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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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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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 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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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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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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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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