Russia. 2020. 48 min
Olga Alexandrovna was an easy-going person. She was beautiful, lively, never wanted much from life but never missed what was coming her way. She was on good terms with everybody: her husband, her son, her lovers… It was only with her daughter Lena that her relationship was complicated. Lialia had a theory that infidelity served to strengthen marriage ties. Once a schoolmate dropped in to see her son. He attracted Lialia’s attention and shortly they became intimate. Their relationship could have gone on and on but once Lialia caught her young lover with her own daughter.
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An Island in the Continent
Juan Pablo Miquirray
Mexico. 2020. 69 min
An immersive, experiential trip along the 1,300 km long Peninsula of Baja California in Mexico, a mythological and magical land. In this film, the past, present and the future are interwined to create a beautiful and unique symphony of the nature, the history, and people of the Baja.
From the astounding beauty of the prehistoric Great Mural cave paintings of Cuestra Palmerito to the modern-day development and extraction plans placed on the Sierra de la Laguna biosphere reserve, Baja California is like a symphony, but it is already missing many instruments. The symphony is still lovely but if we heard the original, we would notice that it is dying. Featuring the words and writings of poet and journalist Edmundo Lizardi.
JUAN PABLO MIQUIRRAY
He studied Cinematography at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), Mexico City and participated in the 4th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) with his fiction short film Capillus (2005), for which he obtained an Honorable Mention at the 21st Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG). In 2012, he was selected to participate in the Alejandro Galindo Script Workshop with his script Campeona sin corona, co-written by Jorge Estrada. He participated in the Short Film Corner of the 65th Festival de Cannes, France with his fiction short film Days uncertain (2012).
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Kazakhstan/France. 2020. 77 min
Life in Karataş village runs along an untroubled path, until its patriarchal way of life is challenged by Ulbolsyn, a woman whose coldblooded heart and blazing temperament are not afraid of setting everything on fire.
Ulbolsyn, enjoying the freedom of self-actualisation in the big city, has decided to also save her little sister Azhar who is still living in their home village and who is being married off to the local soothsayer to become his youngest wife. While trying to find a way out of the hopelessly closed circle, Ulbolsyn is not helped by the fact that Azhar herself does not wish to be rescued. Azhar does not mind the old age of her future husband Urgen, nor his other wives or the fact that the man has kidnapped her and hidden away from Ulbolsyn. The rest of the sisters’ family are of an equally sceptical opinion, considering the status of a married woman a much more valuable asset than higher education.
As two worlds collide, hearts break and heads roll in a hellishly glamorous spectacle. Every confident step of the characters opens a world where compositions expressively reflect their mental condition and its changes, as well as the colouring range which tells its own story in the role of a detective.
Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Djezkazgan, Kazakhstan. 1982) directed his first feature film, Rieltor (Realtor) in 2001, followed by Stroiteli (Constructors, 2013), Ukkili kamshat (The Owners, 2014), presented out of competition at the Cannes Festival, Chuma v aule Karatas (The Plague at the Karatas Village, 2016), screened at the Rotterdam Festival, Nochnoy Bog (Night God, 2018), released at the Moscow Festival, and Laskovoe bezrazlichie mira (The Gentle Indifference of the World, 2018), which participated in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival.
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Spain. 2019. 18 min
Lluis and Jesus grandma recently died. They are not capable of coping with the situation, but her memory will guide them.
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Spain. 2019. 14 min
Casiopea is a journey into the life itself. A captivating adventure that unravels the eternal question of the human being: What happens before / after life?
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Spain. 2020. 20 min
March 11, 2019. A date marked in the life of Manu to avenge, fifteen years later, the death of his father. But it is also a very important day in the life of Monica and her family. Two pieces of life, two stories full of hatred and misunderstanding, that inevitably intersect in a street.
Roberto Chinet, director, screenwriter, editor and producer, is a Canarian filmmaker and audiovisual teacher. Diploma in Directing and Screenplay at C.E.C.C. and postgraduate in post-production. With a lot of experience in the audiovisual sector, he has worked with prestigious directors such as Ton Tywer, Santiago Zannou, Ventura Pons or Isaki Lacuesta. In these years he made 15 short films, highlighting: “Novilunio” (2009), “Estrella” (2014) and “El gigante y la sirena” (2017). As a screenwriter he has developed several feature film projects, two fictions and a documentary. In 2021 he hopes to shoot what will be his first feature film entitled “Monsters”. In 2016 he founded the audiovisual production company NOVILUNIO MUSIC AND FILMS.
The film invites the public to take a trip to the world of Manu, the protagonist, on the 15th anniversary of the death of his father. The day chosen to avenge his death. But also, it invites us to make another journey into an upper-middle-class family, Mónica’s family, a young woman who crosses paths with Manu on a tram. Two scraps of life separated by the social condition of each one, but united by the hatred and misunderstanding with which they coexist, which will inevitably cross that same day to modify their destinies.
China. 2020. 97 min
Gelak is an illegitimate child, living with her mom Samdan alone in a distant Tibetan village, where women are not allowed to join the Sang Offering to the Sacred Mountain. Samdan has always relied on men for a living, and Gelak has been treated as a vicious witch by the villagers. Fed up with the prejudice she has to face growing up, Gelak decides to challenge the traditions and fight for herself.
Based on the award-winning novel by the famous Tibetan author A Lai, Wind unfolds an authentic painting of the astonishing landscape and the ethnic culture in Tibet, enpowering women on the plateau.
Born in Songpan, Sichuan, Dadren WANGGYAL holds a degree in Film and TV Production from the Communication University of China, and a postgraduate degree in Photography from the Beijing Film Academy. Dadren has 6 years of experience as press TV cameraman, and is the first Tibetan director who enters documentary projects in CCTV.
His documentary Little Monks Spring Festival was nominated as the Best Documentary at The 9th FIRST Film Festival.
Wind is Dadren Wanggyal’s first feature film.
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Accept the Call
USA. 2019. 83 min
Twenty-five years after leaving Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota, Yusuf Abdurahman’s nineteen-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI anti-terrorism sting operation.
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India, Czechia. 2020. 15 min
Kanya intimately explores the inner dissonance of an adolescent girl who is experiencing puberty in a traditional Indian family. Kanya is a successful swimming champion with a promising career in sports. Her world collapses when she gets her first period and her family demands that she accepts the traditional status of a woman. Kanya‘s natural maturing along with her physical and psychological transformation are neglected by her close ones who also curb her freedom. On the outside, Kanya yields to all the demands and accepts her fate without objecting. However, she experiences deep trauma within. Kanya‘s inner disharmony escalates, leading her to finally muster the courage to revolt against the system that clearly defines and sets the standards of the conventional status of a woman.
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