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We Are Never Alone (Petr Vaclav) Czech Republic

We Are Never Alone
Petr Vaclav
Czech Republic. 2016. 105 min

A paranoid prison guard moves into a village flanked by a state motorway. He befriends his new neighbour, an unemployed hypochondriac supported by his wife, working in the local grocery. Weary of life and caring for her two sons, she develops an attraction to the nightclub bouncer, but he is in love with the club stripper, who is in turn waiting for the father of her child to return from the same prison where our prison guard works. A story about the demons of our day.

Duduvá plays Sylva, a single mother whose partner is in jail. She works in a nightclub where Godla woos her without much success. He, in turn, is the unlikely object of desire of a middle-aged woman (Lenka Vlasáková) who works in a small grocery shop. She is married to a fiery hypochondriac who wastes his days in self-loathing and/or conspiring with an ultra-nationalist prison guard (Miroslav Hanus).


Petr Václav was born on June 11, 1967 in Prague, Czechoslovakia [now in Czech Republic]. He is a director and writer, known for Marian (1996), Paralelní svety (2001) and Cesta ven (2014). Graduated from the Department of Documentary Creation at FAMU in 1995(Prague).



Hello, Children (Mark Donskoy) Russia

Hello, Children
Mark Donskoy
Russia. 1962. 75 min

Children from different parts of the world found themselves in a pioneer camp on the Black Sea coast. And suddenly a Japanese girl named Ineko fell ill and other children are doing everything possible to help her. The doctor promised her that she would recover if she made a thousand cranes out of paper.


Mark Donskoy was born in Odessa in a Jewish family. During the Civil War, he served in the Red Army (1921-1923), and was held captive by the White Russians for ten months. Freed and discharged from military service, he studied psychology and psychiatry at the Crimean Medical School. In 1925 he graduated from the legal department of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Crimean M.V. Frunze University in Simferopol. He then worked in investigative bodies, in the Supreme Court of the Ukrainian SSR, and in the bar association. He released a collection of short stories about his life called “Prisoners” (1925).

Donskoy began his career in film in 1926. He worked in the script department, then as an assistant director in Moscow, later as an editing assistant in Leningrad. In 1935 he became the first Soviet dubbing director; he dubbed the American film “The Invisible Man”. In addition to subsequently directing numerous films, he also worked from time to time as a studio administrator: in 1938-1941, and in 1945-1955 he was the administrative director of Soyuzdetfilm’s film studio in Moscow; in 1942-1945 and in 1955-1957 he was director of the Kiev film studio; after 1957, he was director and art director of the Maxim Gorky film studio where he mentored Ousmane Sembène.

A World Free of Crisis (Ted Hardy-Carnac) France

A World Free of Crisis
Ted Hardy-Carnac
France. 2021. 27 min

Emilie is struggling in life. After numerous unsuccessful interviews, the lively but clumsy 30 year-old finds herself under a great deal of social pressure and fears to lose her home. Naturally she has high hopes when she is called in for a new interview, but in this future society that plays by slightly different rules, nothing goes as planned…


Ted Hardy-Carnac is a French screenwriter and film director. Having originally studied engineering and business (at ESSEC Business School), Ted decided to continue his career in cinema directing.
Since then he has written and directed four short movies, all rewarded in many festivals and bought by numerous TV channels (France 3, Canal+, OCS, TV5 Monde, TF1…).
Ted just finished his new short movie, “A world free of crisis” (produced by La Belle Affaire Productions, in association with OCS). He is currently working with Delante Productions on his first feature, “Le Goût du temps qui passe“, which he wrote during his time at the renowned La Fémis Film School.


  • A world free of crisis (2021)
  • Tunisia 2045 (2016)
  • In the past tense (2014)
  • Lifever (2013)
  • Near future (2012)



Salto (Nuno Baltazar) Portugal

Nuno Baltazar
Portugal. 2020. 14 min

On a day like any other, Alexandre returns home to find out his mother has disappeared.


