International Short Film Competition shows great variety
"We hope this program shows the ability of young filmmakers to reflect the universal problems of human existence, in recognizable hot topics and unexpected forms."
"The first movie of the International Short Film Competition is A Swimming Lesson From Dad, by Biró Melinda Ildikó. Thanks to the skillful use of horror techniques and the thickening of the phantasmagoric atmosphere, the helplessness and loneliness of a young girl is revealed. Her father decides to breathe courage into her in an unusual way."
"Among Us by Stephan Eigenmann is also about training, but in this case the most demanding character is not the parent or the teacher. It is the pupil herself, a musical prodigy going deaf. Dalía by Brúsi Ólason is about the restoring bond between a boy and his father. The story is told in a stingy but precise and apt way, with the hint of gentle humor."
"Mama's Ashes by Caspar Commijs is about the things we invent to put up with the worst losses, with mutual reconciliation turning about to be the best option. Outline by Alejandro Renedo is dedicated to a young actress and conveys the specifics of acting, owning the body like a handy tool, and showing the need to be able to turn on and off."
"The animated film Snow Shelter by Robertas Nevecka is set in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere and talks about our ability to show solidarity, as well as our instinct for survival. In Something is Happening by Roman Ďuriš the activity of right-winged radical groups becomes the background for a parent-child relationship. Song Sparrow by Farzaneh Omidvarnia shows the real hell on earth, in the image of a van filled with illegal refugees hiding from the authorities, moving deeper into European paradise.
"The Speech by Haohao Yan narrates about the opposition of the individual to the collective through a child's attempt to defend her independence. Along the way, she finds the meaning of the surrounding reality on her own. In Wound Riders by Angel Barroeta, a nightclub becomes an abode of demons and ghosts. Being there encourages people to feel their closeness more sharply.
"You are always 20 by Christer Wahlberg appears as a purgatory of memories. A collection of images of time, forever lost and eternally present in our life, reminiscent of our past joys and our inescapable guilt."