5° Firenze FilmCorti Festival – Official Selection catalogue
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13 seconds (Iran 2018) – by Milad Tangshir
In November 2017, a devastating earthquake hit Iran. It took only 13 seconds to lose everything. This film is an impressionistic look at the afterwards.
Milad Tangshir: Born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran. He studied Mine engineering at Tehran Azad University and worked for 8 years as composer and musician. In 2011, he moved to Italy and studied Cinema at Turin University. Since 2012, he has made some shorts films, awarded in few festivals.
7,83 Hz (IT 2018)) by Theo Putzu
7,83 is the Earth’s frequency, its heartbeat, the vital balance between man and what surrounds him.
Human activity has altered this natural harmony.
It is up to man to reestablish the balance with earth, listening to its voice
Theo Putzu was born in San Gavino M.Le (Cagliari). On February 2006 he graduated in film studies, from the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, having taken a course in set design. In the same years, he attended directing and screenplay courses at the cinema school / workshop “IMMAGINA” in Florence. From 2008 to 2010 he took a Master’s degree course in Cinema Directing at the CECC – Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya – in Barcelona.
A blarry pastel painting (Turk. 2017) by Sevda Usanoglu
Could a woman whose childhood coincides with the Armenian Deportation, remember her forgotten past after seeing a news clip on the television?
Sevda Usanoglu was born in Siverek/ Turkey. She graduated from the Faculty of Education at Gazi University in 2010. She completed Cinema and Tv Department at Müjdat Gezen Art School in 2012.
A Christmas Carol (IT 2017 by Luca Vecchi
A Christmas Carol comes from a very simple idea: the inner struggle of Santa Claus in front of a little girl’s request to kill her father because of the several abuses she was subject to during the years.
Luca Vecchi: Regista, sceneggiatore e attore. Insieme a Matteo Corradini e Luigi Di Capua è il fondatore del collettivo “The Pills”, nato nell’estate del 2011.
A ferry tale (Turk. 2018) by Mehmet Tığlı
This short film is about a father and his two autistic children. They get on ferry in a wintry day. They meet with some disappointing incidents in their short trip.
Mehmet Tığlı was born in İstanbul in 1970. He graduated from Marmara University in 1991. His first short film ‘Twin Stars-İkiz Yıldızlar’ was shot in June, 2016. ‘Twin Stars’ was selected officially to 58 international festivals and won 22 awards until the end of 2017. His second film High Calorie-Yüksek Kalori was selected to 45 international festivals and won 22 awards until 2018.
Angst/paura (Aust/IT 2017) – by Daniel Andrew Wunderer
When Natalie finds an Islamic book under the bed of her fosterling -the refugee Tarikshe gets sucked into a spiral of terror: More and more evidene points to the fact, that the boy is a dangerous fanatic. But what if she’s wrong… and what if she isn’t?
Daniel Andrew Wunderer was born in the UK, but grew up in South Tyrol, near the border between Italy and Austria. He worked on several documentaries and feature films, before writing, directing and producing “ANGST” and “Zuflucht” his first shorts. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
Ancora una volta (IT 2017) by Roberto Maria Nesci
Flavio has all a man of his age could desire: a prestigious, well-paid job; an appealing public persona; and popularity with women. But everyday his life seems to get harder and harder, as though something weighs down upon him.
Roberto Maria Nesci was born in Rome in 1988. In 2011, thanks to an erasmus scholarship, he went to Paris, where he attended dramaturgical writing workshops and institutions of theatrical directing. He graduated in 2014 in Art and Performing Disciplines at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. He then started to collaborate as a director/ filmaker with the state television network RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana. In 2017 he directed various other short films, among which we find “Ancora una volta” (One More Time). Now he is working on what he hopes to be his first full-length feature film.
Angelo (IT 2017) by Andrea Dalfino
The real story of Angelo, an innocent street dog brutally killed in June 2016 by four young men in southern Italy, whose vicissitude set the debate for animals’ rights on fire in the country. A film to teach respect for life, and to remember and honor all the victims of the worse part of humankind.
