It is the first day of shorts for Orizzonti: a plurality of visions from France, Italy, Canada, Mongolia, Belgium, Turkey, USA, Egypt, UK, Norway, Malaysia, Australia…
SNOW IN SEPTEMBER
Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (France, Mongolia 20’)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Friends Anuka and Davka spend some fun time together, with a crumbling block of flats from the Soviet era as a background. The main topics of the conversation are manga and sex, but the arrival of an older woman brings unexpected and disturbing news.
TRIA – DEL SENTIMENTO DEL TRADIRE
Giulia Grandinetti (Italy, 17’)
Demographic-containment policies are enacted in Rome. Each immigrant family can have a maximum of three children. What would happen if this imaginary, but realistic, scenario became the reality?
Salomé Villeneuve (Canada, 12’)
It’s the height of summer. The sun shines hard on the skin and burns the ground. For three brothers, this is the perfect evening to have fun in the woods, but something incredible happens, and being in contact with nature will be for them the first traumatic, unexpected near-death experience.
THE FRUIT TREE
Isabelle Tollenaere (Belgium, 15’)
Sharleece is looking for a rental home in the sleepy, secluded town of California City. As time goes on, memories of her hometown of Los Angeles surface and overlap the present as her past life comes back with a bang.
RUTUBET (The moisture)
Turan Haste (Turkey, 20’)
İshak has to face many difficulties, both because of his family and his job. On one hand there is a custody battle against his wife and on the other Yusuf.
Lola Halifa-Legrand (France, 13’)
«S’accommode, je “commode”, tu “commodes”, nocomodo! » A silent but powerful scream against the social plague of sexual abuse comes from Selma, who was raped by his father’s associate when she was seven. A touching piece of film about an unspeakable truth.
SAHBETY (My Girlfriend)
Kawthar Younis (Egypt, 16’)
The short, intense love story of the two protagonists is threatened by an uncertain future and the protagonists’ trust, courage and optimism are not enough to save it. Ali will keep it together to the very end as he looks for lost intimacy and fights against gender role stereotypes.
QING BIE GUA DUAN (Please Hold the Line)
Tan Ce Ding (Malaysia, 19’)
Today, Malaysia has one of the highest rates of phone scams, at least 90 million cases every year. The short tells the story of a telephone operator who is looking into getting an abortion and of how she will have to decide to follow a moral code or to scam her family to get the money she needs.
MANUALE DI CINEMATOGRAFIA PER DILETTANTI – vol. 1
Federico Di Corato (Italy, 20’)
The story is set in fascist Italy. A rich anonymous citizen travels through his country, camera in hand, which he is learning to use as he reads its manual. Instead of only summarising the basic notions of cinema, the manual, in its seemingly technical objectivity, hides obtrusive ideological topics.
ALT PÅ EN GANG (Everything at once)
Henrik Dyb Zwart (Norway, 8’)
We usually think of human life as chronologically linear. In this short movie, the perspective is inverted: in Jacob’s mind, memories chaotically pile up causing sensations, fragments, perceptions, and moments to twirl in his head. The ultimate impression is that everything is happening at once.
CHRISTOPHER AT SEA
Tom CJ Brown (France, USA, UK, 20’)
A trip in a cargo ship is the perfect occasion for Christopher to experience the thoughts and fears, the loneliness and emotions in the daily life of those who prefer sea to dryland. The short is a psychological romantic thriller that blends sophisticated digital animation with Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.
Clare Young (Australia, 12’)
The way Clare Young sees it, love is the greatest power, the most powerful feeling that a man can feel, more than sadness and excitement, expectations and disillusion. To prove her theory, she wrote into her film a young girl from Canberra who lives her first romance with a boy from Sydney