Director: Antoine Bourges Running time: 15 mins Synopsis: A middle-aged woman is faced with poverty. As she struggles to find help within the system, her only option is to wait. Screening formats: 35mm or HDCam Language: English Subtitles: None
Berlin International Film Festival – competition – Berlinale Shorts SXSW – official selection competition
A middle-aged woman is faced with poverty. As she struggles to find help within the system, her only option is to wait.
Negativepeg Director: Matthew Rankin Running time: 15 mins Synopsis: Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful and infamous encounter with The Guess Whos legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, in a Winnipeg 7-Eleven in 1985. Screening format: HDCam Language: English Subtitles: None
Toronto International Film Festival – official selection
In part three of the Burton Cycle, Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful encounter with The Guess Who’s legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, at a 7-Eleven in Winnipeg’s North End in 1985. Stretching documentary conventions to their limits, Matthew Rankin finds humour and hubris in the bittersweet psyche of this one great city, adding another necessary volume to its mythic cinematic history.
Block B Director: Chris Chong Chan Fui Running time: 20 mins Synopsis: A building becomes a living painting.The concrete homes and contradicting soundscapes frame the lives of an expatriate Indian community in Malaysia Subtitles: English
Rotterdam International Film Festival – official selection
What we see is a static shot from an apartment block. We gradually find out that its an apartment block in Kuala Lumpur with only Indian inhabitants. Then the picture starts to wake up; as in a moving painting, all kinds of minor stories surrounding the immigrant inhabitants start to develop at various levels on screen, but also on the meticulously constructed and often contrary soundtrack. For one day and one night we are witnesses to events on the galleries. Block B is the result of a close cooperation between film maker Chris Chong Chan Fui and the Japanese sound artist Yasuhiro Morinaga
Green Crayons Dirctor: Kazik Radwanski Synopsis: The more they spit, the more they enjoy themselves. But when the teacher arrives, Xavier and Liam are moulded by their actions. Running time: 10 mins Screening formats: 35mm or HDCam Language: English
Berlin International Film Festival – competition – Berlinale Shorts
An afternoon at school; it’s time for independent activities and two boys scan the table of books in front of them to see what’s on offer. Then one of the boys starts spitting at the other. The other boy reciprocates, getting in to it. The more they spit, the more they enjoy themselves. But then the teacher arrives on the scene and things take a dramatic turn.
Interview with the Earth Director: Nicolas Pereda Running time: 18 mins Synopsis: In Interview with the Earth, documentary and fiction seamlessly merge to create a hybrid poetic film. Through a series of interviews and enactments we learn the story of Nico and Amalio, two children who lost a friend while climbing a mountain. Screening formats: HDCam or Digibeta NTSC Language: Spanish Subtitles: English