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02.07.2014

Wide ShakingControlled Burn (2011)

When Olivia Browning’s husband, Hugh, is ravaged by Alzheimer’s Disease, she must make a decisive choice regarding his care.

Director: Daniel Van Wert
Country:USA
Language: English, French Subtitles

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Barry ain’t exactly the luckiest guy in town. He’s a failed used car
salesman at the end of his rope, and he feels like he has no other
choice than to do himself in, but even that doesn’t seem to work out for
him so well. Barry breaks down, and he has an epiphany… a spiritual
awakening. He wants to live. He is given what he sees as a second chance
at a brand new life directly from the big man above; but even that
might turn out to be a bad deal…

Director: Cameron McHarg
Country: USA
Language: English

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Urban legend  about a retired teacher,  love and dignity

Director: Martin Szirmai
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian, English Subtitles

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25.06.2014

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The middle-aged and sceptical writer, Sebastian, is sent a script. When he opens it he realises himself to be the lead character. Trying to prove the script wrong he makes several attempts to cheat it – with no luck. When he then starts to skip pages in the script he encounters alternate versions of himself. Now he has to follow the script to see if it will restore order. But will it?

Director: Davur Djurhuus
Country: UK
Language: English

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Stop.Oil.demo.pipelineSo Many Ways- Musiciens Sans Frontieres

Musiciens Sans Frontieres latest music video, ‘So Many Ways (For Safe Green Sane Energy)’ is the third in their trilogy of activist videos. It opens with a chant from an XL pipeline protest at the White House and then visually flows into alternating scenes of beautiful healthy nature and environmental devastation, created by the gas and oil industry. The music builds from a swaying acoustic riff into an urgent driving rhythm as Jillie Simon, on vocals, sounds a call for change.We have a way!

Director: Jillie and Thomas Simon
Country: USA
Language: English

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“Vena Amoris” celebrates life with hope in our hearts and an eye toward the future. This film depicts how easy it is to live a happy life when we’re surrounded by friends and family who love us and how easy it is to stray when left alone. James (Christopher Newell) is a successful and attractive businessman who will be married tomorrow, but before he is married he has to goose step his way past a beautiful temptress (Laurine Price) and endure painful torture at the hands of (Allan Charof) his fiancé’s father. Will James’ love be strong enough to get him through the gauntlet to his wedding day, or will he be swayed by the promise of pleasure and impending pain that threaten to crush his dream of being a good and faithful husband?

Director: Armando Hermosilla
Country: USA
Language: English

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18.06.2014

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Together- Esotone (2013)

In an apocalyptic future, the hero, with the help of a time machine, has to rescue his beloved which is accused of witchcraft and trapped in the Middle Ages.

Director: Juan David Salazar
Country: Czech Republic

 

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abductedAbducted (2014)

In an attempt to rebuild his marriage after the death of his son, Matt Hollis decides to take his wife and six year old daughter Lara on a trip of a lifetime to LA. Shortly after their arrival Matt’s world is turned upside down when his wife is attacked and their daughter kidnapped by a child trafficking ring. Now hunted by the police who mistakenly believe Matt has absconded with his daughter, he must evade capture and pursue the criminals responsible for Lara’s abduction. Realizing he only has a 72-hour window, Matt tears a path of bloody vengeance through the streets of LA.

Director: Mark Harris
Country: UK
Language: English.

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cowboys and indiansCowboys and Indians (2011)

A young soldier, who has just returned from his foreign assignment, is standing outside Karin’s door. David survived – but he’s the son of another mother. This is a story about loss, guilt and a broken heart that finally starts beating again…

Director: Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Country: Germany

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11.06.2014

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Born to Run(500 miles)(2013)

Quirky T.V reporter Mark Simmons, visits an eccentric and volatile Scotsman who claims to be rock icon Bruce Springsteen, as he probes deeper into ‘Bruce’s’ mad world his quest for the truth becomes ever more elusive and reality as he knows it begins to slip through his fingers.

Director: Ewan Golder
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

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Contre Jour (2014)

This is a story of a young photographer obsessed with his girlfriend , an old camera and Roland Barthes. He believes his black and white pictures reveal levels of reality. While he confesses about his life to a stranger you start to wonder if what he says is real or just a masterful montage.

Director: Val Todorov, Kaloyan Paterkov
Country: Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian, English Subtitles

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Ghost of a Smile (2013)

A nightmarish gruesome tale. A father (played by Peder himself) leaves his son to participate in a secret bout of bare-knuckle fighting, which the boy then discovers when he follows his dad. With tragic consequences.

Director: Simon Bonde & Peder
Country: Denmark

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04.06.2014

statusStatus (2011)

In the near future social networking has moved out of the virtual world
and into the physical. A confronting portrait of a world we may soon
know too well. Welcome to the evolution

Director: Richard Williamson
Country: Australia
Language: English

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komeroKomero (2012)

A Salesman travels through the countryside selling aerial photographs. In one house he hears strange noise from a closet.

Director: Teemu Nikki
Country: Finland
Language: Finnish, English subtitles 

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Unsuspecting victims meet a gruesome fate at the hands of a malevolent entity.

Director: Lutfu Emre Cicek
Country: Turkey, USA 

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28.05.2014

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MACROSTRUCTURE (2014)

Inspired by science and video games, Macrostructure is the first episode in a micro-series and story world entitled “What If You Created Artificial Life And It Started Worshipping You”. We are taken on a 3D animated journey through a world inhabited by synthetic life forms and the self-aware machines who manufacture, control, and recycle them.

Director: Eric Schockmel
Country: Luxemburg
Language: –

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The Lesson (2008)

Upon her release from prison, a schoolteacher carefully plots her revenge on an underage student who had alerted the police of their illegal sexual relationship.

Director: Paul Natale
Country: France
Language: English, Subtitles: French

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Der Philatelist (The Philatelist) (2014)

Hugo lives alone in his own world where symmetry and tidiness reign. One day, his most favourite stamp with an Indian rickshaw motive decides to get blown out of the window. Leaving his room becomes inevitable.

Director: Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Country: Germany

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Anonymous (2006)

Anonymous is a love story in a daydreaming universe, with no time, no place. Fread and Laura in love.

Director: Cristian Pozo
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish, Subtitles: English

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14.05.2014

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For Marco and Lisa it’s true love. Online, they fight side by side against dreadful monsters. Sometimes they die on their mission, but there is always one life to spare. Still, Lisa refuses to meet Marco for real. When one day she stops showing up for the game, Marco decides to go searching for her. But in Lisa’s world, they will need all their strength and courage to really meet each other.

Director: Jan Gerrit Seyler
Country: Germany
Language: German, Subtitles: English

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31.03.2014

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Demur (2011)

A documentary that recounts a citizen’s account from the streets of Toronto during the 2010 G20 summit.

