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.
*** (FISH) (POLAND) BY FILIP BOJARSKI
Synopsis: Short film about consciousness. Running time: 00:02:00
About the director: Filip Bojarski (1990, Wadowice) studied Film and Television Directing Department at Lodz Film School, and Cognitive Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
DRAMATHERAPY (UK) BY PHILIP MONBERG PFEIFFER
Synopsis: An emotionally stunted, middle-aged man enters a group dramatherapy session. He must move beyond his comfort zone in order to face trauma hidden deep within his psyche. Running time: 00:12:12
Festivals: Indie Short Fest, Norwich FF.
About the director: Philip Pfeiffer was adopted from South Korea and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, arriving to the United Kingdom in 2017. He graduated from the MetFilm School with distinction, studying an MA in Directing. Philip's main interest within film is using the medium to explore the human psyche, particularly in relation to emotional vulnerability and how individuals process trauma.
MALKA MALKA (ISRAEL) BY MAYA YAVIN
Synopsis: In her twilight years, Malka must take care of her elderly husband Shmulik, while at the same time coping with her son's, Roee, ALS disease. Despite the many tribulations, Malka takes part in making the film, which was created in the spirit of jest combined with dark humor that surrounded Roee during his illness. The film develops in two parallel yet intertwining tracks: one being the documentary, in which the harsh reality that Malka and Shmulik are facing is exposed; the other, fictional, depicting the fantasy world that Roee and the director create. Running time: 00:23:40
Festivals: Jerusalem FF, Seret FF, Haifa FF.
About the director: Maya Yavin (1991, Tel Aviv) is a video artist and documentarist. She completed her studies at the Screen Based Arts Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. In her films and installation works she explores different aspects of both society and her personal life, challenging the borderline between fantasy and reality.
STARBOY (UK) BY JOËLLE BENTOLILA
Synopsis: A mystical young Hasidic man increasingly doubts his identity, his gender, and the nature of being as conflict between him and his pious young wife escalates with shocking consequences. Running time: 00:17:24
Festivals: Holly Shorts FF (Winner Best LGBT Short), Sao Paolo Intl FF, Flickers' Rhode Island Intl, FF, Outfest LA, UK Jewish FF (Pears Film Fund Award), and more.
About the director: London-based writer-director Joëlle Bentolila has a number of short films, documentaries, and optioned or commissioned screenplays under her belt. An inspired and fearless filmmaker, she has worked with notable producers in France, the UK and the US, is fascinated by stories about the mystery of the self and believes filmmaking is about truth, outrage, and excitement. Alongside a series of films and TV projects in development, she is an editor and a visual artist.
MEMORIES/FORTRESS (INDONESIA) BY MOSES PARLINDUNGAN
Synopsis: An Indonesian student in London attempts to deal with the absurdity of confinement and immobility due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown by talking to his parents – who also face the similar movement restrictions in Jakarta – over the phone. Running time: 00:03:43
CAVA GRANDE - A ROOM ABOVE THE EARTH (TURKEY) BY TAN TUNCAG
Synopsis: Set in a near future, an alien visitor from outer space stumbles upon our solar system and visits the moon colony, discovering humans. On her way to earth, she realizes that a giant asteroid is about the hit the earth. She changes her course towards this "global killer" and decides to take matters into her own hands. Running time: 00:05:09
Festivals: ICONA, Art All Night Trenton.
About the director: Known as one half of the internationally successful indie-electronica duo Portecho, Tan Tuncag embarks on a solo project under the moniker "Cava Grande". Founded in 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey, this brand new project embraces a Melancholic Electro / Indie Dance with the touch of warm analog synthesis and uplifting dark beats. Since 2013, Tan has been also working as an animator and a video game developer. He made music videos and live visuals for both local and international artists such as Kenan Dogulu, Mor ve Otesi, Ozge Fiskin, Hakan Vreskala, Phallen & Saf K.