Nuno Baltazar is a filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s an alumnus of Cinéfondation’s La Résidence and of the Locarno Filmmakers Academy.
His previous shorts “Doce Lar” (2014) and “California” (2018) screened in several festivals and won numerous awards.
“Salto” (2020), his latest film, premiered in Curtas Vila do Conde. Nuno is currently developing his first feature film and several episodic projects for TV.


2012, Portugal is deep in economic crisis. On September 15, half a million citizens rallied against the punishing austerity measures imposed by the government, the largest protest in 50 years.
With high unemployment and weak job growth, people were losing hope.
Not only in Portugal but in many other European countries as well. It was during this time that the idea for SALTO came to me, from a seemingly mundane episode.
Inside a supermarket, I saw a young boy looking for his mother, who worked there but apparently skipped work on that day. Confused, the boy wandered aimlessly and eventually left, all by himself. What happened to his mother? Where did he go after that?
The event sparked memories of my own childhood, and I was fascinated mostly by what I didn’t know.
For me, a film always begins with something from life itself. In SALTO, I was interested in examining a day in the life of a young boy as he drifts through a city overwhelmed by the recession, reimagining not only a temporal and geographic space but also an emotional universe.




The Rat (Zhantemir Baimukhamedov) Kazakhstan

The Rat
Zhantemir Baimukhamedov
Kazakhstan. 2021. 28 min

Upon his release, Saken does not know where to go. He has no family, no home, his friends are either dead or gone in different directions. He decides to go to the city to find any kind of “workhouse” and lodging.
At a flea market, Saken meets an intelligent woman named Anna, who helps him with lodging – a room in the administrative building of a former factory. Saken settles in, but he is not alone there, he has a neighbor, the music-loving rat Lyusya.


The most charismatic showman of Kazakhstan, TV presenter, musician, director, owner of Jantik Show company and world famous orchestra.
He was born on January 30, 1973, in Almaty. Kazakhstani singer, composer, choreographer, actor and director. Since childhood he was surrounded by his favorite records of Elvis Presley, music of such bands as Beatles, Rolling Stones and many other English musicians, who immortalized themselves in rock-n-roll epoch.



Oso (Bruno Lourenço) Portugal

Bruno Lourenço
Portugal. 2021. 29 min

The report of the sighting of a lone bear in a border village is initially received with enthusiasm by the locals and by a young forest ranger. But also by an outsider, fervent supporter of the brown bear’s return to the north of Portugal. It won’t be a peaceful return, between Man-made obstacles and the bear’s will.


Bruno Lourenço was born in Lisbon, in 1973. He studied Cinema at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. Since 1996 he has been working as assistant director to Miguel Gomes, Manuel Mozos, José Fonseca e Costa, among others. OSO is his second short film.




Keep Safe Distance (Debottam Basu) India

Keep Safe Distance
Debottam Basu
India. 2021. 37 min

An 80 year old man Radhakanta suffers a heart attack and an ambulance is immediately called for him. While taking their dying father to the hospital, Radhakanta’s two middle aged sons break into a fight for sole inheritance of their father’s property.


Debottam has studied Direction & Screenplay Writing at the prestigious SRFTI, Kolkata. His film ‘Shesh Krityo/Last Rites’ was officially selected to compete at IDSFFK(International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala), 2018 and has won Best Film & Best Sound Design in Cinematheque 2018. His current film Keep Safe Distance/Nirapod Durotto Bojay Rakhun too was selected at IDSFFK, 2021. Other than these he has made a couple of short documentaries, fiction films, corporate films for Coal India Limited and Northern Coalfields Limited. Currently he is writing a web series, one feature film in Hindi and one feature film in Bengali.



