LONDON SESSION#6

19 DECEMBER 2021

5pm-7pm

This screening session features 13 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.

ADDRESS

CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE

97 Sclater Street

London E1 6HR

 

FREE TICKETS

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.

COVID-19

Face masks will be required.

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EMPTY STATES (U.K.) BY JOLA KUDELA

 

Synopsis: This experimental music video was shot in Holdstone Down. According to the Aertherius Society it’s the place where Jesus – and by Jesus they mean the Earth’s incarnation of an extraterrestrial “Cosmic Master” - appeared to their founder, on the 23rd July 1958. Julia Kent’s music, with its haunting basslines and looped harmonies, is eerie and emotional. Just as Aertherians believe that they can restore balance on Earth with their spiritual energy, so too in this video the darkness and apocalyptic gloom is dispelled by the power of natural harmonies and the Earth organic rhythms. Running time: 00:03:50

 

Festivals: Contexts Ephemeral Art Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.

 

About the director: Jola Kudela was born in Poland and now travels between Paris, London and Warsaw for various projects. Kudela graduated from the Lodz Film School (Masters in Animation and Visual Effects) and completed her training at the department of animated film at CFT Gobelins in Paris. She currently works as director, animation director and visual supervisor.

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JUST LIKE THE FILMS (PORTUGAL) BY SARA N. SANTOS

 

Trailer

 

Synopsis: "I always needed fiction to make sense of reality". A cinematic image fills the void left by the death of a loved one. This is a film about loss, loneliness and the love for the movies. Running time: 00:10:00

 

Festivals: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Porto/Post/Doc, Obskuur Ghent FF, Fisura, International Festival of Experimental Film & Video, Experimental Film Guanajuato, Underneath the Floorboards London, and more.

 

About the director: Sara Santos (1992) is a filmmaker with a masters degree in Documentary Film from the Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design. She’s been building her gaze as a cinematographer and camera operator in documentary projects (films and TV series). More recently, she created a media laboratory called emerGENTE, where teenagers develop their thinking through the viewing and practicing of cinema and photography.

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SNAPSHOT (U.S.) BY THOMAS PETROSKEY

 

Synopsis: A biker just wants his picture taken. Running time: 00:02:14

 

About the director: Raised in a small town in Massachusetts, Tommy Petroskey is an ambitious young professional crafting his expertise in short form cinema. After four years of impressive collegiate success at Fairfield University, Tommy has spent the past year coordinating in the commercial production industry, freelancing in New York City, and writing and directing various independent projects.

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HAPPY MOMENTS (CHINA) BY JIA FANG, SONG JIAN

 

Synopsis: ‘Happy moments’ follows a couple who are have just taken their wedding photos. What kinds of stories could be formed by instant images? In this work, it seems that the floating timeline has subverted the original meaning of instant images, but produces new questions at the same time. Running time: 00:09:59

 

About the director: Jia Fang is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Photography at the School of Media, Nanjing University of the Arts. Fang writes for the "Architectural Photography" column of "Architecture and Culture" magazine, and holds a Master's degree from Beijing Film Academy.

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ATLAS (FRANCE) BY JIM VIEILLE

 

Synopsis: Dark and poetic, this music video depicts a rite of passage : the liberation of an inhibited personality. First, the night, rough, wild and frenetic, to let out all the accumulated frustrations. Then the next day, appeased, like a rebirth, a return to life. Running time: 00:05:43

 

Festivals: Sydney World FF (Winner Best Music Video), Verona IFF (Winner Best Music Video), and more.

 

About the director: Jim Vieille is a french director. Dark, violent and enigmatic, his work in different mediums (film, video, installation) explores the boundary between fiction and experimental. His films have been featured in several festivals. In 2010, his first short, 'Take Me To The Water', won the Prize Of The City Of Clermont-Ferrand.

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FOSSIL (BELGIUM) BY ANTON CLA

 

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Synopsis: An old man's vision of a drowning world is clouded. He decides to take radical actions inflicting damage to his surroundings. Instigating a self-destructive chain of events, coming from the dark abyss of his subconsciousness. Running time: 00:11:20

 

Festivals: Odense IFF, Ottowa Intl Animation Festival, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Animated Film), CUT TO: Gent, and more.

 

About the director: Anton Cla (1990, Belgium) has started experimenting with the audiovisual medium in 2016 after working as an abstract painter and documentary photographer in a hobbyist fashion. He discovered contemporary techniques such as 3D-computer graphics and real-time rendering while studying animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK). He became focused on combining these with more traditional animation, painting & graphic techniques in a passionate search to try to find unique cinema experiences in both his artistic and freelance work, as well as asking questions about the future of digital animation as a medium.

