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The Cluj Shorts 2016 winners

After a busy, yet exciting week, we reveal this year’s winners.
Congratulations to the winners and big thanks to everyone who made this 4th edition possible.
Best Romanian Short: You were not there, director: Ioana Agatha Păltinel
For the convincing manner in which the film raises the issue of how we refer to our communist heritage and to the prison torturers who, following the Revolution, continued on living unperturbed.
Best picture: Raul Fernandez, The Call, France
For the wonderfully expressive image; for the manner in which the visual, chromatics and special effects contribute towards an atmosphere that combines the entrancing with the terrifying.
Best editing: José Luis Romeu, Ashen, Spain
For the ingenious way in which editing know-how is used to make the transition from reality to fantasy and to aid in telling a story that is profoundly humane and serene.
Best female role: Cristina Perales, In Self Defense, Spain
For a witty and nuanced interpretation of the part of a woman who finds herself on the brink of a profound personal crisis.
Best male role: Gérard Dessalles, The Prime of Life, France
For a powerful interpretation and for an expressive roleplay, for the actor’s outstanding physical presence
Best script: Baptiste Bertheuil, The Greenberry Method, France & Germany
For the ingenuity of the created scene, for the narrative’s sustained rhythm and for the coherent ethical problems raised under the semblance of humour and grotesque.
Best sound: Adel Gamehdar and Raoul Brand, The Translator, UK & Turkey
For the precision with which a diverse range of sounds are combined, for the ability to weave a complex acoustic atmosphere, meant to be perceived only by a very attentive ear.
Best director: Oriol Cardus, 600 $, Spain
For the vigor with which the director was able to control the essential aspects of his film: screenplay, roleplay, editing, uniting them in an integrated project of a grand cinematic mastery.
Best student film: Last Train Home, director: Ansgar Glatt, Germany
For the professionalism and creativity with which this open ending drama was accomplished that manages to keep the audience on the edge of their seat even past the film credits.
Best documentary: Space with no borders, director: Roman Trtofimov, Russia
Because the narrative and visual means with which this documentary has been put together are worthy of an action film, creating a delightfully plastic portrait.
Best animation: Travel by Feet, director: Khris Cembe, Spain
For its dark and sadistic humour, for the vivacity of the animated characters and for the way in which the ending twist completely boggles the audience.
The Jury Prize: Naive Elisa, director: Antonio Cardenas Gaehd, Mexico
For the quality of the fictional atmosphere and for the angst which transpires through a remarkably plastic image.
The Dada 100 Trophy for best experimental film: Freedom and Independence, director: Bjorn Melhus, Germany
For the ease with which it questions social conventions, for the irony and tragedy which arise in selected sequences, for the experimental breaches it proposes.
ClujShorts Trophy: Champion, director: Måns Berthas, Sweden
For the ability to portray an awfully dramatic story without the use of any words, for the exceptional quality of image and sound, for the remarkable roleplay and for the flawless attention

to every single detail.

The Persona Association Award: Without milk, director: Thodoris Vournas, Greece
And the motivation is quite simple: we were able to find ourselves in the truthfulness of the story, in the tragic comedy about great ideals, hard work and the cruel reality of necessary compromise in the face of accomplishing one’s dream is.

Program ClujShorts 2016

ClujShorts 2016 – Synopsis

ENGLISH TITLE
ORIGINAL TITLE
Country
Genre
Director
Synopsis
777

777

Romania

Drama

Aron Rudics

Ghiță, a middle aged man, lost everything due to his slot machine addiction. The only light of hope for him is the divine salvation, only that the man of God is not like he thought.
11 YEARS

11 YEARS

Germany

Drama

Simon Begemann

Would you want to live another life?

A rich old man uses all his money to get his mind and soul transferred to an artificial
young and healthy body that he may use for eleven years, while his old body is kept
safely in a cryogenic vessel. He meets a young woman and falls in love with her, so he
hides the truth. But what will he do when his eleven years are over?

165/60

165/60

Belarus

Documentary

Anton Brutski

Can one triumph over death because it always comes unexpectedly? It is early to die no matter how old you are, isn’t it?
Autumn. An old village in a Belarusian remote place. An elderly man is starting to objectify his fight…
The director shows a portrait of the man through revealing his spirit, character, willpower in a single act while leaving the details of his life history off-screen as unnecessary. The action on the screen will provoke the viewer to put themselves in the main character’s shoes inviting them possibly to feel and/or possibly to realise their own lifetime limitation.
600$

600$

Spain

Drama

Oriol Cardus

Julian, a hired killer with many jobs behind him, is forced, due to an unexpected request, to rethink his life and the value it gives to the lives of others.
A BITTER TASTE

UN MAL TRAGO

Spain

Comedy

Mireia Juarez

Aren’t you going to offer your beer to a poor thirsty girl?
A DAY AT SCHOOL

UN JOUR À L’ÉCOLE

Canada / Burkina Faso

Documentary

Victor Ghizaru

Winding around the dusty, mirage-soaked roads of Burkina Faso on their donkey carts, two young brothers transport soil in this jaunty slice-of-life film. Layered with lively regional folk sounds, the boys fulfill their daily grind, encountering worlds vastly different from their own.
A PHOTO OF US

EIN FOTO VON UNS

Germany

Drama

Ferdinand Arthuber

Autumn 1989. A psychiatry in West Germany. Johanna wants to take care of her

brother Robert. She fears that he might hurt himself. But why do the doctors stand in

her way, and whom can she trust after the escape from the GDR? A PHOTO OF US is a

film about boundless sibling love and the wish to be free.

A SPLENDID AFFAIR

UNE BONNE AFFAIRE

France

Comedy

Laurent Ardoint And Stephane Duprat

Roger Martin is a private investigator completely broke. A woman asks him to investigate her husband she suspects to have an affair.
A SYRIAN STORY

UNE HISTOIRE SYRIENNE

Canada

Documentary

Samer Beyhum

Jessica a freelance photographer and a member of 99% Media decides to leave Montreal and go to Syria her native country to cover the conflict that has lasted three years and film the horrors suffered by Syrian people under the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Through the striking images she films and testimonies of activists, she tells the story of the terrible tragedy of the Syrian people
A WOMAN LIKE THE SEA

A WOMAN LIKE THE SEA

Luxembourg

Drama

Lisa Wagner

Charlotte is a presenter at a local radio station. She lives with her husband, an artist, and their three-year-old child in a bourgeois terraced house in Luxembourg City. Charlotte seems to be a successful middle-class woman. Her career is on track; at home she manages the family – everything goes according to plan. But she starts to feel increasingly restless and unhappy, and secretly blames her husband for it. It seems, that she is more than able to meet society’s requirements, but she has lost track of her emotional needs. Suddenly, she loses her voice.
A2042

A2042

Spain

Drama

David Castro González

A man has a panic attack in the street overnight. Why?
AALIA

عليا

Lebanon

Drama

Rony Khoubieh

Aalia couldn’t stand anymore all the years of pain, submission and abuse she has been living with her husband. She spends her time speculating the day she’d be able to escape the hell she’s been living through that marriage.

