Matadoras, by Sophia Mocorrea | Meu Castelo, Minha Casa, by José Mira | Semear, Ouvir, Fluir, by Irina Oliveira | In Shallow Water, by Marek Moučka | I Don't Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore, by Viv Li | Space is Quite a Lot of Things, by August Joensalo | Pile, by Toby Auberg | Avant, by Marcell Mostoha
| Matadoras |
Two Argentinian-German sisters outgrow the world constructed by adults. Operation adolescence begins. The baptism for a new life takes place in the home’s bathtub, the Madonna is washed clean, and a group of church girls dances to the downfall of childhood. The unlikely heroine Madi grows towards the light. Growing up is glaringly bright.
| Meu Castelo, Minha Casa |
Guilherme is bullied by his tennis coach and strange creatures with racket hands. They chase him through the corridors of his house, which has metamorphosed into a labyrinth. On the run, Guilherme looks for his mother, believing her to be the only one who can put an end to his torment. A reflection on the relationships between parents and children, what one expects of the other, and how that can turn into a torment.
| Semear, Ouvir, Fluir |
Semear, Ouvir, Fluir is a contemplative voyage into the beauty of the world through an assembly of textures and the plastic exploration of image. Nominated for Best First Film at the DocLisboa Festival and winner of the Experimental Short category at the Portuguese Film Academy Sophia Student Awards, these are brief flashes of life-like dreams through a passionate and sensitive look at the cosmos.
| In Shallow Water |
First a simple coverage of breeding ponds, then an allegory about freedom. In the short In Shallow Waters, carps are caught by prisoners to end up on Christmas tables. They are just numbers on the weight scale, much like the individuals that capture them. Faces that cannot be recognized, but voices that remain. A closer look at the meaning of freedom and identity. Is debt towards society redeemable through sorrow?
| I Don't Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore |
With a special mention at the IDFA in Amsterdam, I Don’t Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore had its Asian premiere at the Beijing International Short Film Festival. It offers a wistful but witty account of a trip back home to Beijing by an art student who has been abroad for ten years. Her stay with her family mercilessly exposes how uprooted she has become by her life abroad. Was the choice to leave all those years ago worth it?
| Space is Quite a Lot of Things |
Space Is Quite a Lot of Things had its world premiere at the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain. It explores the curiosity around the existence of a world without gender and creates space for four trans people to share how they relate (or not) to their own gender, imagine visions of their own queer utopia, and reveal whether gender can be felt in your toes.
| Pile |
Water then food. Agriculture then industry. Old then new. Critical then extra. Simple to complex. Concrete to abstract. Dirt to clouds. Real to unreal. Pile deconstructs the evolution of human society in three thought-provoking animated minutes. Since its premiere, it has been selected for multiple festivals and awarded many honorary mentions, including Best Experimental Short at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and Best Animation at Fort Lauderdale.
| Avant |
Avant is based both musically and visually on the discovery of experiences through experimentation. Marcell Mostoha works with forms and their interactions with space, with the state of rest and unrest, and how their dealings form a framed structure. His short animation does not contain a specific plot but returns again and again to fixed motifs that cross boundaries only to then return to them. This mesmerizing duality based on repetition creates a constant timelessness, illustrating the constantly passing changes through traditional hand-drawn animation.