What life chances are left when a territory is completely altered? On the slopes of the Navarrese Pyrenees, the construction of the Itoiz dam in the 1990s flooded seven towns and three nature reserves. A strip of bare land at the height of elevation 592 today marks a dividing line in the landscape of the valley. Below the level, the water; above, life goes on.
Belmonte, interested in portraying the human being, their folds, their disproportion, is soon to put on a painting exhibition at the Museum of Visual Arts in Montevideo, but he is more occupied with thoughts of the changes underway in his family: his ex-wife is pregnant by another man, and he realises that his daughter, Celeste, will spend less time with him when her little brother is born. Belmonte needs the bearings of being with his daughter, preparing her lunch, taking her to school and, above all, of starting to share with her his interior world without concealing his concerns, even if they are those of an adult.
A documentary about Ingmar Bergman focussing on a hugely important year in his career, 1957, when he directed the masterpieces Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) and Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries). However, more than simply looking at Bergman’s artistic facet, it addresses his private life like never before, particularly his stormy sentimental relationship with women, including several of the actresses he worked with.
Quinquin is now a grown-up and goes by the nickname CoinCoin. He hangs out on the Côte D'Opale and attends meetings of the Nationalist Party with his childhood friend Fatso. His old love, Eve, has abandoned him for Corinne. When a strange magma is found near the town, the inhabitants suddenly start to behave very weirdly. Our two heroes, Captain Van Der Weyden and his loyal assistant Carpentier, investigate these alien attacks. The Extra-Human invasion has begun.
Four tragic destinies linked by a school accident: Bu, to protect a friend, pushes the school bully, Shuai, down the stairs; Ling, Bu’s classmate, wants to escape from her mother and her routine after being seduced by her teacher; Shuai’s older brother, Cheng, feels responsible for his best friend’s suicide and yearns to take revenge on Bu for his younger brother’s accident; and, finally, Mr. Wang, an enthusiastic pensioner who doesn’t want his son to put him into a home. The only way out for the protagonists seems to be to run away to the town of Manzhouli, where there is a sitting elephant that simply ignores the world. They only have 24 hours to solve their lives before the train starts moving...
De Natura is an improvised poem, a peaceful and cheerful walk taken by two little girls in the middle of the nature, away from the eyes of grown-ups. But the joy gradually starts disappearing and the reverie becomes nostalgia, while at the edge of the road, among the rotting summer fruit, faint faces appear. The cycle of life does not diminish the magic of the world, no matter whether it is lit by the moon or by the sun.
Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the city of his birth, from which he fled years back. He sets out to find the woman he loved, and has never been able to forget. She told him her name was Wan Quiwen...
Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who doesn't speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend's life - his house, his job and his ex-wife...
Young Maria seeks shelter in a big house after escaping from a sect of religious fanatics in Chile. There she is taken in by two pigs, its only inhabitants. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals slowly morph into humans and the house into a nightmarish world. Inspired in the Colonia Dignidad case, La casa lobo (The Wolf House) pretends to be an animated fairy tale produced by the sect leader to indoctrinate his followers.
Calais a few weeks before its clearing: The Jungle is a place where thousands of migrants live and wait to go to England, or just for somebody to take care of them. They wander in this abandoned place, hoping to survive our indifference.
Sophia Antipolis: a technopole on the French Riviera, a place where dreams should come true. But fear and despair lurk beneath the surface. Under a deceitful sun, five lives map out the haunting story of a young woman: Sophia.
In 1982, Argentina and UK fought the Falklands War. The war ended with the British military victory and took about 1,000 lives from both sides. While the conflict took place years ago, the sovereignty of the islands is still in dispute. Theatre of War tells the story of how six veterans from the Falklands War came together to make a film. Almost thirty-five years after the conflict, three British and three Argentine veterans spent months together discussing their war memories. This film is a way of showing the whole social experiment of making an artistic project with one-time enemies of war: the auditions to find the protagonists, the first meetings and discussions with them, the theatrical re-enactments of their memories in different scenarios: a swimming pool, a construction site, a military regiment. All the scenes in the film are at the same time authentic and artificial.
Tinder. Woman seeks men. Man seeks women. Everything would be so simple if she weren't in Israel and the guys nearby weren't in the West Bank. Israeli filmmaker Ines Moldavsky sets out to meet up with the men that she is forbidden by law to see. She crosses the border into the West Bank to experience the personally unfamiliar physical space. The conversations revolve around virtual phone calls and physical encounters. Violence resonates in the search for a violation of boundaries.
Daughter of. Sister of. Carme lives in a Galician mountain village with her sick mother and her father Ramón, to whom she hardly speaks. She works in a bakery and feels the need to escape from this oppressive atmosphere, but circumstances always stop her from breaking free. From trotting. From running. Trote takes place during the weekend of the celebrated “Rapa das Bestas,” a symbol of the age-old struggle between man and horse. The village prepares for the celebration. Luis, Carme’s older brother, comes home for a few days with his wife María. Trote is the struggle between man and horse, between reason and instinct.
Three women meet by chance at the end of the world and set out on a polyamorous journey which will change them to the extent of returning them to their native city as different people. Subjects who suffer from the established order, from the irreversible nature of passion and from the Utopian approach of a single love, they are caught up in the search for new kinds of relationships, far from possession and pain as the unavoidable finality of love and obeying none of the rules. That’s how they become The Daughters of Fire: a band dedicated to accompanying other women in the search for their own erotica, for the way each one wants to be in a world ignorant of the voluptuousness of detachment.
Nothing but silence. Nothing but a revolutionary song. A tale in five chapters, like the five fingers on a hand.
In Southern Spain, a peculiar race between colourful hand-painted pigeons will reward not the fastest one, but the one which succeeds in seducing a female pigeon and flying for the longest possible time at her side.
Sobre cosas que me han pasado is based on the book by author Marcelo Matthey, narrating his own life in a style reminiscent of school compositions. His constant strolls through streets, houses and beaches are recorded in notes of what he saw, felt or thought during these wanderings or moments, but almost only recalling the processes, the timeline in which things occur and come to mind, the trail of associations coming one after the other, like the steps of a person walking along a street. Immediate impressions, fleeting moments normally lost in time and which are captured in the images and sounds of this short film.