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Ready, steady, go! We’ve got out dreams to win in this race. The protagonists found in this slot of films at times struggle alone, other times in the company of friends but ever-persistent, without backing down. The path to success is often difficult leading us to evaluate the price of the endeavor. The feud between two rival groups of children in the movie Get Tought presents
Andrus with a dilemma: is the honor of his pack worth more than the secret friendship he has with a girl from the opposing side? Eleven-year-old gymnast, heroine of the film Stephanie courageously treads towards a career in professional sports. Likewise diligent is the minute bug that flies towards the light in the sweet animated movie Pursuit. Out Loud is a film focused on three boys that find solace in the school quire.
Teresa Väli, fiction, 16 min, Estonia, 2019
A feud between two rivaling children gangs in one enormous apartment building gets out of hand after a toy heist. Now, Andrus must choose between upholding his gang’s honor and his secret friendship with a girl on the opposite side.
Leonardo van Dijl, fiction, 15 min, Belgium, 2020
After winning her first international title, an 11-year-old gymnast experiences both new pressures and a new degree of self-awareness. The more recognition she gets, the more she realizes that the game has only just begun.
Jiang, Zhen-Sun, animated, 4 min, Taiwan, 2020
Animation about a ladybug that continuously chases light and gets lost in the human world. But that what drives us is not the light in front of us but the obsession inside the heart. After all, a light is just a light.
Open Your Mouth
Tamara Mamon, documentary, 58 min, Israel, 2019
Omar, Muhammad, and Yazan are three boys in their last year of elementary school, beginning to confront the challenges of life. When Ella founds a choir in their school, she invites them to a safe and fantastic environment that will challenge the stark reality awaiting beyond the classroom walls and the real journey which occurs in the souls of the children.
Little Chances, 16:00
It’s sometimes hard to shake off the feeling that we don’t fit in. Even more so when the world does little to hide the fact that they don’t see us as a part of their varnished image of reality. Activist documentary Drmun is Ours questions the process of nationalization and the problems that arise from the ineptitude of the cold state bureaucracies to comprehend a centuries-old way of life of a community. The Best Orchestra in the World is a fiction film about a sock who wishes to become a part of the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the documentary Mathilda and The Love Room, social worker Mathilda reveals the becoming of a special room: a space for the homeless to make love. Peel is an animated meditative unraveling of the poetry that is in the details of everyday life in a retirement home told through drawings. How much of a chance do a lonely teacher, school worker, and first grader stand to turn their lives in a completely new direction? Find out in the Icelandic film Monday.
Drmun Is Ours
Damir Franolić, documentary/out of competition, 12min, Croatia, 2021
Drmun means forest and Puški means public. Spanning centuries Drmun Puški remained the common property of the inhabitants of Šotovento village in the vicinity of the town of Krk. 2018 saw the proposal of the project that aims to turn the forest into a tourist resort leased to a private investor. The enterprise would provide accommodation for up to 12000 tourists while at the same time stripping the villagers or their freedom to use the land. Drmun is in peril and the locals have decided to take matters into their own work-worn hands.
The Best Orchestra In The World
Henning Backhaus, fiction, 13 min, Austria, 2020
Ingbert the sock applies for a position as a double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. Bad idea.
Mathilde And The Love Room
Chantal Limoges, documentary, 18 min, Canada, 2020
Puffing on super slim cigarettes and wearing high heels, Madame Mathilde is an exceptional, tireless public health nurse on a mission to help the homeless in Brussels. Will she be able to convince Valérie and Mohammed to find some intimacy in her Love Room?
Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney, animated, 15 min, Switzerland, 2020
In a hidden place, the daily routine of a retirement home unfolds as time seems to stand still. The penciled residents come to life on paper. Around them, machines are flashing, caregivers are busy and an occasional crucifix reminds them of the death that lies in wait. Time fades away and nearby, stretches a forest.
Bergur Árnason, fiction, 19 min, Iceland, 2019
The story of three different characters: the lives of a teacher, a foreign school worker, and a six-year-old student become intertwined over the course of a day in an antiquated elementary school.
