petty vexations. One night he drunkenly rebels and flees. Where will he end up? Told without dialogue, through the enigmatic gaze of the animals, this is the story of a western-style escape towards freedom, full of mystery and suggestion.
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Piano Pi_no
Go Easy Pino

Ignazio Fabio Mazzola, ITA, 2014, HD, 14´

Uncle Pino is a hoarder: he lives in a sea of bags and clothes, old electronic contraptions and light-up Hello Kittys. The life of a figure on the edge with a craving for the superfluous, who leads us through an ever-growing labyrinth, a cave of wonders where there is no perception of time or space.
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Queenie
Queenie

Paul Neason, NZL, 2014, HD, 10´

Danny, a university Geography tutor, decides to abandon the traditional programme of study to instead dive headfirst into new academic waters - something that allows his students to get involved in a much more personal way. After realising that his only progress has been breaking some household objects and almost suffocating himself, Danny is forced to confront the true nature of his project.
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Risorse Astratte
Risorse Astratte

Adriano Candiago, ITA, 2013, 35mm, 9´

In the factory of timeless jokes, the protagonist of a well-known wisecrack discovers that he is dated. He is sent by the abstract resources office to another department. A bittersweet parable on the human condition, on the rules of the game, between alienation and pride, in life and at work.
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Send
Send

Peter Vack, USA, 2013, HD, 8´

They go to school together, are teenagers and haven’t been together for very long: so the summer holidays couldn’t come and separate them at a worse possible time. Thank god for social networks, making it easier to what the other person is doing at all times. Right? A brief study on love in the age of WhatsApp.
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Smile, and the World Will Smile Back
Im Tekhayekh, Ha'Olam Yekhayekh Elekha

Famiglia Al-Haddad, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh, ISR, 2014, DV, 20´

A night in Hebron on the West Bank. The intrusion of Israeli militia in the home of a Palestinian family. A video camera is the only weapon a father and his four children have for testifying to a war that is still going on even when western media remains silent.
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Solo Rex
Solo Rex

Francois Bierry, BEL, 2014, HD, 23´

A woodcutter on a horse with a Solo Rex chainsaw gallops through the countryside: it’s Erik, a post-modern cowboy. He will be little Kevin’s saviour, a timid orchestra director who is no good around girls in a comedy of growing up full of bewildered characters.
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Supervenus
Supervenus

Frederic Doazan, FRA, 2013, HD, 3´

Over the course of the last century, the image of women has been twisted by so many surgical procedures. An ironic and critical 2D animation that recounts the Venus of our times, with an ever increasing resemblance to Frankenstein’s cousin. Aesthetic perfection is actually full of scars.
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Symphony no. 42
Symphony no. 42

Réka Bucsi, HUN, 2013, HD, 10´

Polar bears that fish, women that wear live foxes, elderly women that take the dog for a walk and suddenly cut the leash: man and animals, nothing more, but nothing more incredible either.
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T'étais où quand Michael Jackson est mort?
Where Were You When Michael Jackson Died?

Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux, FRA, 2013, HD, 12´

She is walking home one evening, and a man is walking behind her. She becomes suspicious: why the hell is he following her? He flat out denies that he is, until a taxi picks them both up. The dialogue that follows is a textbook performance, and the finale cinematic in every sense of the word. During the credits, keep an eye on the taxi driver.
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Tacco 12
Tacco 12

Valerio Vestoso, ITA, 2014, Beta, 16´

An apparently model mother is plagued by sexy moves and towering heels. The compulsion will become uncontrollable. An irreverent mockumentary that portrays dance groups as the disease of the century: the result of men and women shut in tourist hotspots with only aquagym and fitness classes for entertainment.
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The Age of Rust
The Age of Rust

Francesco Aber, Alessandro Mattei, ITA, 2014, HD, 7´

In the complex ecosystem of the Alps, where there are battles as daily as they are ferocious between various species, there also lives the Petramosaurus Cavator: a digger. The Age of Rust is a hybrid animation about the difficult relationship between man and nature.
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The Last Days of Peter Bergmann
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

