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INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS

A THOUSAND KISSES  fiction 17'

Director: Richard Goldgewicht

Country of Origin/Filming: U.S.A.

 

Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. Inspired by the actual correspondence recovered by the couple’s grandsons 80 years later in São Paulo, A Thousand Kisses presents a peculiar love story tainted by the harsh historical context of its time, with a light appeal of irony and real-life poetry.

 

48   fiction 19'

Director: Vladimir Mitrevski

Country of Origin/Filming: FYROM

 

A young priest, who has devoted his life to the church and has sworn an oath of celibacy, is tempted to break his vows as the world is about to end.

WEEËN    fiction 14'

Director: Nils Vleugels

Country of Origin/ Filming: Netherland

 

Willem is on the verge of becoming a father: his girlfriend’s contractions have started. When the irreversibility of his baby’s arrival dawns on him, Willem is besieged by a feeling of uselessness and acute fear of fatherhood.

SEHER   fiction 19'

Director: Manas Shashidharan Jacob

Country of Origin/Filming: India

 

'Seher' takes you on a journey with Rubina , a young girl from the underbelly of Mumbai who boards a taxi driven by Usmaan ,a pleasant old man with a warm demeanor . In the late hours of the night as the taxi cruises through streets of old Mumbai Usmaan comes face to face with certain vulnerabilities of Rubina and realizes that there is more than what meets the eye.What seemed like a normal cab ride in the chill of the night turns out to be a night with a plan in store for both.

THE TICKET   fiction 17'

Director: Haris Stathopoulos

Country of Origin/Filming: Greece

 

We follow the course of a ticket for Public Transportation as it passes from hand to hand. Each person that holds the ticket carries his own story and a social problem as well. A social recording of the Greek crisis.

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERFUCKER   fiction 6'

Director:  Sebastien Petretti

Country of Origin / Filming: Belgium

 

This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to «screw» without being disturbed. «State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police is used to it! Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren’t even paying attention to it anymore… the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if Samy did get some on the night of Valentine’s…

YOU'RE WELCOME    fiction 9'

Director: Rebecca Panian

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Germany

 

You want to drink your coffee peacefully but instead you end up in a situation where people start to stir up hatred against refugees – what do you do? While waiting for her train in a café a young woman (Olivia) suddenly ends up in a situation where the barista chases away a begging girl and starts to stir up hatred against refugees with two customers. Olivia has to decide whether to simply leave the place like another customer does or to take action. Based on a true story.

RELICS   documentary 17'

Director:  Christos Panagos & Kostas Makrinos

Country of Origin: Greece Country of Filming: Cyprus

 

Panagiota who is 82 years old, suffers from dementia. While living in the States, her daughter Georgia left everything behind and moved back to Cyprus to stand by her parents’ side. With the precious help of her daughter, Panagiota retraces the memories of her past while travelling in an endless mental vicious circle. Relationships, places and persons are put into doubt. An abstract documentary portrait about family, memory and love.

RETOUCH   fiction 20'

Director: Kaveh Mazaheri

Country of Origin/Filming: Iran

 

In the corner of the home, Maryam's husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband's death. After she makes sure her husband is dead, gathered her stuff and goes out with her child. During the day, she pretends her husband is not disappeared and she does not have any news.

M1-KØ    documentary 8'

Director: Fahad Shaikh

Country of Origin/Filming: United Arab Emirates

 

A film about journey to find a deeper meaning of the unknown, “M1-KØ” follows Mikolaj Zenliski, a Polish software engineer on his bicycle training in middle of the desert, who could be blasting off to the Red Planet after getting through to the next stage of the Mars One project.

DISTINTOS   fiction 20'

Director: Josevi García Herrero

Country of Origin / Filming: Spain

 

Manu and Sergio, both with Down syndrome, decide to begin an adventure to get to Alejandro Sanz concert in Valencia, but their journey will complicate as soon as they start it. On the way they will meet Santiago and Leo, father and son, who will pick them up in their Volkswagen van and share more than just a trip.

ESSENTIALS   documentary 7'

Director: Jakob Mørk

Country of Origin: Denmark

Country of Filming: Palestine

 

Two and a half years ago, Palestinian poet Ahmad Yacoub left Gaza at an invitation for a books fair outside Palestine. Instead of returning back to Gaza, where he is announced wanted by Isis, he returned to his birth city Ramallah in the hopes that he could bring his family along with him. While this has proven close to impossible, Ahmad has ended up stuck in Ramallah, separated from his family and unable to return to Gaza. The film tries to portray how a man’s life is influenced by a situation like Ahmad’s, doing so by showing and not telling. With this film the viewer is invited into the isolated life of a man in a, to the viewer, unknown situation. Throughout the film we learn about the circumstances of Ahmad’s life and the situation we find him in. But only in the end of the film is the cause of his situation revealed, leaving us to care for the emotions that have been evoked.

THE LAST WELL    fiction 20'

Director: Filip Filkovic

Country of Origin/Filming: Croatia

 

The year is 2037. Europe is in a state of complete breakdown. The owner of the last well of natural pure water lives in Croatia. After the sale of the water to the nice family goes wrong and ends up in bloodshed, he becomes substitute father and husband. But when the well runs dry, he is forced to do the one last "trade"…

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FAMLY FOR SALE   fiction 15'

Director: Sebastien Petretti

Country of Origin/ Filming: Belgium

 

A small hole in a condom back in 1980, and Xav is conceived… Ironic when you know that Oscar owns a sex shop. Oscar is the father. Typhaine, the mother, is a disinherited bourgeois. Since the arrival of Petra, Typhaine can’t stop throwing herself against the wall to express her discomfort. Petra is Oscar’s mistress. Xav has tried getting used to his family, but eighteen years later, he’s had enough…

 

HUM    documentary 19'

Director: Nathan Fagan

Country of Origin/Filming: Ireland

 

‘Hum’ is an intimate portrait of artist and singer-songwriter, Kevin Nolan. Diagnosed at 19 years old with schizoaffective disorder - which has been described as the 'unhappy marriage of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder’ - Kevin has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for much of his adult life. Although a self-described music lover since early childhood, Kevin’s relationship to music began to change after his diagnosis. Kevin soon discovered that writing and performing his music allowed him to regain some of the freedom he’d lost as a result of his illness. In spite of the on-going restrictions placed on him by his illness, Kevin has managed to forge a highly accomplished and undeniably original body of work. Documenting both the day-to-day challenges of living with mental illness and the fascinating relationship between Kevin’s condition and his art, ‘Hum’ delves into the truly unique and theatrical world of Kevin Nolan.

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BACHA POSH   fiction 20'

Director: Katia Scarton-Kim

Country of Origin/ Filming: Switzerland

 

Calais, refugee camp. Nadim, an afghan boy, is living in the camp with his family and helping his father at the shop held in the center of the jungle. But Nadim has a secret: he is a bacha posh (girl raised as a boy in Afghan culture). Nadim dreams to flee and fight for her freedom.

JE NE VEUZ PAS MOURIR  fiction 7'

Directors: Massimo Loi & Gianluca Mangiasciutti

Country of Origin/Filming: Italy

 

The tragedy of our times seen by those who will have to learn to live tomorrow.

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NICOLE'S CAGE   fiction 15'

Director: Josef Brandl

Country of Origin/ Filming: Germany

 

The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious and firmly in the event culture anchored couple. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately none of them both has taken the time to get to know his partner before.

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CALAMITY   fiction 20'

Director: Maxime Feyers & Séverine De Streyker

Country of Origin/ Filming: Belgium

 

France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control...

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2ND NIGHT

23 june

2018

1st NIGHT

22 june 2018