Andrea Dalfino is an Italian born filmmaker, who got his degree in Film & Television production in Los Angeles, California, where he also started out his career. Among his works there are music videos, commercials, PSAs and shorts. In 2015 he was part of the producing team of the multiple awards winning short Cora. He’s currently producing his first full length feature film, while still dedicating time to the development of social and no-profit projects such as Angelo – Life of a Street Dog.
Bacha Posh(Sviz. 2018) by Katia Scarton-Kim
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.
Katia Scarton-Kim is a director and actress. Graduated from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Lausanne, Switzerland, she directed her first film “Kristal” in 2004. After many short film, In 2016, she co-directed “Sous la peau” a first feature film. “Bacha Posh”, her latest film, was pre-purchased by ARTE and TSR (Schweizer Fernseh).
Bismillah (IT 2018) by Alessandro Grande
Samira comes from Tunisia, she’s 10 years old and lives in Italy illegally with her father and her brother of 17 years old. One night, she will have to face all alone a problem that is bigger than her.
Alessandro Grande is an Italian director and screenwriter, Doctor in Performing Arts at the University of Tor Vergata and teacher in directing and screenplay. He achieved notoriety in the shorts circuit in 2010 with “In my prison”, presented as the only short work at the Roma Fiction Fest (2010) and then obtaining over 100 official selections. In November 2017, Alessandro realizes the shortfilm Bismillah (Award: Davide di Donatello 2018)
Cenere/Ash (IT 2017) by Piero Piccioli
“Ash” is the story of a young man who has two main obsessions: physical exercise and fire. He works out at a park in the south suburbs of Florence, a place that he sees as his gym. His routine is marked by some sort of twisted rituality, a rhythm that rules his daily life. But one hot summer afternoon he will find himself in a situation that will change his life forever.
Piero Piccioli: “My name is Piero Piccioli, I’m 24 and I’m from Florence. I recently graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, where I took a course in Cinema and Audiovisual Language. Video has always meant a lot to me: since I was a kid I loved creating home videos and as I grew up I decided to focus my academic studies on this passion of mine. I started working as a video editor for a small company in Bologna, but soon I felt the need to tell my own stories, experimenting with different ways of shooting and composing images.”
Clothes (BG 2016) by Vesselin Boydev
The short film ‘Clothes’ follows the relationship between two brothers, who have recently lost their father. The loss unites them and they made their first attempts to overcome the alienation, accumulated over the years, while collecting and throwing out the clothes of their father from their family home.
Vesselin Boydev was born in 1974 in Sofia. He graduated directing for puppet theater at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in the class of professor Slavcho Malenov and specialized film and TV directing in the class of academic Lyudmil Staykov. In 2018 he was awarded with IKAR award for best puppet theatrical play.
Cubeman (Ungh. 2017) by Linda Dombrovszky
An elderly man is unable to accept that he is made to retire and his life takes a dramatic turn, when he realises that he cannot finish the work of his life.
Linda Dombrovszky filmdirector studied at the Academy of Film and Drama in Budapest and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Her documentaries and short films attended or received awards at several festivals.
DNA of the wild beast (FR 2017) by Delphine Montaigne
Along her team, the “36′, Lea, commander of operation, faces the true face of the news, filled with blood crimes, and is one the top on the French police force. Protected and connected by their invisible bonds, weaknesses and solidarity is in their DNA.
24 hours in the life of Lea, member of the elite forces, but also a daughter and a woman…
Delphine Montaigne.Director. Born in Lyons. Trained in drama arts in Nice and Paris, France. Encounters and opportunities have progressively drawn new projects. One of which was all about exploring human beings’ relationships dynamics. An obvious focus for an artist.
Edoardo De Candia, il Basquiat italiano (IT 2017)by Carlo Infante
This short film aims at remembering and shedding light on Edoardo De Candia (1933-1992) – a painter and performer from Lecce, who was known to be an outsider and an eccentric – but also on his friends, amongst whom we find the renowned artist Carmelo Bene. As a backdrop, the splendid baroque Lecce and Salento.
