Short Films Session 4


The Short Films Sessions are ready-made-to-eat chunks of finely selected short films. They regularly fit in a 2-hour block in the festival film schedule.

What to expect in Session 4?

Screening:
– Tuesday September 16 at 6.30pm
Reserve your spots here.

LOTUS (4 mins)
Directed by Rose (Rong) Luo (Canada).
A heavily wounded soldier is saved by the goddess of nature. They fall in love with each other but soon encounter a tough dilemma choosing between love and responsibility: the soldier has to leave to protect his country while the goddess realizes she must stay behind in order to sustain the life of nature.

SHAME AND GLASSES (7 mins)
Directed by Alessandro Riconda (Italy).
Mirko has to face his worst fear: wearing glasses. That is the only way to do his school test, but what would happen if the little girl he is secretly in love with could see him?

BYOYANCY (17 mins)
Directed by Ryan Surratt (USA).
Hoping to make amends with his girlfriend and turn his life around, Jake suddenly finds himself in a dangerous situation. Frank, an aging bail-bondsman, comes to Jake’s rescue and invites him to relax on his boat as they await help. What ensues is a complicated mix of secrets and lies that threaten to destroy the life of one man and the soul of another.

GOD BY THE NECK (16 mins)
Directed by José Trigueiros (Spain).
It’s Sunday, and Pablo, 8 years old, has an invitation to a very special but also forbidden birthday party. It’s Sunday, and for the first time, Pablo is going on a door-to-door preaching with his mother. It’s Sunday, and behind each door, there is a challenge, a test, a surprise. It’s Sunday.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (9 mins)
Directed by Fabian Giessler (Germany).
Two old men share a hospital room, in which the window is the only connection to the outside world and thus becomes a highly demanded resource…

THE LAST AMERICAN SHOEMAKER (8 mins)
Directed by Joseph Anthony Eulo (USA).
This is the story of Luis Ruales, an Ecuadorian immigrant, who has served his community as the cobbler for 40 years, and now faces obstacles and challenges of globalization Its a journey into the heart and mind of man who has lived the American Dream in the small American town of Roselle New Jersey just 20 miles from New York City. In particular, the film will follow Luis as he serves customers, performs repairs, and reveals his doubts about his profession, and his ability/desire to retire.

THE CELL (11 mins)
Directed by Ben Hyland (UK).
On the day of a terrorist attack in London five strangers all receive the same text message: “At 9pm we flip the switch.” Each of them have a reason to flip the switch however all isn’t completely as it seems. All of these strangers have experienced loss and they all have reasons to hate but why are they planning this attack and what does it mean for the unsuspecting people of the city?

SUGAR (7 mins)
Directed by Oliver Langewitz (Germany).
A couple walk through the streets in Paris in the evening. They enter a café. There, the young woman recognizes an older lady unwrapping a sugar cube. Because of this, she remembers, how she collected sugar cubes at home in Sarajevo. But then, the war began and she wasn’t able to travel around and collect further sugar cubes.

THE STORY OF HAPPY (21 mins)
Directed by Ronaldo S. Vivo Jr. (Philippines).
One day, a kid named Happy was given a mission by his boss. He was to deliver re-packed marijuana to some regular customers in the area. Just before night fell, the items were sold out and Happy went back to his cramped hideout to repack some dried papaya leaves. After that, he went directly to the boss’s headquarters to give the money. When the boss asked if everything was sold, “there’s still some left” he answered. Next morning, Happy was no longer the one instructed by the boss to deliver the item.

Screening:
– Tuesday September 16 at 6.30pm
Reserve your spots here.