Crabs in a Bucket – dir. Alex Hashim

Original Film Title: Crabs in a Bucket

Director’s Name: Alex Hashim

Writer’s Name: Alex Hashim

Producer’s Name: Alex Hashim

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 12 minutes 47 seconds

Film Description:

Nelson, an ambitious recent graduate living in New York City, struggles to cope with his two dysfunctional roommates while attempting an impossible job search during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Enclosed – dir. Yi Yang

Original Film Title: Enclosed

Director’s Name: Yi Yang

Writer’s Name: Yi Yang

Producer’s Name: Jialiman Sun

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English, Spanish

Runtime: 18 minutes 47 seconds

Film Description:

On a dry shining day, the bu father is out of home, Julio, a 14-year-old precocious boy, could no longer contain himself to longing for an echo of affection from April, the cleaning lady who comes to his home every week. Everything is seemingly peaceful, yet the emotion, restlessness, and epinephrine are rising as their eye contacts impending something to happen in the noisy sound of the vacuum cleaner working. However, this young boy doesn’t know what to do. He hides back in his bedroom and plays with the puzzle with the pattern of Oedipus, expecting April to come in. She does, following the housework routine but in a mood of repression, and does not notice and understand the puzzles’ message, which is an obscure love letter speaking for Julio. Coming back and forth from the laundry room, April, having the bruise on her wrist caused by her boyfriend, reminisces about the domestic violence scene and cannot suppress her feelings anymore. She wants to abreact her grievances and transfer them to the boy when he takes the courage to kiss and hug her. After a tender but baffling “intimacy” between them, April leaves the scene right away but comes across the father arriving home unexpectedly early. Julio hasn’t recovered from this first-time experience and doesn’t notice this life-changing moment. He stands there listening to the two adults talking, confused and being ignored as always.

Filled Vacuum – dir. Yotam Giustizia

Original Film Title: Filled Vacuum

Director’s Name: Yotam Giustizia

Writer’s Name: Yotam Giustizia

Producer’s Name: Yotam Giustizia

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Israel

Language: English, Hebrew

Runtime: 16 minutes 57 seconds

Film Description:

A son in his 30’s returns home in order to interview his mother about her life choices for the final project of his academic degree.
His goal is to try and “assemble”, through the art of cinema, the human puzzle that is his mother’s traumatic past, ever-changing present, and a future he must deal with.
In this experimental journal, he constructs his mother’s life story while trying to answer his deep-rooted questions and worrying thoughts that are driven by the aging process of his mother.

Fever – dir. Matias Carlier

Original Film Title: La Fièvre

Director’s Name: Matias Carlier

Writer’s Name: Matias Carlier

Producer’s Name: Jean-Guillaume Sonnier

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Switzerland

Language: French

Runtime: 22 minutes

Film Description:

Two young skateboarders decide to go to a party, their evening gets complicated.

Noise – dir. Victoria Uchitel

Original Film Title: רעש

Director’s Name: Victoria Uchitel

Writer’s Name: Victoria Uchitel

Producer’s Name: Shira Ghertner

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Israel

Language: Hebrew, Russian

Runtime: 18 minutes 35 seconds

Film Description:

Or is trying to commit suicide but as she is hallucinating, she confuses her neighbor with her deceased mother whom she wished would disappear from her life and she started to feel guilty whether her thoughts caused her mother’s death.

Anywhere But Here – dir. Maitry Rao

Original Film Title: Anywhere But Here

Director’s Name: Maitry Rao

Writer’s Name: Maitry Rao

Producer’s Name: Maitry Rao

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Runtime: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Film Description:

Anywhere But Here (2021) is a metacommentary film about wanting to go places and see new faces, but being prevented from doing so by the pandemic. The narrator unravels a bittersweet resolution in the self-reflexive filmmaking process as we dive deeper into her dreamscape.

Between Us – dir. Antonio Mendes

Original Film Title: Between Us

Director’s Name: Antonio Mendes

Writer’s Name: Antonio Mendes

Producer’s Name: Claudia Maria Carbajo

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Language: English

Runtime: 22 minutes 46 seconds

Film Description:

When his estranged father is released from prison after a four-year sentence, 15 year old Jack will have to deal with his feelings of resentment and adapt to the changes his father’s return will bring. As Jack struggles to share his mother’s and sister’s affection with his father, he confronts him, putting the relationship with his whole family at stake. Now he has a decision to make. Will he accept his father?

It’s Not About Eitan – dir. Ron Baranov

Original Film Title: It’s Not About Eitan

Director’s Name: Ron Baranov

Writer’s Name: Ron Baranov

Producer’s Name: Yarden Agian

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Israel

Language: Hebrew

Runtime: 8 minutes 52 seconds

Film Description:

After a meaningful session at the psychologist, Dean is visiting his father to reflect on their relationship and to better understand if his father accepts him.

Ferry ticket – dir. Jiawei Shen

Original Film Title: 《船票》

Director’s Name: Jiawei Shen

Writer’s Name: Jiawei Shen

Producer’s Name: Jingting Liu, Mengyuan Hao

Country of Origin: China

Country of Filming: China

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 15 minutes 14 seconds

Film Description:

The narrative motive of Ferry Ticket is a story adapted from its own real experience, peeping into social problems such as parent-child relationship and marriage relationship in modern families. As an effort to communicate with life and reality, it appeals to parents to attach importance to family affection and pay attention to the spiritual growth of children. The overall tone is full of bitter and tender feelings.

When night lost – dir. Asteris Tziolas

Original Film Title: Όταν έχασε η νύχτα

Director’s Name: Asteris Tziolas

Writer’s Name: Asteris Tziolas

Producer’s Name: Asteris Tziolas

Country of Origin: Greece

Country of Filming: Greece

Language: Modern Greek (1453-)

Runtime: 17 minutes

Film Description:

Summer in the heart of Athens. Two strangers enter a place that looks like an oasis amidst the deserted night landscape of the city. Above the pulsating lights and the dim sounds of some old pinball machines, the two of them will come closer and try to break the darkness that is hidden inside them.

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