short films, 112 min, English version, 16+
Break / Szünet by Levente Kölcsey (Hungary, 2020, 12 min)
Zoli (16) is about to be taken out of school by his parents, to make him work for the family. For the headmaster the procedure is just an administrative routine which he’d better get over with in the break between two classes. Zoli is not willing to accept that his future is decided by others without asking him.
2020 Locarno Film Festival (competition)
Dummy / Atkūrimas by Laurynas Bareiša (Lithuania, 2020, 13 min)
Using a faceless doll criminal reenacts a brutal crime. But surprisingly he is not the one being judged. There seems to be an odd one out in the investigative group.
2020 Berlinale International Film Festival (competition)
Lake of Happiness by Aliaksei Paluyan (Belarus, Germany, Spain, 2019, 30 min)
In a small Belarusian village where time seems to stand still, Jasja, a 9-year-old girl, has to deal with her mother‘s death. Her father decides to send her to an orphanage. But one day she decides to run away—home.
2019 Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand (competition)
Sticker / Налепница by Georgi M. Unkovski (Macedonia, 2020, 19 min)
After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.
The Parallel State / Statul Paralel by Octav Chelaru (Romania, 2019, 23 min)
Dan, a twenty-something security specialist gets an ominous phone call. A spa resort. A high-profile client who triggers a game of unclear stakes. Dan gets a chance to go from nobody to somebody.
Virago by Kerli Kirch Schneider (Estonia, 2019, 15 min)
A man falls off a roof. Another one drowns. Another catches fire. Wherever you look, men are dropping like flies. “May God rest their souls,” sigh the widows as they cross themselves somberly. This is the life and the death of the men in Virago - a village where for centuries no man has lived long enough to see his fortieth birthday. Until today. Inspired by true events and set in rural Estonia where the harsh realities of present day weave with the mystical, this film tells the story of virāgōs - women who possess both heroic and hostile qualities.
2019 Warsaw International Film Festival
2019 Cottbus Film Festival, Germany;
2019 PÖFF / Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival