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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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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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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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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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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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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