Carlo Infante: This is the first short film directed by Carlo Infante (born in Lecce in 1973). For years he has dabbled with journalism, photography, poetry and painting. Among many other awards, in 2015 he won the international award “Federico II”, receiving the title of “Knight of the Arts of the Mediterranean”.
Eyes (IT 2017) by Maria Laura Moraci
EYES is a fictional short film (13’ – genre: soft drama). It deals with a issue deeply connected with everyday life in present times: it denounces the daily frenzy of our lives and a spreading indifference. EYES strongly criticises our society, which is more and more prone to violence, inaction and consumerism.
Maria Laura Moraci, 24 years old and classical studies graduate, is an actress and dancer who always cherished a great love for art. she’s been dedicating to directing and screenwriting of social condemnation pieces for quite some time, due to her activism, which also led to the creation of this short film, which is her first fiction short film.
Faith (Rus. 21017) by Tatiana Fedorovskaya
An old widower, former radio operator, perceives flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages from Heavens.
Tatiana Fedorovskaya. Born on 23-SEP-1979 in Magnitogorsk, USSR. After graduation from the local University in 2004, moved to Moscow, where she started her actress and artist’s career. She played lead characters in ten narrative films and TV series. Tatiana periodically publishes her short stories at snob.ru – a popular Russian Internet platform.
Famile à vendre (Bel. 2017) by Sebastien Petretti
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.
Sebastien Petretti started as an assistant director in 2006 on short films and commercials and is now directing full time crafting his own projects and directing both commercials and music videos under. He has a love of ironic storytelling with a wonderful eye for framing, detail and intriguing casting.
Funky Lola (Spag 2017) by Julio Mas-Alcaraz
Isabel is around seventy years old. She lives alone in her old apartment in a popular neighbourhood in Madrid. Her son has serious debt problems, but he cannot work because he is serving time in jail, and is only released on some weekends on parole. Isabel starts a daring, resolute endeavour to find a job and help him.
Julio Mas-Alcaraz: Julio born in Spain. He holds a BA in Economic and Business Science, a MBA and a MA in Arts. In 2011 he decided to study at the London Film School and in 2014, created his own production company.
Gift (Ung. 2018) by Katalin Oláh & Sándor Csukás
In a distant corner of Transylvania, at the far end of an almost empty village, in a tiny little house, a lonely old widower has given up on life. A bus winds its way through the snowy landscape, bringing a surprise Christmas visitor. The unexpected arrival of his grandson changes the plans of the old man.
Katalin Oláh & Sándor Csukás
Kata Oláh has always been working in the television and film industry since her childhood. She received several international awards and was nominated for the best Hungarian short film by the Hungarian Film Academy.
Sándor Csukás graduated at the Hungarian Film Academy in 1993. Sándor has participated as a cinematographer in more than 60 documentaries and short films, several TV drama and 12 fiction films.
Goodbye (Tur. 2017) by Ali Akin
It is the story of an aquarium fish, left over from a broken love.
Ali Ozan Akın was born in 1989, in İstanbul. Graduated from French high school, he continued his studies at SUNY New Paltz, New York. He later on took courses on acting at Stella Adler Acting Studio and studied 1 year filmmaking at New York Film Academy. He recently worked at the biggest movie production in Turkey “Arif V 216” as Director’s assistant.
La barca (Rus. 2017 by Valerii Gaken
Global flood is coming but Lioscia knows how to save himself: he has a boat. Unfortunately a hunter want to appropriate it. In the movie curious people Will appear having different reactions looking at him sitting in the boat waiting for the global flood.
Valerii Gaken – Directorial debut, Finalist at Premioartelaguna 2018 Venezia
La distanza delle cose (Die Fernheit der dinge) (Austria 2018) by Michael Brent Adam
Two brothers spend their holidays in Tuscany. As the younger brother falls in love with a local girl after a short glimpse, his blind brother tries to effect a reunion in a wondrous way.
Michael Brent Adam – Born in 1985 in Austria, he has a diploma in directing from Filmakademie BadenWürttemberg. His fashion films were shown on festivals all over the world.
