If ‘all the world’s a stage’, then the scenes recorded by an unmoving camera on an ordinary football field are its pure essence. Over the course of just two minutes, this cinematic miniature unfolds a story filled with concentration, hope, disappointment, friendship and the collegiality of sport. A football microcosm.
This film gazes into the architecture and lives of the occupants of one of the most ambitious public housing projects ever built in the US. Exploring the remains of a utopian design in contemporary context, we are immersed in the life of a building and a community.
In a primary school in a tough, outlying area of Paris, where teachers burn out steadily, five young and relatively inexperienced teachers made a commitment to stay. Five years later, they describe their lives in this school and what they dream of building.
Mother Is God is a fragmented and personal film on different visions of reality. It is built on conversations between me (the director) and God (my psychotic mum), where we encounter her flower language, meet the devil’s birds, and learn how to marry the wind.
It all started with a picture taken in 1974 in Lisbon, just after the Portuguese Revolution. She tries to enter in that picture as if she could enter into a time she didn't belong and finally understands what it means to fight for a country.
No pictures, only font. No protagonists, only Steffi, a computer voice. Not the fate of an individual, but a portrait of a group. The film shows the everyday life of blind people, their clash with sighted people and small mean things on both sides.
A man tries to renew links with his vital forces and lost faith through the incantation of a parallel heroic tale. At the heart of the aesthetic of archival films, the director expresses the possibility of a vertiginous return of the WWII into the present.
My grandpa's past was always very present. It would break through in something he'd say or do, but he'd never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality, as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.
In 1991, Rate, a man from Orihuela buys a camera for the first time and starts recording his surroundings. For three months, he relentlessly looks for a real story that hasn't been filmed before. Rate will find out about life's drama through his ‘wild eye’.
Whether it is experimental film, video installation or experimental documentary, the distinction among film genres or categories ceases to matter in this programme section. Each with a different creative approach or a demanded way of expression, these indefinable short films break down the elements that make up a film for further analysis and reinforcement in order to reproduce the irreproducible, imagine the unimaginable, make possible the impossible, and reveal the look of reality.