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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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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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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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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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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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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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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