Last days of the man of tomorrow (Lib./ Ger. 2017) by Fadi Baki
This is the tumultuous story of Manivelle, an automaton whose rise and fall mirrors that of Lebanon itself. Once the wonder of his age, today Manivelle is a rusty and mostly forgotten curiosity. Could the immortal “Man of Tomorrow“ really be dying and if so, what are his regrets?
Fadi Baki: born in Beirut, 1977. Studied graphic design at the American University of Beirut and for his nal project in 2000, Fadi wrote, directed, shot and edited the 40-minute mockumentary, “It Came From Al-Makkab!”, nominated for the FutureTV Award and screening at a number of festivals. Fadi currently resides in Lebanon and divides his time between motion graphics, comics and lmmaking.
Màneki Nèko (GR 2017) by Manolis Mavris
The unexpected encounter of two strangers and their agreement while waiting for a cab to share the cost of the ride, becomes the motive for the anatomy of a relationship. From the moment they enter the taxi, the driver reveals that they know eachother and they have a common past, leading the couple to the landscapes of desire.
Manolis Mavris was born in Athens in 1987. Coming from an art background he started his career by working for the Greek artwork at the 52nd Venice Biennale. “Maneki Neko” is his second short film. The script won at the 38th Drama Festival’s Pitching Lab in Greece in 2015. “Maneki Neko” made its International premier at 61st BFI London Film Festival and has already won many awards in Greece. At the moment Manolis is developing the script for his first feature film.
Muddelkuddel (Ger. 2016) by Oliver Bittner
The past, the present and the future have our fates in their hands. Concentration is not their strong point. As such, the lifelines of several people ger mixed up. Nothing can be certain anymore, and even those who are responsible for it all are near to end. Until the moment…. The film is a merciless epiphany of the abysmally irrational in a wounded world.
Oliver Bittner: Born in 1969 in Hof a.d. Saale / Germany. Studied New German Literature, Theater Studies and Psychology. Active as a production assistant, editor, producer of on air promotion, creative manager, producer, screenwriter and director.
New feelings (Rus. 2018) by Anastasia Nechaeva
The story takes place in the future, when heart extraction is an everyday surgical operation. A cynical post-op rehab doctor enjoys his life while ridiculing those who choose to undergo such a surgery. His idyllic lifestyle comes to close when he discovers that his ex-wife had her heart extracted in order to forget him.
Anastasia Nechaeva was born in Moscow in 1985, graduated from VGIK, producer’s faculty and then she took director’s course in Moscow university of Culture. Worked in «Slon» film production company as executive producer with such directors as Pavel Chukhrai, Kirill Serebryannikov, Ivan Vyrypaev, Piotr Buslov, Aleksei German junior and Svetlana Proskurina.
No problem (DK 2017) by Magnus Millang
Copenhagen, late 1990s. When the lead singer of Denmark’s second-best cover band calls in sick, the band’s two insecure backup singers start backstabbing each other over the role as lead singer for the night. Who knew that jambands could be the scene of a life-or-death drama? May the best man in denim shorts and denim vest win.
Magnus Millang, born in 1981, is a director, scriptwriter and wellknown Danish comedian. He got his real break-through 2012 with the Danish comedy-series “Danish Dynamite” which he both wrote, directed as well as was acting in and has since then become one of the most successful Danish comedy-assets, both off- as well as on screen.
Orbital Inn (FR 2017) by Pierre Alain M’Barga
Year 2076. Global population: 24 billion. To avoid chaos, Nations have agreed on forbidding the conception and the raising of new children. ORBITAL INN tells the story of a man, his wife, and their young son who is not supposed to be.
Pierre Alain M’barga is a French director born in Paris, France, in 1976. He studied business and industrial design and developed skills in 3D animation and film, for advertising and corporate purposes. He has always been a story-teller, and a sci-fi enthousiast. In 2016, he co-wrote, directed and produced his first short movie ‘ORBITAL INN’, which shows the range of his skills, from directing, camera operating, and CGI.