The rigid posturing of our bodies along with the rigid patterns of our relationships demand that we loosen up from time to time. Let’s stretch out our stunted thought, warm up those contracted emotions and breathe out all that is unneeded. Fiction film In the Woods shows what happens when a young couple feels constricted by the solitude of their vacation spot. Away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, the commitment to each other comes into question. The family dinner table from the documentary No Crying at the Dinner Table
is the author’s arena for working out through the relationships, thoughts, and emotional challenges that make her family. Tragicomedy Saint Android explores heights the robotization of society will reach. Matadoras is a touching story of two girls who endure life changes through playing. The documentary titled Without Breath brings to light the struggle with depression of an opera singer. The intricacies of the world that lies hidden beyond the stage curtains are unveiled and the reasons behind artists vanishing quietly off the stage are made clearer.
In The Woods
Sara Grgurić, fiction, 16 min, Croatia, 2020
Saša and Filip are traveling to Gorski kotar. While being isolated in the midst of a global pandemic, Saša is starting to question their relationship. She grows distant to Filip, but her courage to say it crumbles.
No Crying At The Dinner Table
Carol Nguyen, documentary, 15 min, Canada, 2019
A collection of family secrets, confessions, and confrontations.
Filmmaker interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid.
Lukas von Berg, animated, 6 min, Germany, 2021
It’s the future and Norman’s wife is dying. In these final moments, he calls for guidance – but it’s not what he asked for. St. Android is an advanced bad idea wanting to show the value of human empathy in a situation where it is sorely needed but missing completely.
Sophia Mocorrea, fiction, 26 min, Germany/Argentina, 2020
Two Argentinian-German sisters outgrow the world constructed by adults. Operation Adolescence begins. The baptism for a new life takes place in the home’s bathtub – the Madonna is washed clean and a group of church girls dances to the downfall of childhood. The unlikely heroine Madi grows towards the light. Growing up is glaringly bright.
Strobe Light, 20:00
The relentless pulse of youth sets the pace for everyday changes. Growing up happens in flashes of sudden rises and falls, simultaneously erecting and razing, to form and create once again. Are the changes faster than a blink of an eye? Can the angst and restlessness of youth be quelled anytime soon? The film Days Lost follows Olja as she experiences a tectonic shift in her life when her bastion of security and happiness- the relationship with her brother is intruded on by a new girl.
The turmoil of growing up affects the closely bound yet very distinct siblings Zimka and Nazmija in the Croatian documentary Between Summers. Trans girl Dustin goes through fateful events one evening while out and about with some friends in this French film. The animated film P deals with facing temptation in a self-made, self-gratifying cosmos created by the main character’s solitary ego. One Friday Afternoon is an autobiographical account of a compulsory shift into adulthood and coping with a disease that abruptly engulfs the author’s existence
One Friday Afternoon
Lucija Brkić, documentary/out of competition, 10 min, Croatia, 2021
The reality we are living may not be the one we’d choose ourselves. How can we accept it, then? One Friday Afternoon shows just one such reality, one spite and two or three pains. In a whirlwind of sounds and thoughts, the main question is: how can I fight something that is a part of me?
Jovana Avramović, fiction, 20 min, Serbia, 2021
Olja, a disaffected eighteen-year-old girl, lives in a family filled with misunderstandings. When her brother’s girlfriend visits the family, she faces the loss of her brother as she considered him the only thing important. Furious with everybody around her, she is stuck in a place where she does not know what to do.
Felicitas Knoche, Clarissa Langer, Felix Müller, animated, 6 min, Germany, 2020
Alone and by himself, P surrenders to his desires, fantasies, and his true self.
Undisturbed, he feels seemingly comfortable with himself and enjoys every moment.
But the curious neighbors increasingly intrude into P’s comfort zone, confronting him with a sudden feeling of shame about his own actions and how they appear to the outside world.
Anja Koprivšek, documentary, 32 min, Croatia, 2021
Zimka and Nazmija, two sisters from a Romani family, face growing pains in Zagreb.
Their bond is strong but marked by the clash of their very different personalities. The film follows the sisters during a turbulent period and aims to capture it through their eyes.
Naïla Guiguet, fiction, 20 min, France, 2020
In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd is dancing as one on 145 BPM techno music. Among them is Dustin, a young transgender, and the crew – Felix, Raya and Juan. As the night draws on, collective hysteria morphs into sweet melancholy, and euphoria into yearning for tenderness.