Director: Jason O’Hara
Country: Canada
Language: English

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Circle Drums in the Backyard (2012)

Some guys in search of adventure, they go to a music festival ” Empty hills” into deep Russia…

Director: Anna Troyanskaya
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

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Oh Future

A music video for the norwegian pop sensation Philco Fiction

Director: Yenni Lee
Country: Norway

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19.03.2014

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The Pit and The Pendulum (2004)

An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The pit and The Pendulum in stop motion animation.

Director: Nikos Kellis
Country: Greece
Language: English

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A walk in the Woods (2002)

This experimental film was created by filmmaker Ethan Shaftel through introducing artifacts and compression errors into an 8mm film clip of his great grandfather shot in 1950. The music, used with permission, is from Daedelus, The Gaslamp Killer, and Airbag Killex. Nick Briz’s Glitch Codec Tutorials (www.nickbriz.com/glitchcodectutorial/) were instrumental in “”breaking”” the original clips and discovering the beauty of purposefully introduced data errors. More footage shot by Ethan’s great grandfather Norvil Beeman can be found at the Beeman Archives (www.BeemanArchive.org)

Director: Ethan Shaftel
Country: USA
Language: –

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05.03.2014

NSP--Con-dos-anos-de-garantiaCon Dos Años de Garantia (Two-Year Guarantee) (2009)

Berta, fed up of his husband´s bad treatments, decides to leave him. He substitutes her instantly but the substitute doesn’t satisfy him at all and ask to his wife to come back.

Director: Juan Parra Costa
Country: Spain

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expressExpress (2011)

A man and a woman meet on a highway at night. Their cars line up while driving side by side. They find a new way to communicate to each other as they exchange looks and flirts back and forth. They take the same highway exit to meet at a coffee shop face to face…

Director: Daniel Clements
Country: Canada
Language: English

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26.02.2014

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Shooting Oliver (2013)

What happens when the method becomes the madness? Shakespearean actor Oliver Lawrence must defend his method amid the madness of a major blockbuster film set, as a serious budget deadline looms.

Director: Daniel Clements
Country: Canada
Language: English

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The April Chill (2011)

The story of a Soviet military serviceman and a male Georgian dancer. An anti-violence film about the awakening of human instinct in an invader.

Director: Tornike Bziava
Country: Georgia
Language: Georgian, Subtitles: English

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19.02.2014

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Tooty’s Wedding (2011)

A young couple’s marriage hilariously hits the rocks during a weekend wedding in the country.

Director: Frederic Casella
Country: UK
Language: English

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Laughing out Loud (2012)

A woman, completely immersed in all forms of electronic social networking, is thrown into a situation where she only gets one last chance to send one last text message to one last person.

Director: Daniel Clements
Country: Canada
Language: English

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Mechanism of Love (2011)

Depicts the unspoken words at various stages in the relationships of three couples. The couples correspond to machines, metaphors for their inner world, demonstrating how something as abstract as feelings behave like a mechanism.

Director: Liran V. Hutmacher
Country: France
Language: English

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12.02.2014

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Purgatory (2006)

Purgatory is 15 minute ghost thriller about a group of friends whose own frightening experiences appear to have more in common than they originally thought.A harmless night of fun soon becomes an event that will change their lives forever. www.dynamicpost.co.uk

Director: Matt Ward
Country: USA
Language: English

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The Great Western Singularity (2010)

A contemporary reinterpretation of JMW Turner‘s painting “Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway“. This short animation examines the concept of the Technological Singularity, the point in human progress after which predictions become increasingly difficult to formulate. Industrialization and computational innovation are re-imagined in a minimalist environment, drawing from video game and runtime aesthetics.

Director: Eric Schockmel
Country: Luxembourg
Language: –

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Syscapes # Interlude (2008)

This is the sequel to Syscapes#Prelude. A history of the world in 3D, done entirely in Bryce. It is the director’s final project for MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.

Director: Eric Schockmel
Country: Luxembourg
Language: –

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6.02.2014

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Dreaming Mali (2010)

If it is true that art can be a universal language, why shouldn’t it be possible to use it with people of totally different social, religious, educational and cultural backgrounds? Two visual and performing artists from Berlin, we traveled to remote villages in Mali – villages without electricity or other comforts where people speak only Bambara. For our projects, we used traditional techniques of smelting ore, blacksmithing, music, dance and singing traditional songs from our different cultures. We were amazed to see how easily authentic contact could develop between different worlds.

Director: Barbara Kowa
Country: Germany
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An artist who is hard at work on his new novel is disturbed by his new neighbor. Unable to cope with the distraction, he takes matters into his own hands, with hilarious consequences. ‘The Bastard Tenant’ homage to Georges Melies’ film ‘The Devilish Tenant’.

Director: Andrew Bradley
Country: UK
Language:

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29.01.2014

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Corrupted Scene Behind the Stage (2011)

Everyone of us has a part that we don’t share with anyone. The stage and the backstage as a metaphor of our personalities are reflected in this mysterious approach to the video.

Director: Ivan Mena Tinoco
Country: Spain

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Silent Radio (2007)

A Wyoming cowboy and his wife put up a friend from New York who wants to write about the area — but no one realizes how extreme the real story will become when she tries to take a character based on reality back with her across the eastern border. A curious drifter in an all-night café coaxes the story out of the cowboy, word by word, until neither can escape the truth of what’s happened. ‘There was this line she was gonna let me cross,’ says the cowboy in this mystery of American East and West. ‘She had somethin’ that was mine and she was takin’ it away. It was like stealin’.’

Director: Alan Arrivée
Country: USA
Language: English

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Alfa Omega (2008)

Two twins, passing themselves off as a lawyer and a prosecutor, start their insurance business. A manager – an ironic idealist and cynic, a barmaid – felt down daydreamer – are the first who insure themselves’. A kind of theological, surrealistic, symbolic, politic and cabalistic parabolic love story.

Director: Mateusz Droba
Country: Poland
Language: Polish, Subtitles: English

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22.01.2014

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The Hadley TK-421 is here to revolutionize the work place. A black comedy set in 1960s London. it’s the kind of short you don’t see often. More than just a punchline, and with a particular sensibility on a very low budget, you’ll wonder where you can get your hands on a Hadley once you’ve seen one in action.

Director: Jonathan Reid-Edwards
Country: UK
Language: English

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Ahaarrrr! (2007)

An actor does a voice over playing a pirate for a boat shop but the producer doesn’t like his rendition of the pirate or his voice over skills.

Director: Steven Skinner
Country: UK
Language: English

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Callum (2011)

When his first love Joanna is killed at a local train station, average school boy Callum struggles to cope with feelings of guilt, grief and fear. Finding himself increasingly isolated and with the police starting to ask questions, Callum must look for the courage to do the right thing.

Director: Michael Van Der Put
Country: UK
Language: English

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15.01.2014

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Beatles Stories (2011)

A big fan of The Beatles growing up in the 60s, Seth Swirsky noticed that whenever he heard someone relating a story about themselves and The Beatles, he was “all ears”. So, starting in 2005, he sought out and filmed those with never before heard, “Beatles Stories”.

