The death of Roberto, took by surprise, to this emerging family. In the wake, an unknown man that no one knew, arrived and was very moved by Roberto’s death. Who is this stranger who came to the funeral? What mystery does involves this man? What relationship did this man have with the deceased? The arrival of the stranger will change the life of this wealthy family. Also, will make the viewers reflect on what could happen if a similar situation happened to them. See the unfolding of the history of this short film directed and written by Ana María Estrada, whose unexpected and shocking ending will leave everyone thinking, and more than one, with their mouths open.
Writer’s Name: Ya-Chuan Hsiao, Nana Tsai, Chiahan Chen, Ning Hsieh, Una Chou
Producer: Ellie Chen
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Country of Filming: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Runtime: 14 minutes 7 seconds
“Coffee Talk”, depicting McCafé stories. Story focuses on a writer and a barista. They chat about the conversations that they overhear in McCafé. An encounter between a man and woman, an unresolved family issue, and a missed opportunity for true love. With each conversation over coffee at McCafé, One cup of coffee brings forth endless stories and relationships between people. This mini-series premiered on a largest online streaming media and was performed by movie director and famous movie actors, attracting a large number of movie fans to watch. The series ranked No. 1 in Taiwanese drama when it first aired on KKTV. Viewers started discussing the McCafé stories. Even film critics and various media outlets joined in the discussion. The mini-series successfully created buzz.
Original Film Title: The Four Walls of Charlotte Moreland
Director’s Name: Joe Benedetto, Alison Stover
Writer’s Name: Joe Benedetto, Alison Stover
Producer: Cecilio Davis, Rissa Davis, Joe Benedetto, Alison Stover
Country of Origin: USA
Country of Filming: USA
Runtime: 22 minutes 44 seconds
Based on a true story, The Four Walls of Charlotte Moreland takes you on a journey into the gaslighting and confusion of life post abusive relationship. In the aftermath Charlotte is agoraphobic. Panic and depression overwhelm her as she can’t remember the girl she once was and is now redefined by lies and by the messages of her abuser. There is hope, and Charlotte emerges as a stronger version of herself through small but significant moments, and the kindness of people who have not given up on her. Healing is possible and contrary to popular belief it takes time. This film intends to illuminate the long, arduous healing process, have an impact in terms of the perception of healing, create a discussion, and engender empathy around this subject. We are hoping to be the voice for those who are too afraid to speak up.
Seemingly shy and solitary young man Adam works as a hair stylist assistant in a professional hair salon. Besides sweeping and regular cleaning, his main tasks also include preparing clients for treatments by giving them scalp massages and shampooing their hair. Though this might seem as a second-grade duty, it fulfils and thrills him. Adam is modest, with no ambitions or any other hobbies whatsoever. He lives in a small apartment with his cat. But when he is at work, he feels genuinely happy and content. There he gets to regularly meet the beautiful hairdresser Lola, who has become an object of his affection and hidden desires. Lola is attracted to Adam particularly because of his shyness. She has wanted to get to know him better for a while now. It is obvious that the two are attracted to each other and it is only a matter of time when one of them will make the first move.
Original Film Title: A Witcher’s Tale – The Lost Souls
Director’s Name: Gabriel Sengès,
Writer’s Name: Thomas Bocart, Gabriel Sengès
Producer: Gabriel Sengès
Country of Origin: France
Country of Filming: France
Runtime: 34 minutes 29 seconds
A Witcher from the Bear School, named Chaim, finds himself facing the collateral damages of an endless war, in a village abandoned by the Nilfgaardians, where a curse remains. This adventure will confront him to his past and his true nature.
Winter 1943. In the town of Salers, a Wechmacht officer is in pursuit of local members of the Resistance. As night falls, he loses his way and wanders into the Auvergne mountains. The soldier finds refuge in an isolated buron, occupied by a mysterious hermit. “Le Buron” is a short film that combines the strange and sometimes frightening legends of Auvergne with the dark period of the Nazi occupation in France. A “buron” is a rustic stone hut which served as a shelter for sheperds. In the Auvergne mountains, things are not always what they seem…
While a white, middle-aged man wakes up in the basement of an isolated house with no memory, he meets his black warden who helps him discover the reason why he is imprisoned.
GEORGE THOMPSON is standing in front of a locked door, slamming against the door. He is devastated and after 2-3 additional knocks, he stops and starts strolling through the almost empty room. How long has he been there? Who captured him? He can’t remember.
His thoughts are interrupted by a person saying his name on the other side of the door: “George. How are you?“. It’s the voice of TRAVIS ANDERSON. He is not the cold-blooded serial killer, that we thought he were. As the conversation progresses, we learn that Travis’ sister is in a coma. George is being accused of having tried to rape and beaten her. He denies the accusations, but we cannot be sure that he is telling the truth. Travis doesn’t want him to get away because he doesn’t trust in the police. He attacks George orally and tells him to give him a reason to believe in his innocence.
George firstly doesn’t know what to say and is trying to make sense of all this. His mind is running wild on how to escape this situation. Again he goes through his pockets to look for cues before Travis makes his final resolution.
The red haired woman walks with grace and wears flippers. Her wetsuit protects her from the tube-dwellers snickers. She is determined to get the job done. She has a magic bag and knows how to use it. The dinner must appear and be prepared with love and attention. Her whisk is her weapon as she creates a state of domesticity perfected on the run. Yes, she is one of those who does everything most of the time. But she needs to find room for pleasure, cutting a place for her own freedom, maybe echoing all our own longing to find a sense of ourselves.