80 films to compete in the Maremetraggio section

 

The Trieste-based festival confirms the shortlist for its annual section dedicated to award-winning shorts from other major international festivals.

The 2018 vintage will see 80 works from more than 30 different countries competing for the main prize. This year’s selection includes a plethora of shorts from female directors, many sporting stories, social themes and unforgettable portraits of femininity.

 On July 5th and 6th, the ShorTS Pitching Training workshop will teach pitching techniques seen with increasing regularity in the audio-visual sector.   

 80 shorts from more than 30 different countries competing against one-another: this is the Maremetraggio section. The historic competitive section of the ShorTS International Film Festival will run from June 29th to July 7th in Trieste. The section will see the best shorts from all over the world compete – shorts that have already won prizes at major international festivals in 2017. The 80 chosen films will compete for the prestigious EstEnergy – Hera Comm Prize of 5,000 euros, as awarded by a select jury that includes, amongst others, the actress and director Veronica Pivetti. “The shorts in competition are brought together by a very particular care and attention to the visual aspect of cinema, in addition to the fact that they have all won awards at the world’s major film festivals” – states Francesco Ruzzier, the Maremetraggio section’s curator – “We would also say that this year’s selection truly embraces femininity. Indeed, twice as many female directors have been selected this year compared to 2017, which is an extremely positive sign for the film industry”. Many sporting stories, social themes and unforgettable portraits of femininity will be on show, whilst the genres range from animation to documentary, from fiction to experimental works. Also competing is Audiophile, the multi-award-winning short by Emanuele Biasiol, a Trieste native who currently resides in the UK.

Aside from the main competition, there will be a screening of Dear Basketball, a work by the great Disney animator Glen Keane, which tells the story of Kobe Bryant’s moving farewell to Basketball, and which won the Oscar© for Best Animated Short in 2018. Also returning is the Studio Universal prize, thanks to the collaboration between the Maremetraggio Association and Studio Universal, who will obtain the rights to broadcast the best Italian short from amongst those selected on television. Further returners for the 2018 edition of ShorTS are the TriesteCaffè Public Prize, the AMC Prize for best Italian editing and the Premiere Film Prize for the best short without distribution. 

On July 5th and 6th, we propose an event of a slightly different kind. ShorTS Pitching Training, a workshop organised by the Maremetraggio Association in collaboration with Nisi Masa and the Audio-Visual Fund of Friuli Venezia Giulia, will be held in Trieste at the Mediateca La Cappella Underground. The workshop is available to a maximum of 15 participants, who may come from anywhere in Europe with particular attention paid to Cinema Schools, and who must have already conceived an idea around which to base a short. Registration for the workshop is free, but the selected participants will have to pay an enrolment fee of 50 euros. Wim Vanacker, manager of Nisi Masa’s Script Department, will hold the lessons in English; at the end of the training, the participants will pitch their ideas in front of a shortlist of selected producers, also in English.

 

ShorTS International Film Festival is staged with the contributions of:  Mibact (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) – Cinema Directorate; Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Council Member for Culture, Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Council Member for Production and Tourism; CRTrieste Foundation; K. F. Casali Foundation and the Comune di Trieste; EstEnergy; Hera Comm; AcegasApsAmga; TriesteCaffè. Technical Partners Ikon and  E_Factory with Seed Box-it.

 Find here the list of the short films in competition!

Click here to download the PHOTOS of the shorts in competition

 

Download here the press release!

 

 

ShorTS International Film Festival 2018
19th Edition | Trieste
From June 29th to Juy 7th
www.maremetraggio.com

 

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Shorter Kids’n’Teens

 

Quest’anno la sezione dedicata ai più piccoli si trasforma e si rinnova, dando vita a Shorter Kids’n’Teens. Due le giornate dedicate ai cortometraggi per ragazzi, come nelle edizioni precedenti, ma da quest’anno divisi per età: martedì 3 luglio, con Shorter Kids, concorso dedicato ai bambini dai 6 ai 10 anni; mercoledì 4 luglio, concorso dedicato ai ragazzi dagli 11 ai 15 anni.