Directors: Seth Swirsky
Country: USA
Language: –

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Let There Be Sound (2009)

In this animation from Germany the creators give the myths of creation a fresh take !Their myth takes the form of a planet , a planet that devours asteroids and ruined planet and at the same time accomodates beings on its surface! A place where parasites live with their hosts!

Directors: CHRISTIAN LACHENSCHMIDT, CHRISTIAN SCHECK and STEFAN J. WÜHR
Country: Germany
Language: –

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Falling (2012)

A study of human interaction expressed through movement and sound. FALLING is the result of a painstaking combination of digital visual effects, choreography and electroacoustic music. www.fallingfilm.com

Directors: Adriano Cirulli
Country: UK
Language: –

 

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8.01.2014

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Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More – Dropping Feathers (2012)

Five people are born with asymmetrical faces and have large deviations from what is considered to be normal and beautiful. When these people leave their homes they hide their faces behind masks, but one woman wants to make a change.

Director: Egil Pedersen
Country: Norway

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We Are Not Slaves (2013)

A story of a small boy in the besieged Leningrad during the 2nd World War.

Director: Ainur Askarov
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, Subtitles: English

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Jour 0 (Day 0) (2010)

A sculptor lives in a disused factory, where an obsessing mechanical noise gives rhythm to his life like a machine…

Director: Vincent Diderot
Country: France
Language: –

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EuroIFC – Chapter Four: Surprises

So first came LUST, then LOVE and then your EMOTIONS took over, but is all that worth it without some SURPRISES in the end? Check out the last chapter of the series and be ready to be pleasantly surprised! The only unsurprising thing is how beautiful the music is by Allen’s Hand!

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18.12.2013

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EuroIFC – Chapter Three: EMOTIONS

Is LOVE an emotion or a feeling? What about LUST? Check out the third part of our video series and you may find the answer! The music is by the always wonderful Allen’s Hand!

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Emmalou (2006)

On a cruiser, Emmalou is working as a waiter. She is grieving her dead boyfriend. A little boy tries to get in contact with her. The meeting of the two will changer her future.

Director: Caroline Sascha Cogez
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish, Subtitle: English

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In the Countryside (2013)

The long married couple Elin and Eske have a farm in the idyllic Jutland, Denmark, which creates the frame for their life, even though it is not always as idyllic as one would think.

Director: Andreas Steen Sørensen
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish, Subtitle: English

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11.12.2013

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Broken Clouds (2011)

A forsaken survivor (Vinicius Vieira) miraculously resists death, roaming past the decaying corpses and vestiges of our bygone world. Sustained by the memory of his lost lover (Candace Janee) he embarks on a mission to plant three seeds – which he is convinced have the power to restart life on this planet. His journey is further challenged by a tense encounter with another lonely survivor (Klemen Novak), who will test his resolve and his sanity, each increasingly fragile amid the backdrop of human extinction.

Director: Yuri Alves
Country: USA
Language: English

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Adam claims to see numbers on each and every person. According to him, these numbers signify the remaining days the people have left to live. This ability troubles him heavily until he meets a woman on whom he sees the number “3”. Adam is determined to take action.

Director: Samuel W. Hefti
Country: France
Language: English

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Andersartig (Different) (2013)

One child is different than the others. Because of her dreamily and sportive nature she doesn’t match the generally accepted behavior of the other kids. Being different makes her more and more lonely. But in the end her loneliness saves her from being killed by the bomb that hit the orphanage.

Director: Dennis Stein-Schomburg
Country: Germany
Language: German, Subtitles: English

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4.12.2013

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Retour au Desert (Return to the Desert) (2008)

After his collaborator’s death, Kristof Bonfils, director Thierry Bugaud decides to pay tribute to their time in the desert while shooting their first film Azalai. The film tells the story of how shooting a film ended up being an educational and transformative experience.

Director: Thierry Bugaud
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitles: English

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Over Cards (2011)

Five friends, playing poker, discuss how each would kill their wife.

Director: Marwan Abderrazzaq
Country: USA
Language: English

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Khorosho (2010)

A hard story about two comrades who share a lot of bad memories, a lot of bad conscience and mountains and mountains of cigarettes.

Director: Miguel Angel Jimenez
Country: Spain
Language: Russian, Subtitles: English

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27.11.2013

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Ink is an expermental short film that participated in ÉCU’s 2010 student category.

Director: Nuno Neves
Country: Portugal
Language: –

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Milk Man (2010)

A neurotic voyeur’s quest for a carton of milk forces him to confront what he is really capable of.

Director: James Rumsey
Country: UK
Language: English

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Fields of Demeter (2008)

The Greek goddess of fertility, Demeter, lost her only daughter to the underworld for half the year. In this way, the seasons were born. Demeter gave agriculture to mankind, for them to survive winter. For thousands of years, agriculture has shaped Europe. Pristine nature no longer exists. The landscapes are heritage that contribute to culture and identity. “Fields of Demeter” is a voyage through the visible and invisible European landscape. With the power of the eagle, two young girls set out on a journey to experience the history, diversity, myths and people of the land. The challenge for the future is to maintain the fields of Demeter and the people who sensitively work the land. The landscape and its wonders belong to future generations.

Directors: Knut Krzywinski, Graham Townsley
Country: Norway
Language: English

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20.11.2013

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The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois (2010)

When a great devastation befell the Dubois house, young Juliette was forced into a life without magic, it is not until twin brother Nikolai returns from the great beyond to shepherd her back to the innocence of her childhood that Juliette must decide between the reality of her present or the magic of her youth.

Director: Cassandra Lee Hamilton
Country: USA
Language: English

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The Chance (2007)

Welcome to an overpopulated world ruled by The Chance machine, a state-owned killing lottery. As we enter this dystopian and bleak society, we meet Seibert, a misguided compulsive gambler and his kindly sister, Penelope. Can his sister’s love save him?

Director: Mathias Mangin
Country: France/USA
Language: English

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On Gaza’s Mind (2011)

Adham Tobail is a social assistant who works in the only mental health institution existent in Gaza. His daily work leads us to Hakim, a nine year old kid who suffers post-traumatic stress due to an israeli attack upon his neighborhood. Or to Midhat, a family man hunted by phobias that won’t let him have a normal life as he unleashes his frustrations upon his wife and kids. We also meet Ashraf, a schizophrenic who can’t have regular access to medicine due to the Israel’s economic blockade for civilians goods. Or Taami, a deeply depressed elderly man who’s only means to survival is the support of his family. And Misho, a kid severely wounded after an attack of the israeli troops who fights to recover in a rehab center, completing the portrait of these five characters.

Directors: Arantza Diez, Carles de la Encarnación
Country: Spain
Language: Multilingual, Subtitles: English

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13.11.2013

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Wunderkammer (2009)

An elderly woman and her son struggle to coexist in a house that shelters a spectacular menagerie of birds. Surrendering to their codependence, inside a world that bears no exit, they go about their bedtime ritual resisting and succumbing to each other’s needs. Within the everydayness of their gestures and movements lurks a secret, and the anticipation of what might come is the dawning question.

