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This year, our international shorts competition will have 14 participants from all over the world, including 2 from Ukraine. All these films from our DOCU/SHORT program are about change, in one way or another. The program coordinator Darya Bassel writes about the issues that are addressed by the directors of this year’s films.
“Places change in patches, spontaneously and not always painlessly,” writes one of the directors of a film in our DOCU/SHORTS program in its synopsis. All the films this year are about change, in one way or another.
It the landscape outside your window going to change when refugees start living across the street?
A still from the film Biotope
Can we change events from the past if we think of a new ending for them now?
A still from the film bye-bye
Can dolls change our consciousness and start revolutions?
A still from the film Like Dolls, I’ll rise
And what awaits us when we go through the main metamorphosis of our lives, death?
A still from the film Above the Styx
We change in patches, spontaneously and not always painlessly. But changes always bring another dimension to our worldview. And this probably makes some sense.
All the films will be demonstrated in the Zhovten cinema starting March 23.
(re)dress, dir. Maryna Nikolcheva, Ukraine
Above the Styx, editor Maria Stoianova, Ukraine
Biotope, dir. Paul Scholten, Germany
bye-bye, dir. Pien van Grinsven, Belgium, The Netherlands
Like Dolls, I'll Rise, dir. Nora Philippe, France
Resonances, dir. Nicolas Khoury, Lebanon
That's The Way It Is, dir. Arsen Oremović, Croatia
Time Is Out of Joint, dir. Victor Arroyo, Canada
Blink, dir. Jakov Labrović, Croatia
In Between, dir. Samir Karahoda, Kosovo
The Castle, dir. Tadeusz Kabicz, Poland
Champion, dir. Máté Bartha, Hungary
Hamama & Caluna, dir. Andreas Anuuk Muggli, Switzerland, Germany, Italy
A Friendship in Tow/Toe, dir. Atsushi Kuwayama, Portugal
Text: Darya Bassel
Main photo: A still from the film bye-bye