Spring on Zarechnaya Street
Russia. 96 min. 1956
The film takes place in the 1950s in a small working village, where the graduate of a pedagogical institute Tatiana Levchenko (Nina Ivanova) arrives. In the city department of education she receives a referral to an evening school. She is to teach Russian language and literature at the school for the working youth.
An old friend of Tatiana – engineer of a metallurgical plant Nikolay Krushenkov (Gennadi Yukhtin) helps Tanya rent a room and get acquainted with future students. At school Tatiana Sergeyevna becomes a class teacher of the eighth grade, in which Alexander Savchenko (Nikolai Rybnikov) is enrolled — smelter, udarnik, joker and the favorite of factory girls. Sasha immediately likes the new teacher and in order to attract her attention, he habitually tries to talk and flirt with her, even during the lessons.
Marlen Martynovich Khutsiev (4 October 1925 – 19 March 2019) was a Georgian-born Soviet and Russian filmmaker best known for his cult films from the 1960s, which include I Am Twenty and July Rain. He was named a People’s Artist of the USSR in 1986.
India. 146 min. 1984
Three friends from the city visit some ruins where an aged mother (Gita Sen) and her daughter Jamini (Shabana Azmi) live. Mother awaits the arrival of a distant cousin to marry Jamini, but the man is already married and living in Calcutta. The photographer Subhash (Naseeruddin Shah) takes pity on the family and pretends to be the awaited suitor. They keep up the charade for the duration of the trio’s visit, Subhash quietly becoming attracted to Jamini even as he understands the fate awaiting her. When the friends leave, Jamini stays behind, facing a life of loneliness in the ruins.
Mrinal Sen (14 May 1923 – 30 December 2018) was an Indian Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata. He is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Like the works of Ray and Ghatak, his cinema was known for its artistic depiction of social reality. Although the three directors shared a healthy rivalry, they were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in so doing, they charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India. Sen was an ardent follower of Marxist philosophy.
Spain. 19 min. 2018
Mauro sees the home he has created with his wife in danger when arriving at the house discovers that the garage has been flooded. Together they should prevent the plumber sniffs where he should not.
Soap and Water
Spain. 15 min. 2018
Alicia puts make-up on her face after yet another special night. The intimacy of her world is broken by the doorbell ringing. On the other side of the door there’s Ida, her mother, with some flowers as a birthday gift and her face strained by the gravity of what she’s about to confess.
Donde no puedes llegar
Spain. 14 min. 2018
The selfishness of the relatives comes to light when María is diagnosed with Alzheimer, her illness affects her body and memory, as well as the life of her daughter Amparo, that now is facing an uncertain future.
Marc Nadal participates in international festivals obtaining more than 600 Official Sections and 41 Awards of Direction, Photography and Screenplay with short films such as “El espejo humano”, “Ciudadanos” and “La condena”. In 2018, he received the Professional Excellence Award in the IV CPAC Awards as director for ‘Ciudadanos’ from the Professional Audiovisual Association of Catalonia.
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Turkey. 16 min. 2018
In earlier times, there was a writer named Sait who worked as a cleaning officer at a train station. He was selling his stories to passengers secretly. Because it was forbidden for him to have side jobs. One day, Sait fell in love. But his dreams were destroyed because of her.
Anıl Güldoğan was born in 1992, in Ankara. His interest in cinema started in high school. He is still studying Radio,Television and Cinema at Istanbul University. Since 2015 he has been working as an editor at Sineplus Editing and Film Works company. He has also beenworking as a assistant director in several cinema and advertising films since 2015. His first short film, “The Expectation”, competed in domestic and international festivals. ‘’ Storyteller ‘’ is the second short film of him.
I have nothing to say
Hong Kong. 25 min. 2017
A Chinese mother gets a visit from the authorities because her daughter is making problematic films in Hong Kong. She hasn’t seen her daughter for five years but sets off to talk to her, at the government’s expense and in spite of her failing health. A combined examination of politics and a family tragedy.
YING Liang (1977, China) graduated from the Department of Directing at the Chongqing Film Academy and Beijing Normal University. He made several successful short films before directing his first feature, Taking Father Home (2005). In 2006, he made The Other Half, which was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of IFFR. In 2010, his short film Condolences won a Tiger Award for Short Films in Rotterdam. When Night Falls (2012) won prizes for best directing and best leading actress in Locarno.
Graduation Year 97
Ukraine. 19 min. 2017
Roman lives a lonely life in a provincial city and works as a technician. For the first time since graduation, Liuda, his ex-classmate, comes back to town. Nobody has heard anything from her for twenty years, but Roman is set on not losing her again.
Born July 13, 1990, in Ukraine. In 2012 graduated from the National Aviation University, specialty “jurisprudence.” 2013 had a screenwriting course of Paul Brown from New York Film Academy. Debut short film “The stop” shot in 2014. A member of the EFA and public organization “Contemporary Ukrainian cinema”.
Iran. 15 min. 2018
The young woman who committed suicide was carring for bury to the tomb of the village, but the fanatical villagers were expelled after discovering the female hermaphrodite nature and engaging with his wife.
V S Sanoj
India. 18 min. 2018
The film follows a conversation between two young women, brought together by bizarre social realities, at a funeral ghat in Varanasi,(Banaras) India.The film is about how they meet and what they talk about in that short span of time. What we try to capture is how these two young hapless women, subjugated to myriad forms of emotional violence from patriarchy, share in brief sentences their plight and build an instant bond and understand each other like a long-known friends and how that kinship pains them even more. At a godforsaken ghat.
V S SANOJ
Journalist and political columnist in India.
Based in Uttar Pradesh. Belongs to Kerala, South India.
Burning got indian panorama selection at IFFI 2018.