One day, she leaves everything behind her and runs away.

ABOUT A MOTHER

PRO MAMU

Russia

Animation

Dina Velikovskaya

This story is about a mother who has given so much that it looks like she has nothing left… but the life opens up the new opportunities.
ANNIVERSARY 5.O

ANIVERSARIO 5.0

Spain

Comedy

Gerard Ferré

We live in a model of society based on the control and directed by the money. Money in the shape of credits, bonds, mortgages, lendings, investments, etc … one without end of names and numbers that go and come. In fact, we might say that somehow or other one, everything and we all are numbers. Numbers that are reflected in some file, in some season-ticket, in some net, in some code, etc… But the question is, what would happen if we could have the control of these numbers?
ABOUT ART, MY FAMILY AND ME

DIE KUNST, MEINE FAMILIE UND ICH

Switzerland

Documentary

Johannes Bachmann

I’ve made an essay film! I tried to answer the questions I have as a young adult.
What does art mean to me? How is art connected to my family? And who am I in between? Using only home videos from my family, adding my improvised comment to it, a light essayistic film was born.
ASHEN

CENIZO

Spain

Drama

Jon Mikel Caballero

Ash made ​​a very important promise to his wife: Protect the house from any threat.
B.

B.

Germany

Animation

Kai Stänicke

The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for
another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has
suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?
BAITS AND HOOKS

MAMCI I UDICE

Serbia, Switzerland

Comedy

Luka Popadić

BAITS AND HOOKS is a black comedy inspired by the style of the Czech New Wave about how two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism.
BETWEEN THE LINES

ENTRE LES LIGNES

France

Vfx

Emmanuelle Remy, Christelle Alion, Tom Casacoli, Nolwenn Eve, Lorenn Le Bec

« To meet once is the fruit of chance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is destiny! »
BETWEEN US

ENTRE NÓS

Brasil

Drama

Maciel Fischer

„Three lives, consumed by pain, have their destinies crossed.”
BIONIC GIRL

BIONIC GIRL

France

Drama

Stéphanie Cabdevila

A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her in the outside world so that it can face it for her.
BIRTHDAY PRESENT

BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Israel/Austria

Drama

Guy Lichtenstein

On their last night together, Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli

student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning-after pill”. Cultural

and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to

each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With multicultural Jerusalem as a backdrop, they are confronted with the realities of two

worlds apart.

BLUE BLUE SKY

BLUE BLUE SKY

Switzerland

Drama

Bigna Tomschin

“In summer everyone goes on vacation, to the beach I guess. There they don’t even

realize that nothing ever happens at all.” – Before summerbreak Maria quit talking. Far

away from vacation activities and swimming pools, she hides in a world where the living

visit rarely.

BOB

BOB

Germany

Comedy

Marc Roessler

Bob is an artist in great demand. Despite this, he often feels misunderstood, as an air of gloom surrounds the unveiling of his art, and the funeral procession is never too far behind. An attempt at a filmic portrait..
CATCH IT

CATCH IT

France

Animation

Paul Bar, Marion Demaret, Nadège Forner, Pierre-Baptiste Marty, Julien Robyn, Jordan Soler

A group of meerkats take care of their beloved and unique fruit but a vulture will disturb their peace of mind.
CHAMPION

CHAMPION

Sweden

Drama

Måns Berthas

Harsh midwinter. A frozen marriage in a remote cabin. An man from

the past returns to seek revenge, and long lost feelings come

alive. A wordless battle begins and the eternal triangle finally

comes to an end.

CHASING DAYCARE

KRIPPENWAHN

Germany

Comedy

Satu Siegemund

Helena has just started a new job – and she’s already pregnant. To have her work

contract extended after her pregnancy, she sets out on a desperate search for daycare.

Madness ensues as she discovers that the odds of getting into a nursery are about as

high as winning the lottery.

CHATEAU DE SABLE

CHATEAU DE SABLE

France

Animation

Quentin Deleau, Lucie Foncelle, Maxime Goudal, Julien Paris, Sylvain Robert

In the middle of a desert, soldiers are protecting a marvelous pearl, but a huge creature will try to steal it.
CINNAMON SKIN

PIEL CANELA

Spain

Comedy

Alejandro De Vega

To regain the trust of his girlfriend, Manuel will have to do something desperate.
CIRCLE

CIRCLE

Germany

Drama

Alexander Heringer

The short film “Circle” depicts a young woman in despair, who after experiencing a

tragic loss escapes into the seemingly perfect past. She loses herself in vivid memories

and starts to neglect her real life. A constant inner struggle emerges between past and

present, distorting her perception of reality.

CONFESSIONS

CONFESSIONS

France

Animation 3D

Philippe Carron

Confessions is a full 3D short film, it is an interview of an eminant personnality.
CONSIDERATIONS ON SMOKE AND MOSS

CONSIDERAÇÕES SOBRE FUMAÇA E MUSGO

Brazil

Experimental

Artur Miranda

The work arises from the need to expatiate on the millennial generation, about the authority exerted by parents of the Brazilian middle class and her importance to the creation of a repulsive alter ego that becomes a catalyst for decision-making by the sensitive and intuitive teenager (young adult). (References: „Why the generation Y professionals are so unhappy”-Tim Urban and „We all want to be young”-Box 1824)

According to Eckhart Tolle, the cerebral polyphony, causing chronic anxiety (symptomatic between the millennial) takes place in the identification with the ego, when we design our frustrations in the past and our desires in the future. Clara, the protagonist, is waging a battle against her repulsive ego, in the only place where the present tense is effective: the nature.

The film also offers a counter-point to the article „My son, you don’t deserve anything” (wrote by the journalist Eliane Brum) aired in Época Magazine in 2011, based on the Freudian theory. Clara, despite being the typical middle class family product, does not seem to despise the effort in a negligent State of ” principle of pleasure „. On the contrary: has a strong intuition about her „gift” and strive intensively for 1 year to dominate her writing (principle of reality) not yielding to the chains of the institutions that surround her.

Highlighting an excerpt of this article with a strong point of contact with the film: „If the children have the right to be happy just because they exist – and the parents are responsible for ensuring that right – what kind of parent-child relationship can we have? How would it be possible to establish a genuine connection if the suffering, fear and doubts are previously out of it? If the relationship is built on an illusion, you can only pretend.”