Paura/Angst (Austria 2017) by Daniel Andrew Wunderer
When Natalie finds an Islamic book under the bed of her fosterling -the refugee Tarikshe gets sucked into a spiral of terror: More and more evidence points to the fact, that the boy is a dangerous fanatic. But what if she’s wrong… and what if she isn’t
Daniel Andrew Wunderer was born in the UK, but grew up in South Tyrol, near the border between Italy and Austria. He studied Screenwriting, History, Media & Communication in Austria, Italy, Germany, Finland and the UK. He worked on several documentaries and feature films, before writing, directing and producing “ANGST” and “Zuflucht” his first shorts. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
Perplexed music (UK 2017) by Mark McGann
A man sits alone in a café, locked in his own world of grief and profound loneliness after the loss of his life companion. The first tentative kiss of two young lovers captures his attention and he is fixated. The memories of his own love have become overwhelming – taunted and tortured once more by a mind cut adrift in a raging storm, can he find the strength to carry on?
Mark McGann. In 2007 McGann formed the multi-media production company Drama Direct Ltd, which continues to create and produce original commercial and educational works for the entertainment industry and beyond. Following successful directorial roles on various commercial and corporate films since the formation of this company, he successfully crowdfunded his own film Perplexed Music on Kickstarter. Inspired by the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Petrarchan sonnet of the same name, the film was written and directed by McGann, and also stars his brother Paul McGann and nephew Sonny McGann in leading roles.
Reindeer Herder’s Dreams (Rus 2017) by Viktor Lysenko
This film is about a man, who lives in the tundra depth. His name is Denis Pyak and he is a representative of the native tribe of the North – Nenets. You will see his life and the life of his family in conditions which might look unusual for people from the cities.
Viktor Lysenko: I was born in the city of Noyabrsk located in the West Siberia. In 2014 I took the course of camera mastering on the base of St.Petersburg Studio of Documentary Film in St. Petersburg. After leaving school in 2016 I entered Film and Television School, GITR, Moscow, where I am studying at the moment at the Directing Department. My qualification is “Film and Television Directing”
Romeo (Usa 2017) by Malerie Marder
A young woman struggles through the banalities of her day as she waits to hear from her lover, Romeo. The phone acts as a neurotic disrupter contextualizing our digitally obsessed, emotionally removed era.
Malerie Marder grew up in Rochester, NY and studied at Bard College completing a B.A. in History and Art. She received her M.F.A. from Yale University where she was awarded the Schickle-Collingwood Prize and The John Ferguson Weir Award. Her solo exhibitions include Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Salon 94 and Greenberg Van Doren in New York; Blain|Southern, Maureen Paley, and The Photographer’s Gallery in London; Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam. International group exhibitions include Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Stand down (Usa 2017) by Dana Tynan
Stand Down is a silent movie set to a new and searing rock and roll song of the same name. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a haunted ex-soldier who can no longer control the memories of war that beset his tormented mind; what we now call post traumatic stress disorder. It’s the story of a man on a singular journey toward an ultimate confrontation with HIMSELF.
Dana Tynan was born in Northern California, and even after living and working in New York and many parts of the world, still considers herself a California girl. Recently, Dana directed two short films with songs by Kario Salem, both of which have gone viral. The first, shot in New York, entitled, ‘The Big Heartbreak’, recently surpassed 3 million views. The other, entitled ‘Stand Down’, starring Billy Bob Thornton, has surpassed 13 million and just won Best Music Video at the Toronto, Florence, and Harlem Film Festivals as well as Best Actor for Billy Bob Thornton from the Florence and New York City Indie Film Festivals.
Taste of love (Austria 2017) by Paul Scheufler
„What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.
Paul Scheufler is an Austrian newcomer in the film industry. He was born in March 1998 and just graduated at Ortweinschule Graz in Film & MultimediaArt. During education, he finished several short films, a commercial for Kunsthaus Graz and worked on documentaries in Vietnam and Kenya. Currently, he is living in Vienna and New York City.