Siamo alla ricerca di giovani giurati per comporre le due giurie che eleggeranno i cortometraggi vincitori di Shorter Kids’n’Teens.

Segnate le date in agenda!

Shorter Kids (6-10 anni) martedì 3 luglio dalle ore 18.00 presso il cinema Ariston

Shorter Teens (11-15) mercoledì 4 luglio dalle ore 18.00 presso il cinema Ariston

Per poter fare parte delle giurie bisogna avere un’età compresa tra i 6 e i 15 anni, idee chiare e tanta, tanta voglia di cinema!

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ShorTS Pitching Training

 

ShorTS Pitching Training

Training workshop for short films projects

5-6 July 2018

Trieste – Italy

 

Associazione Maremetraggio, in collaboration with Nisi Masa and FVG Audiovisual Fund, presents the ShorTS Pitching Training, a workshop that will help participants create effective and persuasive pitches, specifically to present short films projects. It is aimed at young directors who have a project of short film. The workshop will be held on the 5th and the 6th of July, at Mediateca La Cappella Underground (Via Roma, 19 – Trieste), and it will be organised as it follows:

5th July

9.00 am – 1.00 pm: Lecture – Group 1

3.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Lecture – Group 2

6th July

5.00 pm – 7.00pm: Pitching

Participants will have to register on-line, using the registration form available at this link 

Requests of registration must be submitted not later than June 8th, 2018. A maximum of 15 participants will be selected. Participants must already have a project of short film.

Lectures will be held in English by Wim Vanacker, Head of Script Department at Nisi Masa.

Pitchings will take place in front of a shortlist of selected producers.

The registration is free of charge; participants that will be selected will have to pay a 50 euros tuition fee for the workshop.

 

Here you can find the selected projects

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Sei la persona che cerchiamo per la diciannovesima edizione di ShorTS International Film Festival!

Come volontario avrai l’opportunità di contribuire, insieme al personale del festival, alle principali attività che muovono la macchina organizzativa della manifestazione, come l’ospitalità, la promozione e l’allestimento degli spazi. Potrai parlare le lingue straniere che conosci, incontrare tante persone interessanti, scoprire tutti i retroscena di un grande evento internazionale.

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ShorTS IFF 2018: virtual reality arrives on the big screen

In the 2018 edition, which will be held in Trieste from 29 June to 7 July, the Festival inaugurates the brand new ShorTS Virtual Reality section, entirely dedicated to short films made with the VR technique. 

The program includes 26 short films from all over the world, which will be screened in Piazza della Borsa in a space equipped with viewers and swivel seats.

After the Venice Film Festival, ShorTS is  one of the first festivals in the world to have a competitive section dedicated to virtual reality.

 

The 2018 edition of ShorTS International Film Festival looks to the future: and it does so by introducing the brand new ShorTS Virtual Reality section, entirely dedicated to short films shot in virtual reality. An innovative competitive section, which will go alongside the historical sections such as Maremetraggio, SweeTS4Kids and Nuove Impronte, and which includes 26 short films made with the virtual reality technique in monoscopic or stereoscopic version. The winner will be awarded with the 2,000 euros EstEnergy Hera Comm prize.

The 26 shorts in competition come from the 5 continents, from America to Russia, from Australia to England, from China to Senegal, not forgetting European productions from Belgium, France, Holland, Sweden and Italy. The genres go from documentary to science fiction, from fiction to animation, all united by the common technique of virtual reality: technology now becomes a new mean of artistic expression, offering to the audience of ShorTS a new way of living cinema.

Italy will be represented by two short films: Chromatica by Flavio Costa, an experience of virtual reality that talks about music, colors and love, and Dreams of Blue by Valentina Paggiarin, which draws the viewer into a dystopic atmosphere à la Black Mirror.

The moving Pearl, the first animated short in virtual reality to be nominated for the Oscars © in 2017, is also competing. The director is Patrick Osborne, winner of the Oscar © in 2015 thanks to the short film Feast.

