Lost & Found

International Competition 2

Event Timeslots:

Manilla theatre,
Thursday 22.08.2024
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Manilla theatre,
Friday 23.08.2024
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Films in this screening:

Nicolas KEPPENS:

Beautiful Men

Belgium, 2023. 19 minutes.

Three balding brothers travel to Istanbul to get a hair transplant. Stuck with each other in a hotel far from home, their insecurities grow faster than their hair.

Ada Napiorkowski:

Swifts

Estonia, 2024. 5 minutes.

Like each year, the swifts are coming back to their homes in the sleeping districts. This time they don’t find any humans. The space is filled with spirits.

Ziyin Wang:

Ice Rink
(溜冰场)

China, 2024. 10 minutes.

The story revolves around me as the protagonist, reminiscing about past memories while sitting alone under a tree in front of the ice rink late at night. Feeling uncertain about the future and confused by past memories, I contemplate. A chance encounter with a stranger leads to a conversation where we share stories about feelings of security and loneliness during growth. Through this exchange, I realized that everyone experiences confusion and loneliness at times and that mutual support can provide warmth and encouragement. In parallel, there’s a subplot involving the stranger’s high school classmate, the “Chemistry Class Representative,” who ran away from school due to unnoticed psychological struggles. Here, I employ the metaphor of the ‘elephant in the room.’ Feeling lonely and helpless, with no sense of belonging, he chose to run away. Throughout the film, the Chemistry Class Representative is on the run, searching for a place where he can feel safe and warm. In the second chapter, “Big Animals,” he transforms into a small elephant in the darkness and finds the rest of the herd. They communicate with each other, providing warmth and solace to one another. I believe adolescence’s confusion doesn’t have quick fixes. Yet, sharing feelings with understanding friends helps us navigate and move forward. Emotions are universal, but life sometimes dulls our empathy, hindering understanding. I hope everyone’s inner struggles can be noticed by themselves and understood by others. As dawn breaks, I gather myself and move forward toward the skating rink, embracing a new beginning.

Luciana Martinez:

FIA

Argentina, 2024. 6 minutes.

A strange animal survives a fire and walks through a burned forest desperately searching for its home. Its nest is in ashes. In the midst of its pain, it discovers moisture in its tears, and embarks on a sensory search for something living to feed.

Alice SAEY:

Flatastic

France, 2024. 17 minutes.

Pushed to their limit, the Manta Rays rise up against Man to take control of the Earth; it is the dawning of a new Flat era.

Nikki Schuster:

subotopic

Austria, 2023. 7 minutes.

“subotopic” is the immediate perception of fantastic and convoluted existences, visualized through movement and light. Existing parallel worlds under water are made visible and new utopias are created. The gaze dives below the water surface downwards through a bizarre growth of images. In macroscopic single-frame animation, various plant formations and arthropods pass by the viewer until we are immersed once again in a surface of light. Water spaces and light surfaces alternate, above and below, inside and outside dissolve. A dive into a mystical underwater world where reality and utopia meet.

Alexey Sukhov:

The Mole
(Крот)

Russian Federation, 2023. 14 minutes.

Victor, at the request of his wife, goes for a pipe cleaning liquid “The Mole”. On the way, he reflects and philosophizes, but a sudden incident leads him to a memory loss. Thus, a series of events is launched in which the hero is forced to try on different essences of the word Mole.

International Competition 2

Event Timeslots:

Manilla theatre,
Thursday 22.08.2024
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8€ Buy tickets

Manilla theatre,
Friday 23.08.2024
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8€ Buy tickets