The Basis Of Intimacy (Usa 2018) by Victoria Spadaccini
After being separated from her family and sister, Skylar has nowhere to go. In search of a place to belong, she falls into a downward spiral of destruction.
Victoria Spadaccini: I am very excited to be applying to this festival, not only because it has been strongly recommended by my NYWIFT colleagues, but also because Firenze is very close to my heart.
The battle of Jerash (Jord. 2018) by Carlo Cabrera
Set on the grounds of a preserved hippodrome, a group of legionnaires, gladiators and charioteers try to hang on to Jordan’s ancient past. But as tourism continues to decline in the Middle East, the performers are faced with the harsh reality that each show may be their last. The Battle of Jerash, a documentary short, takes you for a bizarre ride in a place you never thought would feel the effects of its tumultuous region.
Carlos Cabrera: I worked for Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar and have experience in management consulting as a summer analyst at Springhill Consulting Group. As a 2012 graduate and double major in economics and journalism at Northwestern University, I’ve also produced, filmed and edited a documentary in Jordan, The Battle of Jerash (in the final stages of post-production).
The invisible Hand of Adam Smith (Slov. 2017) by Slobodan Maksimović
Somewhere in Europe a Greek owes to a French, who owes to a Slovenian and she owes to an Italian, who owes money to the Greek. A German owes no one, she just wants to get a good night’s sleep. The Brit is looking for an exit. The film is shot in one take with a crew and actors coming from over ten countries. Everyone speaks their language and they all understand each other.
Slobodan Maksimović : “Thanks for Sunderland” is his first feature film which was awarded with four Vesna awards at 15th Festival of Slovenian film. Among them also Vesna for best film. His second feature Nika won the prize of The Best Youth Film at XIX Motovun film festival.
The last day of the empire (Ungh. 2017) by Anna Rubi
The empire collapses in a blink of an eye. The oppression disappears, but also the rules that had been giving safety. This is the moment, when everything is unstable, but everything is possible.
Anna Rubi: Firenze FilmCorti invites independent films and has been open to the unconventional narrative. For us, this was the only way to approach our subject. We’d be glad to screen first time in Italy as part of Filmcorti!
The last drop (Ger. 2017) by Sascha Zimmermann
Once a week, a group of strangers meet to talk about their addiction. An addiction so great that it compels total strangers to sit in a room to talk and begrudgingly support each other. Their good efforts to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’ path are challenged when Dennis accidently joins their group. All of them have to ask themselves a question, do they have their addiction under control?
Sascha Zimmermann: Sascha was born in Bremerhaven in 1977. He studied Media Design for Film, TV and Sound in Hamburg, Germany and graduated in 2006. His main emphasis was in film theory, dramaturgy and montage theory. In 2014 he won the “Special Award for Value & Human Rights” by Amnesty International also for THE BOX.
The little one (FR 2017) by Lorenzo Bianchi
In a remote village, young Luka has already seen the worst. His father’s disease and a very close relationship with his mother have made him the man of the house. During the male nurse’s daily visit, an unexpected invitation to have lunch awakens his jealousy. He decides, then, to bring his own guest. Freely inspired by Georges Bataille’s childhood.
Lorenzo Bianchi was born and raised in Italy. He obtained a philosophy degree in Florence before pursuing studies in Paris, at Paris 8 University from where he holds a Master in film making. In 2015 he started the production company Société Acéphale. Is first film Le petit wins the best photography award in the 2017’s edition of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
The merciless beauty (UK 2017) by Michael Groom
Johnny is a farmhand in the splendour of the English Lake District: he leads a life of introspection, until the strange appearance of a mysterious beautiful woman. Unsure if she’s a figment of his imagination or an actual physical being, Johnny succumbs to obsession.
Michael Groom grew up on the fringes of the Lake District in north west England. He has worked in the film industry since leaving York University in 2003. He cut his teeth working with director Michael Winterbottom and went on to work on many British and American films that were shot in the UK, in a variety of roles covering pre-production, production, post-production, and delivery. Most lately he assisted David Michôd, director of Netflix and Plan B’s War Machine.