After the Venice Film Festival, ShorTS is one of the first festivals in the world with a section entirely dedicated to virtual reality, the latest technological milestone in cinema. The 19th edition of the Festival, organized by Associazione Maremetraggio, will be held from June 29th to July 7th 2018 in Trieste.

Thanks to the technical assistance of IKON, a regional excellence that deals with Virtual Reality, in piazza della Borsa a space dedicated to all activities and collateral events of the Festival will be arranged and, above all, the VR room for the vision of short films in Virtual Reality will be set up.

Inside the VR room there will be different spots where the audience will have the opportunity to see the films in competition and decree the best short film. Each spot will be equipped with a viewer and a swivel chair that will allow the audience to view the shorts and move at 360 ° to experience a new way of making movies.

Find here the list of the short films in competition!

 

 

Download here the press release!

 

 

4321 Submissions for ShorTS IFF 2018!

4.321 movies registered from all over the world!

A small galaxy that from today will be carefully explored to select the stars that you will see shine during the next nineteenth edition. In the meantime, a huge thank you to all those who sent their works!

Submissions to the 19th edition of ShorTS IFF are now open

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN

Since the 23rd October, it is now possible to submit your work to the 19th edition of the ShorTs International Film Festival, organised by the Maremetraggio association.

The Festival will take place in Trieste, Italy from the 29th June to the 7th July 2018 with important works of great acclaim. 

In the previous announcement for the next edition, a new section was introduced alongside Maremetraggio, Last Chance,  SweeTS4Kids and Nuove Impronte. In 2018, you will also be able to compete in ShorTS Virtual Reality

To compete in the Maremetraggio section, Short Films must have already won any prize in a competition on an international level during 2017, whereas in the Last Chance section, any Short Film can compete without having won any prize beforehand. 

In the ShorTs Virtual Reality section,  Short Films that have been shot in a monoscopic or stereoscopic version of VR can participate. 

As usual in the SweeTS4Kids section, Short Films of any genre dedicated to children aged 8 to 13 years can participate, whilst the Nuove Impronte section is dedicated to the emerging talents of Italian feature length films. 

All projections will, as usual, take place next July, under the stars on the beautiful open space of the Piazza Verdi, but the festival is working to find a “home” in 2018 that can host the meetings, workshops, round tables, and all the films produced in VR that will be shown at the Festival. An accessible place for all that can draw the grand public closer to the day-long activities of the festival and the technological innovations in the field of cinema.

In order to submit your Short Films, it is necessary to complete the online form on the website www.maremetraggio.com OR use one of the following platforms:

Festhome  (https://festhome.com/f/2418)

Filmfreeway  (https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ShorTSInternationalFilmFestival

The directors/producers/distributors of the Short Films must complete the submission no later than the 28th February 2018. 

In regards to the Nuove Impronte section, 7 films by young directors will be invited by Beatrice Fiorentino, film critic and curator of the section. 

A jury composed of experts in the Film Industry will then award the following main prizes: 

Maremtraggio Section

  • Award for the best Short Film (5.000€)
  • Award for the best animated Short and visual effects
  • Studio Universal Award for the best Italian Short
  • Award for the best non-distributed Short
  • ‘Oltre il Muro’ Award for the best Italian Short
  • Award for the best editing
  • Audience Award – best Short as voted by the audience

Virtual Reality Section

  • Award for the best Virtual Reality Short

Nuove Impronte Section

  • Award for the best film
  • Audience Award for the best film – as voted by the public
  • AGICI Award for the best production
  • SNCCI Award for the best Film 
  • ANAC Award for the best cinematography 

SweeTS4Kids Section

  • Award for the best children’s Short

 

You can find the complete rules and regulations on www.maremetraggio.com.

 

Download here the press realease

ShorTS 2017 All the winners

THE WINNERS

MAREMETRAGGIO SECTION

The EstEnergy award for best short film goes to

Meje by Damjan Kozole for the capacity to create a contemporary drama that touches millions of people, and re-establishes scope in an extraordinary synthesis that above all invests in in mis-en-scene.