IT'S OKAY (UK) BY AISHA BOUDJILLOULI
Synopsis: A flock of sheep and a pair of friends. Come nightfall, it’s up to them to decide whether they can be trusted... Running time: 00:03:50
About the director: Aisha Boudjillouli is a London based animator and motion designer. They studied at the University Arts London and University of Westminster, and graduated with a BA in Animation. Their film "It's Okay" won the RTS Student Television Award 2021 for Best Animation, and has been screened at several festivals internationally.
DARK MYRIAD 7 (UK) BY ETA DAHLIA
Synopsis: Dark Myriad 7 (Тьма Тем 7) is a videopoem that aims to create a new type of poetic language, integrating spoken word with moving image to develop an non-illustrative style. By morphing faces and colours together with the use of dynamic lighting, this composition aims to weave together the fluidity of light and language. The videopoem presented here is part of an album called Dark Myriad (Тьма Тем). Running time: 00:02:50
Festivals: Berlin Underground FF, Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Moscow Film Party.
About the director: Eta is a Russian poet and filmmaker based in London. His work combines minimalist Russian poetry with a range of audio-visual media. He works with spoken word, video, images, colours and music, integrating these elements into inseparable rhythmic and rhyming compositions to create coherent and complete multimedia poetic pieces. Through these interdisciplinary pieces Eta strives to reach a universal type of poem, where the understanding and appreciation of a piece is not limited to its original language. His first videopoetry album Tsvetochki was selected by over twenty festivals worldwide and was awarded a number of prizes.
NOT A ROBOT (UK) BY GEORGE SUMMERS
Synopsis: A robot tries to break into a human facility, and is asked a security question... Running time: 00:01:00
Festivals: Boston Short FF, Sydney World FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: George Summers is an animation director from Cornwall, creating stop-motion films with an emphasis of rich storytelling and memorable characters.
THE LAST DREAM OF KABUKI (COLOMBIA) BY WANDERSON DOS SANTOS, FINI MAZA
Synopsis: Through a XII century Japanese style poetry, The Last Dream of Kabuki highlights the passion, honor and death of its main subject connected to present day. This visual poem shot in a dreamy landscape shows us the inner struggles and demons that we can all relate to. Running time: 00:05:00
Festivals: Flickers' Rhode Island Intl FF, Miami Independent FF, Pietrasanta FF (Winner Best Cinematography), and more.
KAXA MARCA (PERU) BY MARIEL SOSA
Synopsis: The ancient city of Kaxa Marca lying at the bottom of an immense and wonderful valley located in the northern highlands of Peru is where the so-called "meeting of two worlds" occurs. This region is revealed to the pilgrim's eyes as a town full of past and sadness, where the meeting between the Inca race and the Spanish colonialist took place. In this short journey, you will experience the regional spirit that is the result of a mixture of native traditions and imported customs -- as their residents welcome the celebration of Carnaval. Running time: 00:03:45
Festivals: DOC LA (Winner Best Cinematography), Prague Intl FF (Winner Best Director), Boston Short FF (Winner Best Documentary), and more.
About the director: Mariel Sosa (1996) is a Peruvian Director and Photographer. She completed a BA in Film Production and Art History at Loyola Marymount University, LA. Sosa has produced several independent short films, video clips, and documentaries. Her first documentary, Phantasiaman brought her international recognition and was screened in Seattle at the largest youth film festival in the world. Her experience as a Peruvian woman in the industry has allowed her to dig deeper into portraying stories that encircle marginalized and unrepresented communities.
QUEEN CROCODILE (BELGIUM) BY CHARLES HABIB-DROUOT
Synopsis: Rayna is a Bulgarian prostitute, working in Brussels’ Red Light District. One night, she shares a mystical and sexual moment with an African client, who dies shortly after. That night will haunt her… Running time: 00:30:15
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Super Shorts London, Amsterdam Independent FF, Independent Starfilmfest, Verona IFF, West Texas Film Festival, and more.
About the director: After studies in literature and cinema, Charles Habib-Drouot created and ran the documentary production company Triptyque Films, before leaving to focus on his work as an auteur. Scriptwriter, director, editor, his work lies between fiction film, documentary and theater.