The midpoint of a very long story (Turk/FR 2017) by Ertuğ Tüfekçioğlu
Paris at dusk. A loneliness casts over its damp streets. A flat illuminates with anticipation as Mireille awaits her date. For Derun, it is not certain he will even survive the night. More than just a regular interaction of strangers. A rendezvous of evergreen senses. Angst mixed with attraction, trauma met by excitement, strife overrun by escape.
Ertuğ Tüfekçioğlu: “Violence is the best a form of miscommunication”. Born in Ankara. Degenerated in İstanbul. Seasoned in Los Angeles. Getting rotten in İstanbul.
The noise of the light (Le Bruit de la Lumiere) (FR 2017) by Valentin Petit
Pablo and Marius make a disturbing discovery about their childhood friend Lou: she appears to be able to synthesise into sound the light she is exposed to. But as she soon becomes an instrument of their musical experiences, her gift turns into a sort of curse…
Valentin Petit is a young French director based in Paris. He wrote several video clips for street music artists and directed a lot of commercials for famous brands such as Puma, Unicef, Adidas or Canal +. His passion for travel naturally led him to fiction, through which he was able to express a more neo-melancholic creation. He is currently developing many personal projects, among which short films that won multiple awards in French and international film festivals, like his latest experimental film: « A Portrait of Rafel Delalande ».
The plague (La peste) (IT 2017) by Tommaso Frangini
Northern Europe, late 18th Century. A young and ambitious alchemist, Parsifal, gives birth to a Homunculus, ignoring his Master warning about creating life.
After years, he’ll have to face his mistakes
Tommaso Frangini: In Autumn 2016 he followed as Director’s Personal Assistant all the pre production and shooting of Andrea Pallaoro’s Feature Film “Hannah”, starring Charlotte Rampling, who won the “Coppa Volpi” in Venice as Best Actress.
Tommaso is actually a Film Directing M.F.A. 1 student in one of the most important Film School in the U.S., the California Institute of Arts.
“Ecate” is his first Short Film, with which Tommaso has won four prizes in international Festivals and that has been selected in more than ten Festivals all over the World. The Plague” is his second and more ambitious work.
The red tree (USA/Eire 2017) by Paul Rowley
Narrated by renowned Italian actor Leo Gullotta, THE RED TREE is short documentary that tells the little-known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.
Paul Rowley: Born in Dublin and a resident of Brooklyn since 2000, Paul is a visual artist and filmmaker. He first began making films on super 8 in 1995. Since then he has completed over 40 shorts, documentaries, video installations, and experimental films.
The washing line (IT 2017) by Claudio Cirri
Clara and Max live in an isolated place in the middle of nature, their life goes along happily with their children, until something upsets their plans…
Claudio Cirri is known for his work on Hero (2015), Washing Line (2016) and Pamela (2018).
Trieb (Ger. 2017) by Diego Hauenstein
A couple goes for a hike, though their intentions differ.
Diego Hauenstein: currently studies fiction film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wü rttemberg. Prior, he graduated with a Bachelor in film studies from the Zü rcher Hochschule der Kü nste. His first film he made at 16 years old – he has made over a dozen since. When he is not directing, Diego works as an assistant director for feature films and commercials as well as writing and editing scripts. He fluently speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
What we know (Ger. 2017) by Lotta Schwerk
Zoe, Tomke and Bruno are floating through their days and nights. They rebel sometimes more quietly and sometimes more loudly, looking for their own path. Together or all alone.
Lotta Schwerk was born on November 30th, 1998 in Berlin, Germany. In 2012 she met Fion Mutert in the children’s jury of the Berlinale and ever since then they produce short films together. In 2016 they both graduated high school.
Whoever was using this bed (Aus.lia 2016) by Andrew Kotatko§A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up)
Andrew Kotatko is Australia’s most experienced music supervisor, having collaborated with directors such as Jane Campion, Fred Schepisi, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson. Andrew’s latest short film is the AFI|AACTA Award winner Whoever Was Using This Bed (2016) starring Jean-Marc Barr, Radha Mitchell and Jane Birkin.