18 DECEMBER 2021
This screening session features 12 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.
I WILL GO BACKWARDS OF OUR PATH (ITALY) BY MATTIA BIONDI
Synopsis: A backwards journey through the seasons and the units of the language. To change the prose of the world, its intact clock. There is always a place more thoroughly, lost images in minimum intervals. Running time: 00:02:50
Festivals: Istanbul Intl Experimental FF, Laceno d'oro, Bogotá Experimental FF, Flight - Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Viewpoint Documentary FF, Sydney World FF, Screener Short Films London, and more.
About the director: Mattia Biondi is an Italian independent filmmaker who works “at the end of the images”. His research is based on the use of minimal and essential technical instruments and it is oriented at the development of creative processes concerning the fusion of archival material and autobiographical elements. He is one of the curators of the Laterale Film Festival, the founder of the film distribution company Piccolo Cinema Ovale and the director of artistic laboratory Segmenta Infiniti.
PETER, SHIRLEY AND LOUIS (U.K.) BY LOL SARGENT
Synopsis: Peter, Shirley and Louis' is one of a series of portraits of creative families. The film explores the traditional portraiture type pose through the medium of moving image to create cinematic portraits, at the intersection between photography and film. Running time: 00:04:30
Festivals: Golden Short FF, Latitude Film Awards, Amsterdam World IFF, London Shorts, and more.
About the director: Lol has exhibited projection and sound installations as well as fine art installations at various UK and European spaces and events, including London venues; The Air Gallery, The Diorama Arts, The Piccadilly FF at BAFTA, and the International Mystery FF in Venice. Ha has also created projection works for a number of contemporary dance collaborations performing at The Dance Umbrella London, the Third Eye Centre Glasgow, and at the Berlin Arts Festival. His ‘Procreation: Adam and Eve’ installation was exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
FORTY HORSEPOWER (ITALY) BY LUCA CIRIELLO
Synopsis: Quaranta cavalli tells of the summer trips of a group of kids from Chioggia, their dreams on the water and their expectations. Stefanin, the protagonist, is a young handyman who at 16 repairs engines and goes clam fishing. On summer evenings, to have fun, he goes out with all his friends on small boats with 40 horsepower engines, loud reggaeton music and decorative LED lights. Sometimes they go to the lagoon to court the girls waiting for them on the quay, other times they make a bridge of boats and bet on who will fish the most the following day. A world made of illusions, irony and energy, but also of dreams and hopes for one's future. Running time: 00:09:59
Festivals: Verona Intl FF.
About the director: Luca Ciriello (1988) has worked as a camera operator for RAI television newscasts and has founded the video production company Lunia Film Srls. His first film 'Lost Heroes' is a historical short called. In 2020 his first documentary film has come out, the full-length film L’armée Rouge (The Red Army).
OPHELIA (FRANCE) BY HADI MOUSSALLY
Synopsis: A tribute to the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood by telling the story of the creation of some of the most famous paintings, especially the most known "Ophelia" by Sir John Everett Millais. Where we can see nature taking more and more place in the art. The group's intention was to reform art by rejecting what it considered the mechanistic approach. Running time: 00:06:06
Festivals: Chelsea Fashion & Film Festival, Wales IFF, Bordeaux Shorts, Lisbon Cinefest, Girona FF, Athens Fashion FF, San Francisco Frozen FF, Sydney Square Dance Festival, Obskuur Ghent FF, and more.
About the director: Hadi Moussally (Lebanon, 1987) has Masters in 'Fiction Cinema' and in 'Documentary and Anthropological Cinema'. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes. Moussally has made fashion films and documentaries some of which have received festival awards, and his experimental project on albinism "Positive" has been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair.
LES COFFRETS / PREMIUM (U.K.) BY MARK C. HEWITT , MATT PARSONS
Synopsis: Premium is one of a sequence of stylistically coherent filmpoems (all less than 90 seconds) with the overarching title: 'Les Coffrets', meaning 'little boxes', derived from the shape of the texts on the page. The vids were a collaboration between a writer/theatremaker and an artist/filmmaker. Running time: 00:01:23
Festivals: Cult Critic Movie Awards (One Minute Film Award), Berlin Flash FF (Outstanding Achievement Award), Paris Intl Short F, New York Tri-State IFF (Winner Micro Film), Toronto Independent FF, San Francisco Indie Short F, London Indie FF of 24 Frames, Tokyo Intl Short FF, Berlin Shorts Award, Rotterdam Independent FF, Madrid Arthouse FF, Brighton Rocks FF, and more.
About the directors: Mark C. Hewitt is a freelance playwright, poet and stage director. He has collaborated with visual artists on several public art installations and works frequently on socially engaged projects with vulnerable or marginalised individuals, including Penned Up, a strand of literature festivals in prisons, recently recognised in The Big Issue newspaper's list of 'Top 100 Changemakers of 2020'. Matt Parsons, after completing a degree in Visual Studies, spent several years working in sound engineering and video editing before taking an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths. He has worked in a variety of media, often using video in conjunction with model making, installation, drawings and text. Material gathered from interviews, from the internet, and from popular/folk culture is contrasted with his own responses and reconstructed to find a point at which documentary and fiction intersect. His work is often produced in collaboration, something he tries to foreground, so as to critique the ethical complications inherent in the artist/subject relationship.
