Monday, 22 August 2022
This screening session features 8 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Questa sera saranno proiettati 8 film in lingua originale con sottotitoli in inglese.
Casa del Cinema Videoteca Pasinetti, Palazzo Mocenigo - San Stae 1990, Venice 30135, Italy
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the cinema starting 20 minutes before the screening. Reservation is not required, but optional. If you want to be certain of your seat(s), reserve your ticket(s) here.
By Orest Smylanetz
Synopsis: This film was shot during the air raid on the 77th day of Russia's aggression against Ukraine Running time: 00:01:00.
About the director: Orest is an independent filmmaker from Ukraine. He became a film director because he found cinema to be the most universal language of mankind. He got his education by practicing with different types of shootings for over 9 years.
LAKIKO | A Hybrid Idea (Germany)
By Manfred Borsch
Synopsis: “In a very personal way, Sarajevo still reflects in me today, - and therefore, especially within my music.” An audiovisual portrait of Lana Kostić, a cellist, singer and composer from Bosnia, Germany, and Switzerland. Born in Sarajevo, the city and its history serve as a metaphor and foundation for LAKIKOs work today. Oscillating between classical music, Balkan style, and avant-garde, it is precisely the contrasts and frictions that make up her music. Running time: 00:04:57.
About the director: With a strong background in music, Manfred creates audiovisual works as a director, cinematographer, and editor. His works create worlds that invite emotional participation. The viewer is actively encouraged to bring his or her own thoughts and feelings to bear, thus establishing a deeper connection to the content that goes beyond the traditional storytelling. Over the years, Manfred has developed an artistic curiosity at the intersections between moving images, music, sound, spatial installations, and genre boundaries, which allows him to always explore new challenges and tools.
Losing It (Austria)
By Sascha Vernik
Synopsis: After losing the tool he relies on most, a fraud information worker decides to go back in time to prevent it. Running time: 00:09:30.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF.
About the director: Sascha Vernik is a director and animator based in Vienna, Austria. After his debut animated film "Embracing Lovers" in 2014 he has worked in the animation industry before completing his animated short 'Losing It' in 2022.
To America (USA)
By Arya Jo Singh
Synopsis: In an effort to defend her “American-ness”, an Indian-American teenager writes a poem about her dual identity. Running time: 00:04:24.
Selections/awards: Doc.Boston, New Jersey Independent FF.
About the director: Arya Singh is currently a sophomore at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts studying Film and Television. She grew up in New Jersey and has a passion for creating narrative and documentary work.
Don't Forget to Smile (Portugal)
By Cai Ning
Synopsis: Rachel, a 6 years old girl from an immigrant family, carries more expectations than an average child. Language lessons, making music videos, singing, dancing, and practicing the piano are her basic tasks. Her parents have truly invested their lives to make sure Rachel becomes the next big name. But is a life surrounded by adults and spotlights what she wants? This is a portrait of a parent-child relationship, and what it takes to manufacture a child superstar. Running time: 00:13:45.
Selections/awards: Drama International Short FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF.
About the director: Chinese documentary filmmaker Cai Ning (1996) is currently based in Brussels. With a love of observational, and self-reflexive documentaries, she is keen on filming topics related to gender, identity, and relationship construction. She is a graduate student in DocNomads, an Erasmus Joint Master Program, studying documentary film directing across Europe.
By Sara Kadefors
Synopsis: A middle-aged woman begins to watch a young man in a window across the street. The drama that takes place there makes her remember her own life as a young woman, a time that was both fantastic, and which she realizes, as the man's life becomes complicated, difficult, and painful. One day she is interrupted in her thoughts, and her life takes an unexpected turn. Based on a real person and his life, “Window” is a mockumentary of sorts, a project by two neighbours that came about the uncertain and boring time of the pandemic when we were all trapped at home. Running time: 00:11:40.
Selections/awards: Göteborg FF, Boston Short FF, NYC Independent FF, Vera FF, IFF Cologne.
About the director: Sara Kadefors started as a journalist and presenter on Swedish Radio and Television. Her breakthrough as a novelist came with the August Prize-winning “Sandor slash Ida” ("Are u 4 real" in English) in 2001, which became a film. After that followed several novels for children, young people and adults, and TV and film scripts. Today she is a full time screenwriter. Last year, both the miniseries "Tsunami" and "Dejta" premiered on Swedish Television. Sara has also written and directed drama for radio and stage as well as her own short story films.
By David Borchkhadze
Synopsis: The quiet life of Beso and his daughter is suddenly disrupted when neighbouring workers damage the wall of their house. Running time: 00:30:00.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Sydney World FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Super Shorts NY&LA, and more.
About the director: David Borchkhadze has been working around sets since the age of 16. He worked as editor at almost all TV channels in Georgia, and later directed episodes on several TV shows, including one of the first reality shows in Georgia. He also has been independently shooting some of the biggest commercials in Georgia. He directed an episode of the film “Tbilisi Love Story” and soon after shot his first independent feature film ,“Seazone” in 2010. In 2019, he shot the first interactive 3-hour commercial film in Georgia, “Arena”.
Day Release (Austria)
By Martin Winter
Synopsis: Single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him, while time is against her, she has to be back in prison at six pm. Running time: 00:35:00.
Selections/awards: FF Max Ophüls Preis, Orlando FF, Energacamerimage, Leeds IFF, Caminhos Do Cinema Portoguês FF, Zoom-Zbliżenia IFF (Winner Special Mention Award), Palm Springs International Shortfest, Brisbane IFF, Thess International Shorts, Cleveland IFF, and more.
About the director: Martin Winter was born 1983 in Leipzig, Germany. From 2008 he studied Directing at Filmcollege Vienna. There, he realized numerous shortfilms and documentaries together with his colleagues. The medium length film “Day Release” is his graduation film.