THE CATHEDRAL
THE CATHEDRAL
Producer: RICKY D'AMBROSE
USA, 2021, 87 MIN
An only child's meditative, impressionistic account of an American family's rise and fall over two decades.

“Ricky D'Ambrose’s brilliant second film, which is effectively the director’s own coming-of-age story and the record of the gradual disintegration of his family, opens with a voiceover which is as peculiar as it is universal in the way the intimate and the personal become intertwined with the global history. D'Ambrose will stick to this principle throughout the movie which is intimate and epic at the same time, in its every shot which is poetical and political simultaneously. Thus for the protagonist the final falling apart of his big family which has been shrinking before our eyes, blots out even the catastrophe of the Twin Towers collapsing nearby.” Denis Ruzayev
A TALE FOR THE OLD
A TALE FOR THE OLD
Producer: ROMAN MIKHAILOV, FYODOR LAVROV
RUSSIA, 2022, 78 MIN
One morning, criminal boss Batya summons his three “sons” and tells them the latest news. Everyone remembers how, three years ago, the keeper of the regional community money Mulya escaped with it. Everyone also remembers how he was found, punished, and buried. But the news are as follows. Yesterday Mula, alive and well, was seen in three cities at once: St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov. So Batya sends his “sons” to these cities to scout out the situation. For each of them, the journey will not be the easiest.

Roman Mikhailov is one of the most popular modern-day writers. Among his admirers are philosophy students and theatre fans alike. He wrote another multi-character Russian fairy-tale and in collaboration with Fyodor Lavrov made a screen version of it, keeping his typical symbolic layers and allusions and at the same time granting the audience freedom of interpretation. The cult status of the movies is guaranteed by the meticulous choice of secondary actors (from Pakhom to Garkusha), by the music of “25/17”, the dark humor and the readily quoted dialogues. The possibility of multiple interpretations, the unconventional reflections about the world of the past, which has determined our present, make one want to come back to the “A Tale for the Old” again and again.
IN LIMBO
IN LIMBO
Producer: ALEXANDER KHANT
RUSSIA, 2022, 109 MIN
Fifteen-year old Sasha and Danya had their first sex. Sasha's parents find out about it, and the stepfather locks her up at home. But the protagonists decide to run away deciding to defy their parents and the whole world. Freedom intoxicates them, especially the modest and indecisive Danya, who crosses the line of the law. Sasha's stepfather leads the search; he intends to get a real sentence for the boy. An innocent child's prank turns into a chase after armed criminals.

A second film is always a big challenge for a director who has made a breakthrough debut. A native of Khanty-Mansiysk, cineaste and a regular spectator of “Spirit of Fire” Alexander Khant did not disappoint those who had believed in him: he again tuned in to the wave of modernity, examines eternal themes in the format of catchy and energetic festival cinema. In “Viktor “the Garlic”...” he covered the conflict of fathers and sons, in “In Limbo” he explores the teenage fear of restlessness, within a painful actual context. Khant is always with the young, believes in them, loves them, gives his hand to them: any viewer will undoubtedly remember the final shot of the new film.
COMMUNISTS!
COMMUNISTS!
Producer: CHRISTOPHER SMALL
UK, 2021, 75 MIN
After arriving at a festival to present her latest work, filmmaker Sacha Roth sets about restoring some order to her existence. She is staying in a familiar place: a house that once belonged to her grandmother, and is now occupied by many of the women working at the festival. She tries to put a simmering legal dispute at the back of her mind, despite the fact that she is still mentally and physically recovering from the disastrous medical episode that precipitated it. The festival itself is a comforting environment, one that returns some of Sacha’s self-confidence and command of the spaces in which she found early success as a filmmaker and animator. While there, she begins to nurture the early outlines of an idea for a film entitled “Communists!”, supposedly inspired by the women who work at the festival. But soon after her arrival, Sacha is witness to an assault that ends in a violent killing. She unthinkingly attempts to turn a real-world assault into art, more or less obliterating all of her relationships in the process.

