19 DECEMBER 2021
This screening session features 15 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.
WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS (PORTUGAL) BY NUNO SERRÃO
Synopsis: We are all on the same bus, but some of us are more awake than others... Running time: 00:02:00
Festivals: InShadow Lisbon Screendance Festival (Winner Best Portuguese Film), Brussels Independent FF, BAC Madrid, LA Experimental FF, Boston Short FF, International Microfilm Festival, Astoria FF, and more.
About the director: Nuno Serrão is a Portuguese photographer, filmmaker, and creative director, interested in the dialogues between science and contemporary art. Each of his images considers how information is handled, shared and perceived, framing scenarios as micro-narratives, demonstrating a sensitivity and a curiosity for the planet and its inhabitants. (Aesthetica Magazine, 2019)
MAGIC KINGDOM (HONG KONG, USA) BY NELSON NG CHAK HEI
Synopsis: The story is set in 1997 against the backdrop of the looming handover. Kit, a middle-aged single parent, brings his son from Hong Kong to California under the pretense of visiting Disneyland. The son, Chun, comes to realise the real intention of the trip is for his own adoption. Running time: 00:15:00
Festivals: Asian FF LA (Best First Time Director), Boston Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Nelson Ng Chak Hei studied film at Emerson College and graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations. After returning to Hong Kong, he co-founded Stray Dogs, a production house specializing in advertising, while exploring personal stories to develop outside the commercial sphere.
THE EDGE OF NORWEGIAN WOOD (USA) BY YAQI TAO
Synopsis: A recreation John Lennon and Yoko Ono's last photo, in moving picture, by 16mm film. Running time: 00:02:29
OPAL (UK) BY KIRSTY MCLEAN
Synopsis: A teenage boxer tries to fill her idolised and abusive fathers space in the family, after his sudden passing. Running time: 00:12:47
Festivals: Edinburgh Intl FF, Glasgow Short FF, indie Shorts Awards Seoul (Winner Best Female Director), and more.
About the director: Kirsty McLean's excitement for cinema started after intercepting her Mother’s LoveFilm account. Logging in at a young age without filter, or restrictions, she developed a fixation on cinematic poetry and stark realism. Since graduating she has independently created and directed short films focussing on contemporary British societal matters with an emphasis on aftermath and how it can affect female identifiers. These include the sex industry, judicial system and surviving a patriarchal household.
GREETINGS FROM MYANMAR (NORWAY) BY ANDREAS J. RIISER, SUNNIVA SUNDBY
Synopsis: Umbrella drinks and genocide. More than 24.000 Rohingyas have been killed. Over 900.000 Rohingyas have fled their homes. Rapes and beatings are unaccounted for. Myanmar’s civil leader Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is calling it an “internal conflict”. Running time: 00:05:00
About the directors: Sunniva Sundby is a filmmaker based in Oslo, Norway. She has directed award winning documentary shorts and series as 'BOYS', 'Seventh Grade' (alongside Anne Silje Bø) and 'She who loves'. Andreas J. Riiser has a degree from the Norwegian Film School and works as a film director. He has made a feature film, several tv concepts, short films such as 'Mr. Death', 'Vi har alle vårt', 'Brick Vision' and 'ISOLA', as well as over a hundred commercials, several award winning, including gold, silver and bronze at Cannes Lion.
PHYSICAL THOUGHTS (U.S.) BY ANNE HOLLOWDAY
Synopsis: A dancer reflects on a recent injury. A dancer's body is their whole life. It is the sum total of their history, it’s the medium through which they make a living and it’s their method of creative expression. After a dramatic injury puts a professional dancer out of action for six months, she reflects on how our physical thoughts reveal who we are, perhaps even more than what we say. A meditation on authenticity, the creative life and facing one's own fears, Physical Thoughts is the document of an injury and a poetic distillation of wisdom for every artist. Running time: 00:03:32
Festivals: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, New Filmmakers NY, Micromania FF, and more.
About the director: Anne Hollowday is a NYC-based director creating affective and cinematic films that preserve the freshness of a lived encounter. Her award winning work is emotionally resonant and deeply human. Her work has garnered recognition from across the industry with inclusion in both the 1.4 and Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcases, as well as being awarded by the One Club, American Photography, AICP, SXSW and others.
DARE! (SWEDEN) BY GUSTAV OLSSON
Synopsis: A group of teenage girls in front of a computer screen who are the “Playmakers”, orchestrates the actions of a young boy in disguise entering a corner shop. The demands quickly become more and more bizarre and is well designed to achieve the twisted crescendo the Playmakers are out to get. Running time: 00:09:35
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Obskuur Ghent FF, Pixel Skånes FF, and more.
About the director: Gustav Hugo Olsson is a Swedish award-winning director, producer, screenwriter, filmmaker and editor with over 10 years of experience in film productions in various sizes and genres.
