175 BEAUTIPHUL – dir. Missy Jubilee

Original Film Title: 175 BEAUTIPHUL

Director’s Name: Missy Jubilee

Writer’s Name: Missy Jubilee

Producer’s Name: Missy Jubilee

Country of Origin: Australia

Country of Filming: Australia

Language: English

Runtime: 14 minutes 49 seconds

Film Description:

A short film about an erotic weekend in Vienna

AGIRLICA – dir. Fette Sans

Original Film Title: AGIRLICA

Director’s Name: Fette Sans

Writer’s Name: Fette Sans

Producer’s Name: Fette Sans, Frank Hauschildt

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Filming: Germany

Language: English

Runtime: 46 minutes 18 seconds

Film Description:

Boys come and go—from the boudoir to the confessional to the lab, the cabinet where K lives is a whirlwind of drugs, horny nightmares, and lustful stories. Until one fateful encounter.
A film about danger and desire in the modern world, and how interchangeable those desires all are.
Playfully adapted from Robert Wiene’s 1920 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Extinct Animals – dir. Masaki Soejima

Original Film Title: 絶滅動物(VACATION)

Director’s Name: Masaki Soejima

Writer’s Name: Masaki Soejima

Producer’s Name: AKIHO FURUICHI

Country of Origin: Japan

Country of Filming: Japan

Language: Japanese

Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds

Film Description:

Set amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during a Zoom conversation between a mother and daughter, Jessie (Sheila Houlahan) tells her mother Thelma (Ellen McLain) that she will commit suicide within the hour. Exploring the concentric circles of isolation, grief, and suicide, this hybrid film based on Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play portrays a poignant and haunting picture of the current state of mental health care in America.

Night, Mother – dir. John Patrick Lowrie

Original Film Title: Night, Mother

Director’s Name: John Patrick Lowrie

Writer’s Name: Ellen McLain

Producer’s Name: Sarah Parsons, Sheila Houlahan

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes

Film Description:

Set amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during a Zoom conversation between a mother and daughter, Jessie (Sheila Houlahan) tells her mother Thelma (Ellen McLain) that she will commit suicide within the hour. Exploring the concentric circles of isolation, grief, and suicide, this hybrid film based on Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play portrays a poignant and haunting picture of the current state of mental health care in America.

Dicovering of Fire -dir. Seunghwan Kim

Original Film Title: Dicovering of Fire

Director’s Name: Seunghwan Kim

Writer’s Name: Seunghwan Kim

Producer’s Name: Seunghwan Kim

Country of Origin: Korea, Republic of

Country of Filming: Korea, Republic of

Language: Korean

Runtime: 31 minutes 12 seconds

Film Description:

The work ‘Discovering of Fire’ is a story attempting to reconsider the roots of the helpless situation against single DNA in which advanced science technology and modern civilization achieved by rapid development since mankind discovered fire. We think of the earth as ours, and everything that we have taken for granted now is no longer available. This could lead to a sad end for humanity, and we should discover a new fire before we regret it after everything is gone.

RADIX 2 – dir. Cristiano Leone

Original Film Title: RADIX 2

Director’s Name: Cristiano Leone

Writer’s Name: Cristiano Leone

Producer’s Name: CLProduction

Country of Origin: Italy

Country of Filming: Italy

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 6 minutes 12 seconds

Film Description:

RADIX, conceived and directed by Cristiano Leone, is an audio-visual project that promotes a dialogue between contemporary creation and historical heritage.

RADIX 2 stars the Basque choreographer and dancer Iratxe Ansa and the Italian dancer Igor Bacovich.

Through this artistic video, Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich pay homage to the cultural heritage of two anti-fascist intellectuals, the Spanish poet of Italian origins Rafael Alberti and his wife, the writer Maria Teresa León.

Having fled Franco’s Spain, the Alberti’s arrived in Rome following a long period in exile. During their time in Rome, Rafael Alberti wrote the poetic anthology Roma, peligro para caminantes, while Maria Teresa León wrote her vibrant autobiography, Memoria de la Melancolía.

