short films, 157 min, eng subtitles, 16+
And He Said Yes! by Gintarė Parulytė (Luxembourg, Lithuania 2022, 21’)
Greta, Icelandic, and Thanos, Greek, have just met and decided to see a wedding planner to plan their big day - to have their cultures clash, which leads to the fall of Greta’s emotional erection.
Luxembourg City FF 2022
Oakville FF 2022
Tirana FF 2022
♥ with the director Gintarė Parulytė
Heiki On The Other Side / Heiki teisel pool by Katariina Aule (Estonia 2022, 15’)
A dark comedy that tells the story of Heiki, a young man who dies during a party he’s hosting at the house of his recently passed grandfather and ends up in the Underworld where he must face the consequences of his death.
Mandatory Presence / Obecność obowiązkowa by Adam Ziajski (Poland 2021, 25’)
Full of irony and sometimes grotesque, the film is a bravado commentary on the socio-political and pandemic reality of Poland, or perhaps of the world. The protagonist is a lonely middle-aged man. He has just moved into a claustrophobic flat and voilà... the world ends. He spends his weeks searching for more and more absurd activities, interwoven with post-apocalyptic visions. Personal, even intimate, themes are mixed with observations of a more universal nature. The distinctive form and lucidity of the reflections make this film something you want to talk about. And the louder we laugh, the more it can hurt.
Krakow FF 2022
Social World FF 2022
Garofano Rooso FF 2022
Paradise On Earth To See / Zahrada ráje by Vojtěch Novotný (Czech Republic 2022, 26’)
Matys is an outsider who moved from Ukraine to Czechia with his sister in search of a better life. Turns out the situation there is not ideal either. A glimpse of hope comes when Matys manages to get a job in a cottage in the woods. Its owner and the magical surroundings enchant him. The question is how long this feeling of happiness will last.
Phase / Фаза by Mykola Zaseev (Ukraine 2021, 20’)
A 10-year-old boy Yarik, while playing in the woods next to his family’s house, sees a young man allegedly killing a girl. After his failed attempts to talk to his mother about that, he looks for evidence of the possible crime himself.
French Riviera FF Cannes 2022 (Best Narrative Short)
Molodist IFF Kyiv 2021
Shells / Schránky by Marie-Magdalena Kochová (Czech Republic 2022, 9’)
The elevator of the nursing home turns into the stage as the old dancer explores the limits of his body, memory and the passage of time. Trapped between four walls, he must face the helplessness of his own languish shell. Starring Jan Minařík, the soloist of Pina Bausch theatre and the greatest Czech dancer of the 20th century.
Karlovy Vary IFF 2022
Techno, Mama / Teknoa, Äiti by Saulius Baradinskas (Lithuania 2021, 18’)
Nikita loves to listen to techno music and dreams to go to Berlin and visit the famous club “Berghain”. His mother Irena doesn’t know about his son’s dreams and soon enough their mutual expectations will clash.
Venice FF 2021 (Orizzonti Short Films Competition)
Unburial / Odgrzeb by Artur Wyrzykowski (Poland 2022, 22’)
Berka is 31 years old – and she’s the most pathetic person ever. She hides from the world under several layers of clothing and dreams of going under a table and staying there forever. Unable to cope with a breakup, she lives in a fantasy that her beloved Olga will return to her. When Berka's dad urges her to come home for an unburial, she has to confront him, a City Hall expert and his activation programme for Millennials, as well as her ex. Through all of this, Berka has to try to not kill herself.
Brussels Short FF 2022
Krakow FF 2022