João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr. — Portugal — Karõ Filmes — 19’ 57”
Russa returns to Bairro do Aleixo in Porto, visiting her sister and friends with whom she celebrates her son’s birthday. In this brief reunion, Russa returns to the collective memory of her neighbourhood where three of the five towers still remain standing.
Mahdi Fleifel — UK— Nakba Filmworks — 10’ 37”
A conversation between two friends about the effectiveness and implications of publicly stating support for the cultural boycott of Israel. One friend is wracked with worry having signed a petition asking Radiohead not to play Tel Aviv, the other is more sanguine. Through their conversation we catch a glimpse of what it is to be a Palestinian in today’s world.
Claudius Gentinetta — Switzerland — gentinettafilm — 3’ 40”
In a veritable firework display of digital selfport-raits, hundreds
of quaint, embarrassing and dread-fully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.
Clémentine Carrié — France — Duno Films — 14’ 47”
End of August. In the afternoon. Boubou, age seven, is getting bored in the campsite. Around her, heatwave and nap. Her parents are making ‘their love’ in the caravan. She decides to run away in the bushes and invites Dani to play with the storm.
Odeta Riškutė & Klaudija Matvejevaite — Lithuania — 5’ 35”
Winter in Soviet Lithuanian School. School authorities introduce regular quartz lamp sessions – so that children could receive a missing vitamin D amount. But for the sixth-grader Jokūbas, vitamin D is not important, he cares about a cool classmate, sadly this is a one-sided feeling. During the first quartz lamp session, the boy bravely violates the rules in order to impress his crush.
Stéphanie Vasseur — France — 16′ 38”
Secrets live in the realm of the unsaid. They are like an enormous volume of water pressing against a dam, often linked to fears or consuming desires excitingly trimmed with fear. Sometimes an exposed secret can cost a life. On a backdrop of animated collages of bold cut-out photos nine persons talk about the protean power of the concealed. A fascinating surrealist miniature.
Johan Palmgren — Sweden — 14′ 00”
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures.
Jordi Dot Serrat — 13’ 00”
This is the story of a young civil guard who, owing to his true ideals, must oppose what is dictated to him. But on the verge of reaching the right thing and faithful to his ideology, for a misfortune, he will let die what has made him grow and who he is: the books.
Delia Hess — Switzerland — 12’ 37”
On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of.
David Drake — UK — Kamiokande — 5’ 30”
Salmon fishing is hard-wired into the DNA of the people of Arranmore — an island community of native Irish speakers whose population hovers barely above five hundred. In “A Foot of Turf”, we are introduced to this unique and storied society whose way of life is increasingly imperilled as a result of a 2006 ban on salmon fishing by the European Union.
Miguel Ángel Jimenez — Basque Country — 19’ 00”
The centre of Athens. Surrounded by a world in crisis and generalised destruction, a small group of characters resist the end towards which they seem inevitably to be heading. The film looks at fraternity and the desire not to throw in the towel.
Valentin Stejskal — Belgium — 7’ 30”
Sex, a warm shower, a power breakdown.
While Anna is searching for candles, the darkness keeps Romain in silence – trapped. Anna tries to overcome the distance between them but Romain remains cold towards her. Not for the first time they are confronted with this situation but this time neither of them wants to escape.
Sergi Cameron — Nanouk Films — Catalonia — 17’ 23”
In a small village in the Pyrenees, on an undetermined date around the 10th century, Narbona is a girl who is affected by a disease that the new medical classes find incurable. By means of ancestral knowledge and natural remedies, La Vigatana manages to cure the girl, but the intrusion of the representatives of the new official powers (the feudal lord, the priest and the knights) execute the healer on the pretext that she is a danger to be eradicated.
Teo Guillem — Dvein Films — Catalonia — 19’ 40”
Armchairs, feet, mattresses, mops, arms, memories, tubes, plastic. A whole army of objects dances and twists in this particular traveling choreography. A man tries to overcome a ghost from the past, a wonderful, terrible and impossible to forget ghost.
Carles Bosch, Sara Rancaño, Elvira Gálvez, José M. Restrepo, Nabil Bellahsene — EICTV | Lastor Media — 24’ 00”
In Cuba, long distance calls are really expensive and very few have internet connection at home. But recently, a Wi-Fi connection has been set up throughout all of the main squares in every town in the country. On 14 February, the square becomes a roller coaster of emotions because no one misses the chance to call their loved ones living abroad on Valentine’s Day.
Marga Almirall — Dynamite Films — Catalonia — 18’ 00”
From the newspaper of Elena Rull Mur therapy sessions and images filmed in super 8 by her ex-husband, Elena Universe builds the story of a woman who could be the one of so many women of her time, trapped between His desires, ambitions and dreams, and what society hoped for them.
Irene Moray — Distinto Films — Catalonia — 22’ 23″
Barbara and Pol spend a few days on holiday with a group of friends in a house surrounded by nature. They want to have a good time and find a peaceful space where they can enjoy their intimacy.
With the support of Pol, in the midst of nature, between tears and laughter, Barbara will heal old wounds and redefine her sexuality.
Arturo Aguilar — Estudio Futurr, Le noix Films — Catalonia — 8’ 50″
In the middle of a hunting ground in a village in Catalonia, a hunter calls the emergency service in a remarkably desperate state. On the other side of the phone a woman tries to spin the clumsy phrases he says. This Hunter confesses to a life-changing crime that will change the lives of him and the families of two rural agents lying dead on the ground.
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