COOKIES

GALLETAS

Spain

Comedy

Ignacio Sepúlveda

A young banker goes to deliver an eviction notice to one of his best former clients. What he encounters at the home makes him reconsider the reason of his visit.
CREATURES

KREATURY

Poland

Animation

Tessa Moult-Milewska

Creatures are a grotesque love story about Harold and Matylda, two caricatures of people, trying to face social ostracism. They uptake a quest to manipulate their obscene image to the better. The rough form of cut-out animation inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, Lotte Reiniger and Edward Gorey brings us into a unpredictable and eclectic world of dark imagination, finally asking the question: who in fact are the Creatures?
DAME BELETTE

DAME BELETTE

France

Animation 3D

Théophile Belle, Servane Boutrouelle, Laure Levacher , Amélie-Sylvaine Ponce , Virgil Pichet , Jordan Voisin

She doesn’t wear a ball gown or glass slippers… but you will fall for her charms!
DEAL WITH IT

SZOKJ HOZZÁ

Hungary

Comedy

Gáspár Fehér

A boy has to rush away from the library in order to arrive at his important university exam in time. However, the Librarian wants to demonstrate her power and accuses him of underlining the books. The boy doesn’t know if misses the train, through chain of coincidences he’ll end up as a depressed ice-cream man.
DIRECTOR’S CUT

Spain

Comedy

Pol Diggler

An indie filmmaking crew is shooting the first snuff movie with a plot.

 

DJI. DEATH SAILS

DJI. DEATH SAILS

Moldova

Comedy

Dmitri Voloshin

Dji is a terribly unlucky death who doesn’t seem good at his job. This time he has to take the soul of a pirate stuck in the middle of the ocean, but that is easier said than done!
DOGS ARE NOT TERRORIST

سگها تروریست نیستند

Iraq – Iran

Other

Keivan Majidi

this film narrates the story of those people who have always been oppressed by dictators during the history
DOLESU

ДОЛЕСУ

Russia

Animation

Alena Rebezova

An animation film about looking for the way out.
DOLL

KUKLA

Russian Federation

Other

Diana Avhadieva

Ethnic story about initiating ritual of a young girl. Eastern people are making a doll by the image of woman. They decorate and dress the doll to burn it after, so they pass the ritual of changing childhood on maturity of the girl Aisilu.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT MORI

НЕ ЗАБЫВАЙТЕ О МОРИ

Russia

Animation

Shiryaeva (Mylian) Maria

The pilote episode of series about a death called Mori who desides to find her place in life.
DRIVEN

DRIVEN

Switzerland

Other

Johannes Bachmann

A woman, in a car, in the woods, at night. She’s driven by something. She’s scared.

She hits something with her car. She flees, not knowing from what. She’s driven by

fear.

DUTY

DEBER

Spain

Comedy

Angel Manzano

Sonsoles since child is fascinated by magic. So when the illusionist John Mistery invites her to join in a hypnosis show , she could not be happier.

The problem is to fulfill her dream will be a nightmare for others …

DYAB

DYAB

Kurdistan/Iraq

Documentary

Mazin M Sherabayani

12-year-old Dyab is a Kurdish Yazidi boy living at Arbat refuge camp, after the horrendous attacks by the Islamic States on their villages at Shingal Mountains (Sinjar). However, Dyab’s dream is, to become a filmmaker and actor and tell the stories and sufferings of his people to the outside world. On the first genocide anniversary, Dyab is planning to present a show, hoping to be seen by the outside world, while he lacks every basic need to produce his project.
EPHEMERIDAE

EFEMERIDE

Romania

Animation

Rodi Cotenescu

A little girl gets a kite as a present from her grandfather.

One day, as she plays with it at the beach, the wind starts to blow so hard that it rips off the string attached to the kite.

The girl can do nothing but watch silently as the kite gets carried away by the wind.

When the night comes, the girl starts searching for the kite in her dreams..

FAMILY OFFLINE

СЕМЬЯ OFFLINE

Russia

Drama

Georgiy Porotov

The film «Family Offline» tells of an episode of one family at a picnic. Harmless trip to nature with a child can turn into a tragedy. During that occur as a child unexpected situations, parents discussing the difference of approaches to child-rearing. In the film, faced the philosophy of education parents, the boy’s father the way of education, to provide the child himself, and the mother’s desire to protect his son from all dangers. But both approaches lack of sincerity and love. Parents instead of that would just love a child, clumsily trying to play the role of parents, but you can not hide false love, but in fact a child left to himself.
FIREFLY

SVETLYACHOK

Russia

Drama

Natalia Nazarova

Yana lives in the northern coastal city. She is collecting stamps and waiting for her father, who has abandoned them. She does not expect him to come back, she just likes to wait, and believes that the ability to wait is a feature of a real philatelist. Yana is a very strong person. The consequences of the Cerebral Palsy are almost unnoticeable, just a slight limping and some weirdness, which is, in her opinion, gives her more charm. However, her friend Kolya does not think so. It hurts her that he does not see her as a woman… One day she meets a sailor on the beach. Petr is a very handsome man, who collects… women. A short affair starts between them, and Yana becomes a part of his «collection». As a sailor supposed to do, Petr goes to the sea, but Yana is happy – it is great, when there is someone to wait for, even if this person will never appear in her life again. Because our whole life is waiting…
FLORA

FLORA

Spain

Drama

Carlos G. Velasco

Since the child has gone, nature has invaded everything. Ivy and ferns inhabit walls, ceilings and floors. Slave inconsolable pain, Flora lifeless wanders through the rooms of the house. She is another plant more.
FOR NO ONE

НИ-КО-МУ

Russia

Animation

Elizaveta Starikova

One dreamy cow falls in love with a sorrel. But they can’t be together as there are too many obstacles.
FOUR CORNERS OF A CIRCLE

LAS CUATRO ESQUINAS DEL CÍRCULO

Germany, Mexico, Serbia

Drama

Katarina Stankovic

A young man is roaming through the city of Guanajuato accompanied by his friend. He is happy to be away from the hospital, which is a sad and cold place. The city is his home and brings back lost memories and emotions. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Belgrade, four women weave their own threads into the story. As one of them dressed as Frida Kahlo disappears into the spotlight of the theatre stage, she’s accompanied by the Yugoslavian version of “Paloma Negra”, reminding us that only love is eternal in this fleeting world.
FRAGILE

FRAGIL

Switzerland

Drama

Rebecca Panian

Instead of letting herself time to coming to terms with her lost relationship, NATALIE

(35) has a first date with SASCHA (40), a guy from a dating website, that triggers

exactly what she wanted to suppress: her lovesickness – all the pain and anger. It needs

one night and some more or less self-destructive encounters until she finds peace

again.

FRAGMENTS OF GABI

FRAGMENTS OF GABI

Belgium, Romania

Drama

Jaro Minne

Fragments of Gabi consists of a series of essay-like tableaux. We get to see ambiguous excerpts from the life of Gabi, a 32-year-old Romanian mother adrift in a rootless urban landscape. The film follows her for 36 hours, but we only catch glimpses of what she is actually going through. As the action unfolds, we understand that Gabi is undergoing a silent revolution, trying to emancipate herself from her disconnected surroundings.
FREEDOM & INDEPENDANCE

FREEDOM & INDEPENDANCE

Germany

Comedy

Bjorn Melhus

The experimental short film FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE by Bjørn Melhus questions

the current global ideological paradigm shifts towards new forms of religious capitalism

by confronting ideas and quotes of the self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher and

novelist Ayn Rand with evangelical contents of US-American mainstream movies. This

contemporary fairy tale, in which Melhus performs all characters himself, was partly

shot in a Berlin morgue and new urban environments in Istanbul.

