still from "Mulm", dir. Carol Ratajczak, Tobi Trebeljahr

Play-off I

Competition screenings
For adults
Short films
7:30 PM


Competition films screening; film with the highest number of votes by the audience enters the International Competition

Trait Calme / Calm Line, Gabrielle Mouret, France 2021, 5’36’’

Someone wakes up somewhere only to be carried away by his daily life.

We Have One Heart, Katarzyna Warzecha, Poland 2020, 11’20’’

After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. A combination of animated drawings and archival material takes us forty years back into the past and enables us not only to feel the emotions linking the lovers living in different parts of the world, but also to discover an extraordinary family secret.

Can You See Them?, Bruno Razum, Croatia 2021, 10’27’’

A schizophrenic boy witnesses the killing of a deer in the forest and runs back home. A myriad of strange occurrences along the way worsen his condition. The safety of his home is only an illusion, and a series of visual stimuli forces him to go back to the beginning of the story in order to try and change the sequence of events.

Prince in a pastry shop, Katarzyna Agopsowicz, Polska / Poland 2020, 16’06’’

"Prince in a Pastry Shop" is a seemingly humorous story about happiness. "Happiness brings nothing but trouble", says the Not-So-Little Prince, as he shows multiple examples of said trouble. His interlocutor is Prickly Pear, the embodiment of carefree, light-hearted, and simple joy of life, but at the same time a lively, intelligent mind that can make the Prince back up into a corner during their conversation. This philosophical parable about a couple eating cakes in a cafe touches upon fundamental issues that are close to everyone - the elusiveness of happiness, the fact that we are not always able to perceive it, let alone experience it as fully as possible.

Ta presneta ocetova kamera! / My Father's Damn Camera!, Miloš Tomić, Slovenia 2021, 6’40’’

A reckless boy in an almost desperate and therefore troublesome way persistently seeks the attention of his father – a photographer. Being confronted with his father’s artistic chaos and his obsessive fascination with photography-life, on his path of growing up these elements eventually become essential for strengthening their father-son bond.

Please Don't Touch, Capucine Gougelet, Francja / France 2021, 9’15’’

Museum rules are simple : don’t run, don’t touch, don’t shout and never disobey.

Epidemia, Kristjan Holm, Estonia 2021, 10’10’’

A camera is following the events that happened after two kids found a box of matches and decided to

boil an egg.

Pá kis Panelom! / Bye Little Block!, Éva Darabos, Węgry / Hungary 2020, 8’42’’

A young woman learns that soon she will have to move from the concrete highrise flat she lives in. After receiving the upsetting news from the owner of the flat she is overwhelmed with emotions. Her teardrop of farewell grows into a concrete monolith. When the drop hits the ground, a surreal panorama unfolds around of the residential area she used to call home...

Mulm, Carol Ratajczak, Tobi Trebeljahr, Germany 2020, 6’51’’

Visual trip through the distorting perception of the protagonist. Obsessive physicist in a world of backpackers, observes a distant nucleus sending out impulses. Ragged by the constant noise of his neighbor's cat, which distracts him from his work, he slowly drifts off into madness. In a surreal desert he is confronted with the connections between his neighbor, the cat and the nucleus.