Humans search for traces of the past, they collect, analyse, interpret them. The three films in Replay Memory each address Israel’s past in their own unique way: with rare archival material that the filmmaker analyses; with a poetic, metaphorical, and meditative approach to collective trauma; and by exploring history through simulated worlds. What the films have in common is that they all try to make sense of the past, to understand and come to terms with it.
Belated Measures Nir Evron / Israel 2020 / 34'50" / DCP / black & white / Hebrew / Doc
«Belated Measures» is based on the editing of previously unseen 16 mm footage recently discovered in the Lehi Archives in Tel Aviv. Lehi was a Jewish paramilitary underground organization operating in Palestine during the British Mandate, and these materials shed light on Lehi's violent operations and their filmic depictions. The filmmaker shares his reflections, assumptions, and speculations, addressing the relationship between war and photography, documentary and propaganda, visual traces and destruction.
«Tashlikh» serves as a platform for both perpetrators and survivors of various genocides and ethnic persecutions – the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Sudanese and Eritrean ethnic cleansing and civil wars – to confront their personal material links to the horrors of the past.
Another Planet Amir Yatziv / Israel 2017 / 48' / DCP / colour / Hebrew / Ani/Doc
An animated documentary of encounters in virtual worlds simulating the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The film follows the creators of these virtual camps within their simulated worlds. The film is constructed as a mosaic in which each creator's avatar walks around his own virtual camp. A journey to the depths of memory reveals the obsession with the representation of the Holocaust.
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.