The Cave/ 저주소년, Jinman Kim, Republic of Korea, 2022, 13’33’’
The boy longs for his father's affection, but his father is only interested in fishing. One day, his father dies of illness, and the boy's sense of loss turns into an obsession with his father's belongings. In the imaginary cave, he curses on his father’s relatives who took his father’s bike and fishing rods, and succeeds in revenge. But the curse begins to eat the boy's soul… It is a story inspired by the director's childhood memories with his father.
Lovely Rita, Elena Madrid, Switzerland, 2022, 4’10’’
The strict traffic policewoman Rita loves control and order in her workplace. That’s why she has drawn up a rigid, rectangular road network, through which she directs the drivers with precise instructions. But as more and more cars find their way into her narrow network and it soon threatens to burst, Rita loses control in the traffic.
A short story about stress, traffic jams and how to make the best of it.
Mr. T/ Monsieur T, Etienne Husson and Marta Daeuble, France, 2022, 5’52’’
A tea bag will suffer and then rebel against the dictatorship.
Black Slide, Uri Lotan, Israel, 2021, 11’21’’
Eviah, a young and timid kid on the brink of puberty and his best friend sneak into the Black slide, the most terrifying ride in Aqua Fun. There Eviah will gain insight to prepare him for events about to unfold at home.
Old Gramophone’s Ghostly Tones/ Hrůza v tónu gramofónu, Zuzana Čupová, Martina Tomková, Kryštof Ulbert, Czech Republic, 2021, 9’
Two burglars don’t actually want to steal, all they long for is dance! Their mean boss doesn’t approve of this though and they have to break into an abandoned manor. What will happen, when the burglars stumble upon a gramophone and unleash dozens of ghosts, who – unlike the boss – share their affection?
The Story of Chaos/ 话说浑沌, Yu Qing Quek, Singapore, 2022, 4’17’’
A student presents an imaginative rendition of the ancient Taoist parable of Chaos. She is admonished by her teacher for her unorthodox delivery. Two parallel narratives run through the film: the quashing of the student’s creativity and the death of Chaos in the parable. This stop-motion film underscores the contemporary relevance of Taoist wisdom by cautioning against dogmatism and the disregard for the natural way of things.
Home of the Heart/ À cœur perdu, Sarah Saidan, France, 2022, 14’32’’
Omid is an Iranian immigrant who came to France with his family. One evening, in the street, he is attacked and stabbed in the heart. But Omid gets back up! At the hospital, the diagnosis is formal: he has no heart. Has he left it behind in Iran?