TUE 13 DECEMBER 2022
This screening session features 12 short films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
(*Attention: the second film contains flashing images.)
CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
FREE TICKETS + DRINK
Pre-reservations have ended, but more free tickets are available at the cinema 10 minutes before the screening begins. Thanks to our sponsors, we also offer a free drink after the screening at the Close-Up Cinema café!
VEGETATIVE (FRANCE) BY HANNAH PAPACEK HARPER
Synopsis: Vegetative is a short visual poem; an experimental video which was created during the first Covid19 lockdown in spring 2020. This abstract piece plays with text and video and brings a dreamlike inner space into being. It explores the rapport toward nature and intimacy that we were forced to change abruptly. Running time: 00:00:47.
GENERATION (UK) BY RICCARDO FUSETTI
*Attention: This film contains flashing images.
Synopsis: A brief journey through the human experience as seen by the eyes of an Artificial Intelligence. Running time: 00:02:13.Selections/awards: Short Of The Week.
BAD DREAM (USA) BY CAMILO DIAZ
Synopsis: Here’s to bad dreams being just that-a dream. This spoken word piece written and narrated by Colby Hollman (Fear the Walking Dead) is juxtaposed with documentary footage shot at the 2020 Wendy's protest in Atlanta and portraiture captured by the filmmakers. Together, they create a visual representation of the black zeitgeist processing the violence of white supremacy. Impressionistic yet visceral in nature, Bad Dream is not only a representation of this experience, but a confrontation that forces viewers to consider their role in the racial structure of America. Running time: 00:05:00.
Selections/awards: Atlanta FF.
BEN AGAIN (UK) BY SIMON LONG
Synopsis: How do you grieve for someone you can't remember? What if you don’t recognise your parents? A moment can change a lifetime. In 2010, Ben and his girlfriend were hit by a car. She was killed instantly, Ben didn't regain consciousness for months. When he did, he had no memory of her, the accident, or anything else. In the decade that followed, Ben has slowly pieced his past back together. More than that, he's completed a masters, presented a TED Talk and wrote a memoir. His life changed forever in a split second, this is his journey to find himself. Running time: 00:08:19.
I HAD A STRANGE DREAM LAST NIGHT (USA) BY MIRA HALEY STEUER
Synopsis: Experimental short about being a child (now young adult) with chronic illness. Drawn and shot as a Freshman in college. 2021. Running time: 00:02:29.
FRANK & EMMET (USA) BY CARLOS F. PUERTOLAS
Synopsis: 'Frank & Emmet' tells the story of two life-long friends and show-business partners who, after weeks of drifting apart, sit together to have a much-needed conversation. Their friendly dialogue takes a turn when they address head-on the one thing they’ve never talked about: One of them is a puppet. Starring Paul Eiding (Ben 10, The Incredibles 2), Brian Michael Jones (Mank, Muppets Most Wanted), and Arabella Grant (Fuller House, Timeless). Running time: 00:12:07.
Selections/awards: Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, LA Latino IFF, Short to the Point Int Short FF (Best Drama), Columbus International Film & Animation Fest, Roving Eye IFF, LA Int Children's FF, Phoenix FF, Borrego Springs FF (Best Short Film), Providence Children's FF, Chicago International Children's FF, and more.
UTE (POLAND) BY MACIEJ PISAREK
Synopsis: Desert, voices, mystery... Music video from a debut, independent album "Now The Grass Grows Through My Skin" by Anchey. Running time: 00:03:59.
Selections/awards: Parai Musical International Awards, Super Shorts New York FF, Toronto Arthouse FF.
MAMMA (NORWAY) BY ASLAK DANBOLT
Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve, and Synnøve is searching for her drug-addicted daughter Michelle in an almost desolated city. (Synnøve and Michelle are mother and daughter in real life and play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives.) Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Norwegian Short FF, Ankara Accessible FF (Best Film Award, Best Director Award), Bergen IFF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
DRAGON (USA) BY DANE CREE, LISA POPPE
Synopsis: A lonely dragon makes his way through a series of emotional obstacles and physical changes as he goes on a search to find his friends. Running time: 00:04:30.
Selections/awards: Supernova Digital Animation Fest (Directors Choice Award), Changing Face IFF, Flip the Script Fest, Do It Zero - A Zero Budget FF, Overmountain Animation Fest, and more.
LABORATORY NO.2 (KURDISTAN) BY EDRIS ABDI, AWARE OMER
Synopsis: This documentary tells the story of an old man who has been working in the autopsy department of Sulaimaniyah University of Medical Sciences for 14 years. During these 14 years, he works on a corpse. He finally retires. Finally, he decides that... Running time: 00:16:17.
Selections/awards: Int Slemani FF (Best Short Documentary), Big Sky Documentary FF, Krakow FF, Martovski - Belgrade documentary and short FF.
KINGUIO (BRAZIL) BY BARBARA MAGRI, VICENTE FRANÇA
Synopsis: The feeling of being alone with everybody written by Charles Bukowski was the main inspiration for this project. That's when we came across this aquarium in a marginal motel in downtown São Paulo. The fishes swimming in circles while all the people come and go in the hotel have a lot in common with our main character: Beauty, resiliency and dreams limited by glass walls. Kinguio is a film about feeling alone, but relying on that feeling to find self-love and reach emotional maturity. Running time: 00:03:00.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE (ITALY) BY ANTONELLO SCHIOPPA
Synopsis: A woman's lifeless body is lying on a room's floor. A shocked man is staring at it. Beyond the closed door, someone is quietly trying to get in: he's a 9 years old child. These three are a family. Or what's left. Running time: 00:19:50.
Selections/awards: Sulmona Int Short FF (Best Abruzzo Short Film), Visioni Italiane 2020 - Cineteca di Bologna, Varese IFF, Asti FF (Best Short - Young Jury Award), Falvaterra FF (Best Actor), and more.