The 2020 selection has competing works from 27 different countries, with genres ranging from animation to documentary and many Italian directors behind the camera.
45 shorts from 27 different countries. These are the figures for Maremetraggio, historic competition section dedicated to shorts at the ShorTS International Film Festival, the film event which this year from Trieste arrives on the Web from 4 to 12 July 2020 thanks to MYmovies, technical partner for the event.
Competing in the Maremetraggio section are the best shorts from all over the world which, during 2019, were awarded prizes at the major international festivals, such as the short documentary Mars, Oman by Vanessa del Campo Gatell, prize winner at the Festival dei Popoli and at Visions du Réel, that tells of the simulated expeditions to Mars carried out in Oman in the Arabian Peninsula, or the Chinese short She runs by Qiu Yang, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 70 with A Gentle Night. She runs has been selected at numerous international events, including the Critics’ Week at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Italian works in competition include Inverno by Giulio Mastromauro, awarded the prize for best short this year at the David di Donatello and an intense autobiographical account of childhood and loss. Also from Italy is La bellezza imperfetta by Davide Vigore, which uses photography by Daniele Ciprì to narrate the meeting between a 65-year-old man and a young Ukrainian girl in a shadowy Palermo. The short Fulmini e saette by Daniele Lince stars Carolina Crescentini in the unusual role of superheroine. She plays the part of the “Donna Saetta” or “thunderbolt woman”, capable of teleportation and moving at supersonic speed, who watches over the city and its inhabitants. Yet superpowers are not enough at times for facing up to day-to-day living.
Ample space is given over to animation, including Lost & Found by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe, an Australian stop-motion short, a naïve and romantic tale about the altruism of true love. Another stop-motion short is the Iranian Song Sparrow by Farzaneh Omidvarnia, which uses the animation idiom to filter the horrors of reality, with a story about a group of refugees escaping towards a better life. Fun for all the family with the Swiss short Why Slugs Have No Legs by Aline Höchli, which uses exquisitely nonsensical animation to rewrite History and tells of the fantasy origins of slugs.
The 45 competing works are to contend the prestigious EstEnergy – Gruppo Hera prize for the best short with prize money of 5,000.00 €. Also to be won is the AcegasApsAmga prize for the best Italian short, the Premio Prem1ere Film for the best short not in distribution and the Premio AMC for best Italian editing. Confirmation has also been received of the Premio Triestecaffè awarded by the MYmovies audience.
“The 2020 ShorTS, for reasons known to us all, is to be different and possibly unique of its kind. Like the Festival, in its structure, the selection of the Maremetraggio section has been different (and possibly unique of its kind) and carried out almost entirely during lockdown”, said Francesco Ruzzier, curator of the Maremetraggio section. “The viewing environment and surroundings are factors that have a definite influence on the vision and perception of any audience member. According to a study by researcher Rosalind Cartwright, dreams break up the emotional charge of the experience. Short films themselves are none other than the staging of experiences whose emotional charge directors seek to maintain intact. Dreams that are always vivid, able to crystallise a moment, a situation, an emotion or a feeling to prevent it from fading in time. The common denominator of the works selected this year is a detachment from reality, the reinterpretation and highly personal vision of the world by directors who shape the images with their vision of things. Also seen in the documentaries (such as Mars, Oman, and also the Indonesian Rewild) is the tendency to narrate reality from an unusual and personal viewpoint”.
A colloquio con Rossella (Interview with Rossella) di Andrea Andolina
Adam by Shoki Lin
Anna by Dekel Berenson
La bellezza imperfetta by Davide Vigore
Calvario (Calvary) by LLuis Margarit
Dialogue by Souvik Chakraborty
Duszyczka (The Little Soul) by Barbara Rupik
eggshell by Case Jernigan
Emtehan (Exam) by Sonia K. Hadad
Existe! (Exist!) by Luca Zuberbühler
Figurant by Jan Vejnar
Fulmini e saette (Thunderbolts And Lightning Strikes) by Daniele Lince
Gronde marmaille (Rain, Rain, Run Away) by Clémentine Carrié
Guy Proposes to His Girlfriend on a Mountain by Bernhard Wenger
Hãy tỉnh thức và sẵn sàng (Stay Awake, Be Ready) by Pham Thien An
I Created Memories by Sammy Gadbois
Intermission Expedition by Wiep Teeuwisse
Inverno (Timo’s Winter) by Giulio Mastromauro
Kolektyviniai sodai (Community Gardens) by Vytautas Katkus
Lay Them Straight by Robert Deleskie
Lee Dewyze (Castles) by Stefano Bertelli
El libre (The Book) by Francesca Català
Limbo by Dani Viqueira Carballal
Lost & Found by Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe
Mars, Oman by Vanessa Del Campo Gatell
Monologue by Lorenzo Landi, Michelangelo Mellony
Nan Fang Shao Nv (She Runs) by Qiu Yang
Il nostro tempo by Veronica Spedicati
Il primo giorno di Matilde by Rosario Capozzolo
Paola Makes a Wish by Zhannat Alshanova
Piña Colada by David Grove Draad
Portraitiste (Portraitist) by Cyrus Neshvad
Red Wine by Santiago Menghini
Rewild by Nicholas Chin, Ernest Zacharevic
Saturday’s Apartment by Jeon Seungbae
Song Sparrow by Farzaneh Omidvarnia
The Strange House in the Mist by Guilherme Daniel
Takie piękne miasto (Such a Beautiful Town) by Marta Koch
Teresa by Gabriele Ciances
Der Test (The Test) by Philipp Christopher
The Van by Erenik Beqiri
Veronica non sa fumare (Veronica Doesn’t Smoke) by Chiara Marotta
Voler essere felici ad ogni costo (Deaf Love) by Michele Bertini Malgarini
Warum Schnecken keine Beine haben (Why Slugs Have No Legs) by Aline Höchli
We_Sounds by David Carrizales