Country: France

WOLVES

“We must be still and still moving” (TS Eliot, Four Quartets) ”No more forms, but instead, cinematic relations between unformed elements.” (Deleuze & Parnet, Dialogues)
A crossing through a dark forest. A young woman keeps the wolves at bay with the help of matches. Searching out through the intervals, the chasm, the blank. Enduring. Making one’s own of continuity, suspension, standstill. Originally a video installation for two screens.

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FADE FAR AWAY

A vacation town by the sea. A young mother and her two children are waiting for lunch in a café. And this is where the story ends, for this is the last time they will all be together around the same table. A penetrating family drama about loss and emptiness, acted with beautiful naturalness by an actress and her own children.

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RENDEZ-VOUZ IN STELLA-PLAGE

Volunteers hold funerals for unknown or forgotten deceased. On the beach in Stella-Plage, a phone booth is ringing. A young couple strolling by picks up the receiver. At the other end of the line, a mother is trying to reach her daughter. An extremely well-balanced film about how everyone has their own way to combat loneliness. The film received a honorary mention at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and was nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards 2010.

 

Screened on 35 mm

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STRANGE SAYS THE ANGEL

Seven-year-old Nina cannot be her aunt’s daughter. Nor can she be her father’s lover. In this world threatened by contamination, what, then, is Nina’s place? The film received 2018 Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival and NTR Go Short Award for Best European Short Fiction Film at Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen

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TWO RIDERS (WIP)

The two scenes screened from this work-in-progress take place in a remote mountain village where Marceau, 17 years old, is mad about his newborn brother Ange. Throughout the years, the two grow inseparable. Marceau becomes the best wrestler in the country until his younger brother challenges him. Loosely based on Jean Giono’s eponymous novel, the project brings together two filmmakers: Delphine Balley and Shalimar Preuss. Their intent is not to co-direct the film but rather to each render in separate chapters their own personal perspective and impression, hoping to enter into an enriching filmic dialogue with each other. This twofold approach to narrative cinema is set in the Vercors, a French pre-Alp mountain range, where both filmmakers and their cast of non-professional actors live.

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RAFA

It’s six o’clock in the morning, and Rafa’s mother isn’t at home. She didn’t return after spending another night with that man. Worried, Rafa borrows a friend’s bike and sets off to find her. He goes to the police station in downtown Lisbon and tries to find out something. Time goes by, but Rafa doesn’t want to return home alone.

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WHITE TURNIPS MAKE IT HARD TO SLEEP

1. Find a reassuring explanation for a bout of sleeplessness: the eating of white turnips. 2. Observe the mechanisms of passion. 3. Escape inadequate ideas. This is the story of a break-up. In the second film of Rachel Lang’s trilogy, Ana is trying to break up with her long-distance boyfriend. Nothing is really wrong with the relationship, but nothing is really right about it either.

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THE TASMANIAN TIGER

A Tasmanian tiger wanders around in his zoo enclosure. A glacier is slowly melting. Facing its predicted disappearance, nature exerts its fury, bursts out of the frame, and resists its extinction by transformation.

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THE DEATH, DAD & SON

Death’s son doesn’t want to take over the family business. His secret dream to become a guardian angel triggers a succession of collapses. His dad will have to get him out of this mess.

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HYBRIDS

When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

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ATOMIC SPOT

Left for dead after the A307 plane crash on their nuclear plant, the workers of Octeville-sur-mer went through a series of mutations. They formed a small, amphibious community among the radioactive ruins. But they failed to reproduce their species. The last survivor, Cotis, is crushed by loneliness.

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AXIS OF EVIL

George W. Bush’s famous speech about the axis of evil is sung to the melody of a duet between Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora. And then the rain begins to fall.

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THE YEARS

A woman gives voice to Annie Ernaux’s text, The Years, through a few collected fragments from the shores of a timeless Sardinia. Neither the words nor the images, drawn from family films, are expected to complete the narration of her story: places from her past. The mountains on the coast, a seascape, gardens, terraces, and rooms of an apartment emerge like reflections of a fragmented and ever-changing memory, uncovered by a new light. The details in each gesture and each face, of scenes of a life lived amongst family, are reassembled and freed from their original context. They become expressive elements of a confession that is both a personal discovery and collective narration.

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(FOOL TIME) JOB

Pedro has found a job. A rare occurrence in this period of crisis. That’s good news for him and his family. It’s true that the job is rather strange… But the most important thing is to have a job… Isn’t it ?

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RELEASE THE DOGS

Anouck is a resigned girl, torn between two loves, two violences: her man, an attractive watchdog, and her little brother, a mad young pup. The night of the boy’s 18th birthday, this delicate triangle explodes, and Anouck’s revolt is on its way.

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BAVURE

The film portrays the evolution of a human being, from his creation to his awareness of the mysteries of the universe. It is a metaphor for the creation of the world and a parable of the artistic process.

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THE ESCAPE

Alice sings, wears makeup. She is happy. Yet she is at the hospital, very ill and totally bald. However, she is in love with her surgeon. He is her saviour and comes to see her every evening. Each of his visits is a magical moment for Alice and helps her forget her unbearable situation. Alice escapes.

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THE RETURN TO WORK AT THE WONDER FACTORIES

June 10, 1968. After the end of a long strike in the Wonder factory in Saint-Ouen, a female worker is dissatisfied with the negotiated compromise and refuses to return to work in this a captivating document of political disagreement and historical reversal.

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EGG

A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, and she regrets it. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.

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THE FALL

As celestial beings descend to Earth to corrupt and pervert its population, the world’s order unbalances. This tragic fall leads to the birth of crucial opposites: the circle of Hell and Heaven.

