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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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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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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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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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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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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