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40 short films distributed in three categories make up this year’s programming.
Check the selected films at the Manlleu Film Festival 2019.

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY 01 — 21:30 — MUSEU DEL TER

Russa

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.

I Signed the Petition

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.

Selfies

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.

All Inclusive

Corina Schwingruber Ilić — Switzerland — Freihändler Filmproduktion —  10’ 00”

Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.

Guaxuma

Nara Normande — Brazil — Les Valseurs —  15’ 15”

Tayra and I grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. We were inseparable.
The sea breeze brings me back happy memories.

Gronde Marmaille

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.

Mega Sexy Robot Dinosaur

Paul Allen — UK —  04’ 05”

It’s all about the title.

RINGO ROCKET STAR and his song for Yuri Gagarin

Rene Nuijens — Netherlands —  9’ 59”

‘RINGO ROCKET STAR and his song for Yuri Gagarin’ is a dry tragic musical comedy film about a gipsy guy who does think he can be famous by writing a song for the first man in the space ‘YURI GAGARIN’.

Quartz

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.

The Thwarted

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.

The Traffic Separating Device

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.

OSONA CATEGORY — 19:00 — TEATRE CENTRE

Plantae

Carles Abad Tent —  3’ 10”

Juan and Pedro are two trees arguing the difficulties that humans put in their life when in a fit, one of them decides to take revenge with its consequences.

Farenheit 451 a Catalunya

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.

Aureli VI

Jaume Felip —  14’ 52”

A bishop goes in a people to know that it happens so many priests’ deaths.

Blanca

Pep Álvarez Pujol —  10’ 00”

In a world devastated by the disease and the epidemic, a community and specifically a father and a daughter who have already suffered because of it, try to find a balance and live normally.

I tu, quin toc tens?

Alba Monteagudo, Meritxell Molist, Raül Masmitjà, Ricard Muné —  4’ 00”

The short film the is based on the obsessive-compusive disorder (ocd), but its puts the focus on how to work it in a global and inclusive way, where you can see that everybody can present some kind of ocd..

Núria

Pablo Rodríguez —  12’ 09”

Gala decides to work for the creators of a mobile application called Nuria to solve their socioeconomic problems, without knowing that it will put into play something that until now did not count.

#Dead4like

Albert Vilella, Marc Andreu,  Marc Almarcha, Gerard Mus —  8’ 00”

Biel is a young man who doesn’t understand the fashions of today. in order to fit the rest and desperately win the love of april, he will try to make the last viral challenge, take a picture of a murder…

La gàbia de les orenetes

David Conill —  10’ 00”

An old taxidermist solitaire lives reclined between the four walls of his house. surrounded by dissected birds as the only company, he lives frightened by monsters that live outside the building.

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY 02 — 21:30 — MUSEU DEL TER

Pelvicachromis

Jasmin Luu — Germany —  11’ 42”

Jakob and Melissa are a couple eventough they don’t act like lovers. We can feel negativ passiv-agressive tension in the air.
What’s going on between Melissa and Jakob?

Circuit

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.

A Foot Of Turf

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.

Kafenio Kastello

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.

Le cœur de Pierre

Olivier Binder — France —  19’ 15”

Pierre is a lonely alcoholic gambler. One day, he wins the jackpot on an online poker site, and decides to start a new life, under the French Riviera sun.

Rojo Amarillo Rojo

Teresa Bellón & César F. Calvillo — Spain —  3’ 41”

For a father, talking about politics with their child can be much more uncomfortable than talking about sex.

Monsters Walking

Diego Porral Soldevilla — Spain —  1’ 05”

“Monsters Walking” is a short film about monsters that walk.

The Hive

Jeremi Skrodzk — Poland — ŁÓDŹ Film School —  9’ 15”

A short documentary about a green enclave in the city center of Warsaw. Filmed on the 35mm tape.

Audition

Elena Kairyté — Lithuania — Les Frères Lopez —  7’ 25”

A young guitarist is preparing for important audition, but his preparation is hampered by a home accident. When his rehearsed performances fails, the guitarist decides to improvise.

Sick Birds

Anaïs Bertrand — França —  15’ 00”

Marie-Pierre, very self-confident, is nevertheless of an unhealthy jealousy. Since a few months, she cannot satisfy her husband, Jean-Louis. Although he is docile man, she is convinced that he will eventually cheat on her.

Interférence

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.

Checkpoint

Juulia Kalavainen — Portugal —  5’ 15”

A war-torn area. A solitary military checkpoint. A soldier stands guard alone, the only soul between two conflicting areas. Amidst the oppressive and desolate landscape, he discovers an unexpected connection with a little girl.

NACIONAL CATEGORY — 21:30 — MUSEU DEL TER

Totes les històries

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.

L’Accident

Marta Font — Ringo Media  — Catalonia —  7’ 52”

A summer family day in the island of Menorca: going to the beach, reading the press, swimming, skiing down the dunes, singing, etc. What looks like a usual day, turns out as something grey when an uncommon game is played on the way back home.

Mudanza Contemporánea

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.

El día de los conectados

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.

Elena Universo

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.

El llibre

Francesca Català — Valencia —  3’ 03”

A librarian is bored sitting at her desk until one book falls down from the shelves and interrupts her monotonous day.

Suc de síndria

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.

Confés

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.

Ferides

Joan Paüls — Catalonia — Kill the Film —  9’ 19″

A blind couple is disturbed when the boy brings some unexpected news.

CLOSING + SPECIAL SESSION — 18:30 — TEATRE CENTRE

Special Session

More information: July 3rd