GOLDEN SHORTS: BEST FILMS IN MAJOR FESTIVALS

SUNDAY / December 15th / ELVIRA POPESCU CINEMA / 5pm
A selection of winners of the Best Short Film Award at the most important European film festivals - Cannes, Berlin, Locarno and Venice!




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COME AND PLAY (30', Germany, 2013)

Director: DARIA BELOVA

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A film in which the boundaries between past and present, real and surreal become blurred, COME AND PLAY “portrays the spirit that lies within Berlin's walls and the echoes of its long memory. In a stunning black-and-white photography, the story follows Grisha, a Russian-German child, who, carried by his imagination, reveals the city's sad secrets. In a similar vein to Ivan’s Childhood and Germany Year Zero, the boy's playing at war, sliding into surrealism, reminds humanity of its gaping wounds.” (Fabien Gaffez, Critics' Week Cannes 2013)



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INVITATION (16', South Korea, 2012)

Director: YOO MIN-YOUNG

Winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival, INVITATION is a touching minimalist film about loss, grief and the need for consolation. Kyungsook attends her husband’s funeral. Thanks to a minute calibration in acting and directing, we can viscerally feel her inner struggle to not lose her poise in a time when everything else seems lost. She looks through her man's things, trying to calm down at least for a minute. His possessions however don’t bring back pleasant memories from the past, but give her, bit by bit, reasons to believe that there was another person in his life who should be invited to the ceremony.



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THE MASS OF MEN (16', UK, 2012)

Director: GABRIEL GAUCHET

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Amid economic and political tensions, the oppressed masses have no choice other than violent revolt. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Short Film in Locarno, THE MASS OF MEN is inspired by the 2011 London protests, outbreaks of collective anger against the state of general apathy and disillusionment reigning the country. The story follows Richard, a 55 year old jobless man, whose late arrival for a meeting with his unemployment assistant has disastrous consequences for him. If initially, we are tempted, out of reflex, to harshly judge the protagonists, GAUCHET cleverly manages to change our view on the incident, challenging our very idea of morality. Placing the notions of good and evil under the magnifying glass of relativism, THE MASS OF MEN deals, at a deeper level, with the paradoxes of human nature, which break loose in crisis situations, with fear, cowardice, despair and anger.



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THE RUNAWAY (23', France, 2013)

Director: JEAN-BERNARD MARLIN

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Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2013, THE RUNAWAY is an insightful coming-of-age story that speaks about teen aggressiveness, examining the differences and similarities between respecting the law and the human compassion. In visual terms, indebted to realist aesthetics, MARLIN's camera follows, in the course of a day, Lakdar, a youth social worker, and Sabrina, one of the young people in his care at the juvenile centre he works at. But today is no ordinary day. Sabrina is to be judged for her past offenses. Face to face with her past actions and the consequences they may imply to her future, she panics and runs away. Following her traces, Lakdar embarks – along with the spectator - on a hallucinatory journey through suburban Marseille, desperate to find her, hoping not everything is lost. (Oana Ghera, BIEFF 2013)



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UNDRESS ME (15', Sweden, 2013)

Director: VICTOR LINDGREN

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In a world of rapidly evolving definitions of masculinity and femininity, UNDRESS ME pushes these borders even further, in a captivating experiment on identity. Two strangers meet in a bar. The sexual tension is palpable, so they quickly end up at her place. But what began as a night of exploring each other soon becomes an unexpected exploration of self. Winner of this year’s Teddy Award at Berlinale, the movie exposes the arbitrary nature of social conventions, raising interesting questions on one’s identity and sexuality. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)