Ciaran Cassidy, IRL, 2013, HD, 19´

On 12 June 2009 a man arrives in Sligo, in Ireland, where he signs the register of a small hotel with the name Peter Bergmann. Then he vanishes without a trace. A passionate piece, which explores the borders between life and death, reality and fiction, hanging in precarious balance between documentary and ghost story.
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The Obvious Child
The Obvious Child

Stephen Irwin, GBR, 2013, HD, 12´

A girl with hairy arms, a hardened smoker and a murderous rabbit want to bring take the remains of the girl’s parents - horribly murdered - to heaven. Their journey will be long, and they will meet strange and fantastic monsters. They will have to fight, and perhaps by the end of their odyssey they'll understand something more about life.
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The Shadow of Your Smile
The Shadow of Your Smile

Alexei Dmitriev, RUS, 2014, HD, 3´

The smile of a woman, her image little more than a shadow on the screen, suspended and amplified by slow motion and the notes of a classic played on the piano: The shadow of your smile. Alexei Dmitriev works on an old VHS, on the unfading trace of images it holds; he turns it into a declaration of love that is both affectionate and ironic at the same time.
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Tizi
Tizi

Mircea Nestor, ROM, 2013, HD, 30´

An evening with old childhood friends, to celebrate the departure of one of them, turns into a situation full of bitterness and embarrassment. A bitterly ironic reversal of The Big Chill in the context of bruised Romanian cinema, supported by the actors\' powerful performances.
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Travellers into the Night
Reizigers in de Nacht

Ena Sendijarevic, NLD, 2013, HD, 10´

A cashier in a service station, during one of many long nights spent in the kingdom of lonely travellers. Suddenly things change, to the rhythm of Bette Davis Eyes. A work entirely void of dialogue, dominated by the encounter between the gazes and bodies of two strangers.
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Verbatim
Verbatim

Brett Weiner, USA, 2013, HD, 7´

The verbatim transcription of a real questioning is the soul of this paradoxical film, built around a natural climax that seems straight out of a script. Replying to “Did you have a photocopier in the office?“ has never been so difficult or exhilarating.
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Vertiges
Vertiges

Arnaud Dufeys, BEL, 2014, HD, 30´

Clara lives the life of a typical 15 year-old: school, friends, and the usual teenage frivolity. But then a strange sense of physical discomfort seeps into her daily life, until she is forced to do something radical. A deconstructed narrative that portrays both the physical and psychological discomfort a disturbing outside perspective.
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Village modèle
Model Village

Hayoun Kwon, FRA, 2014, HD, 10´

Kijong-dong is a ghost town in North Korea’s demilitarised zone. The population is inexistent and urbanisation is a myth. Built in 1950, the town known as the propaganda village is a film set that is inaccessible to this day. The South Korean filmmaker takes us on a unique journey that reflects the emptiness of a propaganda town.
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Welkom
Welkom

Pablo Munoz Gomez, BEL, 2013, HD, 18´

A son, a father and an unusual wife who decide to construct a house in their garden and discover that it’s on Dutch land, but they won’t be stopped by Flanders’ bureaucracy. grotesque work that faces up to our collective obsession with old age and integration into our local communities.
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Wonder
Wonder

Mirai Mizue, JPN, 2014, HD, 8´

Made from 24 images a day for 354 days, it is a fluid kaleidoscope of forms and colours ‘as long as a year’ that is an homage to the ‘wonder of animation’ in its purest form that dazzles, stuns and delights.
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Wurst
Wurst

Carlo Vögele, LUX, 2014, HD, 6´

On a crowded beach of sausages tanning themselves, steaks swimming in the sea, salamis barbequing with chickens among the dunes, Fräulein Wurst tries to resist the advances of a lifeguard. An irresistibly ironic mini world that pokes fun at Nineties pop icons.
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Xenos
Xenos

Mahdi Fleifel, GBR, 2013, HD, 13´

Born and raised in a refugee camp in Libya, Abu Eyad is a Palestinian who has decided to start a new life in Europe. His migratory journey is brought to a halt in Athens however, a city tormented by the crisis, which becomes his prison.
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Yearbook
Yearbook

Bernardo Britto, USA, 2013, HD, 6´

In 17 years the world will end because humans have been unable to draw up agreements with aliens, and before that moment comes the history of the world must be written. A moving animated elegy of life on earth, from Hitler to Orson Wells, with a sense of ironic and touching truth.
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