22nd of June
Auditorium Casino Espinho
The Train of Joy | Jordi Boquet | ESP | 22'
In an acting class, an aspiring actor faces a manipulative teacher who makes him question what he is willing to do to find the longed-for 'truth'.
Recordings of a Weather Camera | Bernhard Wenger | AUT | 18'
A ski resort in the scenic Austrian Alps. A weather camera installed to display majestic mountain panoramas, casually captures a panorama of human abominations. While the panning frame lines wander back and forth, inside the frame interpersonal lines are being crossed. A bizarre film about all too common encounters and the tragedy in seemingly harmless interactions.
Our Males and Females | Ahmad Alyaseer | JOR | 11'
A father and mother are faced with the painful task of washing and shrouding their deceased transgender daughter. Shrouding is an Islamic religious practice that is deemed obligatory to carry out upon death. But when no one agrees to wash her and shame falls onto the family, how far is the father willing to go to make sure his "son" is washed?
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes | Alvin Lee | SGP | 19'
A funeral director finds himself helpless when the wrong body has been sent for cremation. When there seems to be no other way out, he devises a plan for a sham funeral with the deceased's three estranged children. One of the most pleasant surprises at this year's Busan Film Festival was "Smoke gets in your eyes." The film is one of several entries this year from Singapore, a country whose filmmaking scene is growing significantly in the last few years.
Memoir of a Veering Storm | Sofia Georgovassili | GRC | 14'
What happens to doe during the reproductive period? What does a young female body feel during and after an abortion? Can a cyclone burst only in our unconscious? It is a September morning. A storm is about to burst. Α mother takes a girl to school and picks up a woman at the end of the day. Anna, a 15-year-old girl, sneaks out of school and, with the help of her boyfriend, visits a hospital. There, she will have to face an event that will cause her to enter adulthood.
She said No | Sondos Shabayek | EGY | 10'
On a street in Berlin, Sara joins her boyfriend Tarek in a line to view a flat. Sara just came from the gynecologist; she is 10 weeks pregnant. Tarek starts discussing marriage plans, after all an Egyptian couple they have no choice but to marry. But Sara who has left Cairo in search of free life struggles to accept that they should ignore all their problems as a couple and rush to marry for the baby. When she fails to stop Tarek’s excited planning, she breaks the news; that she already had an abortion. Miles away from home, Sara is still battling the demons of her patriarchal society that are mirrored in her relationship with Tarek.