Director: Andrea Pallaoro
Country: USA
Language: –

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Invertabrate (2011)

When the end comes, it will not be the strongest, nor the most intelligent species that will survive. It will be the species that can adapt to change that will dominate the Earth. Invertebrate shows us the complex machinations of a day in the city of the insects. Witness first hand the fight for survival and the unlikely co-operation these beautiful beasts display. Shot in a scale model of a human city, the man-size creatures display incredible humanity in their dramatic stories within their alien caste system.

Director: James McAleer
Country: UK
Language: English

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The Magician (2010)

The Magician recounts a series of strange moments that take place at the wake of a man who seems to have scarcely lived. What begins as an attempt to distract a little girl from the death of her father becomes a true spectacle as a man dressed in a tuxedo performs trick after trick, each more unbelievable than the last, culminating in a moment so surreal and implausible that Daryl’s death becomes silenced in the minds of all the mourners.

Directors: Valentina Avayu, Taylor Alexander Ward
Country: USA
Language: English

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6.11.2013

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Circularity Thinking (2011)

A short satire on corporate culture, Circularity Thinking brings hula hooping to the boardroom. Economic times are tough, but Scottish business visionary Shona Campbell has an answer, and it’s hoop-shaped. From her glossy executive office, Shona candidly relates the meteoric rise of her company, Circularity Thinking and their new business model, TITC. Extraordinary hula-hooping, glamourous corporate locations and a pulsing soundtrack combine in a truly revolutionary business manifesto that will delight anyone who has spent time in an office. Why think outside the box when you can Think Inside the Circle?

Directors: Lucia Zoro, Roses Urquhart
Country: UK
Language: English

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The Securitate Hunter (2010)

Marius Oprea exhumes the dead. His nickname is ‘Securitate Hunter’ because he chases the former officers of the communist political police. He travels through the country looking for the graves of 10.000 Romanians who were shot dead by the Securitate with no trial at the beginning of the 50’s. Marius researches the Securitate archives, contacts the families of those killed, makes his inquiry and then finds the common graves where the partisans were buried. This film is the story of a new generation with a new hope for their country.

Director: Mirel Bran
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian, Subtitles: English

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Sale Timing (2009)

A depressed cop is about to put an end to his life. A stranger wants to help…for better or for worse ?

Director: Olivier Barma
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitles: English

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Belle Roscoe – “I Can See” (2013)

On the 13th of September Belle Roscoe played at Nouveau Casino. This video was shot that night.

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30.10.2013

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Martin (2008)

Martin, an average man with a history of aggression has lost his family and struggles through life alone until his 15 year old daughter Laura, decides she wants to know him for herself.

Director: Seán Branigan
Country: Ireland
Language: English

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Ora Che Marlene (Now that Marlene) (2010)

What happens after being deserted? The one who remains fills up the emptied house with images and questions. In the everyday gesture of washing dishes, fragments from the past intersect instants of the present time. 1503 snapshots to find an answer.

Director: Giovanna Silvestri
Country: Italy
Language: English

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Queensugar (2012)

Queensugar follows a brief period in the afternoon of two young women, affected by moments of uncertainty and indecision. Their meeting is a point of recognition and relief and with the help of chocolate, they move on.

Director: Bogdan Stamatin
Country: Romania
Language: Multilingual, Subtitles: English

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23.10.2013

nobody's pet2Nobody’s Pet (2008)

A woman from the past goes to the future, then returns to the past but that’s still her future. In the nature of nothingness with no rules, no causation and no limits – except the minimal sustained oppositions of subconscious awareness.

Director: Aysegül Güryüksel
Country: Turkey
Language: English

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streken2Streken (Blocked) (2010)

What would happen if you didn’t`t know how to finish your story? Two young lovers on a trip to their cottage-house is awakened one morning by a young, charismatic man saying he has a problem.. and they are the only ones who can help him solve it. Suddenly they have to answer for their very existence. Do they live only to amuse? Is free will only an illusion?

Director: Thorbjørn Magnus
Country: Norway
Language: Norwegian, Subtitles: English

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the trikala1The Trikala Photographer (2006)

A local photographer returns home, his mind full of images of his past. On his return, the photographer receives an unexpected visitor. A legendary thief, who despite his “wanted with reward” status, agrees to leave his Mountain hide-out in order to have his photograph taken.

Director: Vasilis Kosmopoulos
Country: Greece
Language: Greek, Subtitles: English

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16.10.2013

Memories of Old Awake

Memories of Old Awake (2012)

In this film Dr. Emily Lethbridge explores the centuries-old Sagas of Icelanders (Íslendingasögur) during a unique year-long research trip. Emily discovers that the sagas are closely intertwined with the landscapes and the people who live there. The sagas were copied in manuscripts in Iceland from the medieval period until the early 20th century, and the stories were passed down from one generation to another over many hundreds of years.

Director: Patrick Chadwick
Country: UK
Language: English

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farkas1Farkas (Wolf) (2007)

A small Siberian village totally dependent upon reindeer breeding. Unexpectedly, wolves start to destroy the herds, sucking the animals’ blood without killing or eating them. The villagers are therefore forced to go to a faraway town to seek the help of a man thought to be the descendant of a Shaman and who knows how to communicate with animals. Initially, the hard-drinking man spends more time trying to seduce the village girls than he does trying to solve the problem in question, but sooner or later he has to confront a situation that is a sign of new times and has a profound effect upon everyone’s future.

Director: Tamás Tóth
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English

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Syscapes # Prelude (2007)

3D animated short exploring notions of geomorphology, cartography, contemporary urbanism, and the scale of human impact on topography. The project attempts to achieve a contemplative point of view through immersive cinematics. Student project for 1st year MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.

Director: Eric Schockmel
Country: Luxemburg
Language: –

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“In Repeat” – The Gift (2013)

On the 29th of March, The Gift played at the ÉCU 2013 – The 8th Annual European Independent Film Festival. This video was shot that night.

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09.10.2013

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Patronizing Ideas, Lessons and Afternoon Games: Sunlit Uplands (2008)

Story about things gone wrong. 14 WWII toy-soldiers employed to fight for freedom scripted by a media show. Nature fails to exist, beauty as individuality becomes an enemy. Morals forced by manipulation of our instincts, feelings and dignity. Global spirit is centralized, but still our patriotic heart is alive and kicking.

Director: Zeljko Vukicevic
Country: UK
Language: English, Subtitles: English

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Radiophobia (2006)

On April 26, 1986, a security test at Chernobyl’s nuclear plant in the former Soviet Union, triggered the greatest civilian nuclear catastrophe in history. Unable to cope with this political, environmental and human disaster, the Soviets built a wall of silence around the event. The term ‘radiophobia’ came to define the symptoms of the people suffering from the fallout of the radiation, some kind of social ‘stigma.’ Radiophobia is a touching documentary entirely shot in Chernobyl’s “Forbidden Zone”. This documentary examines the Chernobyl disaster and its consequences 20 years later from the perspective of a group of survivors and people who were on duty at the reactor on the fateful night. This is the first time that they have returned to the ‘Zone’ to reconcile their past with the ruins of the present. Inside the ‘Zone’ we also meet many of the peculiar inhabitants who never left this highly radioactive and somewhat surreal area.