Christopher Small is one of the prominent contemporary film critics and curators, known for his wide-ranging interests. He admires “Golden Hollywood”, can discuss silent Japanese cinema and is uncommonly well-versed in modern-day filmmaking. Making a movie is a bold and risky step. He turns to the material he is familiar with – a Utopian festival universe abounding in possibilities and inevitable disappointments (today it is perceived as a sort of retro since the pandemic has dealt a serious blow to this world). Small avoids the main pitfall: “Communists!” is not a work for a few chosen film buffs (though for them there are friendly allusions like a tune from Jacques Rivette’s “Out 1”) but rather an attempt to start a universal conversation about the place of art and artist in the modern world. Small is not afraid to be (self)critical, is not shy about the fragility of his film which means that it is open to real beauty and reflections.
KAFKA FOR KIDS
KAFKA FOR KIDS
Producer: ROEE ROSEN
ISRAEL, 2022, 120 MIN
Cross-generic film, combining a musical comedy with layers of drama and of political documentary. The film is set as the pilot episode for a TV series that perversely aims to make Kafka’s tales palpable for toddlers. The story delivered in this first episode is The Metamorphosis. While the tale of Gregor Samsa's transformation into a vermin is rendered in animation, the reading of the story occurs in live action, in the magical story-house, where an unnamed grandparent figure reads the story to a child, surrounded by a troupe of lively objects, such as Ms. Lamp and Mr. Table. These animistic friends dub the tale's characters, and perform the film's songs, accompanied by a toy orchestra. As the plot thickens, the ensemble is joined by other mascots, such as The Bearer of Bad News, and the house's sage: Kafka's left shoe. The centrality of the law in Kafka’s writings and thought, and the notions of childhood that are explored in the film lead towards its end to a very different narrative realm: an exposition of the complex and troubling ways in which childhood is legally circumscribed in the occupied territories by military law.

Roee Rosen is one of the most unusual and self-contradictory modern artists, which is further corroborated by his feature debut. Surrealism, musical and satire are only some of the instruments he expertly uses to subject his own work to Kafkian metamorphoses. Despite its unique humor, his film takes a sober and sad grown-up look at the modern world where people are always separated by borders. One consolation is the music by the toy orchestra of Igor Krutogolov who is the founder of the “Krusenstern and parokhod” music group.
JOJO
JOJO
Producer: ANTONI COLLOT
FRANCE, 2021, 90 MIN
Danger lurks. 13-year-old Jojo is about to abandon a neuro-syphilitic father to the loneliness of his blindness. These two, accompanied by the fascinating and ambiguous presence of a young nurse, have a few days to say goodbye. “Jojo” is the missing part, the dreamed story, of a childhood.

There are few attempts in cinema to make the impossible screen versions of the heritage of Georges Bataille, famous for “Le Bleu du ciel” and “L’Expérience intérieure”. A rare exception is an original interpretation of “Histoire de l'œil” by Ivan Cardoso who was a guest at last year’s “Spirit of Fire”. Antoni Collot has set himself an even more challenging task: Jojo is young Bataille. But it is the opposite of the traditional biopic: Jojo has a dream, Jojo is making sense of life, the boys memorizes Baudelaire’s verses, for the first time learns what poetry, death, illness, growing old mean. Collot’s movie, shot almost on his own, is a documentary fantasy, a spiritualistic séance, an imaginary conversation with his beloved writer.
BEATRIX
BEATRIX
Producer: MILENA CZERNOVSKY, LILITH KRAXNER
AUSTRIA, 2021, 95 MIN
“Beatrix” presents a female body. It is the body of a young woman who spends a good amount of time alone in a house. She tends a bit to the house, gets bored, talks on the phone and receives visitors. The camera fragments the body of Beatrix into its individual parts. Her inner life becomes visualized by constricted images and a manic stillness. Something is eating at the apparent freedom of her solitude. A femininity becomes physically tangible – corners and curves, liquids, touches, deformations. Film shows banal, somnambulistic acts such as eating, drinking, cleaning, jumping, bathing, reclining, talking, and looking. And then it begins all over again. What normally escapes our view is made entirely present. Urgency and ennui become one in an uncompromising confrontation with the existence of a young woman.