The Makinarium Award for the best animation and visual effects goes to Kaboom by Romain Daudet Jahan.

For the explosiveness of the idea and the incredible visual and chromatic impact of the images. For its capacity to transport the viewer into an artificial, yet familiar, ironic and playful micro-world.

The Studio Universal Award for the best Italian short goes to Djinn Tonic by Domenico Guidetti for its capacity to concentrate into one interior setting and in just a few minutes, a comic visionary story full of twists that, thanks to the cleverness of the interpretation, we see the socially dramatic reality of youth unemployment.    

The Premiere Film Award for the un-distributed short is assigned ex aequo to both Samedi Cinema by Mamadou Dia and Siyah Çember by Hasan Can Dağlı.

 

SAMEDI CINEMA

A story of desire and friendship. The film is a passionate journey in which, thanks to education, the two young protagonists find a way to win the chance to make their dream come true. But it is in this moment that their relationship is put to the test when one of them will have to choose between making his dream come true alone or sharing in disappointment. A profound story which has already been acknowledged at the last Mostra del Cinema in Venice and in Toronto, Prem1ere Film will be proud to distribute this all around Italy.

 

SIYAH ÇEMBER

Can the beauty of the human body be used and transformed into something terrible? The short film Siyah Çember seems to pose this question through a chilling and masterfully directed story. The splendid location and the cold colours that remind many of a thriller/horror masterpiece such as Hostel di Eli Roth, makes it a brief film that would merit being developed into a feature length film. Prem1ere Film has transformed a short film into a long film in the past and we wish Siyah Çember luck in following in the footsteps of that project (Ice Scream, ndr).

The Oltre il Muro Award for the best Italian short film goes to A Girl Like You by Gianluca Mangiasciutti and Massimo Loi for a captivating screenplay, that confronts the theme of loneliness, of the growth and the fear of a teenager in the search for her freedom, through balanced dialogue, suspended places on the verge between the real and the mystical, and a recitation of the two protagonists.

The Trieste Caffè Award to the best short voted for by the public goes to Candie Boy by Arianna Del Grosso.

The Premio AMC to the best Italian editing goes to Lo Steinway by Massimo Ottoni by Massimo Ottoni. Animation is often a courageous choice, particularly in this case where it is used to recount the harsh and concrete reality of the trenches. But when it is made in such a clever way, like Lo Steinway, it can thrill and cause one to reflect at the same time. Judging the editing of an animated film is not always easy, but here Centoducti and Ottini’s profound knowledge of the cinematic language is evident.

They manage the materials as if it were a film with real actors: skilfully describing the space and the relationships between the two armies using long shots and camera movements; transmitting the conflicting emotions of the soldiers in their very first plans and transporting the viewer into a dreamlike state using musical sequences.  

Finally the combining of the two different techniques, stop motion and animated design, is masterful and without a continuous solution. Reinstating, in an evocative manner the separation of the main characters’ ‘real’ from their imaginary and contributing to making this short film even more individual within its genre.

The Mercurius Prize for the best Junghian themed short was assigned to Death in a Day by Lin Wang for her great human sensibility and psychological intuition, also for her high cinematic courage.

Death in a Day presents the deceptive power of the cinematic story. The film is full of fresh and surprising images and the editing produces anticipation, ambiguity and mystery. In this way, Death in a Day uses processes of psychological reflection and intuition thanks to which many of us are able to respond to what is on the screen. We don’t react to stimuli, but we find catapults on the interior of the scene along with the characters. We are made responsible for the fact that there is always something more than we can see, both in time and space. The director Lin Wang seems to have a natural sensibility for the choice of places, context and of the ‘crucial moments’ that change lives forever. In this way Death in a Day invites us to delve into a hermetic vision.

