November 28 - December 13, 2023
This special section is available for streaming only. Streaming on Whush.com. Link will become available soon. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
The Dead Track (Italy) by Antonio Maciocco
Having lost his job, Tommaso returns to Sardinia. Desperate, he decides to put an end to it all by lying on the railroad tracks. However, it is a dead track, yet another line suppressed. The lonely and disconsolate boy meets Franco, a singular character who lives in an abandoned station. The man has a peculiar goal: to put the ancient family vineyard back on its feet, to go back in time and savour the wine of his childhood, a wine produced since the Nuragic era. Tommaso, initially hesitant, helps Franco out with his venture. Thanks to this meeting, the boy will learn to face life with more imagination and lightness.
Running time: 00:23:55
Luna (United States) by Margaret Armour
On a journey to find balance and understanding, Luna courageously explores the facets of herself she has kept hidden. Luna forges a path as she is filled with knowledge and compassion coming face to face with what she fears will destroy her.
Running time: 00:09:31
Ride (Australia) by Jeno Kim
A woman and a driver share a car ride. Whilst sharing the liminal space, the mysterious pair discover they may be more connected to each other than they realise.
Running time: 00:07:10
At Water’s Edge (United States) by Sean Dorsey
Featuring mesmerizing queer dance in watery coves and ocean edges, At Water’s Edge is a short dance film by Emmy Award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.
Running time: 00:03:31
Bedroom Scenes (United Kingdom) by Katy Shepherd
The animation was largely formed from a series of biro drawings from my sketchbook depicting moments of restlessness and increased anxiety during a sleepless night. I drew upon my experiences of trying to sleep in a century which seems to only offer up ever worsening news and dire forecasts for our future with no solutions in sight for our predicament. Another source of inspiration are my personal experiences with hypnopompic hallucinations, which occur as you awake and the tricks my brain can play on me as it tries to make sense of the impoverished images my ageing eyes send it in the darkness of the night.
Running time: 00:02:35
Uyi Nosa-Odia: A Portrait (Luxembourg) by Sofiya Kudryavtseva
The documentary explores the philosophy of life of Uyi, a Luxembourg-based artist of Nigerian origin. Uyi sees art as a ‘safe space’ for communicating ideas that might put one in danger if expressed explicitly. He already had to pay the price for speaking out once.
Running time: 00:14:15
King of the World (Belgium) by Ron Chiers
Marc is an artist with bipolar disorder. He filmed himself, and was filmed, during a psychosis. It is an insight into the raw reality of someone struggling with mental illness. Like a lonesome rider, he lets us see into the depths of his soul and goes off the track with his uncontrolled connections.
Running time: 00:25:45
The Special Seat (Japan) by Akira Okumura "YouTuber Ami shot an ASMR video of chewing sounds to entertain her fans. However, when she checked the video she shot, she found that there were noises in it that should not be there. The unpleasant noise, which is contrary to the pleasure, strikes her ears.
Running time: 00:06:52
Holestepper (Peru) by Sergio Fernández Muñoz
Angel (Oswaldo Salas), an enthusiastic high school teacher, discovers a website where his students make fun of him and his disability through some strange videos. Mixing the reality and the digital universe adolescent, Angel will be involved in a world hitherto unknown.
Running time: 00:17:26
The Chaotic Melody of Tina (United States) by David Anderson, Aaron Perra
A man who struggles with meth addiction has reached rock bottom. His mind constantly races as he nears death.
Running time: 00:01:43