SECTION: Short Film Competition

In a nutshell, ten films tell diverse stories with strong emotions. A varied cineastic express trip through Eastern Europe, presented in two blocks on Friday evening, when it's once again: curtain up for the Long Night of the Shorts.


The history of cinema began with the short film. THE KISS (1896), one of the first commercially produced films, lasted all of eighteen seconds and showed a caressing couple, at the time a scandal. For decades documentary vignettes and later feature films of at most ten minutes illuminated the first cinema screens and won over steadily growing audiences for the then novel entertainment medium. At the beginning of the twentieth century the commercial popularity of short films dwindled due to the development of the feature-length film and yet the ability of the genre to tell a wide range of stories and call forth strong emotions within a short space of time, on a small budget, continues to attract filmmakers and audiences.

The traditional Long Night of the Shorts proves that short films remain in no way inferior to their feature-length counterparts. Two programme sections, featuring five films respectively, provide the opportunity to discover a variety of peoples, languages, landscapes and destinies in an eclectic cinematic express journey across eastern Europe which audiences are sure to remember for a long time to come. DJ

HAVANA, CUBA

HAVANA, CUBA

HAVANA, CUBA

Andrei HuŢuleac
Romania / 2019 / 17 min
Christmas in Bucharest: taxi driver Mircea has seen it all. Wearing an indifferent expression, he drives a series of aggressively intrusive characters across the city. A call to a local radio station brings excitement to his life however. Maybe he'll ...
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VIRAGO

VIRAGO

VIRAGO

Kerli Kirch-Schneider
Estonia / 2019 / 15 min
The little village of Virago would appear to be bedevilled: one after the other local males die before they are able to reach the age of forty. For their wives this is, for the most part, more a welcome relief than a problem in this black comedy on ...
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LOOK AT ME

LOOK AT ME

JESTEM TUTAJ

Agata Minowska
Poland / 2019 / 24 min
A school-leaving certificate tainted by a bad mark is disappointing, and yet for little Stefan it proves reason enough to take flight in panic for fear of possible consequences. Far from the big city the frightened boy meets his sister. She has ...
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FRANKA

FRANKA

FRANKA

Mitriy Semenov-Aleynikov
Belarus / 2018 / 29 min
The Second World War: the unexpected appearance of a wounded German soldier generates discord and tension in a female household in Belarus. Compassion and altruism collide with bitter thoughts of revenge.
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THE INTERVIEW

THE INTERVIEW

INTERVYU

Ivan Sosnin
Russia / 2019 / 17 min
A happy ending is nothing but the beginning of a new chapter. Under the pretext of an interview up-and-coming journalist Sonya resolves to make the acquaintance of her famous father for the first time. Quickly she learns that growing up means letting ...
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AUTUMN WALTZ

AUTUMN WALTZ

JESENJI VALCER

Ognjen Petković
Serbia, USA / 2019 / 18 min
A couple attempts to escape a besieged city and yet they find themselves held up at a border crossing. The soldiers behave tyrannically, with their harmlessly playful approach soon giving way to arbitrary cruelty. The situation would appear to be ...
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THE CHAIRS

THE CHAIRS

OTURACAQLAR

Orkhan Aghazadeh
Great Britain / 2018 / 20 min
The youngsters carry their elderly parents, and thus the weight of prejudice and tradition, on their backs around the village. It is to this spectacular natural backdrop that an almost imperceptible, and quite unthinkable, love story plays out.
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THE LAST TRIP TO THE SEASIDE

THE LAST TRIP TO THE SEASIDE

ULTIMUL DRUM SPRE MARE

Adi Voicu
Romania / 2019 / 12 min
A muggy compartment on a delayed train: the nerves of the passengers are on edge, and so they proceed to give free rein to the prejudices they feel towards their seat-mate of Turkish descent. Even the young people, who otherwise pretend to be ...
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THE MARCH

THE MARCH

POCHOD

Michal Blaško
Slovakia / 2018 / 20 min
In the aftermath of a violent attack on a young girl the village's Roma community comes under suspicion. Thousands come together under the pretext of a “protest against violence”, as the pressure on the local administration and those unwilling to ...
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MOTHER'S DAY

MOTHER'S DAY

ANYÁK NAPJA

Dorka Vermes
Hungary / 2018 / 15 min
A mother-in-law both trying and hard to please: her visit brings unrest into the otherwise calm lives of two women. Equipped with unwanted gifts, as well as a wealth of opinions and prejudice, Mari soon gets to know her daughter's boundaries.
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