NEW YORK SESSION#3

DECEMBER 3, 2021

7pm-10pm

This screening session features 12 films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled. Included: a free networking drink at the bar after the screening!

ADDRESS

Film Noir Cinema

122 Meserole Avenue
New York 11222 
United States

 

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

Proof of full vaccination and face masks will be required. Masks can be removed only while eating or drinking.

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QUANTUM CLOUDS (GREECE) BY DIMITRIS GIOUZEPAS

 

Synopsis: Unsettling visuals for an unsettling tune, an ever-evolving Rorschach inkblot, an ungrasped idea. Running time: 00:03:43

 

Festivals: International Music Video Awards, Obskuur Ghent FF, Munich Music Video Awards, Sydney World FF, and more.

 

About the director: Dimitris Giouzepas is an architect with a Ph.D. in urban design. He teaches "architectural representations" at Democritus University of Thrace. He has directed several shorts, such as The Fall (2005), Voyage (2010), Living City (2011), Greek Salad (2015), Swimming Lessons (2020).

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EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL (UNITED KINGDOM) BY ROLAND DENNING

 

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Synopsis: Everything Is Under Control is a story told by a machine to humans in a world that has crashed and then been re-booted from a back-up. Unfortunately, the back-up was faulty and glitches are increasingly apparent. Have human beings and machines merged? Is the whole world counterfeit? Is free will an illusion? The machine is an unreliable narrator if ever there was one. It assures us that everything is under control, but can we believe it? Constructed during lockdown out of archive material and an AI synthesised voice, Everything Is Under Control is a wry philosophical reflection on our current predicament.Running time: 00:06:25

 

Festivals: Swedenborg FF, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Underground Film), Amarcort, and more.

 

About the director: Roland Denning is a filmmaker, artist and writer based in London.

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I N T E R S T I C E (SWEDEN) BY OSKAR WILLERS

 

Synopsis: When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn. Running time: 00:11:21

 

Festivals: BFI London FF, Venice Film Week, Cornwall FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.

 

About the director: Oskar Willers has studied Filmtheory and Filmhistory at Stockholm University and went to the hands-on Film Schools: Stockholm Film School and Biskops Arnö Screenwriting School. He has worked as a commercial film- and still photographer and for the last ten years he is also a teacher at Kulturama Film School in Stockholm. I N T E R S T I C E (M E L L A N R U M) is Oskar´s directorial debut.

 

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MY FATHER (U.S.) BY DANIELE SESTITO

 

Synopsis: An adolescent girl fears that her father is going to kill her.Running time: 00:03:58

 

Festivals: New Jersey Independent FF (Winner Best New Jersey Film), Film Shortage, Beyond The Short.

 

About the director: Daniele Sestito is a director, writer, and cinematographer based in the NJ / NYC area. As the son of two immigrants, he has always been obsessed with culture and perspective. Through film, he's found a way to share unique perspectives, in addition to his own. He’s shot several short films, music videos, and a web-series as a DP, written many shorts and a feature, and his work as a director has been screened at numerous film festivals. Along the way, he's worked with companies such as Forbes, iHeartMedia, Cinematography Database, and Windy Films. Recently, he completed his education at Emerson College, earning his BFA in Film Production. What drives Daniele is his passion for storytelling. Taking a precise approach to each and every frame, sound, and emotion, he aspires to make films that leave a strong impact on their audience.

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SO BE IT AND SO IT IS (U.S.) BY GIANNA BADIALI

 

Synopsis: An impressionistic film about girlhood longing and ritual: two ten-year-old girls prepare for a meeting with their mutual fantasy, a majestic-nosed older boy. Running time: 00:09:00

 

About the director: Gianna Badiali is a Swiss writer-director and cinematographer based in New York City, where she is currently a 4th-year MFA candidate at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Film Program. After a childhood spent in Zurich, Mumbai and Milan, she earned degrees in Visual Arts and Computer Science from Brown University before pursuing a career in filmmaking. She has been a recipient of the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellowship and Maurice Kanbar Scholarship.

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WORLDS (GERMANY) BY VINCENT DOLINSEK

 

Synopsis: "Worlds" Is an experimental short, telling the story of a woman who is getting lost between two merging worlds. Running time: 00:01:20

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PIGEON (U.S.) BY RAPHAEL HALLORAN

 

Trailer

 

Synopsis: A solitary middle-aged pigeon keeper who spends his days on a rooftop in Brooklyn, undergoes a crisis when one of his pigeons gets shot down. The story follows how this seemingly insignificant event compounds to threaten his world. ‘Pigeon’ is a cinematic meditation on alienation and life on the fringe of society.Running time: 00:07:23

 

Festivals: Astoria FF (Best Drama Short), Boston Short FF, Obskuur Ghent FF, Torino Underground Cinefest, FlickFlair (Best Picture), and more.

 

About the director: Raphaël is a Swiss-American filmmaker interested in exploring and creating cinematic worlds that are poetic, raw, and that challenge conventional storytelling. With a background in environmental sciences and a former career as a digital creative director, he turned to filmmaking as a more fulfilling means of expression. Raphaël holds an MFA in directing from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn.

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LAST DAY (TAIWAN) BY SZU-WEI CHEN

 

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Synopsis: As work continues on the border wall, a Chinese sex worker gets surprising news from her visiting lover. Running time: 00:11:00

 

About the director: Szu-Wei Chen is a filmmaker originating from Taiwan, now based in New York City as he pursues his MFA in film from Columbia University. Having grown up with an interest in directors such as Edward Yang and Lou Ye, Szu-Wei is currently exploring a means to bridge the film language he grew up on with his experiences living in the US. His latest short film 'Jay' was awarded the Alternative Spirit Award Lgbtq Short First Prize, and the Youth Jury Award Best Lgbtq Film Grand Prize at the 2019 Rhode Island IFF. It will have its European premiere at the 2020 BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

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MAGIC KINGDOM (HONG KONG, USA) BY NELSON NG CHAK HEI

 

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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.

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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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NOT A ROBOT (UK) BY GEORGE SUMMERS

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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.

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TENDER AGE (FRANCE) BY JULIEN GASPAR-OLIVERI

 

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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.