FROM A SCRATCH

С ЧИСТОГО ЛИСТА

Russia

Drama

Julia Kolesnikova

A girl records a video message to her father not realizing what will happen to her soon.
GIULIA

GIULIA

Italy

Drama

Carlo Perassi

Thanks to Franco, Giulia realizes she has to be self honest to love once again.
GOD’S MISTAKE

BOŽJA NAPAKA

Slovenia

Documentary

Anna Savchenko, Eva Matarranz

Eye-shadow’s palette in rainbow colors. A blond woman starts speaking about her childhood in Yugoslavia, as she was still, to everyone’s eyes, a little boy. Psychiatrics’ threats, military service, school, mother or religion didn’t bridle Salomé’s conviction to be born in the wrong body.
GOODBYE PAPA

TSCHÜSS PAPA

Germany

Drama

Hendrix Maximilian Schmitt

„Goodbye Papa” is a touching drama about a boy coping with the death of his father and

the grief that comes with it.

Young Benedict is very attached to his father’s old set of medieval armor and it is the

only thing that gives him any comfort. Trying to be a knight, he ends up getting into a

fight at school with a long-time bully. His mother is forced to sell his suit of armor in an

effort to help her son move on. Benedict must then go on a great adventure to get the

armor back. Along the way, he learns what it is to be a true knight, with or without his

armor.

GRAFSTRACT: THE BRONX STREET ART RENAISSANCE

GRAFSTRACT: THE BRONX STREET ART RENAISSANCE

United States

Documentary

Dan Perez

By enlisting the help of some of the world’s top street artists, J. „SinXero” Beltran, who was told by his 8th grade teacher that he wasn’t „good enough” to become an artist, has made it his mission to legally beautify the Bronx, the birthplace of graffiti, through his TAG Public Arts Project (The Art of Grafstract). The film features legendary NYC graffiti artist John „Crash” Matos who curated the iconic exhibition „Graffiti Art Success for America” at Fashion MODA in 1980.
HALF OF THE WORLD

DIE HÄLFTE DER WELT

Switzerland

Drama

Jerome Furrer

Nadir – father of an immigrant family – works night shifts as a cleaner in a Zurich office building. Despite having to work very hard he’s trying to integrate himself in Switzerland and enable his son Babak a better future. One night after work he notices that the son’s room is empty. In the trash he discovers a thrown away letter from university, in the drawers he finds a torn up picture of his girlfriend and a Koran. When Babak finally arrives home the father confronts him with his findings and realizes that his son has had a change of heart he never thought was possible.
HAND MADE

MANUAL

Romania

Documentary

Dan Saracut

The blacksmith.Life and profession.
HENRI

HENRI

France

Comedy

Anthony Lemaître

Dorian, Yassine and Sofiène, three suburdan young men, are chilling, as most of the time, in the district of Les Halles in Paris. To kill time Yassine tells the others about a murder having taken place just a step from here, in the Ferronnerie street. The murder would have been particularly dirty : the victim would be a good father, stabbed repeatedly, leaving behind him woman and children. Sofiène, who didn’t hear about it, does not believe it. Dorian and Yassine decide to take him to the crime scene
HOW TO MAKE THE STORM

COMO HACER LA TAMPETA

France

Animation 3D

Christopher Ancel, Kévin-Mark Bonein, Mathieu Gogneau,
Anthony Montaner, Julien Moulet, Tristan Saint-Léger

William Shakespeare said : « Every cloud engenders not a storm. »
IN SELF-DEFENSE

EN DEFENSA PROPIA

Spain

Comedy

Josevi García Herrero

Una mujer decide reordenar su vida en un punto crucial. Para dejar atrás su pasado, la muerte debe hacer acto de presencia. Y deberá asumir las consecuencias… con dolor, pero a ritmo de charlestón.
IRON MOUNTAIN

IRON MOUNTAIN

France

Vfx

Romain Brachet, Sébastien Fraud, Alexandre Guerre, Damien Kessler, Maxime Marline

We will not disappear without fighting…
IVAN AND THE WOLF

IWAN UND DER WOLF

Germany

Animation

Anna Levinson

In order to become a real man, little Ivan has to pass a test of courage in which he has to kill a wolf. But it is not easy at all, since Ivan and the wolf like each other right away.
JUNK

CHATARRA

Uruguay

Animation

Walter Tournier

Memories of life in an apocalyptic world.
JUNKYARD

ZSIBVÁSÁR

Hungary

Drama

Lili Kemény

Junkyard

Karin, a young village girl desperate for a job joins an aristocratic household as a French tutor. Gradually she notices that all over the house objects keep disappearing – every member of the family is a thief. Eventually Karin gives in to the temptation – she steals too, and so she becomes a player in a long-running game of theft and suspicion, of control and rebellion as she tries to carve out a place for herself in the nonsensical world of lords and ladies.

KNOCK KNOCK!

KNOCK KNOCK!

France

Horror

Maxence Rapp

Rose is about to hang her new antique mirror to the wall when someone knocks at her door and leaves a box on the doorstep. As she gets ready to open it, knocks start to spread around her apartment. Who is it? Or should we say WHAT is it?
LAST NIGHT

DERNIÈRE NUIT

France

Comedy

Emmanuel ROUDAUT

An evening of drunkenness to celebrate the end of a rent of 2 room mates.

A night meeting, a threesome in preparation before the accidental death of a lady. A night of anxiety to make the body vanish before movers come…

LAST TRAIN HOME

LAST TRAIN HOME

Germany

Other

Ansgar Glatt

„I’m not taking any shit from you, motherfucker.” Boris T. loses it in the subway when

he is asked for his ticket and then brutally assaults ticket inspector Christian. Christian

sees his life dramatically altered by the attack. Boris’ incarceration alone cannot correct

what has happened. Also Emily struggles with the aftermath. No one wants to have

anything to do with the sister of a thug. While she tries to deal with the consequences

of the assault over which she had no control, Christian cannot forget what has

happened to him. To take revenge on the imprisoned Boris he needs Emily. As she

takes the last train home one night, Christian gets on the train. In this abandoned world

under the city, Christian must show if he is as capable as his attacker…

LEONA

LEONA

Mexico

Drama

Davek Carrizosa

Leona is experiencing a deep financial trouble, which pushes her to take an sudden and unexpected decision, that’ll risk her life and family’s future.This will put into question her social and existencial values in a surprising way.
LETTER TO GOD

LETTER TO GOD

USA/Azerbaijan

Drama

Maria Ibrahimova

Letter to God is a film about the power of faith – irrespective of belief or religion. A

lonely widower discovers that he is dying and after a series of mysterious encounters

decides to do the only thing he can think of: write a letter to God.

„A poignant tour of the Azerbaijani capital’s Old City — in 17 minutes”

The Washington Post

LIFE’S A DRAG

LIFE’S A DRAG

Australia

Other

Robin Royce Queree

As Bettina prepares for her final drag performance, her life long friend Alexis prompts a rash of memories that swamp the ageing drag queen, taking her through tears and laughter to the opening moments of her last big number.

