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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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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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 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 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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