The second block of the Official Competition films is in no way inferior to the first one. Take a seat and enjoy a wide range of different short films that all deal with stories in which situations or challenges have to be ENDURED.
The selected films:
1. Waiting Room (Laura Huygen, 2019, the Netherlands, 11 min)
With limited access to a job or entertainment, how would you spend your time? This film is a portrait of eight people who await their asylum procedure, showing what they do during the day and what all that waiting does to them.
2. Unlike Today (Astrid Menzel, 2018, Germany, 20 min)
An elderly couple fights for dignity as they balance on the edge of their earlier lives. Both resist accepting their new life, now dominated by illness and nursing. A visit from their daughter could be the turning point.
3. Zwart (Tommie Geraedts, 2019, the Netherlands, 7 min)
When the slightly naïve Ronnie gives up a tad too much personal information during verification questions on his computer, he receives a fully customised invitation from his OS in return. After accepting the offer his OS takes over his computer, forcing Ronnie to do everything in his power to keep his dark desires a secret for his approaching girlfriend.
4. By the River (Dan Braga Ulvestad, 2019, Australia, 25 min)
Stretching along the river Ganges rests Varanasi, the holiest of India’s seven sacred cities, and a place where devout Hindus go to die in hopes of achieving moksha - becoming liberated from the cycle of rebirth. Hindu scriptures say that a soul has to undergo 8.4 million rebirths before reaching the human form, the only form one can attain moksha, and dying in Varanasi and being cremated along the banks of the river is believed to be the ideal way of achieving this. Several so-called ‘death hotels’ exist to accommodate believers who abandon their lives and come here in wait for death - some for as long as 40 years.
5. Fifteen-Two (John Summerson, 2019, United Kingdom, 5 min)
A mother recalls her parents' uniquely long relationship — one made strong, in part, by their daily habit of making time to play Cribbage together.
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