FOCUS: THEME PT. 2
Focus: Theme is a competition in which we pay special attention to the content of the film and the way in which the authors talk about the problems they present in their films. Short films very quickly respond to current trends and phenomena, and often pave new paths for full-lengths. In this competition can be found many themes that trigger both local and global discussions. We hope that the films we have selected will help us understand different points of view on a complicated reality.
We finish issuing tickets 30 minutes before the screening or when there are no more left.
Anna, dir. Dekel Berenson (United Kingdom) 2019, 15’
Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.
Film presented at Cannes FF and TIFF.
Before Our Time Comes, dir. Chloé Terren (France) 2019, 22’
Raphaël takes care of his grandmother’s flat as she stays in a nursing home. He tells her what he sees through the window. But the neighbouring flats are strangely getting empty… He doesn’t dare to tell the truth and begins to lie.
Square of Freedom, dir. Ming-Wei Chiang (Poland) 2019, 20’
A foreign student of Lodz Film School, Peter, starts being worried about his safety here. He decides to take part in a student movement against new changes from the government, that is going to confine freedom of speech and art. Meanwhile, a question of the common future has arisen between him and his girlfriend in Poland.
Parade, dir. Yohann Gloaguen (France) 2020, 25’
20-yo Leo spends most of the time with his buddies. Together they are drinking and smoking, occasionally robbing supermarkets. But zoning out doesn’t appease Leo’s desperate rage.