International Competition 2017

16 films alphabetically ordered will take place in this year’s international competition.

AT LEAST YOU ARE HERE 12′ Kristen Swanbeck USA 2016

A lonely Ukranian woman living in Brooklyn, experiences the war going on in her home country through her computer. She wanders the streets looking for human connection.

 

COLD STORAGE 9′ Thomas Freundlich Finland 2016

Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

FAT BOY NEVER SLIM 14′ Sorayos Prapapan Thailand 2016

Under the rule of military junta, two fat schoolboys don’t want to serve in the military when they turn 21. They want to enroll the territorial defense course, but they need to pass the physical test. Will fat boys like them be able to pass the test?

 

FRENCH 20′ Josza Anjembe France 2016

At seventeen, Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon is passionate about France history, the country where she was born and she is deeply in love.
Her diploma in hand, and approaching her majority, Seyna aspires only one thing: to acquire French nationality. But his father Amidou is fiercely opposed to it.

 

HOT AND COLD 35′ Marta Prus Poland 2016

It is a story of a meeting, made in one shot. During just a few moments the lives of the two women, who are complete strangers, bump into each other. Despite unfavorable circumstances they eventually help each other.

LIGHTRAPPING 22′ Marcio Miranda Perez Brazil 2016 

Gustavo is a photographer who registers the bodies of naked men in public spaces of Sao Paulo. One night, young Pedro follows him, curious and undecided about participating in the project or not. The city will witness the journey.

MARLON 19′ Jessica Palud France 2017

Marlon, 14 years old, is visiting her mother in jail for the first time since her imprisonment.

The young girl, protected by her family and relatives, stubbornly believes that her mother is still her childhood heroine…

MY BOYFRIEND 14′ Leopold Dewolf USA 2017

Jessie loves her boyfriend. She really does. But it’s complicated.

POLONAISE 16′ Agnieszka Elbanowska Poland 2016

In the small, central Polish town of Aleksandrow Kujawski, the director of the local culture centre announces a competition. The theme … a creative presentation of your personal patriotic attitude. The eleventh day of the eleventh month arrives … Poland’s Independence Day. And on this very day, the jury, consisting of the director, the mayor, a priest and a local poetess, will select the region’s number one patriot.

RED APPLES 15′ George Sikharulidze Armenia 2016

A young Armenian bride’s relationship with her husband is put to the test on their first day of marriage when her mother-in-law interferes.

 

 

SUBMARINE 21′ Mounia Akl Lebanon 2016

Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

 

THE BEAST 20′ Samantha Nell, Michael Wahrmann South Africa / France 2016

An ordinary day at a Zulu cultural village. Shaka, their star performer, expresses his frustrations to his co-workers as he sits on display for tourists. When he reaches the end of his tether his protest reaches Shakespearian proportion.

THE PAINTED CALF 10′ David Pantaleón Spain 2017

Those who worship the Golden Calf based his life on materialism and seek to obtain goods and wealth with their devotion. Lying and looting becomes a common practice.

 

TRANSITIONS 15′ Kobi Davidian Israel 2016

Mimi (18) reconstructs her immigration story. Her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness. Her identity dissolves and lost between Ethiopia and Israel.

WEDNESDAY BLUES 19′ Sophia Bösch Germany 2016

Of pride, prejudice and aqua gymnastics.
Six elderly ladies at their weekly aqua gym class, trainer Andy being their highlight in the retirement home’s monotony. But this time an incident occurs that gets everyone off beat and into distress.

WRITTEN / UNWRITTEN 20′ Adrian Silisteanu Romania 2016

Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother.

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