Director: Julio Soto
Country: Spain
Language: Ukrainian/English, Subtitles: English

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Four Roses (2009)

Four Roses is a black and white feature film that tells the story of 12 characters who’re stuck in their hotel rooms with nothing but time to kill. A writer hires a hooker but doesn’t want sex. A has been comedian talks to a reporter about his most intimate moments in life but the reporter hardly understands a word of English. Two Brazilian lovebirds are living day by day, from one dive to another. He wants to sleep. She wants to play. Two Johns wait for a third John, who’s late. Two lovers in the grips of a sexual identity crisis. A couple who has been married for fifty years just had a fight.

Director: Kris De Meester
Country: Belgium
Language: English

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02.10.2013

HerMothersDaughter1Her mother’s Daughter (2012)

An Older Woman stands by a window in an empty house. Her daughters have flown the nest. As she waits for them to call, their memory is brought back to life. A short dance film exploring the relationship between mothers, daughters, memory and imagination.

Director: Oonagh Kearney
Country: Ireland
Language: English

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cigar 2A Cigar at the Beach (2006)

Surreal, satiric, lightly erotic, and surprisingly spiritual, A Cigar at the Beach is a modern tale starring the male psyche, as a married man filters the demands of his domestic life through fantasy. High-octane bikinis! A Gypsy Siren! Adventure on the high seas—until The Wave washes everything clean.

Director: Stephen Keep Mills
Country: USA
Language: English

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Mother's WarMother’s War (2008)

About what our generals were silent? What for Russian mothers have arrived on bow to the Afghani insurgents? What secrets were necessary to mojahedins? How many sheep cost data about the son? And how many captured cards of mine fields cost?

Director: Tatiana Krol
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, Subtitles: English

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25.09.2013

The-Apples-FaultThe Apple’s Fault (2013)

Young Noa tries to escape from her family’s house grim reality; being abused by her father and being denied by her mother. She has an affair with her neighbor Haim- a failed writer, forty years her senior. Being isolated in a remote Village, she spends most of her time with Haim, and learns well his hateful violent eruptions, but also comes to love his tender, caring side. When she understands that only violence gives him inspiration to write again, it changes her perspective upon his behavior; When Haim manages to write, he replies by loving her. When even hurting Noa doesn’t motivate him anymore, Noa faces a shocking decision. The film is dedicated to Noa Sahan and based on a true story.

Director: Heedye Koren
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew, Subtitles: English

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Melt3Melt (2012)

Melt Film is a short dance film inspired by the ‘Melt’ live performance work. The short film depicts a delicate, sensual and dramatic experience of the physical body in exile and surrender. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that are slowly melting away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion as if approaching the sun, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light.

Director: Noemie Lafrance
Country: USA
Language: –

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theCart2The Cart (2013)

A cart is rolling along the endless road with no-one on board. It has no horse or engine, the wheels turn by themselves. The cart passes different people and leaves behind different reactions.

Directors: Natasha Novik
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, Subtitles: English

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18.09.2013

liminalLIMINAL (2009)

A woman. Her body. A destructive, controlling voice. INA and JOY are naked and locked in a battle of elimination. INA must reverse the power to survive. Are they lovers or is JOY the “killer-within”? Shot in 35mm in b/w, this 14-minute film will take you below the surface of civilization into the volatile world of the feminine psyche and the white‐hot fight for survival. A simple sweater is the object of fury.

Director: Stephen Keep Mills
Country: USA
Language: English

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history-of-solitude_1History of Solitude (2008)

The ache of a relationship slowly disintegrating is honestly and vividly captured in this road movie with no clear destination.

Director: Mathew Szymanowski
Country: Poland
Language: Polish, Subtitle: English

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AppleMarkMy Beautiful Dacia (2009)

My Beautiful Dacia is a documentary feature film that portrays a humoristic odyssey from Communism to Capitalism, seen from the perspective of one of Romania’s most charismatic symbols, the Dacia automobile.

Director: Julio Soto, Stefan Constantinescu
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian, Subtitle: English

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11.09.2013

Otec (The Father) (2009)

The question of life and death is an ineffable phrase, almost impossibe to grasp. People face it every second and it is always painful for someone. Even more, if you are a parent and you outlive your own child. Or if it is likely to happen. The film Otec (Father) is a spiritual drama about an ordinary man, who is losing his only child. The story tells us about useless conflicts in our lives, and shows the depth of human soul.

Director: Lukas Hanulak
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak, Subtitle: English

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Never Winter (2011)

Based on a true story, ‘Never Winter’ is the heart wrenching drama of an only child, Chloe Hammond, who seeks a better life away from her drug addicted mother. The 11-year old decides to take matters into her own hands and stand up to her abusive mother. When her plan backfires she finds herself in a situation that gets progressively worse.

Director: Moe Charif
Country: USA
Language: English

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Moving Gracefully Toward the Exit (2013)

American Choreographer Patrice Regnier and French Scientist Michel Gouilloud agreed to film the last years of Mr. Gouilloud’s life, after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After Mr. Gouilloud passed away in 1997, Ms. Regnier put the footage away in a box, unable to touch the some 60 hours of film. In 2003, a young woman named Chloe, renting the home where the footage was shot, found the tapes. Chloe wrote to Patrice, asking her to share this story. ‘Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit’ is the result.

Countries: France, USA
Directors: Jean-Bernard Andro, Patrice Regnier
Language: English, Subtitle: French, English

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04.09.2013

Hanged Man’s Elegy (2008)

Second half of the 19th century. The Poet struggles to live through his fiancée’s unexpected death. He finds refuge in writing.

Director: Alek Wasilewski
Country: Poland
Language: –

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Jerks (Kωλόπαιδα) (2012)

Foivos, Andreas and Savas make a pact that in one year they will leave Athens and move to Berlin in search of a better life. Tonight is the last night before they depart and the three friends stand on the edge of their futures. But will their plans change as the hidden fears, hopes and truths of life reveal themselves over the course of the night? Taking place along the endless streets and passageways of Athens, the characters wander as if searching for reasons to go or stay, the film perfectly catching those life-changing moments of decision. Youthful playfulness and the wisdom gained with the passing of age come together in a charming, funny and deeply moving coming-of-age tale.

Director: Stelios Kammitsis
Country: Greece
Language: Greek, Subtitle: English

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24.07.2013

Zwischen Licht und Schatten (Fading Away) (2008)

Fading Away is a short film about Martha and Herbert, an old married couple. Their life together is portrayed in a series of brief episodic scenes, telling of Martha’s gradual retreat into her own little world, where reality and imagination seem to overlap and Herbert’s desperation at his wife’s condition and his concerns about their future together.