Bettina gives the performance of her life witnessed by her devoted nephew Peter Paul and her two bitchy sisters who seem quite oblivious to the wonder before them.

In the dying moments of her routine, Bettina showers Peter Paul with fairy dust and leaves him with a magical gift born from a lifetime of experience.

Lifeʼs A Drag trailer:


LOOP OF MISERY

LOOP OF MISERY

Poland, Hungary

Drama

Arjun Talwar

David wrote a book in high school but that was a long time ago. Since then, a curse seems to be following him. With his landlord eager to kick him out and his flatmate in troubles of his own, David feels that a decision needs to be made.
LOUIS

LOUIS

France

Stop-Motion / Puppets

Violaine Pasquet

Louis is a 10 year old boy . He became deaf during his childhood. He likes to play with his favorite animals : snails. It even has a terrarium. The reality of his disability catches him when he crossed the schoolyard fence. To others it is the „parable ” and he was fed up …
MADAMA BUTTERFLY

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Germany

Animation

Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a string puppet movie about a fiery opera performance with

tragic consequences.

MAGIC RESTORATION

MAGIC RESTORATION

Russia

Documentary

Philipp Orlyanskiy

Restoration of a fresco of Christ Pantocrator
MANOMAN

MANOMAN

United Kingdom

Animation

Simon Cartwright

When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.
MARGARET

MARGARET

USA

Drama

Manan Singh Katohora

After dealing with a series of extreme characters during a speed-dating event for senior citizens, an elderly woman meets a charming, exotic gentleman.
MARIE’S DICTIONARY

MARIE’S DICTIONARY

USA

Documentary

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.
MELANCHOLY

VAGUE À L’ÂME

France

Animation 3D

Yann Caussat

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MEMOIRE

MEMOIRE

Germany

Drama

Felix Ahrens

David is in his early twenties and has already almost messed up his life. As a petty drug dealer, he can just about keep his head above water. But when he tries to work his way out of illegality, he discovers that the shadows of his past are harder to escape from than he thought.
MOTHER’S CURSE

PUST VETER UNESET MOI SLOVA

Russia

Drama

Ainur Askarov

When the dark forces overcome, the worst happens. Even a mother can curse her own sons. And then the dark forest can take them away forever.
MOVING IN CIRCLES

MOVING IN CIRCLES

Russia

Drama

Maxim Dashkin

Maria lives with her husband at the military base and dreams of getting out from the bad living conditions. The husband does not share Maria’s dreams. Maria decides to accept the offer of another officer…
NABILAH

NABILAH

Germany

Drama

Paul Meschuh

The young Afghan woman „Nabilah“ is injured in an accident. German soldiers take

her to a military base. Since the residents of Nabilah´s home town must not find out

about her physical contact with foreign men, a race for her life begins.

NAIVE ELISA

ELISA ILUSA

México

Horror

Antonio Cardenas Gaehd

Elisa a little girl of ten asks a wish upon a shooting star to see her dad again. The bright star grants her wish, but in a frightening way.
NATURAL ATTRACTION

NATURAL ATTRACTION

Germany

Animation

Marc Zimmermann

NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape

into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a

sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.

NEÏLA

NEÏLA

France

Animation 3D

Audrey BELLOT, Laurene DESOUTTER, Amandine FERNANDES, Ludivine LAHAEYE, Lucas LANGOU, David TABAR, Guillaume VEZZOLI Et Eline ZHANG

High in the Siberian mountains nestles a Nenets village. Neïla, a reckless and adventurous Nenets girl, accidentally breaks Noum’s crystal. She decides to go into the unknown to make amends. But during this dangerous journey, the little girl ends up alone, lost in the vastness of the tundra.
NEMO

NEMO

Spain

Drama

Felipe Sanz

A lonely man starts to believe he’s part of an experiment when he finds out his annoying neighbour and some strange phone calls are related with someone named Dr. Vargas.
NEVERLAND NOW

NEVERLAND NOW

Germany

Drama

Georg Pelzer

With her reckless behavior art student Kalina (21) provokes her fellow students, her

teachers and sometimes even her only friend Ruth (24). Kalina convinces Ruth take a

spontaneous trip to Portugal the next day and they euphorically head out to celebrate

their plan. After a half-hearted attempt to steal a car they end up on a big student

party. When Ruth voices doubts about the planned trip, the night takes an unexpected

turn.

NODAL

NODAL

USA

Experimental

Linda Dahlem

An irrational scientist defies her peers by undergoing the first trial in Human Teleportation to realize that going against nature has its consequences.
NUBIA

NUBIA

Cuba/Germany

Drama

Marina Zolke

Dani, a young Cuban, lives together with his grandmother Yuya in Havanna. When his girlfriend becomes pregnant, her parents want her to have an abortion, because Dani is black. A true story.
OH, IT’S NO BIG DEAL

MA, NEMA VEZE

Croatia

Experimental

Gea Gojak

This is the story about a girl who keeps waiting for her boyfriend to meet her. She prepares surprises, dinners and birthday parties for him but he never shows up and leaves messages full of excuses.

Since that is the only way we see him, we cannot read his feelings and they are left to her. Her feelings change through the course of events and time from understanding to being offended to the decision to go on through life which is boiled down to the simple hope for his coming.

ONE SHOT

ONE SHOT

Spain

Drama

Andrea Casaseca

One shot. One shot is enough to trigger a series of dark events: an unsettled drug deal, a prostitute who shouldn’t have been there or even a young man who asked the wrong person at the wrong time.
ORSOVA

ORȘOVA

Romania

Documentary

Văcăriuc Sebastian

Orsova exposes a panoramic view of the town situated on the shores of the dam lake on the Danube and signals the hardships the inhabitants have to bear. With more than half of its population gone, Orsova exhibits its natural beauty but doesn’t come close to actually drawing any touristic benefits from it . The people of Orsova live in difficult conditions with few to no jobs available and no help from the government which makes them regret the better times from before the fall of the communist regime. The documentary creates a parallel between the contrasting images of the natural environment and its richness on the one hand and the marginalization of the town’s inhabitants that try to survive on the other.
OTHERWISE ENGAGED

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

United Kingdom

Comedy

Alicia Macdonald

How do I love thee? Let me count the likes… A romantic social media satire for the online age. Megs and Dave have been together forevs and it’s atop a sunny London landmark that Dave finally grabs his chance. In just a few filtered moments they find themselves looking towards the future (and waiting for 765 of their closest friends and colleagues to get the message).
OUT OF STOCK

PRÄSENZLÜCKE

Germany

Comedy

Alexander Alaluukas

Richard Ahrens works in the garden department of a big hardware store. Due to his probation he can not risk any more slip-ups. During a quality assessment an out-of-stock event is discovered in his department. His boss is close to letting him go. But he is given a last chance. – A comedy about german working culture.
PICKUP

BEEKAB

Bahrain

Drama

Saleh Nass

A girl is horrified at being picked up from school in her dad’s uncool pick-up truck.
PICNIC

PIKNIK

Croatia

Drama

Jure Pavlovic

Sarajevo, rush hour. EMIR (15), accompanied by a SOCIAL WORKER, is on his way to meet his father SAFET for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late…
PLACE ON EARTH

DIVCIBARE

Serbia

Drama

Ana Zugic

Father(50) is looking for his daughter’s(23) suitcase, in the basement of their building. Down there quite unexpectedly, a little girl(9) appears, she magically locks all doors , and now father must play by her rules.