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AN EXCAVATION OF US

The shadows of Napoleon’s army fall upon a boat travelling through the mysterious cave named after the legend of Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian revolution. It is this battle inside her cave that will become the most successful slave revolution in history.

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THE WARBLER

Bassa is thirteen years old. She blocks the boys on Facebook, skips school and does not know what a warbler is. On this beautiful spring day, she will make funny encounters.

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TOPRAK

Eight-year-old Toprak translates for his parents who cannot speak French. Today, he goes to the hospital with them for his mother’s second trimester examination. He will be the first one to know if the twin babies will be his brothers or sisters.

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OUTDOORS

A very old apartment dweller steps out of her cage and into the big city after her pet bird is accidentally set free by the little girl next door. As she searches for her lost bird, she discovers something bigger than the city itself.

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CADAVRE EXQUIS

Cadavre exquis invites us in to a visual, acoustic, and odorous ballad through the wanderings of a oneeyed dog. In the maze of Old Hanoi’s narrow streets, daily life and legend mingle to the syncopated rhythm of Hat Xam, the Vietnamese blues.

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UNCANNY VALLEY

Bombarded by the psychological and physical intensity of a battle fought between desperate soldiers during the first world war, we are thrown into the numbing futility of war, the agony of conflict and survival, the discovery of brotherhood, and the madness of it all. Each frame of this animated live action piece reveals its own painful yet detailed history.

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MANOLO

A puppet made out of paper, Manolo, is born from the hands of Alice, director of animation movies. He comes to life and decides to merrily live his own filmic adventure with his creator.

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EVENT HORIZON

Summer 1997, in a small village of Scotland where nothing ever happens and the days all resemble each other, a strange cosmic event comes to disrupt Julianne’s boring everyday life.

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HERE

Axel has left Guinea. At the tender age of 8 he discovers the suburbs of Paris and his new school. But his
heart has stayed behind, and Axel can’t speak anymore.

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E.T.E.R.N.I.T.

Italy, 2015: Ali, a Tunisian immigrant working in asbestos removal, receives the visa which will allow his wife and daughter to join him. To get ready to welcome his family, he must make a radical decision.

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ONE DAY

”One day, a man entered my belly. The next day, since he was still there, I realized that I would have to get used to him.” This tale of the seemingly haphazard ways of love received the award for best animation at the festival in 1998.

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WHEN YOU HEAR THE BELLS

Saman is eighteen years old and has lived in Bacha bazi hell for a long time. Everything changes when a little boy moves in with him, the boy has been brought in to replace Saman. As Farroukhzad, their master, asks Saman to teach the boy to dance, a friendship develops between the two youths, and the sound of the bells will change their lives forever.

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LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR

Napoleon’s troops are gathering close to Waterloo. Time is running out for common soldier Baby, who is seeking a battalion to join the Great Army. Tomorrow, the troops will launch the attack on the English.

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THE PARK

A slow, meandering camera in an abandoned amusement park in the heart of Casablanca. On the one hand, the film draws a portrait of the youths who frequent this place. On the other, it exposes snapshots of their lives, meticulously reframed and often inspired by images found on social networks.

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UNIVITELLIN

Aminata works as a hairdresser in an afro hair salon in Marseille. Badara is a mechanic. When they meet, their love story will change their lives.

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VEIL OF SILENCE

The year is 1968 and Marianne is 19 years old. She is placed in a home, far from her family and friends. There, she meets other young women whose common secret has shaken the foundations of their social standing.

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LOVE

In a distant solar system, relationships illustrate different forms of affection. Gravity and light cause changes in the atmosphere and the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

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SUNDAY LUNCH

It’s Sunday. James observes his family. They ask him questions, but don’t listen to his answers; they give him advice, which they don’t follow themselves. They caress him, they smack him, but it’s all normal – it’s a Sunday lunch.

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NEW EYES

As her body begins to change and develop, a young girl suddenly becomes aware of sex and relationships between men and women. Through moments of exciting contact, she sees the world with new eyes.

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FRENCH

Originally from Cameroon, Seyna is almost 18 years old and wants to acquire French citizenship. But her father disapproves.

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489 YEARS

489 Years is the transcription of a testimony by a former South Korean soldier named Kim. It gives us access to the DMZ – the DeMilitarized Zone – and plunges us into the heart of Kim’s personal memory. He tells of his experience in a research mission and of the amazing discovery he made in the DMZ.

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FORGOTTEN REASON

Forgotten Reason is a stop-motion animated film about a group of lost bodies who wander through a forest towards an open field. A gathering with an unclear purpose takes place.

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AMA

It is 1950. An American woman is visiting a Japanese fishing village with her military husband and some friends. Breaking away from the group, she meets Namiko, a young Ama fisherwoman.

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1992

Martin, 17, films his daily life with a Hi8 camera. He films everything and anything, his room, the world around him. But never his father. He does not think about it. One day he meets Dominique, a 23-year old prefect at his high school.

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WE ARE QUEER

A portrait of the queer artist, who goes against the dominant vision of gender roles, challenges the binary categorization of gender, and develops a unique activist voice. This documentary explores the link between artistic creation and identity claim.

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NAKO

When a young couple goes to the countryside for the weekend, nothing goes according to plan. The house turns into a labyrinth and they get lost. Unable to find each other, they realize that the only way they can communicate is through the air vents of the house.

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PEARLIES

In everybody’s mind, the little mouse is a benevolent and generous character. But what if it isn’t? What if it is actually a neurotic psychopath obsessed with collecting dental trophies?

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BILL

A man wants to feed his baby but he has misplaced the baby bottle. As he looks for it, he discovers that the house is quite messy…

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A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY

You might think that Simon lives a mundane, monotonous life. You would be wrong … Contrary to all appearances, he does not live alone among the ruins of an old farm. Part kidnapper, part guardian angel, he never takes his eyes off his roommate.

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