AN INVITATION (CHINA) BY YEUNG TUNG, HAO ZHAO
Synopsis: An 8-year-old boy reluctantly visits his divorced father in Hong Kong, who wants him to become a Hong Kong citizen. They both keep secretive intentions and find it difficult to ask what they want from each other. Running time: 00:12:35
Festivals: 74th Cannes IFF 60th Semaine De La Critique, Encounters FF Bristol, Cambridge FF, San Diego Asian FF, Pingyao IFF, Stockholm IFF.
About the director: Yeung Tung is a Chinese director/writer. He has studied film and Television at Boston University's college of communication. Yeung developed several short film scripts when he was in college. Hao Zhao is a Chinese writer/director. He had been a biology major in college before he studying film in New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, Hao developed several feature-length film scripts and directed two short films. Hao has been working as an independent filmmaker.
SAVE RALPH (U.S.) BY SPENCER SUSSER
Synopsis: Save Ralph is a stop-motion animated documentary-style short film, featuring HSI’s campaign spokesbunny Ralph, voiced by Taika Waititi, as he goes through his daily routine as a “tester” in a lab. In addition to Taika Waititi as Ralph, the film stars Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff and Tricia Helfer. Running time: 00:04:00
About the director: Spencer Susser is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and editor whose career spans feature films, short films, commercials and music videos. He made his feature film directorial debut at Sundance in 2010 with “HESHER”, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson & Natalie Portman. Spencer recently directed 2nd Unit and edited the Oscar-nominated “The Greatest Showman”, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. Spencer has also directed music videos, including the breakthrough video for Lana Del Rey “Summertime Sadness”. His work as an editor in music videos includes artists such as Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, and many more.
THE CUT (CANADA) BY CHLOÉ CINQ-MARS
Synopsis: Recovering from a cesarean section, Emma finally meets her newborn son. As she overcomes her unfamiliarity and slowly falls in love with him, The Cut explores the complexity of the bond between mother and child.Running time: 00:17:00
Festivals: Fantasia IFF, Montreal (Winner Best Actress And Best Editing), Vancouver IFF, Bogoshorts, 20minmax Intl Short Ff (Winner Best Short Film), Female Eye FF Toronto, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, Kerry IFF, Thessaloniki Intl Short FF, Hof IFF, St.Louis IFF, and more.
About the director: Chloé Cinq-Mars wrote the screenplay of La Voce, a short film directed by David Uloth, which traveled to over 150 festivals and was awarded 54 prizes. She also wrote the feature film The Far Shore, directed by David Uloth. The Cut is her first experience as a director.
THE SCROLL OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH (CANADA) BY JAKE KOVNAT
Synopsis: I work after his voice and do exactly what he says to do... He put up what colors he want. I don't know about them. - “One day, in May of 2018 as I was driving through Niagara Falls, NY, I passed a home unlike anything I had ever seen before. I slammed on the brakes and reversed to take some pictures of this stunning and unusual work of art tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. As I finished, a man who was sitting across the street called me over to talk. His name was Isaiah and the conversation that began on that day culminated in this short film. Maybe our encounter was meant to be. In honor of Isaiah, I hope you enjoy it.” Running time: 00:03:08
Festivals: Toronto Arthouse FF, Doc.World Film Festivals, and more.
About the director: Jake Kovnat is a director working mostly on commercials, but also documentaries and music videos. His short documentary "On Days Like These We Must Surf" (2016) about a crazy group of surfers who chase icy waves on The Great Lakes, played at a number of festivals worldwide and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
SNAKE DICK (U.S.) BY DAVID MAHMOUDIEH
Synopsis: Jill's got the snake. Julia's got the flute. Alone, they have nothing. But together, they have a secret weapon to fight the darkness... Running time: 00:07:47
Festivals: South London International FF (Winner Best International Short Film), Salem Horror Fest (Winner Audience Award), Venice Film Week, British Horror FF, and more.
About the director: Born in the UK to immigrant parents, David is half-Iranian and half-British-French-Canadian. David began his career as a trainee AD on productions including “X-Files”, “The Outer Limits” and “Batman Begins”, where he was lucky enough to learn from some of the best directors in the business. He won the ECU Screenwriting Contest with his spec script, “Rain”.
LEAP (ARGENTINA) BY JUAN BAIO, EINO ANTONIO
Synopsis: On the rooftop of a massive building, surrounded by the blazing Buenos Aires’ skyline, two friends are taking a relaxing sunbath. In the flash of an instant an unexpected event takes place, which will call into question their friendship and leave them both on the brink of a resolution that could change their lives. Running time: 00:02:37
About the director: Juan and Eino met in Buenos Aires in the process of making a short film. Juan is a graduate from the acting program of Universidad Nacional de las Artes. Eino graduated graduated as Film Director from Universidad del Cine.
TENDER AGE (FRANCE) BY JULIEN GASPAR-OLIVERI
Synopsis: Diane, sixteen, exclusively lives in the eyes of her mother, Sophie. Their symbiotic relationship is becoming more and more troublesome for the teenager. At school, she clumsily expresses her need to be loved the way she is at home, like when she trades a favor for a glance, in the toilets. Big mouth, provocative and attention seeker, the young girl tries to break away from her mother. For one week-end, she wishes to live like a grown up. Running time: 00:26:50
Festivals: Festival international de Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs IFF (Winner Best Live Action Short), Rhode Island FF, Brussels Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, and more.
About the director: Julien Gaspar-Oliveri, actor and theatre and film director, studied theatre at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris. He began directing films with an autoproduced short film, "Loin de Benjamin", followed by the short "Passe", then the critically acclaimed film "Villeperdue". The latter had a theatrical release in 2017, was screened at various festivals and was awarded the jury and public prizes at the international Namur festival.