Curator's Choice

Curator's Choice

Curator's Choice
  • Legends of Wood and Silk (China) by Qiyuan Lu

    Having existed for over two thousand years, the Guqin is one of China's most original string instruments. In the year 2019, the 82-year-old Guqin master, Wong Duo, reluctantly performed in his hometown of Suzhou, where his lifelong dedication to the revival of traditional silk string style has ma...

  • Fabulous Femininities (United Kingdom) by Jonothon Lees

    Fabulous Femininities is a captivating feature-length documentary that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives and journeys of six extraordinary burlesque performers from across the United Kingdom. Through this documentary, the film aims to challenge misconceptions surrounding burlesque and sho...

  • Karam Camera (United States) by Liam LoPinto, Shaimaa Al Sabti, Hana Barhum

    Two Syrian refugee girls make their first films.
    Running time: 00:16:51

  • I Killed You a Dozen Times (Belgium) by Kris De Meester

    I killed you a dozen times, but you won’t go away. Maybe it’s because you’ve killed me first. Out in the cold, on a strange new globe.

    "I Killed You a Dozen Times" immerses viewers in a captivating exploration of the aftermath of a traumatic breakup. The protagonist, driven to erase the other...

  • Fragments (United Kingdom) by Mélodie Roulaud

    A portrait of trans non-binary artist Fleur Bloemsma, short film Fragments takes an introspective journey into their understanding and experience of their own body, and the meanders of their mind. Directed by French filmmaker and photographer Mélodie Roulaud, the film interrogates the language us...

  • The Discoverer of the Discoverers (Norway) by C. S. Nicholson

    A family in West Africa tells the story of how their ancestor discovered the European explorers — to a European film crew. We get to see how this encounter is still remembered ritually. But do all the claims about the historic event bear a closer look? And to which degree can we trust the filmmak...

  • Kissing Ralph (United States) by Daniel Lewinstein

    Kissing Ralph explores the anxiety of intimacy, from the point-of-view of an alien struggling to participate in human rituals of love, sex, and family life.
    Running time: 00:40:00

  • It will hurt (Germany) by Dasha Altukhova

    This poetic documentary follows a Japanese art of rope, Shibari. I reflect on the physical and emotional forms of pain. The film provides an intimate glimpse into the journey from the confrontation with pain to deal with it and finding its new meanings. Ultimately, it offers a window into the tra...

  • Generation (UK) by Riccardo Fusetti

    A brief journey through the human experience as seen by the eyes of an Artificial Intelligence.
    Running time: 00:02:13

  • Dear Nana (United States) by Han Nguyen

    Dear Nana is a deeply personal work that reflects my own childhood memory of living as a queer kid in a small, conservative town in North Central Coast, Vietnam. It is made in memory of my maternal grandmother who passed away in 2011. She was the first person to teach me that there is no shame in...

  • Bodylands (United States) by Sarah McColgan

    The human body becomes a living sculpture in this film that aims to reimagine toxic societal beauty norms.
    Running time: 00:01:00

  • The Path of a Memory (Belgium) by Katerina Indesteege

    Growling mountains, trees full of fruits, giggles, whispers and tears. The past is still present in the mind of the daydreamer. Documentary meets fiction when the filmmaker fantasizes about her mother's memories. How could her life have looked like in a country far from here, in times of a dictat...

  • Inside You (Ukraine) by Erik Sémashkin

    A grape gets eaten. He then begins a long and perilous journey within the human body.

  • Moteur Synchrone (Belgium) by Jamie Lee

    Imagine a world where the simplest of pleasures are not longer part of our freedom. From living to maintain the materials that mainstream culture has inflicted on our wants and needs, to the complete extinction of the human ability for critical thinking. Leading to the disconnection humans have w...

  • Silent Frequencies (Netherlands) by Jikke Lesterhuis

    Silent Frequencies is an exploration of the interaction between man and nature. The short animation pays homage to moss, a beautiful natural phenomenon often thought of as a weed in Europe, but worshiped in Japan. This allows the mosses to roam freely, resulting in an enchanting green carpet that...

  • One hand the other (Germany) by Lenna Fichter, Janis Westphal

    Martina is a handicapped person. In order to be able to live her everyday life in her own home, she requires personal assistance. When Sandra starts working for her, the two of them carefully approach each other. In the extreme intimacy between the tenderness of the gestures, it is also the heavi...

  • Poor Boy Long Way From Home (Belgium) by Jonas Hollevoet

    A cowboy strands in a small bar after a fight with his ex. In the search for oneself, he is soon immersed in the jungle of drunkenness, loneliness and sadness.
    Running time: 00:16:36

  • Archeìo (Switzerland) by Jonathan Moratal

    It is very complicated to get rid of your guilt. Stay calm, Archeìo will take care of it. Running time: 00:02:20.

  • Where Do We Go From Here (Italy) by Antonello Schioppa

    Synopsis: A woman's lifeless body is lying on a room's floor. A shocked man is staring at it. Beyond the closed door, someone is quietly trying to get in: he's a 9 years old child. These three are a family. Or what's left. Running time: 00:19:50.

    Selections/awards: Sulmona Int Short FF (Best Ab...

  • Be my first (2017/Japan) by Philippe McKie

    A young Japanese girl riding the train posts a message from her phone to an online thread: 'I'm a high-school student and I'm a virgin, does anyone want to pay to be my first? It has to be tonight'

  • Breaker (2017/Japan) by Philippe McKie

    In tomorrow's Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. Wanted, the parasitic A.I becomes her only ally as she is chased across the city by those seeking to salvage it.

  • Game (2019/Iran) by Ali Haddadi

    A father with financial problems is forced to pay compensation for the damage caused by his son. He tries to get out of this situation by keeping his dignity.

  • Andrò a ritroso della nostra corsa (2019/Italy) by Mattia Biondi

    “Andrò a ritroso della nostra corsa” is a backwards journey through the seasons and the units of the language. To change the prose of the world, its intact clock. There is always a place more thoroughly, lost images in minimum intervals.