Director: Fabian Giessler
Country: Germany
Language: German, Subtitle: English

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The Happy Life (2010)

A cartoon artist. His wife. His characters. THE HAPPY LIFE.

Director: Minos Nikolakakis
Country: Greece
Language: –

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Hello Spaceboy (2008)

With his eyes and ears trained on the heavens,rural space geek Nick doesn’t care to connectwith other teenagers. But, after first contact with brash new girl Carla, he’s forced to considermore earthbound methods of communication.

Director: Andy Walker
Country: UK
Language: English

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Memento Mori (2012)

In a mourning ceremony the photographer takes a picture of a little girl. With the face contrite assistants leave the room, leaving it surrounded by flowers. Little by little we approach the girl and recoup her memories and

Director: Daniela Wayllace Riguera
Country: Bolivia
Language: –

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The Forest Is Red (2012)

Awkward, socially dysfunctional Nathan writes strange poems, buries jam in the park and converses with the voices. Voices that fight for his attention and demand his subordination. On his daily, semi-hypnotic journeys through his alienating, colorless city, he searches for companionship and happiness. He thinks he finds it when he meets the girl he loves – but to whom he never speaks. This surreal, magical and philosophically charged tale examines the life of an outcast as he struggles to blend into a world where everyone searches for their own uniqueness.

Director: David Jakubovic
Country: USA
Language: English

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17.07.2013

Last Day of December (2007)

A man returns home to confront his past in this chilling tale.

Director: Bogdan George Apetri
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian, Subtitle: English

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Weiter Laufen (Can’t stop running) (2011)

Marie is a management consultant. Flexibility, efficiency and pressure to perform dictate her life, there’s no room for privacy and friendship. Only when she meets the lighthearted Emilia, she desperately tries to break out of her world.

Director: Jan Bolender
Country: Germany
Language: German, Subtitle: English

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Recto Recto Gancho (2010)

The legendary ‘Faraonica San Juan Boxing Arena’ is once again the scenario for an epic encounter, this time between ‘Choko’ Tabarez and ‘Duvalin’ Espadas. Everything seems to be ready to enjoy round after round of pugilist talent, when all of a sudden, an unexpected uppercut changes the outcome of the fight and the course of the night for all those present.

Director: Santiago Maza
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish, Subtitle: English

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Milieu (2008)

Two lone guns for hire inhabit the same building, one living directly above the other. They are sent on their respective missions by anonymous instructions which they receive as text messages into their mobile phones. Once in their game they turn into awesome, unstoppable and faultless killing machines, their every move is carefully calculated. The only thing they don’t know is what fate has in store for them.

Director: Dmitry Torgovitsky
Country: USA
Language: Japanese, Subtitle: English

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10.07.2013

Generation

There is a law in Ukraine which exempts veterans of World Wat II from all public transportation cost. However, occasionally the drivers of private companies insist that they pay regardless… and this act goes unpunished.

Director: Maksym Firsenko
Country: Ukraine
Language: Russian, Subtitle: English

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Rendez-vous aux cieux (Meeting in the Heavens)

A father visits his son, hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt. Communication between the two is uneasy. They are reserved, embarrassed, and soon start blaming each other. But when the young man, suffering from a migraine, turns the light off, the half-night that pervades the room prompts him, for the first time ever, to confide in his father…

Director: Rodolphe Viémont
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitle: English

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Pocket Thief

Greg spends his life as a lonely pick pocket, stealing to substitute the love he misses from growing up without his mother, who was arrested and taken away for the same crime when Greg was a child. The only link he has to the past is a gold chain with a half a gold heart. When Greg picks the pocket of an old lady in the street, he is pursued by a policeman through the streets. Greg manages to escape down a back alley, then discovers that the bag he stole holds the other half of the gold heart.

Director: Scott Mann
Country: UK
Language: English

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At sea There Is No Haven

An experiment in cinematic poetry – live action images against an animated backdrop – about love, family relations, intimacy and memory. The starting point of the film is a half-forgotten, personal memory of the filmmaker’s father who crashed the sportscar he just bought for his wife. A relatively minor event that had a great impact on the filmmakers (in)ability for intimacy and personal growth. A poetic shortfilm in which a faded memory is being restored with new splendour. A film that will open your mind.

Director: Wim Jonsedijk
Country: UK
Language: –

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Robert Marron is the receptionist of the Eldorado Hotel, lost in his language theory. He want to become a translator for couple, convinced that everyone is a language and that he has the faculty to understand each language… This film is an essay on lack of communication for people who think they need to be understood.

Director: Gabriella Cserháti, Fabien Lartigue
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitle: English

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03.07.2013

Love BombingLove Bombing

Karl, Ken and Carol seem to know an awful lot about cults. In a moment, Frank will too.

Director: Philip Lepherd
Country: UK
Language: English

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Falling LifeFalling Life

Yuji staggers through the madness of Shinjuku, where desire has run out of hope. Homeless people, lost children, office workers, non-stop traffic, low-level punks, phantoms and suicidals – there’s no time, no room to think about what you’ve lost. Sometimes all you can see is the edge.

Director: Yasunobu Takahashi
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, Subtitle: English

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DetainedDetained

A futuristic police officer sees a citizen removed from a flight and interrogated. He must make a choice between his family and privacy.

Director: Adil Akram
Country: UK
Language: English

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This short documentary follows a day in the life of a young African American woman named Haneefa who struggles to disclose her HIV+ status to the father of her daughter.

Director: Hima B.
Country: USA
Language: English

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A horror-esque music video in which a girls attempts to escape herself result in further disturbing rendez-vous. Music by Ash Sargant & Robert Housden.

Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Country: UK

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26.06.2013

HouseHouse

Music video for band Cool Fun. From the crevices of a decrepit house the disjointed bodies of elegant dolls come to life, watched over by a strange and sinister little girl.

Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Country: UK

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There Go The Lights AgainThere Go the Lights Again

Based in the forests of Ballyshannon, SlowPlaceLikeHome is the solo music project of Donegal native Keith Mannion. This music video is for the title track off his EP There Go The Lights Again. Created by Dublin based artist Jules Hackett, it features Julian Opie’s ‘Suzanne Walking In Leather Skirt’ as she comes to life onto the streets of Dublin. Lending her seductive rhythm to the meditative beat of the track, Suzanne (and companions) embark on a journey from Parnell Sq, where she has been located for the past number of years, to Dollymount Strand in the dead of night.

Director: Jules Hackett
Country: Ireland

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A clock's dreamA Clock’s Dream

An alienated couple tries to come closer to each other through their dreams, while their evil alarm clock tries to stop them.

Director: Costas Chrysanthou
Country: Cyprus
Language: –

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Triple concerto in D minorTriple Concerto in D Minor

Rebecca had always wanted to play her beloved triangle with an orchestra, when the national youth orchestra are in town holding auditions, Rebecca has the chance to make her everlasting dream come true.

Director: Daniel Mitchell
Country: Australia
Language: English

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a mind's I IA Mind’s I

A young man tangled up in strange family patterns. Or is it his imagination running wild? Different strings of reality interwoven and impossible to tell apart from each other.

