While these films were not selected for this year’s competitions, they still belong on the big screen. At least that is the opinion of the intrepid curators of this programme, which enjoys cult status at Kurzfilmtage. Featuring works that other selection committees couldn’t handle, the programme does not shy away from sentimental dramas or confused plotlines. The orgy of images is ready – we’ll leave it to the audience to provide for everything else.
Proton in der Dunkelrutsche
Carsten Knoop/Dorit Kiesewetter / Germany 2023 / 2'30" / DCP / colour / German / Doc/Exp
We can only speculate about whether the particles anticipate their fate.
Konstantinos Antonopoulos / France/Greece 2023 / 23'15" / DCP / colour / Greek / Fic
703 AD, Byzantium. A peaceful farmer is accused of heresy and sentenced to 24 hours of mandatory prayer, locked in a pillory. Due to an invasion in the area, the officials forget to release him. Alone in the middle of nowhere and unable to move, the farmer seeks help from some passers-by.
Love Me True
Inés Sedan / France 2023 / 7'40" / DCP / colour / French / Doc/Ani
My name is Laurence. A friend of mine suggested I try dating websites, though I wasn’t keen on the idea. She saw me, unhappily in love, and said «go on, it’s amazing, you will see». And so I took the plunge.
May You Live in Interesting Times
Martyna Ratnik / Lithuania 2022 / 4'4" / DCP / colour/black & white / English/Lithuanian / Doc/Exp
Assembled from archival footage capturing the «interesting times» of a newly independent Lithuania, the film tells the story of a manifesto co-written by the filmmaker‘s father at the time of the failed 1991 August coup in Moscow.
Tout l'amour du monde
Guérin van de Vorst / Belgium 2022 / 19'45" / DCP / colour / French / Fic
Prostitution under a motorway bridge. A forest on the outskirts of the city. A son who seems to love his mother a little too much. A love story. An escape. A vivid, disturbing, and ultimately conciliatory daydream immersed in «Yes Sir, I Can Boogie», the cult song by Baccara.
Maxime-Claude L'Écuyer / Canada 2023 / 5'5" / DCP / black & white / English / Exp
An experimental short film exploring the consequences of human corruption, ultra-capitalism, and the exploitation of natural resources in a dystopian post-apocalyptic vision of the end of the world, accompanied by a poem by Charles Bukowski.
Manuel Vitali / Italy 2022 / 8'7" / DCP / black & white / Italian / Fic
The heat reaches unbearable levels in an unknown village, forcing its inhabitants to seek extreme solutions in order to survive. Everyday life is shaped by the whims of the sun and takes on a dreamlike and baleful touch.
Hither & Thither
Bridget Coderc / United Kingdom 2022 / 5'1" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Exp/Clip
VHS as a transitional technology from the turn of the millennium. Fascinated by the transience of the video technology of the time, which is marked by dust, scratches, and decay, the artist has created a hypnotically distorted video using VHS material from a dance festival in 2001 from her mother's archive.
Whammy Alcazaren / Philippines 2023 / 16'20" / DCP / colour / Filipino / Exp/Fic
Trapped at home with his talking cat, Bold longs for the strong arms of strange men, as they venture deep into the nether regions of the Internet in search of true happiness. Caught in the tangle of technology and social media, he wonders about his place in the world. Can he spread his wings and fly?