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Absurd and sweet, groovy and poetic, the thirteen films from a total of eleven producing nations that feature in this year's Short Film Competition take us to worlds full of exciting contrasts. They all share a clever wit and an ability to get straight to the point. From major resistance on a small scale to touching friendships and the pulsating beats of youth, we experience gripping stories that are short yet sweet. (Joshua Jádi)

The SHORT FILM COMPETITION was curated by Joshua Jádi, Jana Riemann, Marcel Maïga.

Friend

Friend

Friend

Andrey Svetlov
Belarus, Russia / 2021 / 20 min
Wild chases and adventures that feature comedy, frustration and friendship. A day in the life of two boys in Belarus. One is bullied since he doesn't have a cell phone, the other due to his inability to make friends. By chance both of them are ...
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Nesting

Nesting

Haikara

Siiri Halko
Finland / 2020 / 20 min
Absurde Komödie über die Schwierigkeiten des Abschiednehmens. Veikka will eigentlich nur ein letztes Mal bei seinen alten Kumpels auf der Baustelle vorbeischauen, doch plötzlich entdecken sie ein Baby hoch oben im Kran. Die wahnwitzige ...
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Sorry for being late

Sorry for being late

Bodishi Dagvianebistvis

Luka Beradze
Georgia / 2021 / 20 min
A bizarre social satire about a family mob gone wild who blame a rescue team for the death of their mother. After an absurd manhunt an agonising wait begins for a young paramedic whilst she waits for the police to come; slowly yet surely one comes to ...
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DeAD

DeAD

DeAD

Guram Geguchadze
Georgia / 2021 / 2 min
Ninety simple and original seconds from the life of a man who no longer cares if he is dead or alive. In a manner that is shocking and yet amusing, Guram Geguchadze reflects on the potential for ruin in the modern age, as state as old as mankind ...
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Comrade Policeman

Comrade Policeman

Towarischtsch polizjejskij

Assel Aushakimova
Kazakhstan / 2020 / 13 min
How should you shoot a TV report in the absence of the protagonists? A Kazakh TV team shows how it is done in this absurd situation comedy, narrated with a serious tone.
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Techno, Mama

Techno, Mama

Techno, Mama

Saulius Baradinskas
Lithuania / 2021 / 18 min
Nikita loves techno. He dreams of going to Berlin to experience first-hand the city's famous techno scene. Nikita's mother refuses to hear of it however and tries to prevent him from leaving. A switch is flicked inside Nikita's head, the conflict ...
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Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

Sebastian Panczyk
Poland / 2021 / 21 min
A blend of film and opera. Leading Polish opera singer Jakub Józef Orliński plays a young man who does not appear to be an ordinary person and to whom strange things happen. In the process viewers can enjoy his performance of Vivaldi's aria ...
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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Ellen Rodnianski
Russia / 2020 / 26 min
Youthful, wild and intense. She is at odds with the authorities, and has issues at home too. Zhenya hasn't even grown up and yet finds herself nine months pregnant. Though she likes to provoke, she is actually just looking for warmth and intimacy. ...
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Quarantine

Quarantine

Karantin

Aleksandr Khant
Russia / 2020 / 14 min
A humorous look back at the lockdown year of 2020. Since her home office accounting software doesn't work, a conscientious accountant leaves no stone unturned in her attempts to get into her office.
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Views

Views

Pohlady

Roman Pivovarník
Slovakia / 2021 / 18 min
A minimalist mystery thriller. Or is it science fiction? This film leaves you wondering who the strange young man the two protagonists meet on their walk through the woods is.
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Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon

Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon

Anatomie ceského odpoledne

Adam Martinec
Czech republic / 2020 / 22 min
The dog days of summer between hedonism and ignorance. A mother searches for her children in a crowded lido. The seriousness of the situation soon becomes clear. Yet while some begin to grasp the unimaginable, others continue to lounge around in the ...
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The Gift

The Gift

Podarunok

Oleh Martyrosian
Ukraine / 2021 / 16 min
What is a smartphone worth? It is irreplaceable for the protagonist of this film since the expensive phone was a gift from his son who later went to war. He lost it working in the field. Now the whole village comes together to help with the search.
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Révolte

Révolte

Lázadás

Bálint Erkel
Hungary / 2021 / 9 min
A major revolt in the form of a minor gesture: In a beautiful garden a man eats his last meal, surrounded by soldiers. Shortly before he gets up he takes some provisions for the last few meters, as if to say: "You can kill me, but I will not submit."
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