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International Competition

Every year, some 60 works vie in the world’s oldest short film competition, selected from around 4,000 entries. On view in this programme are some of the best and most interesting works from the 2016 International Competition. One of the filmmakers represented, Lav Diaz, is regularly celebrated these days for works lasting up to eight hours. In the film featured here, though, he needs less than 17 minutes to expose the brutality and absurdities of everyday life in the Philippines – with the help of William Shakespeare. “Elegance” gives us a glimpse of the parallel world of the Finnish upper class. The rigid and stylish rituals of the pheasant and partridge hunt are portrayed in refined and elegant images. George Barber by contrast launches a Russian nuclear powered submarine whose captain transmits love messages into space while devoting himself to shamanist drumming. When Earth calls, the answer must come swiftly. The grand cinema of the short form awaits discovery in this specially selected line-up, which demonstrates how stories are cast in unusual moulds in today’s international short films.

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running time 81'

Ang araw bago ang wakas

Lav Diaz, Philippines, 2015, 16'

In the year 2050, the Philippines brace for the coming of the fiercest storm ever to hit the country. And as the wind and waters start to rage, poets are being...

Malevolent Mountains

Helen Michael, United Kingdom, 2015, 3'

Storytelling using a violence that is at once threatening and contained. Adopting the role of a trickster, the narrator is able to occupy space at the intersection...

Eleganssi

Virpi Suutari, Finland, 2015, 25'

The film documents the style and elegance of grey partridge and pheasant hunting through a group of Finnish gentlemen hunters.

Akula Dream

George Barber, United Kingdom, 2015, 26'

1988: A Soviet submarine is on duty in the Atlantic. But Captain Pavel is on his own mission. ‘Akula Dream’ presents a plausible quasi-spiritual cult incident –...

Cipka

Renata Gasiorowska, Poland, 2015, 8'

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have a sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.