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Wednesday, 15 December 2021
6-8 pm / 18.00-20.00
BFI STEPHEN STREET
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
This screening session features 13 short films.
All films are english spoken and/or english subtitled.
BY JELENA SINIK
In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.
Running time: 00:02:05
HAIKU FROM A DEAD POET (BRAZIL)
BY AKIRA KAMIKI
João, it’s been so long
I took these mediocre photos
And, suddenly, I remembered
That I forgot to mention
That I love you
Before I left the country.
A poetry film made entirely with a cell phone exploring the regret and longing of a Brazilian immigrant in London.
Running time: 00:04:40 // Trailer
ONE THIRD OF A SECOND (TURKEY)
BY BURAK OGUZ SAGUNER
Ilyas, an expatriate writer who lived most of his adult life in Australia, returns to Turkey in the hope of finding inspiration for his new book. Instead, he ends up having to deal with the breakdown of a relationship and a deepening writer's block, in a land he feels estranged.
Running time: 00:15:40
SUPERNATURAL REPORT (UK)
BY ROBERT TURNBULL
In this short animated documentary, Claire Marie Priest guides us through her own personal séance room, informing us of the presences and other paranormal encounters...
Running time: 00:03:10
BY LEWIS PEAKE
N-CORP are deep in the midst of their sinister bio-tech experiments. Enter the next test subject - Volunteer 22. Forced to do painstaking tasks, V22 must complete seemingly arbitrary challenges with his special power, a side effect brought on from the genetic enhancements inflicted upon him. V22 must obey his orders or else he receives 'guidance' via an electrical device surgically attached to his head. The ultimate test comes when V22 is required to execute one of his fellow volunteers. It's the beginning of a super hero's story - how V22 breaks free from the mighty N-CORP. Running time: 00:07:14 // Trailer
IF NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS (NETHERLANDS)
BY EVAN HOBERS
Anne Chris lies awake at night, doubting. He doesn't feel like he belongs in the body he was born with, but he's not sure if transitioning is the solution to his problem. He's afraid that after transitioning he still won't feel like himself. We follow his tornado-like thoughts and experience the rollercoaster of emotions that he goes through.
Running time: 00:13:20
BY FRÉDÉRIC DESJARDINS
In a world where technology often makes it possible to do without others, a man works, lives and carries out all of his activities alone.
Running time: 00:09:03
THE ART OF LOVE (FRANCE)
BY ALEJO RESTREPO
In a desert, a blond woman, a dog and a voice declaiming in Mandarin. Space-time is uncertain, the alternation of static and dynamic phases intersects with a car trip. A brunette woman quotes Sun-Tzu in the original text of The Art of War. Is love only possible without war? The souvenirs, inseparable from the memory, take us to the crests of a stormy relationship between two women, whom everything seems to oppose, carried away by a passionate love.
Running time: 00:08:46 // Trailer
BY ROSEMARY BAKER
'Lesbian.' is a powerful poem by Lisa Luxx. It's about the word “lesbian”, and the decades of toxic connotations that have made it feel like a hostile piece of language: so much so that today, many queer women hesitate before using it. Rosemary Baker's short film of the poem, which features a cast of real queer women, uses intricate body painting to bring to life what those layers of toxicity feel like. In an era of headline-hitting attacks on lesbians in public, it is a call to arms to take the word back.
Running time: 00:05:00
WORLDLINE ABYSS (UK)
BY JACK LEWIS
A lone astronaut drawn to an alien desert by an ominous sphere finds exactly what he was looking for buried amongst the sand.
Running time: 00:02:48
KEVIN & IRENA (UK)
BY PRASHANTI ASWANI
An interview between Kevin and Irena on how they met for the first time.
Running time: 00:0:45
WHO I AM (FRANCE)
BY LEÏLA BAKHCHI
Lou is going through a difficult time, full of doubts and reassessment. What if she needed to pull back in order to move forward...
Running time: 00:02:15
BY YELIZAVETA SMITH
During a storm, the sea flushes a World War 2 bomb to the beach of a port city. City authorities decide to evacuate the area. Khrystyna is a 45-year-old single woman who lives in a run-down building, destined to be demolished. She is afraid of changes but has no choice but to leave. Evacuees must go to the city's theatre. There she meets Elijah – a stage worker. Khrystyna finds herself in the place where he lives - a small room behind the scene. Elijah is a man without a home and a family. He uses props as furniture and chooses to be lonely as a way to be free. Between these two people, there is an understanding and intimacy that frightens both.
Running time: 00:05:00