Friday, 8 October 2021
20:00 - 22:00
This screening session features 7 films. All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
Koning Albert l-laan 200
Free tickets available at the ticket desk
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservation is no longer possible, but free tickets are available at the festival ticket desk at Kinepolis which opens 15 minutes before each screening.
BY JELENA SINIK
Synopsis: 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. Running time: 00:02:05
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF (Winner Best Animated Film), Edinburgh Short FF, Australian International Animation F, Boston Short FF, ANIMA, Venice Film Week, Sydney World FF (Winner Best Australian Film), Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: Jelena is an award-winning animator and filmmaker from Sydney's Eastern beaches. She graduated a Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound) degree at the University of New South Wales in 2014 before completing a Master of Animation at the University of Technology Sydney. Her animations have been festival-screened internationally numerous times and when she's not swimming, she's crafting delightful films that strive to illuminate the often overlooked surrealism of the everyday.
DOUBLESPEAK (UNITED STATES)
BY HAZEL MCKIBBIN
Synopsis: A young woman grapples with the aftermath of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. Running time: 00:09:45
Festivals: Sundance FF, Boston Short FF, Rhode Island IFF, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and more.
About the director: Hazel McKibbin is a British American writer and director based in New York City's Brooklyn. She is a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer and is currently working on her thesis at Columbia University, where she is pursuing an MFA in screenwriting and directing. McKibbin is drawn to realism, often through a feminist lens, and the idea that compelling stories can be created from ordinary relationships and interactions.
FRAGILE MACHINES (U.S.)
BY DEREK JOHNSON, LUKE SMITHERS
Synopsis: Fragile Machines is an independent art film which tells the story of a married couple and the affairs that make their relationship irreparable. The film follows a non-linear, gestural narrative—shifting between seasons, homes, oceans and embraces fluidly and rapidly. The movement direction follows a form of contemporary dance: contact improvisation. Running time: 00:06:07
Festivals: Oslo Independent FF, Brussels Independent FF, SHOWstudio Fashion Film Awards, Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Toronto Arthouse FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: Derek Johnson is a filmmaker and video art director based in New York City. Luke Smithers lives and works in Los Angeles.
BY LUÍS SOARES
Synopsis: A sad and restrained man lying on the bed in his empty room. Hesitates, ponder hypotheses in a cycle without deciding, stuck. In exhaustion all anguish equals. Another man is sitting at the window: he looks at him and to the street. Characters in broken situations. The key positions, the suspended sequences, are shown. The man almost decides - and they almost return, inside and out, to them and to the city, time and movement. Infinite dawn. Running time: 00:07:00
Festivals: Slamdance FF, Indielisboa, Brussels Independent FF, Curta Cinema Brazil, Animac (Winner Audience Award), and more.
About the director: Luís Soares' (Lisbon, 1981) first animated film, Any Other Man, premiered at the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival in 2012 and participated in dozens of international festivals and shows where it won five prizes. His second animated film, Poise, premiered at the 17th IndieLisboa in 2020.
BY TORAJ HEYBATI
Synopsis: 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. Running time: 00:13:49
Festivals: Boston Short FF, Queen Palm IFF, Verona IFF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.
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BIRTH OF A POET (U.S.)
BY JAMES FRANCO, PEDRO GÓMEZ MILLÁN, ZACHARY KERSCHBERG
Synopsis: Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems. Running time: 00:14:23
Festivals: Toronto Arthouse FF (Winner Best Short Film), Santa Fe FF, San Francisco IndieFest, Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Sydney World FF, Venice Film Week, and more.
About the directors: James Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor.Franco is known for his many film roles, amongst which 127 Hours (2010), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Pedro Gómez Millán is a Mexican born cinematographer whose work has been featured at Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, Tribeca & PlusCamerImage, among many other international film festivals. Zachary Kerschberg is an American filmmaker, whose films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and Rain Dance.
OBSCURE DESIRE (U.S.)
BY KUNLIN WANG
Synopsis: Coming-of-age journey of a teenage boy who sexually awakens after discovering the sexual relationship between his father figure and sister figure. The sibling love and companionship, which once served to counterbalance familial strangeness, is now disturbed and gradually develops into a sexual attraction and desire. Running time: 00:41:00
Festivals: Tallinn Black Nights FF, Taipei FF, Brussels Independent FF, Visionär FF Berlin, Venice Film Week, LA Femme IFF, and more.
About the director: Kunlin Wang holds an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. As a writer and director, she has a passion for telling stories of deviance, subcultures, and marginalized people. Her background in Gender Studies informs her work as she endeavours to challenge and subvert social norms regarding gender and sexuality.