Imagine that you are in a forest, dark, gloomy and empty. You don’t know where you are. Suddenly, you hear a scream nearby. You don’t want to be there. You are scared. You see a wolf, then another, and another. They are getting closer and closer. You are surrounded.
What do you do? Realistic situations and surreal forms sometimes unexpectedly chill us to the bone, and our reaction affects everyone around us. Sometimes the wolfs are the people closest to us, and fear comes from the known and familiar. How much courage does it take to go off-road? Twitches and frictions are inevitable.
New Year’s Eve
Hao Zheng, fiction, 22 min, USA, 2018
It’s not always easy to come home and face your family on New Year’s Eve, especially for 19-year-old Xiaoyu who returns to his childhood home in rural China with a medal he won at his kung fu school, and mixed feelings about whether to show it to his mother Juan who has always wanted him to go to a “real” college instead.
Pascal Schröder, fiction, 23 min, Germany, 2018
On a trip with his father, eight year old Jonathan embarks on a dangerous adventure that confronts him with his greatest fears.
School: Hamburg Media School
Dawid Bodzak, fiction, 21 min, Poland, 2018
Imagine that you are in the forest. It is dark, quiet, empty. You do not know why you are there. You suddenly hear a howl. You feel you do not want to be there. You are afraid. You see a wolf, then a second one, then a third. They come closer and closer to you and surround you.
What are you doing now?
The Blast, 19:30
Faith provides meaning and comfort. Religions offer path, rules, explanations, community, and sense of belonging. But stable network of relationships, unchanging truths, and beaten paths in an unpredictable world of complex opportunities and turning points are often being questioned lately. Does following blindly make any sense? Why do we believe that our path is the right one?
Is it necessary to give up everything for it? Walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy, enjoying the picturesque and vivid world in between, we watch stories about contemporary understanding of faith, religion and religious fanaticism. How far are we willing to go for them? Do we have the courage and strength to speak up?
Yael Reisfeld, animation, 6 min, Israel, 2018
Three destitute pilgrims experience a strange night in the old Jewish cemetery in Zefat, when they are possessed by souls from the 16th century.
Benjamin Pfohl, fiction, 14 min, Germany, 2019
Only a few hours until comet Calypso passes Earth at a threatening distance. A shy teenage girl is travelling with her family to a remote cabin in the Alps, where she has to decide whether to pursue her own path on Earth or to follow her parents, members of a cosmic cult, through a fatal procedure into a higher existence on Jupiter.
The Steppes of Khazar
Sofiia Melnyk, animation, 7 min, Germany, 2019
The fate of the Khazar people, as it is told by their conquerors – loosely based on “Dictionary of the Khazars” by Milorad Pavić.
School: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Vinnie Ann Bose, animation, 4 min, France, 2018
Every Sunday morning, Ann, a 7 year old girl, is forced to wake up early to go to church with her family. But this Sunday mass ends up being a lot more eventful than expected.
School: l’école de la Poudrière, Valence
Michał Hytroś, documentary, 20 min, Poland, 2017
Behind the mighty eighteenth-century wall of the oldest enclosed convent in Poland, the life of twelve nuns in their 70s goes on. Despite their age and the world of rapid change, they try to comply with the rule set over ten centuries ago ‘ora et labora’ each day.
Cris Gris, fiction, 18 min, Mexico, 2018
In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.
School: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
Things We Don't Talk About, 21:00
We can’t grow without care, warmth and attention. What is missing makes us smaller, shuts us down and captures us in time and space, silence and solitude. The burden of growing up can be heavy, and one wrong person can become the elephant in the room that we drag with us our whole life.
Quietly, so no one can hear. Imperceptibly, so no one notices. Who is brave enough to open the door to the hidden nightmares? Who is brave enough to reveal a hidden disease of society in flaws of an individual? Let’s talk about things we don’t talk about!
I’ve Got Something for You
Iwo Kondefer, fiction, 20 min, Poland, 2018
Ewa, a middle-aged woman, invites teenage Nikola to celebrate her birthday. The meeting will be one of the most important tests in her life.
Laura Pop, animation, 4 min, Romania, 2019
Living a constant adolescent drama with a monster in her mind, a young girl embarks on a spiritual journey to make peace with herself and those around her.
Elephant in the Room
Chanelle Eidenbenz, fiction, 20 min, Switzerland, 2018
Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose center is Elias, a rubber doll. While Irna holds on to her own reality with all her might, Jago is desperately trying to make his mother understand.
School: Zurich University of the Arts
Worth Every Penny
Ilona Yudin, Paz Bernstein, Muli Asido, Erika Cumpton, Adam Magrala, Yael Solomonovich, Lara Buyom, Sarai Abergel, Guy Livnat, Noy Friman,
animation, 14 min, Israel, 2017
An animated voyage into the realm of paid sex encounters. The texts are taken from internet forums, where sex consumers compare and rate the quality of prostitutes performance.
School: Camera Obscura