Director: Lars Arendt
Country: Denmark
Language: –

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19.06.2013

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Director: Gerhard Ehlers
Country: South Africa
Language: Afrikaans, Subtitle: English

Murderous Love is about a bride on her honeymoon confronted by her dark past and her even darker future when her new husband finds out more than he can bargain for, setting the tone for a dark and ominous adventure.

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duskDusk

Director: Hans Georg Nenning
Country: Austria
Language: –

In a devastated environment where are no longer food resources, a black dressed woman armed with a bow and arrows, chases an Arabian parachutist who has run out of ammunition and runs now for his own life.

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betatestBeta Test

Director: George Drivas
Country: Greece
Language: English

Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, the letter B. Beta test is the story of a city. Beta is the first version of software that has to be tested before going out in the market. Beta test is about our future. It is about surveillance, urbanity, communication and the feeling of non-existence. Beta test is a love story. It can happen to anyone.

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thetowelThe Towel

Director: Oliver Briginshaw
Country: UK
Language: English

While getting ready for dinner, Geoff accidentally marks a hotel towel with a suspicious looking stain. Fearing the cleaning lady will get the wrong idea, he tries to hide the towel.

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toshTosh

Director: Daisy Jacobs
Country: UK
Language: English

He’s posh, tall male and white and everything he says is right.. An illustrated and painterly animated short, “Tosh” satirises the privileged world of the upper class elite, highlighting the folly of assuming a public school accent is the voice of authority.
Received Pronunciation doesn’t make anyone right: the floppy-haired central character is not nice or dim, he’s out to win, and the plums in his mouth are rotten. Drinks are raised, guns are fired, women ogled and horses straddled, before we are spat out into the gutter in this satirical attack on elitism and privilege.

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12.06.2013

La Gardeuse d’Oies a la FontaineThe Goose-girl at the well (La Gardeuse d’oies à la fontaine)

Director: Patrick Bittar
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitle: English

In a forest, a young wanderer meets a witch and accepts to help her carry a huge bundle of grass to her shack. This is the start of an initiatory journey, through which he will uncover the mystery that veils the beauty of a young goose keeper.

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Director: Julien Martorell
Country: France
Language: –

Pianoworks 13 is a short movie, which combines live action and motion design. On a original soundtrack played by Polerik Rouviere, four dancers perform different styles (break dance, new style, popping). The film illustrates the link between body, instrument and instrumentalist. The moves give birth to a sort of calligraphic language which is a representation of the moves themselves.

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canditNew and for sale

Director: Andreas Janzen
Country: Germany

“New and For Sale” by filmmakers Andreas Janzen is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. Deep down in his lonely mansion, Cody Runner feels haunted by the beast in himself. In a city, where planes fly deep and lightning strikes in dangerous heights, he seeks help in his employer’s room of super-secret double danger – activating the underground mills of the shady Gravity Inc. As skyscrapers start to turn into runways, and windows into hatches, Cody finds an abandoned rocket that will take him to the only place his earthly guilt won’t follow: the moon.

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Much Better NowMuch better now

Directors: Philipp Comarella, Simon Griesser
Country: Austria
Language: –

“Much Better Now” is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. The main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day wind knocks over the book and blows the bookmark onto the table, separating them. Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the pages that turn into ocean waves and the two are reunited for a journey. With a surfboard it experiences its environment in a new way – wipe-outs, washouts and nosedives connect the hero to the ocean. The bookmark enjoys the ride of its life. As the book cover closes, the protagonist tries to get back into the book but fails. Light reveals other parts of the room packed with bookshelves and it faces new challenges.

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05.06.2013

Energie!

Director: Thorsten Fleisch
Country: Germany
Language: –

From a mere technical point of view the TV/video screen comes alive by a controlled beam of electrons in the cathode ray tube. For ‘Energie!’ an uncontrolled high voltage discharge of 30.000 volts exposes multiple sheets of photographic paper which are then arranged in time to create new visual systems of electron organization.

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The Day Hollywood Died

One survivor of a seemingly failed robbery is left without any memory of what happened and has no idea who he is. Unable to move and kept alive by a machine, his frustration and desperation drive him to reconstruct what may have happened.

Director: Ronnie S. Riskalla
Country: Australia
Language: English

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Things You Should Know About the Woman

Is a short educational film designed to help illuminate a few basic facts about people and to capture a moment in time as it slips through our fingers.

Director: Charles Haine
Country: USA
Language: English

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The Vault

Director: Justin Owensby
Country: USA
Language: English

 

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29.05.2013

Walf Call

Director: Rob Underhill
Country: USA
Language: English

“Wolf Call” is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. It is 1956. The previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy’s mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy’s murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now…

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Perhaps

Director: Jared Abdul-Rahman
Country: Australia
Language: English

A melancholic story of a young woman who finds herself conflicted when her mysterious lover leaves indefinitely. Should she hold on and hope for the remotest chance that he may return, or should she let go and move on with her life? Set against the backdrop of Paris, the film presents a juxtaposition between the young woman’s loneliness and despair, and the city of love’s stereotype.

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The Boxer

Director: Max Lowenbein
Country: UK
Language: English

After sustaining a brutal injury in a boxing match, Danny King must decide whether to pursue his dream of the championship at the risk of devastating consequences.

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Addictions

Director: Giovanni Bucci
Country: Italy
Language: –

“Addictions” is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. The video is about addictions, mainly to technology, but it’s open to various interpretations. Years ago the idea behind technology was to give people more free time from work and give us a better life. So nowadays, with the possibility for the majority of people to have access to electronics and hi tech, is it true that we have more spare time and a better quality of life? Or have we become addicted to the technology that surrounds us everyday and it has suck us into it? But humans get addicted really easily to a lot of things in life and this video is also a metaphor about addictions in general, about being manipulated without even realizing it or without reacting.

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Legalize

Director: Thomas Simon
Country: USA
Language: English

“Legalize” is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. ‘Legalize’ presents the hard-hitting facts of the costs to the U.S. of its current marijuana laws and the huge benefits that can be reaped by ending this era’s disastrous prohibition policy. It compares the current failed drug policies with the failed 1920’s-era alcohol prohibition, and weaves facts and quotes from political leaders, medical experts and law enforcement agents, pointing conclusively to the urgent need for legalization. The directors make their case for the social and economic desirability of marijuana legalization in a roller-coaster ride of a music video/PSA hybrid.

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22.05.2013

Candy Darling

Director: Silvia Defrance
Country: Belgium
Language: English

In a small isolated matriarch community situated in the desert reigns Mother, a manic and frustrated hag. To keep her power over Candy Darling and Daddy Cane, she deliberately creates a psychological inferno. This ultimately drives all protagonists to utter madness.