The antique Greek god Hermes (Mercury to the Romans) was the ferryman of souls towards the underworld, the guide through the profound dimensions of life. In this way like the boy was guided by nature, by the flowing river and the vision of his father (on the trajectory between life and death), the viewer is guided into a dimension where the opposites of life and death are reconciled in a moment of epiphany. For this special take achieved in a short film, we have awarded Death in a Day with our first ever Mercurius Prize.

 

NUOVE IMPRONTE SECTION

The Hera Comm Award for the best film has been jointly awarded to Orecchie by Alessandro Aronadio for its courage in abating a popular cinematic genre like comedy with a personal and innovative look that launches a challenge to new horizons. It has also been awarded to Babylonia Mon Amour by Pierpaolo Verdecchi for the exploration that opens the horizons of documentarian language and for its approach in recounting the real with a filtered look into authorship.

 

The Bakel Award for the best film as voted for by the public goes to Babylonia Mon Amour by Pierpaolo Verdecchi.

 

The ANAC Award for the best screenplay goes to Luca Infascelli, Carlo Salsa, Greta Scicchitano and Roberto De Paolis writers of the film Cuori Puri directed by Roberto De Paolis for developing, with the base of a true story, a cinematic story built up with characters, social conflicts and individual passions that they subtract to the banalization of the dominant televised narrative and maintain a realistic trend that never panders to predictable and discounted fictional schemes, particularly those referring to urban peripheries.    

The AGICI Award for the best production of an animated feature film goes to Costanza Coldagelli and the Matrioska production for Orecchie by Alessandro Aronadio. A generational dramedy told using an innovative language displaying the Italian panorama that confronts our principal genres- comedy- in no way discounted, bringing life to a little metropolitan cult. The production pointed to young talents such as the director and principal actors, intelligently supporting them with artistic cast members and experienced technicians. A production that can also be distinguished for a streamlined and independent financial construction, but in solid settings thanks to Biennale College Cinema.

 

The AGICI Award for the best documentarian feature film production goes to Daniele Ietri Pitton and the La Fournaise production for Sagre Balere by Alessandro Stevanon. The production involved 6 film Commissions and Regional funds in the support of this project that displays a rarely recounted aspect of culture, but one that is important and transversal in a society that forgets its convivial roots, music, food…. A manifesto of an ‘Italian life’ that after having conquered the national public has all the cards to reach out to an international public.

 

The SNCCI Award for the best film voted for by the jury of the Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici goes to Upwelling La Risalita delle Acque Profonde by Silvia Jop and Pietro Pasquetti for the originality of the vital and utopian look, on social life and politics, through a clever way of recounting the big and little resistances on thought and dominant acts. This is all thanks to the central role of the editing and sound used as creative practices. A film that is over whelming in its complex and affectionate testimony.

SEZIONE SWEETS4KIDS

The SweeTS4Kids Award for the best short goes to Einstein-Rosen by Olga Osorio.

OTHER:

This year the Prospettiva Award goes to Daphne Scoccia for her magnificent interpretation in Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi; for her adhesion to the character, the maudit charisma and the scenic presence demonstrated right from the start in this debut into the world of film.

The Conferma Award goes to Claudio Giovannesi, for his knowledge of the authorial scene demonstrating his artistic talent, but also having signalled a fundamental trend reversal on the Italian cinematic scene. The special mention from the Migrarti project goes to “Le Afriche Della Nostre Pianure”, acknowledgements withdrawn by Alberto Cicala and Paolo Luigi De Cesare.

 

Programme Friday 7th July 2017

At ShorTS on the morning of Friday 7th July Pivio will hold his musical masterclass, Suonare Il Cinema, entry is only permitted to those who have signed up. The lessons will take place at the Mediateca in via Roma. The press will be available upon request.

At 9pm we will set off from Piazza Verdi on the first of our cinematic walks: an evening outing  taking us to the rive, Molo, historical caffe’s and streets: The Trieste of directors at night time, a journey along the sea and around the city discovering how the cinema of yesterday and today has recounted the obscurities and the stories of Triestine nights. Booking is compulsory. You can book by calling +39 339 4535962 or by emailing esternogiornots@gmail.com

From 9 30pm, as always in Piazza Verdi the projections of the Maremettraggio section will begin:

Akita by Alastair Cummings, John Hickman (GB, 2016, 9’). A down on his luck labourer finds a friend in a seemingly abandoned dog.