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SHIVERING WALL (TAIWAN) BY TSENG YU CHIN

 

Synopsis: A dark room. A reverberating bass. A languid heap of teenaged bodies at a house party. A heavy atmosphere. A slight smog represents a spirit in the space. Is the spirit someone else? Is the smog another you – a parallel you from another world to look at your own body in this group full of chaos and desire? All you can do silently look down at your body, and move away quietly. Running time: 00:10:00

Festivals: Amsterdam Independent FF.

 

About the director: Tseng Yu-Chin, (1978, Taiwan) is a video artist, film director, photographer, curator, designer. His work has been exhibited all over the world.

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CELENTANO'S SEASICKNESS (ITALY) BY SAVERIO CAPPIELLO

 

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Synopsis: Loredano, known as Celentano, due to seasickness has never been able to be a fisherman, his dream since he was a child. Now he works in a bar and waits for Alex, his nephew, who has recently started working as a fisherman, to give him a gift that initiates him into that world that is water and that he has never been able to touch. Running time: 00:12:05

 

Festivals: Venice Film Week (Winner Best Documentary Short Film).

 

About the director: Saverio Cappiello (1992, Italy) graduated from Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti (Milan). His first short film Clinamen (2015) was presented at about thirty festivals worldwide, and he's won several awards with his subsequent shorts and documentaries. He is currently working on his first feature, L’altra via.

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BEFORE WE COLLIDE (U.K.) BY GUY GOOCH, GREGOR PETRIKOVIC

 

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Synopsis: Before We Collide is a short film shot on a Nishika N8000 analog lenticular camera consisting of over 800 photographs pieced together. In a haunting encounter, the film captures our fragmented perception of time during the pandemic while exploring the dynamics of mutual support. The film does not give the impression that it is made for me, you, or anyone for that matter. It simply exists as an artefact that can be witnessed, like found footage of a ghostly apparition. Running time: 00:01:10

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THERE CAN BE NO SHADOW WITHOUT LIGHT (BELGIUM) BY TUUR OOSTERLINCK

 

Synopsis: A person becoming self-aware through exploring the sense of hearing and observing light and shadow. This film was developed by Tuur himself in the bathroom. Running time: 00:08:00

 

Festivals: Young Filmmakers festival Brussels, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Belgian Film).

 

About the director: Tuur Oosterlinck is a Belgian Audiovisual artist based in Antwerp. He graduated in Audiovisual Arts - Film at Luca School of Arts (Brussels) in 2020, and has studied Cinematography at FAMU (Prague).

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SPONTANEOUS (U.S.) BY LORI FELKER

 

Synopsis: You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you. Running time: 00:14:00

 

Festivals: 2020 Slamdance FF, Boston Short FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Sydney World FF, and more.

 

About the director: Lori Felker is a Chicago-based filmmaker/artist, teacher, programmer, and performer. Her films and videos attempt to study the ineloquent, oppositional, delusional, frustrating, and chaotic qualities of human interaction. She loves every facet of filmmaking and has worked as a cinematographer, editor, and actor for artists and directors such as Jerzy Rose, Melika Bass, Jesse McLean, and Geof Oppenheimer. Lori works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work internationally at festivals and spaces including the Rotterdam IFF, Slamdance FF, Ann Arbor FF, LA Filmforum.

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BELLYDANCE VOGUE (LEBANON) BY HADI MOUSSALLY

 

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Synopsis: "My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020 during lockdown, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it’s the last one." A film made during quarantine. Running time: 00:05:00

 

Festivals: Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, 180´Berlin Filmfest, Toronto Arthouse FF, London Int Screen Dance Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Flikkers Queer FF, Experimental, Dance & Music FF LA, Fashion FF Amsterdam, 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.

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MY OWN LANDSCAPES (FRANCE) BY ANTOINE CHAPON

 

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Synopsis: A former military game designer was spotted in a video game competition organized by the army. Before going to war, he made video game scenarios that prepared soldiers to cultural shocks and healed trauma. Once back from the war, his relationship with his identity, with life and with the video game changed. Running time: 00:18:42

 

Festivals: Sundance FF, Visions du Réel (Winner Best Short Film), Palm Springs Intl ShortFest, Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, Torino Film Festival, London Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Glasgow Short FF, Aesthetica Short Film, Boston Short FF, and more.

 

About the director: Antoine Chapon (1990) is an artist and filmmaker based in Paris. He studied Fine Arts, Philosophy and Social Sciences. In 2019, he learned literary Arabic at the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut (Lebanon). In 2021 he is part of the Berlinale Talents programme, the world’s top 200 emerging filmmakers. His works create dynamic links and tensions between cinema, CGI animations and archives.