Israel’s borders are conflict zones that involve a barely comprehensible web of tensions, with strong emotions and reactions on all sides. This programme does not attempt to take sides nor claim to offer solutions – the situation is far too complex. But how does the population live with the borders? Borderline presents five films that look at how people deal with the situation in their daily lives – a situation with many shades of grey between simple black and white.
After the Sunday screening, the filmmakers in attendance will talk about the Israeli traditions of political cinema and institutional critique.
Unrendered Road Tali Liberman / Netherlands/Israel/Palestine 2021 / 20'40" / DCP / colour / English / Exp
Today we encounter the world through the prism of seemingly neutral digital apps owned by tech giants. «Unrendered Road» traces the road between two ancient cities: Jerusalem and Jericho. A journey that Google Maps will not show you. By assembling conflicting perceptual readings, the film questions the reliability of existing knowledge systems.
As part of his duties, a young soldier in the intelligence unit starts to spy on a gay Palestinian couple. The complicated relationship between the two fascinates the soldier and confronts him with his own sexual identity. As his feelings conflict with his duty as a soldier, he faces some difficult decisions.
Detail 2 & 3 Avi Mograbi / Israel 2004 / 9'20" / DCP / colour / Hebrew / Doc
Two scenes from the occupied Palestinian territories: in both, there is physical contact between the person capturing the scene on video and the soldiers. In one scene they attack him, in the other, he attacks them.
The filmmaker uses watercolours to reconstruct memories of her father. Together they go back to the year in which the Yom Kippur War began. The attempt to deal with his memories reveals a gap between the invincible father and one who hides within himself an unforgotten war and fear of death.
The Men Behind the Wall Ines Moldavsky / Palestine/Israel 2017 / 28'16" / DCP / colour / Arabic/English/Hebrew / Doc/Exp
Tinder. Woman seeks men. Man seeks women. Everything would be so simple if she weren't in Israel and the guys nearby weren't in the West Bank. Israeli filmmaker Ines Moldavsky sets out to meet up with the men she is forbidden by law to see. She crosses the border into the West Bank and experiences the unfamiliar physical space. The conversations oscillate between virtual phone calls and physical encounters. Violence resonates in the search for a violation of boundaries.
A short film is not just a shorter film. Shorts are a distinct art form, which we showcase at our annual festival.
Short films come in all shapes and genres, and how long – or short – they are, varies quite a bit. Simpler production processes allow filmmakers to capture the zeitgeist and quickly respond to trends. Shorts can be entertaining or surprising, they can analyse society, take a political stance, or offer glimpses of worlds unknown to us.
We compile our short films into thematic programmes or specific sections, such as our competitions, paying close attention to the selection and sequence of films in each programme. All you need to enjoy short films is an open mind for new discoveries and surprises.
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland’s major short film festival. For six days every November, we transform the city into a dynamic short film hub.
Kurzfilmtage offers discoveries for everyone: our thoughtfully compiled thematic programmes address current events or topics that our curators are passionate about. The competition programmes showcase the latest filmmaking from around the globe, while installations, performances, and other specials highlight the diversity of audiovisual forms. And a programme of special events including concerts, readings, and more enhance the festival experience.