In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.
The Art Of Love (France) by Alejo Restrepo
In a desert, a blond woman, a dog and a voice declaiming in Mandarin. Space-time is uncertain, the alternation of static and dynamic phases intersects with a car trip; A brunette woman quotes Sun-Tzu in the original text of The Art of War. Is love only possible without war? The souvenirs, inseparable from the memory, take us to the crests of a stormy relationship between two women, whom everything seems to oppose, carried away by a passionate love.
Syncope (Iran) by Touraj Heybati
A 19-year-old boy is married to a 12-year-old girl. At the wedding night the young girl suffers a seizure. The boy does not know how to solve this problem and asks his older brother for help.
Friday morning when Daniele seems dead (Taiwan) by Yang Chao Hao
One morning, after not seeing my older housemate Daniele for several days, the other tenants and I assume she died in her room. We call the landlord and wait for him to unlock her door. While we wait, I can't stop thinking about what would I see behind that door. What should we do? What killed her? My curiosity and my imagination grow.
Fifteen year-old Aranay prepares to leave Cuba to join her parents in Belgium. Her grandmother, Olga, wants to give her a gift to remember her by, as she begins life in her new country. That is, if she can find her before she leaves. Why is Aranay hiding?
Stories of the Half-Light (Italy) by Luca Magi
Rostom is a night shelter for homeless people located on the outskirts of a big Italian city. In the dark of the night, the faces of the people who stay there for just one night and the faces of those who have made the place their home are illuminated by the glow of cigarettes and their voices can be heard. Men and women with difficult pasts are exiled to a present life of perpetual waiting. A lost galaxy in which both the past and the future seem out of reach.