Little girl is pushing father, to find that suitcase, which is symbol for the past and her childhood.

The only way for him to let past go, is to be hones to himself, to understand where he did wrong, then someone will open those locked doors, but who will be that?

PLANET AI. 1:1 IN FAVOUR OF DADDY

PLANETA AI.1:1 V POLZU PAPY

Russia

Animation

Andrey Sokolov

“Planet Ai” – is comedian fantastic animation TV-series for the whole family.

Main characters of the TV- series – the fidget-boy Rodya, his father – inventor, robot Red 5 and dog named Sharpick – lead a quiet and carefree life on the small satellite of the Planet Ai. But everything changes, when monitor which was constructed by Daddy, starts transmitting of the breathtaking broadcasts from far away and unknown Planet Earth. Inspired Rodya tries to copy everything he sees in the programs what constantly leads to unpredictable and funny consequences…

PORTFOLIO

PORTFOLIO

Russia

Comedy

Nikita Tamarov

The relatives want to make changes after the body had already been properly buried. And the contractors, not really knowing how to make it happen, try to find a way out „within the budget”.
PSYCHOSIS. DEFINITELY.

PSYKOOSI PAHENEE

Finland

Comedy

Vesa Kuosmanen

In a short film based on a true story, a man suffering from a headache is sent to a mental asylum after telling the doctor that he is a chainsaw juggler on his way to perform at the North Korean dictator’s birthday party.
RANDOM ATTEMPTS

OLAGAN DENEMELER

Cyprus

Drama

Dogus Ozokutan & Vasvi Ciftcioglu

A question as old as the history of humankind: What does one live for? Why should we keep on living? Do we have the right to be unhappy about life after fulfilling the roles society has assigned us? According to our film’s character Ayla, having no problem in her life does not mean everything is going well. Her monotonous life itself is a sufficient reason for committing suicide. Ayla who decides to take her own life somehow cannot succeed. Nevertheless she does not stop trying to kill herself.
RESPITE

RESPITE

Uk/Italy

Drama

Adriano Cirulli

Who needs a home and family when you’ve got four wheels?

A man leads an organized life. He jogs each morning, works in the office nine to five,

picks up the laundry once a week. True, he lives in his car, and he hasn’t seen his wife

and daughter for a while. But don’t we all need a little break from the world every so

often?

Part character study, part road movie, RESPITE is the atmospheric story of a modernday

hermit.

RETRIBUTION

RETRIBUTION

United Kingdom

Other

Nisa Rizvi

BRUNO HATFIELD (20) is charged with a murder after he is wakes from up from dreams that threaten his innocence.
REVOLUTION

REVOLUTION

Spain

Comedy

Markus Erhart

In a children’s home all the inmates are being educated under governmental control and being brought up as obedient citizens to the authoritarian president. When a newcomer arrives, things start to change.
ROBOTHERAPY

ROBOTHERAPY

France

Animation 3D

Manuel Ferrante, Fabien Julvecourt, Pierre Pappalardo,
Antoine Petitgand

The heart has reasons that robots do not understand.
ROOM FOR RENT

ÎNCHIRIEZ MANSARDĂ. ROG SERIOZITATE

Romania

Comedy

Sorin Tănase

Trei tineri. O noapte. Franghie, saci de plastic si furtunul de la dus. Un covor. O noapte de intamplari nefericite.

ROULETTE

RULETA

Spain

Comedy

Alvaro Carmona

Four players, a gun, and a whole Russian Roulette ahead of them
RUPESTRE

RUPESTRE

Spain

Animation

Enrique Diego

A wild horse meets a boy coming from the Paleolithic. A bond of curiosity will grow between them, but old fears, inherited for millennia, will awaken too.
SADHU IN BOMBAY

SADHU IN BOMBAY

India

Documentary

Kabir Mehta

A filmmaker’s attempt to document the portrait of a man, with ascetic origins, who has been radically transformed by city life. Through the course of the film, he exposes prejudices and hypocrisies of the city and even himself. A genuine documentary centered on fictional character and filmmaker; devised to illustrate, provoke and prank the audience member.
SHORT SHAKESPEARE GAMES

SHORT SHAKESPEARE GAMES

Austria

Drama

Juliana Neuhuber

Titania awakens – usually portrayed as a humorous reconciliation between her and
Oberon – this short explores the “what if” of a failed modern relationship. Titania and
Oberon get lost in empty phrases and silences that cannot cover the deep resentment
and loneliness of their eon-old relationship.
SHREDDER

ШРЕДЕР

Russia

Drama

Mikhail Dovzhenko

Listeners are offered to destroy well-known contemporary work of art on radio live… The film is based on real events.
SHUDO

SHUDO

France

Animation 2D

To-Anh Bach, Charles Badiller, Hugo Weiss

Hayate and Iwa face one another on a battlefield. Absorbed by their pride, they clash in a duel fueled by deep emotions.
SOLA

SOLA

Ecuador

Documentary

Tomas Astudillo

Solitary climbs to the Himalayas are uncommon due to the huge compromise they represent. What would happen if the solitary mountaineer falls in a crack? Would it make sense to cry for help in one of the most inhospitable zones of the Earth? Apart from overcoming the inherent risks of the climb, the mountaineer must fight with the immense psychological pressure of making the right choices, since the first error can easily become the last.

After fifteen years of preparation in various mountain chains in the world, Ecuadorian mountaineer Carla Perez sets out to conquer her second eight-thousand meter Summit with an even greater challenge: to make it without artificial oxygen, with no expedition mates and without high altitude sherpas.

A completely solitary climb, in which Carla must face enormous mental, physical and emotional barriers, in order to surpass the limits.

SON DU SERPENT

SON DU SERPENT

The Netherlands

Experimental

Tami Ravid

Short, experimental dance film. A man is feverishly searching for his wife. During his journey, he is torn between the modern and the traditional African world.
SOVEREIGN PAPERWORK

SOBERANO PAPELEO

Uruguay

Animation

Lala Severi

A brief of the „bureaucracy” history and a symbolic reference to the lack of freedom of human beings, difficulties in mobility of the commitments, the load on the responsibilities and the rights that we all need to play, create and venture into new horizons.

An employee whose hours pass by coordinating files at an archive is surprised to receive a blank paper, this will bring him the possibility to make an unexpected change.

