Official Section – Short Films

ALTÖTTING, by Andreas Hykade (Germany / Canada / Portugal)

In the small Bavarian town of Altötting, a mother takes her young son to visit a nearby chapel. The boy becomes entranced by the Shrine of the Virgin Mary inside the chapel and begins daily pilgrimages to see his beloved Madonna. His love, devotion, and passion for her continue to grow, until one day his world is crushed by the devastating secret behind her eternal beauty.

GIÒNG SÔNG KHÔNG NHÌN THÂY (Lo imperceptible del río / The Unseen River), by Phạm Ngọc Lân (Vietnam / Laos)

Stories told along the river: a woman reunites with her ex- lover at a hydroelectric plant; meanwhile, a young man travels downstream to a temple in search of a cure for his insomnia.

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GRAMERCY, by Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood (United States)

Shaq, a young man grappling with depression, returns to his New Jersey hometown, where his exploration of grief and brotherhood transforms into the imagining of an inner life.

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HOW MY GRANDMOTHER BECAME A CHAIR (Cómo mi abuela se convirtió en una silla), by Nicolas Fattouh (Germany / Lebanon / Qatar)

Grandmother loses her ve senses one after the other until she transforms into a wooden chair. Throughout her transformation, she realizes that her housekeeper is not the wild animal she thought she was, but the real, caring and strong family member grandmother was looking for.

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EL MÀRTIR (El mártir / The Martyr), by Fernando Pomares (Spain)

Two Syrian brothers illegally cross a border to enter into a Western country. Their sister narrates this journey where the present , the past and the oneiric all jumble together to become both a dream and nightmare of our current world.

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MOI, BARNABÉ (Yo, Bernabé / I, Barnabé), by Jean-François Lévesque (Canada)

Confronted with doubt and feelings of emptiness, drunk with unhappiness and seeking to drown his sorrow, Barnabé experiences a curious metaphysical visitation; lightning strikes the spire of his church and a mysterious rooster appears, forcing him to reconsider his life.

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O BLACK HOLE! (¡Oh, agujero negro!), by Renee Zhan (United Kingdom)

A woman who can’t stand the passing of time turns herself into a black hole. A thousand years pass without any changes, until one day the Singularity wakes inside her. An immoveable woman meets an unstoppable girl in this epic 2D stop-motion opera about the beauty of transience and letting go.

PLAY SCHENGEN (Juguemos a Schengen), by Gunhild Enger (Norway)

A gaming company is making a videogame for kids about the EU. You play a national bird needing to breed and nest across borders, but you can only y according to your VISA. We follow two game designers as they transform the European Union into pixel graphics, in an e ort to make Schengen catchy for young people. The question is whether it is possible?

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THANADOULA, by Robin McKenna (Canada)

Two sisters entwined by love. When Annie disappears, her younger sister, Natalie, seeks her out in an unconventional way: as a thanadoula, accompanying the dying in their final stages. Between their slow and final breaths, Natalie finds a bridge between life and death and, ultimately, a pathway to her sister.