Water Demon (Bikramjit Gupta) India

Water Demon
Bikramjit Gupta
India. 2021. 20 min

Water being scarce, the village women folk cover a long distance to a well in an old fort, to fetch water. One day, near the fort, they find Laajo, a mentally challenged girl, lying semiconscious, with signs of rape and molestation. This was the third such incident.

Tunu, a school girl, while coming home with Amma, her mother, is curious to see a chained-up Laajo. To pacify Tunu’s queries, Amma tells her that Laajo was attacked by a Water Demon, and there’s a spell which can scare the demon away.

Few days later, Amma fell sick. Water at home was over. Tunu left for the well in the fort, to fetch water. On the way she kept chanting the spell in her mind. Gets suspicious about someone behind her, as she entered the fort. She turns around in distress, only to encounter the unknown fear.

Tunu is missing ever since.


I am a film director with over 15 years of experience of making feature films, documentaries, independent films, television commercials, programmes, docudramas, spots, corporate films etc. I write, direct, edit my own films from script to screen.
Over the years, my films have been selected for screening in different film festivals in India and abroad. I have received some prestigious awards for my films. My debut Bengali feature film, Achal (The Stagnant) has been officially selected for screening in Imagine India International Film Festival held in Madrid in 2013. I am a member of the Mumbai Film Writers Association. I have directed the signature film for the prestigious Kolkata International Film Festival 2006-2011.



Bablu Babylon Se (Abhijeet Sarthi) India

Bablu Babylon Se
Abhijeet Sarthi
India. 2021. 40 min

In order to curb inflation, the Authority privatised all the farming and plantation activities thus forbidding the usage of seeds by common people. One of the companies that is a part of the privatisation is Babylon, which is a leading brand in Seedless fruits, fertilizers, electronics, funeral services, clothing, political parties, etc. Bablu a lonely old man working for ‘ goes on an assignment and accidentally encounters a rebel group planning a secret mission against”.


Abhijeet Sarthi hails from the city of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. He has completed his graduation in Computer Science and Engineering. He has done his post graduation in Direction and Screenplay Writing from the prestigious Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata. Abhijeet felt deeply related to cinema since childhood and aspires to be a storyteller, showcasing the creativity and craziness of his mind. Though he is an introvert by nature, his narratives do not shy away from showcasing the weird side of the characters and their stories. For him, cinema is a playground to create something interesting and simultaneously expressing himself and let the audience experience the story along with him.


Bablu Babylon Se emerged after reading a piece of news about a forest getting cut for making a coal mine. It felt absurd that in the mid of increasing global warming, people are cutting the forest. This absurdity is the crux of the story. The absurdity leads to a thought. What if someday plantation and farming get banned. So the aim was to incorporate the absurdity in the script and the final film.

It was important to introduce something as a trivial element and then subverting the audience’s expectation by adding a satirical subtext to that trivial element. I never wanted the film to become preachy with its social message, so as a filmmaker, it was a conscious decision to make the audience experience the film through the lens of its absurd characters, situations, and elements.




Streetwise (Na Jiazuo) China. Official Section

Na Jiazuo
China. 2021. 96 min

Dongzi, a small-town youth, becomes debt-collector, Xi Jun’s henchman in an attempt to pay off his sick father’s hospital bills. A cold and estranged parent-child relationship, an unsettling life on the streets, and an ambiguous relationship with a young woman; in Dongzi’s shoes, this is what it is like to be twenty-one.


Na Jiazuo (China, 1989) graduated from the Beijing Fine Art Academy and then the Beijing Film Academy. Streetwise is his debut film; the film picked up the award for Best Actress at the Pingyao Int’l Film Festival 2021, and was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.


This is a story about “struggle”. The film adopts a polarising approach with sudden stops and starts that create the audiovisual experience. What blossoms at night, appears to wither in the daytime. The forgotten corners of the city become the focus of the camera’s lens. The green hills and the river on the one hand, and the streetscapes on the other, are the two most important settings in this film, and it is in these two environments that the characters in the story eat, talk, wander, struggle and coexist with one another.