The 12th Curtocircuíto International Film Festival started yesterday, at Santiago the Campostela, in Spain. We shared the special retrospective programme (focused on directors Aki Kaurismäki and Jørgen Leth) a few weeks ago, and now here’s the official competition selection of short films, called the Radar selection.
HOTEL STRAUSSBERG by Jan Soldat | 2014 | Germany | 27:00 | DOC | COL
This hotel is not a comfort zone, but a military flavored prison, and his gay guests can be chained before they get disciplined. To outsiders, the scenery seem bizarre – but as always, it helps to recognize the peculiar in debt.
TEENLAND by Marie Grahtø Sørensen | 2014 | Denmark | 30:00 | ANI | COL
Sally, 17, is locked up at Teenland, a prison-like institution for teens who are so fucked emotionally, that they have developed supernatural powers. Sally is afraid of the institution and obeys to all orders and commands. Everything changes when Sally encounters sociopath Ting- e –ling.
KACEY MOTTET KLEIN, BIRTH OF AN ACTOR by Ursula Meier | 2015 | Switzerland | 14:00 | DOC | COL
A body is growing and developing in front of the camera, absorbing sensations, confronting its limits and its darker hidden parts. A body that through the years abandons itself to the character, transforming what could be seen as simple (children’s) play-acting into the true work of an actor.
SUNDAY LUNCH by Celine Devaux | 2015 | France | 13:34 | ANI | COL, B/W
It’s Sunday. At lunch, James observes his family. They ask him questions, but don’t listen to his answers; they give him advice but don’t follow them themselves. They caress him, they smack him, but it’s normal, it is lunch on Sunday. (We wrote about it at the review of the officially selected short films at Cannes this year.)
SYMPHONY Nº 42 by Reka Bucsi | 2013 | Hungary | 09:42 | ANI | COL
The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature. (Our very own Symphony No. 42, we wrote about it many times before.)
WORLD OF TOMORROW by Don Hertzfeldt | 2015 | USA | 16:00 | ANI | COL
A little girl is contacted by a mysterious woman.
IN THE DISTANCE by Florian Grolig | 2015 | Germany | 07:30 | ANI | COL
It’s calm and peaceful above the clouds. But in the distance is war, and night by night chaos advances.
WAVES ’98 by Ely Dagher | 2015 | Lebanon | 14:50 | ANI, FIC | COL
Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the depths of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that he eventually finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home. (Read our interview with the director, and our review of his short film.)
MAKU by Yoriko Mizushiri | 2014 | Japan | 05:24 | ANI | COL
The curtain rises: a Kyōgen stage, an examination room at an eye specialist’s, a sushi counter. There are two people who meet in this. Feelings of the most diverse kind, alternating between fear and fascination, between tenderness and sanctuary, flare up and are immediately put into practice. The feelings of the other are explored. In slow, flowing movements, and carried by a web of sounds, Yoriko Mizushiri’s pastel-coloured animation blends and fuses colours and gestures, actions and objects into a sensual, erotic experience. The connotation of an object is determined by emotion.
BEACH WEEK by David Raboy | 2014 | USA | 17:59 | FIC | COL
On the last day of a beach vacation, 20-year-old Natalie awakes to find that her best friend, Laure, has gone missing. Racked with anxiety, Natalie goes on the search – but as the day wears on, and clues turn to omens, she suddenly becomes terrified of Laure’s return.
ULTERIOR by Sabrina Muhate | 2014 | Mexico | 09:10 | FIC | COL
Filmic Essay about death and life.
NEW LIFE by Kiro Russo | 2015 | Argentina | 16:00 | FIC | COL
Mysteries, anxieties and dreams of a new life.
SAN SIRO by Yuri Ancarani | 2014 | Italy | 26:00 | DOC | COL
The San Siro stadium takes center stage as countless people work its infrastructure and the crowd rises into its columns – all in anticipation of our modern gladiators.
THE ISLAND IS ENCHANTED WITH YOU by Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt | 2014 | USA | 28:03 | FIC | COL
In 1511 The Taino people of Puerto Rico seduce and murder a conquistador, in order to test the mortality of their Spanish colonizers. The ensuing rebellion is the first in The New World, and crushed by the Spaniards.
In 1803, Doctor Francisco Javier de Balmis, under order of the Spanish Crown, Charles IV, travels to Spanish colonies in the Americas with orphan children whom he utilizes as living hosts from which to culture a vaccine for the Small Pox virus. The result is mass vaccination, and the origin of global health initiatives.
In 2014, Puerto Ricans play at the waterfalls, cruise ships pass in and out of port, and the island manufactures a vast array of biotech and pharmaceuticals, engendered by the now expired tax credits established by the United States to improve the economy of the commonwealth.
BECOMING ANITA EKBERG by Mark Rappaport | 2014 | USA | 17:35 | COL, B/W
Is an exploration of how the construct of “Anita Ekberg” became an internationally famous sex goddess as a result of the careful cultivation of her image in various movies, both in Hollywood, by Frank Tashlin, and in Europe, by Federico Fellini. It’s an exploration of the texts and subtexts of commercial films and the subterranean and complicated ways that they affect us and can be read.
BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN by Jennifer Reeder | 2015 | USA | 30:00 | FIC | COL
Countdown to prom night is actually countdown to irreversible change for each girl. Two of the girls are falling in love with each other against all expectations and the third girl is forced to mother her own mother in the wake of her father’s disappearance.
THE SATANIC THICKET – ONE by Willy Hans | 2014 | Germany | 30:00 | FIC | COL
A chicken is slaughtered, a song is sung, a lake crossed and the female hitchhiker never knew where she was heading in the first place. But one thing is for certain: It’s no easy task to try and understand other people.
SUPERIOR by Erin Vassilopoulos | 2015 | USA | 16:00 | FIC | COL
A stranger passing through town sparks a teenage girl’s desire to distinguish herself from her identical twin sister. As one sister struggles to break free, the other insists on preserving their distinctive bond.
IMPRESSIONS OF A WAR by Camilo Restrepo | 2015 | France | 26:00 | DOC | COL
For over 70 years, Colombia has been confronted with internal armed conflict. Over the years, the outlines of the conflict have grown indistinct. A climate of generalized violence has gradually settled over society as a whole.