VORTEX – dir. Christophe Karabache

English Film Title: VORTEX

Directors Name: Christophe Karabache

Writers Name: Christophe Karabache, May Kassem

Producer: Cécilia Werkmaïster, Elias Sfeir

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: France

Language: French

Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 10 seconds

Film Description:

A desperate killer leaves the city behind and meets, on his way, a mysterious witch who’s connected to nature. Thus begins a strange organic relationship, between life and death.

Him and Her – dir. Daria Geller

English Film Title: Him and Her

Directors Name: Daria Geller

Writers Name: Daria Geller, Asya Fix

Producer: Yuval Orr, Daria Geller, Iftach Aloni, Yana Kurbatova

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Russian Federation

Language: Russian

Runtime: 17 minutes 13 seconds

Film Description:

A struggling singer and her manager husband travel from show to show in the Russian boondocks, falling in and out of love as they realize how much they need and despise one another in equal measure. A film about love, hate, and how the two sometimes co-exist.

Inspired by the short story “He & She” by Anton Chekhov.

Beer-tastic! The Series – dir. Christian Machacek

English Film Title: Beer-tastic! The Series

Directors Name: Christian Machacek

Writers Name: Christian Machacek

Producer: Christian Machacek, Klemens Hallmann

Country of Origin: Austria

Country of Filming: Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom

Language: English

Runtime: 52 minutes

Film Description:

The eccentric sommelier and author Conrad Seidl sets out on a tasty journey around the globe to discover famous beer styles and experience new flavors. A new series / 4x 52 Minutes

4 continents, 12 countries, and 30 cities where some of the most interesting and even obscure beer styles have been invented or brewed to perfection. The eccentric sommelier and author Conrad Seidl sets out on a tasty journey around the globe where he shares knowledge and anecdotes. He talks about the history of beer and opens the audience’s mind for new sensorial experiences. A docuseries, modern, and fresh to the television landscape. Perfectly serving the millions of beer fans worldwide – and those to come.

Appetite – dir. Xuemeng Li, Katrin Larissa Kasper

English Film Title: Appetite

Directors Name: Xuemeng Li, Katrin Larissa Kasper

Writers Name: Sam Oates

Producer: Katrin Larissa Kasper

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Language: English

Runtime: 14 minutes 3 seconds

Film Description:

Steph is a predatory dater. She always insists on paying. When a large bill arrives, she’s nowhere to be seen, for Steph is a serial dine-and-dasher. Wearing elaborate guises, she believes she can slip away from the table and not suffer the consequences. But everyone has to pay the bill in the end.

BEAR-LIKE – dir. Roman Droux

English Film Title: BEAR-LIKE

Original Film Title: DER BÄR IN MIR

Directors Name: Roman Droux

Writers Name: Roman Droux

Producer: Roman Droux

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Switzerland, United States

Language: English, German, Swiss German

Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes 52 seconds

Film Description:

At the far end of the Alaskan peninsula, for filmmaker Roman Droux a childhood dream comes true. He discovers together with the bear researcher David Bittner the universe of wild grizzlies.
The two adventurists face bears at smelling-distance, experience the struggle for survival of a bear family and witness dramatic fighting scenes.
Driven by a desire to explore the unknown the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed in breathtaking pictures of unique creatures.

Windows, Windows – dir. Wojciech Solarz

Original Film Title: Windows, Windows

Directors Name: Wojciech Solarz

Writers Name: Wojciech Solarz

Producer: Wojciech Solarz

Country of Origin: Poland

Country of Filming: Poland

Language: Polish

Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute

Film Description:

Poetic story set in the abstract background telling a universal tale of yearnings, hounding memories and quest for love.

Wives Of The Skies – dir. Honey Lauren

Original Film Title: Wives Of The Skies

Directors Name: Honey Lauren

Writers Name: Honey Lauren

Producer: Davey Robertson

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 21 minutes 29 seconds

Film Description:

Wives of the Skies, set in 1965, stars two stewardesses, Fran and Marcy. Derrick, a British photojournalist interviews them as ‘subjects” for his “documentary film” and they are revealed as very different then Derrick ever hoped for or could possibly have expected. As they get to know each other, Wives Of The Skies makes a contemporary socio-cultural statement regarding the meme of “the good girl, drawn bad”. It clarifies the impact of the overarching “men’s gaze” which objectifies women as carnal sex objects men seek, while they look for love. Along the way, addressing the primitive issue of Trust vs. Mistrust, Wives Of the Skies displays the Japanese art of rope binding, Kinbaku.

Born Balearic: Jon Sa Trinxa and the Spirit of Ibiza – dir. Lily Rinae

Original Film Title: Born Balearic: Jon Sa Trinxa and the Spirit of Ibiza

Directors Name: Lily Rinae

Producer: Lily Rinae, Haruna Azumi

Country of Origin: Japan

Country of Filming: Indonesia, Spain, United States

Language: English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds

Film Description:

Adjacent to Ibiza’s party capital, resident DJ Jon Sa Trinxa has spent a quarter of a century on the beach spinning an eclectic mix of musical styles that stir the hearts of the Balearic artist community.

Miss Chazelles – dir. Thomas Vernay

Original Film Title: Miss Chazelles

Directors Name: Thomas Vernay

Writers Name: Thomas Vernay

Producer: Mélissa Bensaadia, Cumulus

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: France

Language: French

Runtime: 21 minutes 46 seconds

Film Description:

Clara and Marie are rivals. Clara is the first successor while Marie won the famous price Miss Chazelles-sur-Lyon. While in the village the tension rises between the Clara’s friends and the Marie’s family, the two girls seem to maintain an ambiguous relationship.

Horatio – dir. Mathias Mangin

Original Film Title: Horácio

Directors Name: Mathias Mangin

Writers Name: Mathias Mangin

Producer: Mathias Mangin, Marcelo Maximo

Country of Origin: Brazil

Country of Filming: Brazil

Language: Portuguese

Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes 47 seconds

Film Description:

“Horatio” tells the story of a dysfunctional family, in which social norms no longer exist, and where relationships are submitted to each one’s impulses.
The head of the family is Horatio, a smuggler on the run from the law, hiding in a surreal, baroque apartment with his daughter, Petula, and Milton, his favorite thug. While he keeps his daughter locked up in her bedroom, Horatio flirts with his goon, for whom he has had repressed feelings for years. However, Milton’s love for a mysterious woman, and Petula’s attempts to free herself with the help of a former lover, clash with Horatio’s tyrannical whims.

Both satirical and fantastical, the movie builds a tale of underworld crime in which issues such as harassment, chauvinism and greed reach a boiling point, progressively making it impossible for the characters to coexist. Although the implosion of this eccentric family takes place over the span of a single day, the few hours that make up this story feel stretched because their psychological issues are deep and their personal dramas have been long-lived.

Due to the interests at play among the characters, the film is a metaphor for a highly materialistic country, determined by an obscure subconscious.