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Free

Directors: Matthias Neumayer, Alexander Hamernik
Country: Austria

A girl tries to run away from her past and wants to break free. She is hunted by her dark dreams and her memories. By overcoming her anxiety, she can escape from her dream and wake up in reality.
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Cake Story

Director: Milko Yovchev
Country: Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian, Subtitle: English

“Cake Story” is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. 1997. New Year’s Eve. A man braves the cold winter night in order to bring a friend of his a cake as a gift. The cake never makes it to the receiver because it ends up in front of the door of a poor gypsy family.

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With no one in the World

Director: Tal Haring
Country: Israel
Language: Arabic, Subtitle: English

Running away from the cops and bleeding to death, Michael walks into a local pub hoping to stay there until the heat wears off. A meeting with the pub’s depressed waitress, Maya, forces Michael to hide his injuries and past. As the night progresses and the couple open up to each other more and more, Michael’s wounds begin to grow fatal without Maya ever noticing a thing – giving us a sad tale about love, relationships and how little we know about the people around us.

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The Russians on Crow Island (2013)

Director: Sulev Keedus
Country: Estonia
Language: Russian, Subtitle: English

Looked from the bridge, it is a gloomy and mysterious fortress. The island of river Narva stands in the middle of Russian-Estonian border river like a wrecked ship. The red brick walls of the abandoned textile factory look like torn skin. The Kreenholm factory, set up in 1857, was once the biggest in Europe and only two years ago the machines pounded in the halls. When the factory bankrupted, over 10.000 people lost their job and income, most of them Russian speaking folk of an Estonian city. Adults, youngsters and children walk past us telling their fate-bruised stories. We will see how the equation of unemployment and social exclusion has inevitably come true also here with fateful consequences such as orphanhood, drugs, and crimes, even expulsion.

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15.05.2013

Milky Way

Director: Misko Iho
Country: Finland

A music video for the band CMX where an old man leaves for his last journey.

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Un Cadeau pour…

Director: Valerio DeBonis
Country: Italy
Language: French, Subtitle: English

Too often it happens that children under 5 years of age die in absurd ways provoking a strong reaction among the public opinion. To all that I react through the means that art can give to me, in a kind of a creative release that is able to mock also at death!

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The Rhythm of My Life (2013)

Director: Franck Onouviet and Marc A. Tchicot
Country: USA
Language: English

“The Rhythm of My Life” by filmmakers Franck Onouviet and Marc A. Tchicot is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. “The Rhythm of My Life” follows in an unconventional way the journey of ‘ISH’, a former Miami based rapper, who traveled to Africa to visit his family. Little did he know that Libreville, Gabon would be the place where the project of his dreams would fall in his lap.
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No Face

Director: Mathilde and Jean-Yves Arnaud
Country: France
Language: French, Subtitle: English

An experimental piece about identity.
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Scared Boy

Director: Patricio Torres
Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese, Subtitle: English

Scared Boy an ÉCU 2010 Winner Made-on-mobile Short.
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01.05.2013

Berlinoises

Director: Rocco Labbé
Country: France
Language: Russian, Subtitle: English

The Battle of Berlin – 1945 : A bunch of four Russian soldiers, led by an exhausted Sergeant, is plundering a civilian building. In the last apartment, they meet with two terrified German girls. The Sergeant locks himself with one of the girls into the adjacent bedroom and makes it a bitter sweet disruption in the midst of chaos.

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Cold Ground

Director: Ali Pour Issa
Country: Iran
Language: Arabic, Subtitle: English

Cold Ground depicts apocalypse concentrating on the last days of a family’s catastrophic life in a prevalent winter (nuclear winter) in Iran in 2012. The family members—the father, the mother, their son, and the bride (the son’s wife)—are not able to leave their home in order to bury the grandfather (the father’s father) who died recently. The bride is pregnant and feels so uneasy regarding the grandfather. Ultimately, the bride buries the grandfather, with the help of the mother, in the living room. At the end, the bride gives birth to an unusual child who doesn’t cry upon her birth. The abnormal child has three hands, and one of their eyes and ears are missing. Basically, the figures are indifferent in their hard circumstances and are not able to communicate with each other. The notions of void and terror are dominant in the film. (The nuclear catastrophe or winter is not specifically mentioned in the short film because of the hard political situation in Iran. However, its implications exist throughout the film like their imprisonment in their claustrophobic place.)

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Girl Talk

Director: Compass PR
Country: UK
Language: English

Three girls compare notes on whereabouts boys have tried to have sex with them. They get the giggles and try to outdo each other. In the end they decide the best place to it is in bed.

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My Friend the Thief

Director: Roland Kennedy
Country: UK
Language: English

‘My Friend The Thief’ is the portrait of Peter Scott, an aged gentleman thief who during his life of crime and high living orchestrated heists of grand bravado, like the theft of a Vermeer, but is now ending his days in penury and loneliness, raging against the dying of the light.

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Metachaos

Director: Alessandro Bavari
Country: Italy

Metachaos, from Greek Meta (beyond) and Chaos (the abyss where the eternally-formless state of the universe hides), indicates a primordial shape of ameba, which lacks in precise morphology, and it is characterized by mutation and mitosis. In fact the bodies represented in ‘METACHAOS’, even though they are characterized by an apparently anthropomorphous appearance, in reality they are without identity and conscience. They exist confined in a spaceless and timeless state, an hostile and decadent hyperuranium where a fortress, in perpetual movement, dominates the landscape in defense of a supercelestial, harmonic but fragile parallel dimension. In its destructive instinct of violating the dimensional limbo, the mutant horde penetrates the intimacy of the fortress, laying siege like a virus. Similar to the balance of a physiological continuum in human species, bringing the status of things back to the primordial broth.

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01.05.2013

Pineapplehead

Director: Holy Family Primary School
Country: UK
Language: English

Louise discovers that life can be tough when she arrives at her new school. However the 9 year old uses her head and finds that help can be found when you learn to talk about your problems.

The roles of cast and crew would have been undertaken by various members of the young people in the group. Each would have had the opportunity to write, act, shoot, direct, light, edit, produce and screen their own film.
This film was a collaborative production between a group of 21 young people from the Holy Family Primary School and guided by professional filmmakers Headliners in Belfast.

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Heads Up

Director: Alex Merkin
Country: USA
Language: English, Subtitle: French

‘HEADS UP’ is an edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way – because nobody fights like siblings do!

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The Color of Moonlight (2013)

Director: Naga Kataru
Country: USA
Language: English

Jyothsna Kaki was a bright and ambitious student at San Jose State University who was gonna graduate with honors in 2004. But, life dealt a serious blow. She woke up completely blind on her hospital bed one day, as a result of a medical error. Life became pitch dark, physically and emotionally.

This story chronicles her struggle to graduate and lead a normal life. Fast forward to now, she plays an integral role in the ‘accessibility team’ at Google, meaning her group specifically works on making Google products accessible for people with disabilities.

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Hermeneutics

Director: Alexei Dmitriev
Country: Russia
Language: –

This piece is a visual illustration of what hermeneutics is. With the cunning use of WWII footage it makes you believe that you are watching a proper war film. When you already expect the usual archive movie routine — everything changes. And you find yourself watching a completely different film.

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