SPACE WITH NO BORDERS

KOSMOS BEZ GRANIC

Russia

Documentary

Roman Trtofimov

Maxim Surayev wanted to become a cosmonaut from the early years. He followed a dream day by day whatever happened.

Three! Two! One! Go!

SRY BSY

SRY BSY

Germany

Animation

Verena Westphal

Sry bsy – no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and
“busy”…
This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping
up with the challenges of modern working life. By combining a dark sense of humor
with absurd elements, sry bsy is amusing and disturbing at the same time.
STAR STUFF

STAR STUFF

Croatia

Other

Ratimir Rakuljic

The story is inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan, one of the most famous scientists and science communicators of the 20th century. What are the stars? In search of an answer to that seemingly simple question, Carl, a curious child, sets off on a great voyage of discovery.
STORM CELLS

GEWITTERZELLEN

Germany

Drama

Jakob Schmidt

At the age of 17, Jonas discovers that his biological mother started a new family long ago. He decides to confront her.In order to gain access to her life, he starts talking to his half sister Jana through the internet. Before you know it Jonas finds himself sneaking through the living room of the woman that gave birth to him only to discover that his existence is kept a secret. Charlotte relentlessly tries to get rid of him but must face a son that is more like her than she could possibly deserve…
STORY OF AN OBJECT

HISTÒRIA D’UN OBJECTE

Uk

Comedy

Carlota Castells Puig

Història d’un Objecte is the story of an object, a story about subjectivity and introspection of people. Set in Barcelona, the short film portrays the conflict between two friends after the disappearance of an object. Given the premise that an object is dependent on the subject that perceives it, the story reveals two versions of the story of one object according to two different subjects – two friends. When Object 1 disappears, Subject A and Subject B embark on a mission of finding it and investigating who took it.
SUMMER’S GIFT

SUMMER’S GIFT

United Kingdom

Drama

David Whitney

During the summer of 1943, a strange drifter arrives at a lonely farm in the heart of rural England. Labouring as a farm hand, he soon develops a close bond with the farmer’s young and impressionable daughter that will change both their lives forever.
SYNECDOCHE

SINÉCDOQUE

Argentina

Comedy

Pablo Polledri

Part of the problem.
TEA TIME

TEA TIME

France

Animation

Thomas Bourret, Vincent Delmon, François Gris, Julian Mifsud, Rémi Vincent

A grand-mother replaces her old companion robot by a more recent one. But things won’t go as expected…
THE AUDITION

LA PRUEBA

Spain

Drama

Rogelio Sastre

An actress and a director, fiction and reality meet to test a scene
THE BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF

DIE BALLADE VON ELLA PLUMMHOFF

Germany

Comedy

Barbara Kronenberg

While the 8th grader Ella faces a decisive math exam, which determines if she will be

promoted to next grade, she dreams of last summer: love lessons of her grotesque

ballet teacher, private tutoring by a know-it-all 7th grader, her first kiss and

permanently annoying parents. An entertaining insight into the spring awakening of Ella

Plummhoff.

THE BEACH BOY

THE BEACH BOY

Germany, Singapore

Animation

Hannes Rall

A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Baeed on a traditional folk tale

and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.

THE BIRDIE

PTICHKA

Russia

Animation

Yekaterina Filippova

Once the birdie met a hippo. They became friends and have built a lovely house together.
THE BLACK BEAR

L’OURS NOIR

France/Belgium

Comedy

Meryl Fortunat-Rossi & Xavier Séron

Rule #1: never feed bears.

Rule #2: do not approach within 100 meters.

Rule #3: avoid surprising bears.

Rule #4: keep your dog on a leash.

Now that you know the rules, we wish you a pleasant stay in the natural park of the black bear.

THE CALL

L’APPEL

France

Horror

Alban Ravassard

Benoît, 50, is a police lieutenant wounded by the disappearance of his wife, Lise. Unable to perform his grief, he sees his physical and mental health decline when she mysteriously surface again years later. Then, Benoît begins to undergo a strange transformation…
THE CHICKEN

THE CHICKEN

Germany & Croatia

Drama

Una Gunjak

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to. While trying to bring back the missing chicken, Selma’s mum becomes the target of a sniper shoot. It’s Sarajevo, year running 1993.
THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH

THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH

South Korea

Drama

Sungbin BYUN

Wuzuh, a girl wIth Down’s syndrome, has a secret crush on her class teacher. However, one day, she finds out that one of her classmates has received from the teacher the same hairclip as hers, which she had thought that he has given only to her as a thoughtful present. Feeling betrayed, Wuzuh brings a chicken she has been raising to give her teacher to school and starts to make a fuss with it in the classroom.
THE END

THE END

France

Vfx

Cédric Blondelle, Irène Cunat, Louise Labbé, Stéphane Lugiery, Simon Moreau, Olivia Pietra

Between the art and the artist, who will reach the end?
THE GOOD ILLNESS

EL BUEN MAL

Spain

Drama

Jokin Urruticoechea

I didn´t worry about it, until the symptoms got worse. The doctors said I had no cure, I´d be sick for the rest of my life. I wish they had been right.
THE GREENBERRY METHOD

LA MÉTHODE GREENBERRY

France

Comedy

Baptiste Bertheuil

When Sophie goes to  a job interview at Spencer and Jacobs, she does not suspect the weird recruitment method used by the company: the candidate has to overcome the recruiter at a game chosen at random. This is the Greenberry Method.
THE HEALER

THE HEALER

Spain & United States

Documentary

Daniel Melguizo

Sergio Castro is a doctor in San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas), México. He treats patients in his clinic/museum and pays home visits. He does it free of charge.
THE HOLY CAVE

LA CUEVA SAGRADA

Spain

Comedy

Aleix Massot

Carlos is just another regular teenager in high school with just one friend: Juan, the classical nerdy guy. He’s in love with Sofia; the girl of his dreams. But, when all of a sudden, Angel, the hottest guy in school is starting to date her, he’ll work out something, along with Juan, that would change his entire life forever…THE HOLY CAVE.
THE HUNT

ОХОТА

Russia

Animation

Andrew Katsuba

In the chase for an unknown creature the hunter could lose not only his humanity but life.
THE LENGTH

THE LENGTH

Finland

Documentary

Ivan Torres

Ted Curson is one of the last jazz legends alive, his time is coming to an end and with it the last sparks of an era that carved a vibrant artform. The continuous touring, the endless waiting and the shadows of the past prove to be a burden too heavy to carry any longer. Filmed at a manor house in Helsinki, the slow and elegant fade of the building resembles that of Its occupant. The directorr is witness to painful and overwhelming honest statements by this protagonist of a period from which we only have the faint traces that are the records.
THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER

LE PETIT CORDONNIER

France

Animation 3D

Galaad ALAIS, Terry BONVARD, Charley CARLIER, Romain CISLO, Pierre-Yves LEFEBVRE, Philippe LIM, Benjamin MARIOTTE Et Karen NAWFAL