TREI & JABZ MC – MAGMA (NEW ZEALAND) BY RHEA
Synopsis: Music video for New Zealand-based artist Trei. Running time: 00:04:30
Festivals: Sydney World FF, Brussels Independent FF, and more.
About the director: Jamie Wanstall is a Director and Cinematographer born in Crawley, West Sussex, England. He studied Digital Film & Screen Arts at the University for the Creative Arts before joining forces with a group of creatives at Praxima; where he now travels the world working on films, TV commercials and online content.
TACIT BLUE (CHINA) BY WENKAI DUAN
Synopsis: Carl goes to a deserted site to rescue his daughter Alice who was kidnapped. Waiting for Carl in the site is Moye, Carl’s biggest rival who works for an organized criminal party. Moye modified Alice and turned her into a killing machine. Carl sees his daughter being transformed and lost his calm, until almost killed by his daughter. Carl does not hesitate to use his blood and life to awaken his daughter’s memory. Running time: 00:09:14
Festivals: Saturnia FF, SciFi FF.
About the director: Duan Wenkai is a Chinese director, and has supervised production of Escape Velocity Animation Studio. He is a lecturer at the School of Animation and Digital Art, Communication University of China.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE (UK) BY ALEX DEITSCH
Synopsis: Having just had an argument with her dad, Sam decides to go on a spontaneous night out. Abusing substances and meeting strangers, Sam’s troubles continue to persist. Running time: 00:07:38
Festivals: Aesthetica FF.
About the director: Alex Deitsch is a filmmaker and photographer based in London. His 2018 short film "Flower Face" won the Future Film Lab prize at the 2019 BFI Future Film Festival and later won best film at the 2019 INDIs Film Festival. The short premiered via Queerblick, an LGBT+ Youth Organisation. The film currently sits at 3,000,000+ views. VICE described it as a "nuanced story of sexual awakening". His follow-up "Entropy" was created with support from the Roundhouse as part of their 2019 "And Now What? Film Fund".
EVIE (UK) BY OLIVE PASCHA
Synopsis: A short film shot in a bathroom, 'Evie' is an interview of sorts, an abstract documentary about identity migration, loss, and growing up. Running time: 00:04:14
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF.
JOE (UK) BY CALLUM REEVE
Synopsis: A cleanup robot goes wrong. Running time: 00:01:38
About the director: Callum Reeve is a student at Escape Studios in London, studying the art of Visual Effects. This is his first film.
UNION JAKE (NETHERLANDS) BY LUUK WALSCHOT
Synopsis: Leading character Jake questions his identity in a politically and religiously divided community. He is done fighting and is in search of something which unites us all. Running time: 00:02:54
Festivals: Manchester FF, Sydney World FF, New York Lift-Off FF, Young Director Award, Short to the Point (Winner), and more.
About the director: Luuk Walschot is a director slash creative slash photographer. His style is commercially authentic, which means that the work he creates feels truthful and thus makes a big impact. The truth can be told with humor, love, tension and various other ways, but in its core it’s about emotion.
DISPLACEMENT (POLAND) BY JACEK JĘDRZEJCZAK
Synopsis: This documentary is a recording of one of the autotherapy sessions conducted in Institute 116 in Warsaw. The topic is the displaced aggression , i.e. redirecting aggression from its initial and unavailable source towards a different , more accessible target. This intimate session was conducted and recorded by Jacek Jedrzejczak psychologist and artist. The participant was Irenka Kaczurowska. Running time: 00:06:37
Festivals: Ghent Viewpoint Doc FF, ARFF Amsterdam, Doc.Berlin, and more.
About the director: Born in Warsaw, where he lives and works. art photographer, also involved in video art and visual experiment in various fields of art. Publications, exhibitions and prizes both in Poland and abroad. For many years he has been exploring issues related to 'psycho-photography', 'photo-therapy' and work with body. In the last few years fascinated by the connection between sound and film image. He creates individual projects and cooperates with many experimental musicians such as Tadeusz Sudnik, Bogdan Mizerski and Andrzej Rejman.
MULTIPASS (UK) BY SOL BALDI
Synopsis: A deeply intimate and loving portrait of Barcelona’s underground queer community shot through 2017/8, MARICAS explores the lives, loves, adventures and inner lives of Celia (17) and Apolonio (22), two of its wildest and most colourful free spirits who come together at ¨Maricas¨ Party shot over 2 years by an insider and friend; the film echoes the look and energy of the Cindy Sherman expose of New York party kids in the seventies, offering new insights into the very different challenges facing of queer millennials coming to adulthood in a world of social media. Running time: 00:24:00
Festivals: BeBop Chanel FF.
About the director: Aside from her passion for film, Sol (1997, Argentina) has always been attracted by the arts, involved in different disciplines such as dance, theatre, music and photography. She attended the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Image and Sound Design) and Universidad de Cine de Buenos Aires. Sol studied cinema at EICAR in Paris and currently lives in Bristol, UK.