Icaro – dir. Inês Loura

Original Film Title: Icaro

Director’s Name: Inês Loura

Writer’s Name: Inês Loura

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: France

Language: English

Runtime: 2 minutes 13 seconds

Film Description:

Who am I?
A forgotten myth.
A shadow in a wall.
Still I rise.

Moving through waiting rooms – dir. Sarah Choo Jing

Original Film Title: Moving through waiting rooms

Director’s Name: Sarah Choo Jing

Producer: Mathias Choo Rui Zhi

Country of Origin: Singapore

Runtime: 6 minutes

Film Description:

‘The dance is an art in space and time.
The object of the dance is to obliterate that.’ – Cunningham

Choo first began seeing dance as a visible action in life during Circuit Breaker in Singapore when she noticed people engaging in their ordinary daily routines in private, intimate spaces: movement is a dance, and the window the stage unveiling a performance.

In moving through waiting rooms, the distance is removed as we follow a young man in a metaphorical cycle of life through interpretive dance, a form of contemporary dance wherein the dancer improvises and reacts to his environment: a void deck acting as a mystical passageway taking him in a journey across time where he encounters his boyhood self and his future. As with life, dance in a larger concept is abstract.

BLACK BOX – dir. Vicky Vassilopoulou

Original Film Title: BLACK BOX

Director’s Name: Vicky Vassilopoulou

Writer’s Name: Vicky Vassilopoulou

Producer: Vicky Vassilopoulou

Country of Origin: Greece

Country of Filming: Greece

Language: Modern Greek (1453-)

Runtime: 9 minutes

Film Description:

A young cartoonist on the brink of a creative impasse she decides to create her own superhero.
Through this endeavor she will travel to a fantasy world with other superheroes and male characters as her skit takes character.
This journey will bring to light all the problems and guilt arising from her family as a result of the experience of awareness

A Scrapbook of What’s Yours – dir. Darryl Ashton

Original Film Title: A Scrapbook of What’s Yours

Director’s Name: Darryl Ashton

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes

Film Description:

A visual album exploring the concepts of mental health, memory, connection, spirituality, and self.

ŁOBYRA – dir. Natalie Plaskura

Original Film Title: ŁOBYRA

Director’s Name: Natalie Plaskura

Writer’s Name: Natalie Plaskura

Producer: Natalie Plaskura

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Filming: Germany

Runtime: 4 minutes 42 seconds

Film Description:

ŁOBYRA is a chapter of an ongoing gloomy tale
about the rise of the grouse king.
It tells of strange looming figures, who emerged under unknown circumstances, not revealing if their intensions are good or evil.
Seemingly attracted by an invisible calling,
they are steering towards the summit of a mountain
and summon something, which was put to sleep for a long time.
While the slumber ends, the transformation of the grouse king reaches the next physicality.

Dwinelle Film – dir. Miryam Sas

Original Film Title: Film di Dwinelle

Director’s Name: Miryam Sas

Runtime: 6 minutes 45 seconds

Film Description:

A Covid Era Structural Happening film by Miryam Sas

Because of Covid, we had to open the secret windows of Dwinelle 142 (UC Berkeley, USA) to keep our students safe. I was teaching Film 135, Experimental Film and Media, and trying to explain to students the concept of “Happenings” as well as the idea of the “Structural Film.” Opening the windows and setting a timer for one minute yielded an unexpected spectacle, the natural event which we could call “Dwinelle Film.” This film is an extension across time and a recorded variant on that original one minute experiment.

This film takes that series of windows through a full day across three separate (not always synchronized) frames, ending with the eerie vision of a fragment of Agnès Varda’s “La Pointe Courte” reflected on the Dwinelle Windows at dusk and by night, as it did during each of my live screenings during that course.

Epoch And Scope – dir. Yang Shu

Original Film Title: 世·界

Director’s Name: Yang Shu

Country of Origin: China

Country of Filming: China

Runtime: 5 minutes 18 seconds

Film Description:

Hear what it hears, and see what it sees. But seeing is not necessarily true, hearing is even more false. However, all things are empty. Heaven and earth grow out of the universe, and life is between heaven and earth. No matter the spirit or the soul, a person is just a breath that travels around the world. Take the body as the world, and live life after life.

COMMEDIA – dir. Riccardo Vannuccini

Original Film Title: COMMEDIA

Director’s Name: Riccardo Vannuccini

Writer’s Name: Riccardo Vannuccini

Producer: Maria Sandrelli

Country of Origin: Italy

Country of Filming: Italy

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes

Film Description:

A filmic – experimental story? difficult? ecstatic? – a series of notes in the form of non-cinema.
Sideways and across, a company of people in a psychiatric residence, is part of the precipices of the mood of a girl who thinks of herself as a model, poet, actress, and maybe she really is, if it weren’t for that fool who always walks beside her.
Film experiment, etc., incomplete in its manifest and unconscious uncertainty.
In the background remain the mystery of fiction and the end in the human being.
Fiction as a system of being in the world, an end as an end to being in the world, a necessary background for the human being to produce the game of fiction and continue to make the world running the all-female risk of excessive joy.

THIS IS FICTION – dir. Manyar Parwani

Original Film Title: THIS IS FICTION

Director’s Name: Manyar Parwani

Writer’s Name: Manyar Parwani

Producer: Manyar Parwani, Marise Østergaard

Country of Origin: Denmark

Country of Filming: Denmark

Language: Danish

Runtime: 12 minutes 31 seconds

Film Description:

A young woman confronts her fears of love, in a broken world.