In a timeless street of Paris stands a shoemaker’s shop. Mr. Botte takes care of his shoes with such passion and skill that they come to life and start moving in his expert hands. But his daily life is about to be disturbed as a most peculiar street vendor unfolds his stall just in front of Mr. Botte’s store.
THE LOSS

HAOVDAN

Israel

Drama

Dekel Nitzan

Joseph, an old winemaker and a hard man. Lost his son Isaac in the war. When Isaac’s commander shows up at the winery, in order to return his last belongings, Joseph needs to confront with repressed feelings of pain and guilt. Letting an old memory come back to life.
THE MAN WHO WOULDN’T DIE

THE MAN WHO WOULDN’T DIE

Macedonia

Animation

Goce Cvetanovski

Johnny commits suicide, but when Death comes to take him, he doesn’t want to go. Death proposes a deal: they will play the traditional chess game, and Johnny shall sacrifice a person he loves for each figure he will lose. The deadly chess game starts to unfold.
THE MISSIONARY

THE MISSIONARY

Spain & United States

Documentary

Daniel Melguizo

Thousands of people from Central America emigrate to the U.S. every year. Most travel on cargo trains, where many are assaulted by gangs or extorted by corrupt inmigration officers. Fr. Alejandro Solalinde protects and assists the migrants in the shelter “Hermanos en el Camino”, in Ixtepec, Mexico.
THE OLD MAN AND THE CAT

DER ALTE MANN UND DIE KATZE

Germany

Drama

Damian Schipporeit

Out of a profound longing for company and social contacts, an old, lonely man

fantasises about a perfect world. Together with his imaginary cat he celebrates his 80th birthday. Suddenly the doorbell rings. His young, pretty neighbour is standing at the

door.

THE OTHER PLACE

THE OTHER PLACE

France

Drama

Mareike Engelhardt

An elderly hairdresser is cleaning up her salon at the end of the day. As she chats away to herself and to imaginary clients, she drifts deeper and deeper into her fantasies, memories and regrets …

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s « Rockaby ».

THE PRIME OF LIFE

LA FORCE DE L’ÂGE

France

Drama

Quentin Lecocq

Jean and Marie, a retired couple, were living peacefully in the middle of nowhere, when three maintenance technicians arrived at their home. Nothing to worry about, but Jean is suspicious. He takes them in his sights. Maybe the three men are not who they meant to be…
THE REAL AMERICAN

THE REAL AMERICAN

USA – Belarus – Russia

Comedy

Darya Zhuk

A Russian exchange student stops fearing American culture and starts shaving her legs.
THE RESPONSIBILITY

LA RESPONSABILIDAD

Spain

Other

Rogelio Sastre

We are responsible for the stories we choose to tell
THE RUN

DER AUSFLUG

Germany

Drama

Stefan Najib

Martin is a teacher at a local high school. He thinks of himself as a good educator, but

his own son begins to rebel against him. One day both drive to school together and get

into a bad row over Bastian going on a camping vacation with his buddies. Soon after,

Bastian’s classmate Tom starts to shoot people in their school. Martin can stop the

killing by volunteering to drive an escape car for Tom.

During the escape, a harsh psychological duel begins between the teacher and the

crazed student.

THE SEED

LA GRAINE

Belgium, France

Drama

Barney Frydman

Steve and Karim are two young men of 17 from the street. While on a petty crime spree, they are about to go on an adventure that will eclipse them all. One evening, they commit one crime too many, accidentally causing a woman’s death. But their problem does not stop there when they find out that she was carrying in her arms her young baby…
THE SHORT STORY OF A FOX AND A MOUSE

THE SHORT STORY OF A FOX AND A MOUSE

France

Animation

Camille Chaix, Hugo Jean, Juliette Jourdan, Marie Pillier, Kevin Roger

A lonesome fox hunts a mouse and their relationship will evolve as two owls interfere with the hunt.
THE SPIDER WEB

UNE TOILE D’ARAIGNÉE

France

Drama

Hüseyin Aydin Gürsoy

Hakan is a young turkish house painter who works with his father. He has his futur read in coffee grounds, which induces him to take some difficult decisions. His father will have to face his son for the first time.

 

THE TRANSLATOR

ÇEVIRMEN

United Kingdom, Turkey

Drama

Emre Kayiş

Yusuf, a shy, sensitive Syrian refugee boy who lives in an exile in a remote Turkish border town is

chosen for his newfound power but he has to experience how to use it, at the cost of his

innocence.

THE TREATMENT

DIE BEHANDLUNG

Germany

Other

Marvin Meiendresch

„The Treatment“ tells the story of isolated patient Linus. More and more a rigid routine

consisting of meals, exercise, lulling music, irritating smoke and examinations by his

only attachment figure Dr. Frei causes him suffering. One day Linus notices the massive

door to his room has been left ajar and he takes the chance to escape. What he sees

outside makes him question: Is he really who he believes he is?

THE TUNNEL

EL TÚNEL

Spain

Drama

Ricardo Yebra

 

Laura. Sofía. a car wash. is there any way out?

 

THE VAST LANDSCAPE – PORCELAIN STORIES

THE VAST LANDSCAPE – PORCELAIN STORIES

Croatia

Animation

Lea Vidakovic

A fox hunter and a porcelain shopkeeper lady, the scientist brothers, a seal, a boy and a music box.

Six characters in their rooms filled with traces of longing, separated by a vast and bleak landscape.

Four stories on love, contemplation and (self)destruction.

THE WORKING DEAD

THE WORKING DEAD

Spain

Comedy

Fernando González

When everything is lost, riase is the only hope.
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN MIGRANT WORKERS IN GERMANY

UM UNS DIE WELT OSTEUROPÄISCHE WANDERARBEITER IN DEUTSCHLAND

Germany

Other

Hanna Fischer, Sofiia Melnyk, Nina Prange

Logline

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN is a partly animated feature portraying Eastern European migrant workers that are subject to labor exploitation, unemployment, and homelessness.

Synopsis

Several cases of labor exploitation concerning migrant workers from Eastern European countries are publicly known. The film portrays the life of three migrant workers: A construction worker from Bulgaria who lives on the streets of Frankfurt collecting bottles for a living. A woman from Rumania who shares a hotel room with her daughters. Everyday she goes out to find work. And there is a retiree from Bulgaria who drives a truck and has been on the road for four months to support his family back home. Their daily lives are determined by bleak monotony and social isolation and yet they have not abandoned their hope for a better life.

DVD-Text

Why do people leave their home country? Two men from Bulgaria and one woman from Rumania give the same answer: „We cannot make a living“. After an ease in labor market regulations allowed South-Eastern Europeans to work in Germany, many have come seeking work and a better life. In this presumed paradise for Eastern European workers, they soon had to learn, how human being and human labor are different in this economic system: They are allowed to come and work. But they rarely have any form of social security.

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN – an animated documentary – follows three migrant workers through their daily hardships. None of them has a home, with or without a job. The featured animations provide an insight in their minds on a metaphorical level. The documentary lends them a voice, without giving them a face. They represent a vast number of people, uncounted by labor statistics. They live among us, at the same on the edge of their own world.

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