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
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 10 seconds
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.
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
Runtime: 17 minutes 13 seconds
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.
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
Runtime: 52 minutes
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.
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
Runtime: 14 minutes 3 seconds
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.
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
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.
Original Film Title: Windows, Windows
Directors Name: Wojciech Solarz
Writers Name: Wojciech Solarz
Producer: Wojciech Solarz
Country of Origin: Poland
Country of Filming: Poland
Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute
Poetic story set in the abstract background telling a universal tale of yearnings, hounding memories and quest for love.
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
Runtime: 21 minutes 29 seconds
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.
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
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.
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
Runtime: 21 minutes 46 seconds
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.
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
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes 47 seconds
“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.