Sore Eyes for Infinity by Elli Vuorinen (FIN, 2016, 12’). An optician’s workday is filled up by a line of extraordinary customers. One by one, she witnesses them using the optical equipment in suspicious ways.

Meje by Damjan Kozole (SLO, 2016, 10’). A nice day in a nice landscape. A crowd of refugees and migrants accompanied by police officers make their way from the Shengen area between Slovenia and Croatia toward the refugee camp in Brežice.

Love by Réka Bucsi (H–F, 2016, 14’). Love is a short film illustrating affection in three separate parts, through an impact in a distant solar system. The pulsing planet helps the inhabitants to connect in various ways.

Parusia napoletana by Rosa Maietta (I, 2016, 10’). Parusia, from the greek parousía, means ‘presence’ and generally indicates the presence of the divine, or of the ideal essence in a materialistic world. What could possibly happen in Naples in the Spagnoli quarters on the one day Naples plays.

Ascensão by Pedro Peralta (P, 2016, 18’). At dawn a group of peasants tries to rescue the body of a young man from a well.

Red by Ario Aaffarzadegan (IR, 2015, 2’). An alternative short story about Little Red Riding Hood.

RM10 by Emir Ezwan (MAL, 2015, 12’). The nocturnal adventures of a bank note.

Colombi by Luca Ferri (I, 2016, 20’). A couple in love spend a century together, as trends, objects, and films slowly drift into horror. They will age with the exclusion of the outside world, darkening and shutting up their house and withdrawing into them-selves, leafing through old encyclopaedias.

Semiliberi by Matteo Gentiloni (I, 2015, 10’). Alessandra is a loner, she doesn’t connect with anybody. One day she realizes that a plan thought up by female cell mates to succumb to house arrests could be just the opportunity she needs to escape from her loneliness.

Slovo by Leon Vidmar (SLO, 2016, 6’). Lovro sits in his bathtub. Looking sad, he stares at droplets dripping from the tap. Suddenly, the day he first went fishing with his grandpa springs his imagination into life….

Metube 2 – August sings Carmina Burana by Daniel Moshel (A, 2016, 5’). Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1. The odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever seen!

At 5pm at the Teatro Miela the projection and round table for the Mercurius Prize will take place: on the big screen we will see SPIRITS OF THE ROCKS by Peter Ammann (CH, 2002, 78’), a film which is very special to the Junghian society: The Bushmen lead us to the Spirits of the Rocks, rocks that conjure up the primordial man inside of us, which- externally at least- has long been repressed and maybe even destroyed.

To follow will be the panel UNA BUONA DOSE DI FOLLIA – CINEMA E ALTRI RIMEDI with: Murray Stein, Peter Ammann, Chiara Tozzi, Peppe dall’Acqua, Claudio Misculin. The meeting will be held by the journalist Rula Jebreal. 

Immediately afterward will be the projection of  L’ACCADEMIA DELLA FOLLIA by Anush Hamzehian (F, 2015, 52’):  L’Accademia della Follia is a theatre company created in the 70’s within the walls of the ex-psychiatric hospital in Trieste. The actors are people affected by psychological problems. The documentary is an account of the company and its principal actors.

At 6 30pm at the Cinema Ariston we will see a selection of the best British short films which have been put forth by the Encounters film festival in Bristol at SHORTS GOES BRITISH; 10 films that have been chosen from the most recent British productions.

At 9 30pm we will see the final film in the Nuove Impronte line-up: BABYLONIA MON AMOUR by Pierpaolo Verdecchi (I-E, 2017, 72’). The documentary follows the story of a group of Senegalese people who, for financial reasons, end up going to live in a European suburb in crisis. Their lives are a joke: someone recycles metal, others repair fishing nets, and others are drug-traffickers.

