still from " All Is Lost", dir. Carla Pereira, Juanfran Jacinto

International Competition III

Competition screenings
Short films

Before the screening, we invite you to a Q&A with the guests and creators, which will take place at 4.00 p.m. at Music Cafe Szpulka.

Make or Break, Mike Plitt, Falk Schuster, Germany, 2022, 8’06’’

A frame from an animated film. Collage. A fragment of a light wall with a sketch of a couple holding hands and a TV screen next to them. In the lower left corner there is a photo of the kitchen interior.

Alex grows up in the GDR era with his single mother, the two make a good team. When his mother publicly criticises the state, the youth welfare authorities decide to send Alex to a children's home. He longs for his family and makes several escape attempts. As punishment, he is sent to the Closed Juvenile Detention Centre Torgau, the only one of its kind in the country.

Eeva, Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov, Estonia, 2022, 15’57’’

A still from an animated film. A woman with an umbrella and a bouquet of flowers stands over an open grave. Six men stand on both sides of the grave and lower the coffin down on ropes.

It’s pouring down with rain at the funeral. There’s a lot of crying, too much wine, several woodpeckers and a couple of dreams that fill in the gaps. 

There Are People in the Forest, Szymon Ruczyński, Poland, 2023, 9’53’’

A still from an animated film. Cartoon image. Three outlines of figures are sitting at a table. One of them points to the window. An arrest scene outside the window.

A lonely man limps down the road. A truck drives up to him. Several armed men jump out of it. They capture the limping man and transport him to the forest. The only witnesses of the scene are people from a nearby village. Since 2021, situations like these are commonplace on the Polish-Belarussian border of the EU, which is the scene of an ongoing refugee crisis. An animated documentary whose creator happens to live in a town by the border.

The Family Portrait, Lea Vidakovic, Croatia, 2023, 14’35’’

A still from an animated film. A large group of people and children of different ages and genders stand in a small room. The characters resemble dolls.

A quiet Sunday afternoon in the aristocratic, family home, just before the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Andras and his daughter Zsofia are caught by surprise when Andras’ brother Zoltan intrudes in the intimacy of their home, along with his big family. A poetic, dark, and somewhat humorous social observation, in which family ties and relationships are broken down and dissected to pieces.

Her Dress for the Final, Martina Meštrović, Croatia, 2023, 8’47’’

A frame from an animated film. An elderly woman with white hair takes a white dress from a red box lying on the bed.

One day my granny dyed her wedding dress black. She wanted to be buried in it.

Lack, Paweł Prewencki, Poland, 2023, 10’45’’

A frame from an animated film. A black figure resembling a human-shaped block tries to catch a black bird flying in front of it.

The film tells a story about struggling with pain and suffering. It touches on a very personal experience. It is a story of loneliness, anger and grief experienced by parents who lose a child. It is an intimate and emotional visualization of the world in which bereaved people live. It tells about a situation for which no one is prepared, and the 'catalogue' of reactions we have known up to that point becomes useless.

All Is Lost, Carla Pereira, Juanfran Jacinto, Spain, 2022, 7’05’’

A frame from an animated film. Three doll-like figures appear in the colorful kitchen interior.

The Pérez family are an almost normal family, although their behaviour is somewhat dysfunctional. The couple plans to fertilize an egg she laid last night.