animation, 117 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Daughter / Dcera by Daria Kashcheeva (Czech Republic, 2019, 15 min)
In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.
2019 Student Academy Award
Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts / Briljantsuse demonstratsioon neljas vaatuses by Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak (Estonia, Croatia, 2018, 15 min)
The people are waiting for someone special. Someone special is born – a grown-up man in a suit. They follow the man and cheer for his theatrical but utterly pointless performances. In the middle of one performance he makes a mistake and the people who have so far adored him, leave. Left alone, he meets a woman who is made for him. The theatrical performances continue...
2018 Etiuda&Anima IFF (Grand Prix)
Imbued Life / Udahnut zivot by Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson (Croatia, 12 min)
A story of a young woman’s connection to the life force of nature. She uses her knowledge of taxidermy to “restore” the animals to their natural habitat. However, the true search for answers begins when she starts finding a roll of undeveloped film in each of the animals she treats. Her obsession drives her to seek the explanation of the connection she feels, haunting her dreams, as well as her waking moments.
Riga's Lilac / Rīgas Ceriņi by Lizete Upite (Latvia, 2019, 14 min)
In Riga’s public transport you can call the police if someone smells bad and disturbs your ride. But would you call? Lizete, an amateur interviewer, tries to figure out - do we have the right to stink?
Story by Jola Bańkowska (Poland, 2019, 5 min)
A reflection about modern man in an age of omnipresent technology. Looking through stories - a popular function in many social media platforms - we see people who are lonely, lost or already indifferent about reality surrounding them. Action takes place during one day and it's told by short, often (auto)ironic scenes, where virtual world sinks to reality.
2019 Berlinale IFF (competition)
The Hunt / Łowy by Mateusz Jarmulski (Poland, 2018, 8 min)
North-eastern Polish village, surrounded by forests and lakes; with only a few houses, several farm households, and a small baroque church. That’s where the main character – an 11 years old boy spends his last month of summer. He is fascinated by adventure books about the Wild West and craves adventures and experiences. He explores the surroundings, equipped with a cassette recorder and a bow. His innocent adventure suddenly stops being a childish play – what the boy will live through one summer night, will stay for long in his memory.
Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves / Toomas teispool metsikute huntide orgu by Chintis Lundgren (Estonia, Croatia, France, 2019, 18 min)
After losing a well paid engineering job, Toomas, a young hot wolf, gets cornered into working as a gigolo to support his family. He is keeping it as a secret from his pregnant wife Viivi. Viivi also has a secret: she is attending a female empowerment seminar involving male slaves. When Toomas gets a role in a sexploitation movie, it becomes harder to keep his new profession a secret.
You Are Overreacting / Nie masz dystansu by Karina Paciorkowska (Poland, 2018, 4 min)
A hand-drawn animation that attempts to ask questions about the place of women in the modern reality. The film is (unfortunately) inspired by everyday life, statements of public figures, and the media.
2019 FEST New Directors | New Films Festival (Silver Lynx for Best Animation Short Film)
2018 DOK Leipzig (Honorary Mention)