 

Programme 6th July 2017

Thursday 6th July we’re once again talking about the cinema of protagonists: In the Mediateca, Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti are taking the second of the two days of workshops, Osservando La Materia. The workshop will take place between 10am and 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm and access is only available upon signing up. The press will be made available upon request.

 

In Piazza Verdi at 9 30pm the special event MINDEKI by Kristóf Deák (H, 2016, 25’) will be projected. Winner of the Oscar for the best short film 2017. Zsofi is having difficulties fitting into her new school. Singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation. But the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is….

 

To follow, the shorts in the line-up for the Maremetraggio section are:

 

Timecode by Junjo Giménez (E, 2016, 15’). Luna and Diego are parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift and Luna the day.

 A Girl Like You by Massimo Loi, Gianluca Mangiasciutti (I, 2016, 15’). Aurora and Alba are inseparable friends who are very different from each other. One lives in compliance with the rules, the other is independent and tries to look mature for her age. One day Alba convinces Aurora to leave for a secret and mysterious journey.

 

Die Brücke über den Fluss by Jadwiga Kowal Skach (CH 2016, 6’). A man on a bridge separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her out.

 

Munitionnettes by Lara Cochetel (F, 2016, 2’). After receiving an official letter announcing the death of their husbands on the battle field, the women workers in a munitions factory decide to create their kind of revolution….

Death in a day by Lin Wang (USA, 2016, 14’). Evan is a young Chinese buy who, after visiting his comatose father, witnesses his mother’s struggle and must come to terms with the impending death falling upon the family.

False Flag by Asier Urbieta (E, 2016, 11’). Adem Lethani has been tortured and is tied up in an abandoned garage; he tries to break the ropes binding his hand when a jeep enters the garage and someone switches the light on….

Gionatan con la G by Gianluca Santoni (I, 2016, 15’). Gionatan is 9 years old, and has the eyes of an adult. He is In the hospital waiting room while his mother is receiving medical attention. He overhears his mother lying about wounds. Sweets in his hand and a terrible idea in his head, Gionatan decides to run away.

Bowl of Cherries by Hadi Moussally (F, 2016, 3’). Bonni Miller’ vertical portrait.

Mutants by Alexandre Dostie (CDN, 2016, 17’). In the Summer of 1996, life throws Keven Guénette a curveball…. and it strikes. Guided by his paraplegic baseball coach, kevin experiences mutation, sex and love.

Curse of the Flesh by Leslie Lavielle , Yannick Le Coeur (F, 2016, 17’). Invisible men upon a pirate ship land on an exotic island, where they hope to find a stone that will free them from their invisibility.

Nest by Chris Brake (GB, 2016, 3’). The story of an unconvential marriage; the husband is human but his wife has the head of a bird. When their relationship gets stuck in a rut, the husband decides that the only way to get close to his wife again is to become more bird-like himself.

283 frogs by Genadzi Buto (BY, 2016, 1’). What can happen when you flip quickly through 283 photos of squashed frogs?

 

At the Cinema Ariston at 7pm L’omaggio a D’Anolfi e Parenti brings forth SPIRA MIRABILIS (I, 2016, 121’). Earth: the statue of the dome of Milan. Water: a Japanese singer/scientiststudying a small immortal Medusa. Air: a pair of musicians who create metal instruments and sculptures. Fire: a sacred woman and a spiritual leader, and their little Lakota community. Heavens: Marina Vlady accompanies us on a journey whilst narrating L’immortale of Borges.

At 9 30pm in the line-up for Nuove Impronte we will see ORECCHIE by Alessandro Aronadio (I, 2016, 90’): A man wakes up one morning with an annoying buzzing sound in his ears. A note on the fridge says, ‘Your friend Luigi has died’ P.S. I took the car’. The real problem is that he can’t actually remember who Luigi was. From intrusive nuns and sadistic doctors, Philipino hip-hop stars and dentist fiancés, comes a daytime tragecomedy about discovering the madness of the world on one of those days that changes your life forever.