In the short movie, the dancers (couple in life and art, just like Alberti and León) recite some verses extracted from these two works, evoking both the severe pain of a life in exile and the hope for a new beginning in the city that had just welcomed them: Rome in the 1960s. Both città Eterna (Eternal city) and città Sparita (Vanished city), Rome in the 1960s is the fierce city depicted by Fellini, in which the excessive baroque architecture coexists with ruins covered with inscriptions of love and politics.

The soundtrack is conceived for the occasion by the Spanish composer Marc Álvarez, who pays tribute to the orchestral compositions of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, restoring a lifeline that connects ancient Rome to the tempo of the 1960s.

In RADIX 2, the Baths of Caracalla are not only a magnificent setting: they become protagonists of the video as the dancers, whose bodies blend with the spaces of the ancient Palestre, the Caldarium and the Frigidarium, spreading like shadows over the roman mosaics and reinhabiting the openings that once hosted majestic statues.

The words of Rafael Alberti and Maria Teresa León, evoked by the dancers within this setting, acquire a powerful symbolism. The Baths were built by the emperor Antonino Caracalla who in 212 AD issued the Constitutio Antoniana, an edict that granted Roman citizenship to all the inhabitants of the empire.

In a time of political crisis, marked in recent weeks by the tragedy of the Afghan exiles, RADIX 2 is a tribute to all the people who are forced to leave their country and to those who live a form of exile for having chosen to defend their ideals.

The End of Lipstick – dir. Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Original Film Title: The End of Lipstick

Director’s Name: Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Writer’s Name: Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Producer’s Name: Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Filming: USA

Language: English

Runtime: 4 minutes 18 seconds

Film Description:

The world has collapsed, women revive it through dance. After a post-apocalyptic confinement, a dancer incrementally reconnects with her body, her objects, her city and her female kinship.

Kieu@ – dir. Do Thanh An

Original Film Title: Kieu@

Director’s Name: Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald)

Writer’s Name: Doan Minh (Alma), Do Vien Bach (Osacars), Do Khiet Linh Dan (Venezia), Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald)

Producer’s Name: Do Quoc Tuan, Do Thanh An (Aaron Donald), Do Mai Nhat Tuan, Ly Nuoi, Minh Thien

Country of Origin: Viet Nam

Country of Filming: Viet Nam

Language: Vietnamese

Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes 41 seconds

Film Description:

Kieu (or Thuy Kieu): is the name of a famous character in the poetic work “The Tale of Kieu” by the great poet Nguyen Du (1765-1820). “Kieu” or “Miss Kieu” is also a slang, used to refer to girls who are unfortuntate due to the lack of money, wanting to save their family,… have to accept a life of prostitution in Vietnam. “Kieu @” refers to modern girls who have are unfortunate, living at “the bottom” of modern society and taken advantage for prostitution, being despised, having no way out. This is The human dilemma that so many women have endured over the past 2500 years.

The woman’s suffering particularly, and the pain that we suffers generally, however different in social context and historical circumstances, are similar in some aspects despite the era-gap, especially in psychological problems. The message transcending throughout the film guides us toward the sacredness of sacrifice, sympathy and sharing from blood familiars, to overcome the hardship and obstacles in life together. Family means no one is left alone with their own pain.

Rat – dir. Oskar Johansson

Original Film Title: Rat

Director’s Name: Oskar Johansson

Writer’s Name: Oskar Johansson

Producer’s Name: Oskar Johansson

Country of Origin: Sweden

Country of Filming: Sweden

Language: English

Runtime: 4 minutes 14 seconds

Film Description:

An anonymous man in an anonymous city is bothered by a rat living in his small apartment. The anonymous man work as a machinist in the city’s local factory. A factory that is mass-producing rat poison.

The Pupil – dir. Sarah Ellen Lundy

Original Film Title: The Pupil

Director’s Name: Sarah Ellen Lundy

Writer’s Name: Sarah Ellen Lundy

Producer’s Name: Sarah Ellen Lundy

Country of Origin: Ireland

Country of Filming: Ireland

Language: No Dialog

Runtime: 3 minutes 37 seconds

Film Description:

Experimental short made during the winter of lockdown 2021; Taxidermy tutorial with my father, looking at ideas around patriarch, iconography, corporeality, & mortality.