18 DECEMBER 2021
This screening session features 13 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
Free seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk before each screening. Reservation is not required, but optional. If you want to be certain of your seat(s), reserve your ticket(s) here.
Face masks will be required.
ON (AUSTRALIA) BY JELENA SINIK
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF (Winner Best Animated Film), Edinburgh Short FF, Australian International Animation F, Boston Short FF, ANIMA, Venice Film Week, Sydney World FF (Winner Best Australian Film), Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: Jelena is an award-winning animator and filmmaker from Sydney's Eastern beaches. She graduated a Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound) degree at the University of New South Wales in 2014 before completing a Master of Animation at the University of Technology Sydney. Her animations have been festival-screened internationally numerous times and when she's not swimming, she's crafting delightful films that strive to illuminate the often overlooked surrealism of the everyday.
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
Festivals: The Norwegian Short FF, Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT FF, FestCurtasBH, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, Girona FF, and more.
About the director: Akira Kamiki is the Brazilian writer/director of ‘Infinite While It Lasts’, ‘Top 10 Places to Visit in São Paulo’ and ‘Afterglow’.
ONE THIRD OF A SECOND (TURKEY) BY BURAK OGUZ SAGUNER
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Oslo FF, International Changing Perspectives Short FF, The Hague Global Cinema Festival, and more.
About the director: Burak Oguz Saguner graduated from North Sydney College of TAFE NSW in 2004, where he studied Screen & TV Production. As a cinematographer, he worked on numerous independent short and feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos in different parts of the world. In 2013 Burak co-wrote, produced, shot and edited the short film 'In Autumn', which world-premiered at the 29th Warsaw FF and won the Rising Star Award at the 2014 Canada International FF. 'Driftwood Dustmites', which world-premiered at the 65th Berlin International FF, won him Best Achievement in Cinematography Award at the St Kilda FF and Best Cinematography Award at the Canberra Short FF in 2016.
SUPERNATURAL REPORT (UK) BY ROBERT TURNBULL
Synopsis: 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
About the director: Robert Turnbull is a new coming independent filmmaker who creates both animated and live action films that delve into the horror, the light-bearded, and the down-right bizarre.
CEPHALOPOD (UK) BY LEWIS PEAKE
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: California Intl Short FF, Kino Shorts Festival 2015, Horror-on-Sea Festival.
About the director: Lewis Peake, a filmmaker living in London, began set design work in 2005 on a variety of projects including television dramas Dr Who and Cranford. Later, he worked at Pinewood Studios on feature films Clash of the Titans and Skyfall and eventually became concept artist on A.D. for NBC and Airmageddon for CBBC. Lewis’ background in art and design means his approach to directing comes from an artistic standpoint.
IF NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS (NETHERLANDS) BY EVAN HOBERS
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Amsterdam Lift-Off FF, Rialto For Short, New Renaissance FF, Queen Palm FF, San Antonioni Qfest LGBT Intl FF, and more.
About the director: Evan Hobers (1995) is a talented graduate from the University of the Arts Utrecht, currently working as a story writer and documentary director. With an eye for personal and complicated stories, he strives to tell them in a way everyone is able to understand. He is born and raised in the Netherlands.
CONTACT (CANADA) BY FRÉDÉRIC DESJARDINS
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Indie Short Fest, Offline FF (Best International Short), Venice Film Week, The Buddha Intl FF (Best Cinematographer), and more.
About the director: Frédéric Desjardins has been working as a professional director for over 20 years, working on documentaries, television ads and shorts. He was awarded a Gémeaux for best Direction in 2011. 'Contact' is fourth short movie. In this short film he soberly approaches the themes of loneliness and caring between human beings. His previous short movie L’ouvre-boîte earned him a prize in the competition Pourquoi pas un court. Frédéric is currently working on his first feature film which he hopes to shoot in 2022.
THE ART OF LOVE (FRANCE) BY ALEJO RESTREPO
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Sunday Shorts, Tagore Intl FF, Prague Independent FF, and more.
About the director: Alejo Restrepo was shortlisted for a Young Director Award at Cannes 2015. He was a bronze winner for Best TV Spot at The World Independent Advertising Awards 2016, and at El Ojo de Iberoamerica Awards 2016.
LESBIAN. (UK) BY ROSEMARY BAKER
Synopsis: '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
Festivals: Aesthetica Short FF, Iris Prize.
About the director: Rosemary Baker is a queer filmmaker and visual artist with an established, and award-winning, career in unscripted television in the UK. She lives and works in Cardiff, Wales. Originally commissioned for the Channel 4 Random Acts short film platform at the Edinburgh International TV Festival in 2019, "Lesbian." is her debut short film, and her first collaboration with the Beirut-based spoken word artist Lisa Luxx.
WORLDLINE ABYSS (UK) BY JACK LEWIS
Synopsis: 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
Synopsis: An interview between Kevin and Irena on how they met for the first time. Running time: 00:0:45
Festivals: Micro Shorts, South London Shorts, Central Michigan Intl FF, and more.
About the director: Prashanti completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art in Narrative Animation. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Illustration and pursued her great interest in animation. Having lived in Indonesia, Estonia, Dubai, Singapore, Rhode Island and Chicago, she has acquired a very diverse perspective of her surroundings that is strongly reflected in her personal work.
WHO I AM (FRANCE) BY LEÏLA BAKHCHI
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Très Court Intl FF, Brussels Independent FF, Verona Intl FF, Festival Off – Courts, and more.
About the director: Leïla Bakhchi is a French actress and filmmaker.
SOLITUDE (UKRAINE) BY YELIZAVETA SMITH
Synopsis: 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
Festivals: Odesa Intl FF, Venice Film Week, and more.
About the director: Yelizaveta (Odessa, 1990) graduated from Kyiv national university of theatre and cinema in 2014. She started documentary filmmaking while taking part in the the protests during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Her documentary on volunteering in the Donetsk area, destroyed by the war, won the Grand Prix at Berlinale 2017 Generation 14+ program. 'Solitude', is her first fiction film.