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ALL THAT I LOVE (95m, Poland)
dir. by. Jacek Borcuch
A story of a group of friends set at the beginning of 1980s. The films is shown through one of main character’s – Janek – eyes. He’s a teen living in hell. With time passes The Big History – Solidarity strikes,martial law in Poland, manifestations, and to this are driven youth, music, relations and life in general.
ARMLESS (88m, USA)
dir. by Habib Azar
A husband with a bizarre secret. A wife who’s determined to learn it. A doctor who’s desperate for some excitement in his life. A receptionist who’s sick of excitement. And a mother with an Asian fetish. All these lives come crashing into one another in this quirkily funny, strangely poignant movie about love, lies, marriage… and amputation.
BARRIERE aka Boundaries (96m Germany)
dir. Andreas Kleinert
Nine young actors leave behind their daily lives in Berlin and travel to the country to audition for a summer theatre production to be performed in the ruins of an old church.
FRITZ BAUER – TOD AUF RATEN (110m, Germany)
dir. by Iliona Ziok
A documentary about the life of Fritz Bauer, who was probably the most renowned state prosecutor the Federal Republic has ever had.
OPEN (88m, USA)
dir. by Jake Yuzna
Interweaving love stories centering on real individuals who are utilizing medicine to explore new frontiers of love, sex, and the human form.
PALTADACHO MUNIS aka The Man Beyond the Bridge (96, India)
dir. by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
A recently widowed forest ranger in India strikes up an unlikely relationship with a woman he finds lost and alone in the woods.
BETWEEN FLOORS (87m, U S A)
dir. by Jen White
Between Floors examines the human condition through a uniquely claustrophobic lens, intercutting between five stuck elevators and the people trapped inside them. Each elevator becomes an existential purgatory, forcing its occupants to not only confront their isolation, but themselves and each other in varied and unexpected ways
EXHALING MUSIC (57m, Norway)
dir. by Trond Eliassen
Getting to conduct one of the worlds greatest symphony orchestras is a dream shared by a lot of people. Turned in to reality, some dreams can become nerve wrecking nightmares very quickly.In this documentary we follow the shy and self-taught composer Fred Jonny Berg. He has never conducted an orchestra before. But suddenly he is forced in to a situation where he has to conduct the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra of London. It is the longest day of Fred Jonny Berg’s life..
THE ARMOIRE (22m, Canada)
11 year-old Aaron plays a game of Hide and Seek in which his friend Tony is never found. The mystery of their relationship—and of their queer attachment to the armoire in Aaron’s bedroom—can only be revealed, it turns out, through hypnosis.
NAPOLEON, MY LOVE (10m, France)
A teenage girl nurtures her crush on the long dead emperor of France.
CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT (10m, USA)
Robert Machoian/Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Charlie a 4-year-old and lover of Bugs Bunny decides to go hunt a rabbit of his own.
CHICKEN HEADS (15m, Palestine)
After his father’s prized sheep goes missing, Yousef devises a strategy to keep the truth buried.
FAMILY JEWELS (21m, USA)
Leaving family is the hardest part.
MY MOM SMOKES WEED (17m, USA)
A geriatric mother and her twenty-something son on a road trip to meet some dastardly drug dealers in order to replenish a supply of certain herbs
BUS (11m, Israel)
As the city buses traverse Jerusalem, they carry with them dreams from various worlds. Passengers ascend and descend, always on the go, living their lives amidst a complex of rules, walls, soldiers, and permits. Will they reach their destination?
5 LESSONS AND 9 QUESTIONS ABOUT CHINATOWN (10m, USA)
You live somewhere, walk down the same street 50, 100, 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering The Place.
AKAI MORI NO UTA (6m, Japan)
Deep in the forest of Ponia, Nini and Nana, two fortune tellers, sing a traditional song that has been passed down through the ages.
VENUS VS ME (27m, Belgium)
Entangled in a realm of thought, twelve-year-old Marie has trouble growing up. When her young mother brings home a new boyfriend, questions remain unanswered and communication seems impossible. Frenetic, Marie tries to win back her mother while she silently finds solace in a world of memories.
ALL RESTRICTIONS END – THE POLITICS OF CLOTHES (32m, Iran)
With clothing as the leitmotif, the filmmaker provides the history of Iran, the country of his birth, where beheadings and hangings are commonplace occurrences.
DÉFILÉ DES OMBRES (4, France)
SWELTER (9m, Latvia)
Subtle movements create an almost unnoticeable displacement of reality, allowing one to sense the world’s own pace, which takes place independently of us, and which we can only influence slightly
JACCO’S FILM (17m, Netherlands)
Jacco (10) allows the viewer a glimpse into his colorful world of experiences. Filled with enthusiasm, he talks about his friends, girlfriends, interests, everyday activities and the wonders of nature.
DAKUJEM, DOBRE (40m, Slovakia)
An examination of the effects of capitalism on the elderly in Eastern Europe.
HINKERORT ZORASUNE aka Fifth Column (29m, Lebanon)
The film chronicles desperation and mourning in the marginalized Armenian quarter of Beirut.
LICHT aka Light (15m, Netherlands)
An elderly ill woman packs some clothes in a suitcase, her fish in a plastic bag and leaves on foot to a monastery where she stops eating and drinking. During her lonely journey she has some intense encounters.
RONAN’S ESCAPE (16m, Australia)
dir. by A.J. Carter
Ronan, a 14 year old school boy growing up in a rural West Australian town. He is the social outcast of the school and has been bullied for years. The film follows the last few hours of Ronan’s day at school before he makes his ‘escape’ under a beautiful Australian gum tree.
SEPARATION (4m, Hungary)
dir. by Andras Novak
A story about the change of fortune followed by a sudden stroke of good luck and the dramatic changes it brings into the life of a man – in the reflection of past, present and future.
KIDNAP (4m, U S A)
dir. by Sijia Luo
A little chicken is late to school, but her excuse is too wild to believe: getting kidnapped on the way to school. You believe not not, this chicken is a really good actress and Kung fu master! After her explanation, you have to believe that her adventure is so true.
MY UNCLE BLUEY (17m, Australia)
dir. by Britt Arthur
A film maker’s personal story about her estranged Uncle Bluey – a white man who found his home in a
remote Aboriginal community
LET ME IN (3m, U S A)
dir. by Matthew Schutt
Noise (4m, Croatia)
Dir. by Molly Brentford
Sexteens (3m, Poland)
Dir. by Lech Paskulski
Dismember December (4m, Ireland)
Dir. by Davide Lonardi
Eat What You Kill (4m, U S A)
Dir. by Halley Harris
Empress (3m, Italy)
Sub. by Heinze Felconi
Touchdowm (3m, U S A)
Dir. by Dee Simpson
Wonders (2m, Sweden)
Sub. by Erica Holmberg
One Day (4m, U S A)
Dir. by Alison Walters
Go Go (4m, Japan)
Dir. by Mas Yulo
DOA (3m, U S A)
Dir. by Seam Lewis