With this programme, we hope to spark a passion for the medium of short film. The shorts represent a broad range of current filmmaking. The selection is meant to appeal to multigenerational audiences and inspire discussion.
And Me, I'm Dancing Too
Mohammad Valizadegan / Iran/Czech Republic/Germany 2023 / 20'33" / DCP / colour / Farsi / Fic/Doc
With rhythmic fluidity, Saba's body moves to the music. Dancing is what she lives for, how she expresses herself – yet she is not free to do so in her own country. In a film dancing the line between documentary and fiction, a moving portrait emerges of a generation of young Iranians hemmed in by the Islamic republic's rigid rules.
Liza Raheem / Switzerland 2023 / 7'17" / DCP / colour / English / Doc
A childhood memory sparks an investigation that uncovers an all-too-lucrative market and its racist narrative. What is the price of skin bleaching, who pays it, and who benefits from it?
Ryoji Yamada / Japan 2022 / 3'6" / DCP / colour/black & white / Japanese / Ani/Exp
What is the young man there, trapped in his own inner world, thinking? Racing is a metaphor for a competitive society and a projection of the young man himself.
Matías Herrera Córdoba / Argentina 2023 / 16' / DCP / colour / Spanish / Fic
Ale (16) lives with his mother in a small town in Córdoba, Argentina. His only friend is a 40-year-old trans woman named Diana. On a dating app, Ale is chatting with an older man, whose identity is a mystery to him. Is he one of his mother’s friends? Growing up never ceases to be both painful and pleasurable.
Hao Zhao / China 2023 / 11'30" / DCP / colour / Chinese / Fic
An adolescent substitute goalkeeper reflects on the moment when he was about to replace an injured teammate and face the penalty. Before the fleeting moment of glory eludes him, he wanders in between other fragments of memory, searching for a place and a reason to be here and now.
Saul Freed/Karni Arieli / United Kingdom 2022 / 14'38" / DCP / colour / English / Doc/Ani
A natural history fantasy film, following the dramatic life cycle of the wild salmon in human form. Narrated by Marianne Faithfull.
Corina Schwingruber Ilić / Switzerland 2023 / 9'45" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Doc
Weekend trips, city breaks, an outing into nature, or once around the world. Never before has the desire to travel been so widespread, never have visited places been so overcrowded. What do we get out of it, other than the pictures proving that we have been there?