Who is Beatrix? This is a major mystery of this movie. The authors named her after the main character of the short story “Probleme, Probleme” by the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann, who is tired of social life obligations. Czernovsky and Kraxner comment that Beatrix “embodies a generation that is characterized by boundless possibilities, that often lead to an aimless search. Overwhelmed by the freedom of choice, she chooses to do nothing at all”. Exquisite 16-mm footage does not only belong to the cultural canon of Vera Chytilová, Chantal Akerman and Valie Export, but expands it, in particular thanks to the intensive on-screen presence of Eva Sommer with her unusually nuanced professional performance.
CHANNEL 54
CHANNEL 54
Producer: LUCAS LARRIERA
ARGENTINA, 2021, 90 MIN
Who is Norberto Otero? Armengol Torres, the Space World Week organizer, proposes Lucas to start an investigation on a parallel broadcast about the moon landing in 1969 received by a radio amateur in his home in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires province. Due to Armengol's insistent conspiracy theories, Lucas investigates the very nature of the images, but he meets again and again with the elusive figure of a man who is becoming increasingly dark: Norberto Otero.

The story of American astronauts’ landing on the Moon has fascinated many generations of conspiracists, dreamers and filmmakers. What else is there to be said about it? Lucas Larriera, one of the best Argentinean sound directors (there are more than a hundred titles in his filmography), devoted decades to investigating this problem. His interest stems from media archeology among other things: he studies well-known footage as well as their copies published in long-forgotten magazines. The director’s lasting interest in the topic carries a shade of the melancholy obsession, of the doomed attempt to interpret the world and find the meaning and logic in life, of the quest for the impossible. Fittingly, Larriera adds a personal dimension to the movie – a film about space and our planet’s satellite is bound to touch upon loss and grief.
MOVIE AND ME
MOVIE AND ME
Producer: TATIANA MIROSHNIK
RUSSIA, 2021, 53 MIN
Films not only unite, entertain, amaze and educate, they also help to find out who you really are. What are children’s preferences for films? How do they understand them and what do they value most when watching movies and animated films? What is the impact of movies on children's behavior, emotions and feelings? Experiments, observations and opinions are revealed in a documentary film about the interaction of young audience with the screen.
VACARME
VACARME
Producer: FRÉDÉRICK NEEGAN TRUDEL
CANADA, 2020, 80 MIN
After being sent to a group home by her mother, Emilie (13) wants to flee her new reality. In her attempt to get back to her mother she meets and get influenced by the people around her. Learning an instrument becomes a positive fix-point in her tumultuous situation.
SIHJA – KAPINAA ILMASSA
SIHJA – KAPINAA ILMASSA
Producer: MARJA PYYKKÖ
FINLAND – THE NETHERLANDS – NORWAY, 2020, 77 MIN
Sihja is a young, charming and a little outrageous fairy, who leaves her forest home. In the city, she meets a sensitive new friend Alfred (11). Sihja loves the newly found organized urban shapes and orderly habits that humans have. They bond quickly and have a lot of fun, until one day dead birds appear on the city streets. The smelly fertilizer factory could be the culprit, but when Sihja reveals her uncontrolled fairy powers, people begin to be weary of her. Alfred and Sihja must find out what is threatening nature. With clever and brave investigation, they manage to prevent an environmental disaster.
INTO THE BEAT – DEIN HERZ TANZT
INTO THE BEAT – DEIN HERZ TANZT
Producer: STEFAN WESTERWELLE
GERMANY, 2020, 90 MIN
Katya Orlow comes from a famous ballet family. She has every chance of following in the footsteps of her late mother and that of her father Victor, who is still celebrated as a master dancer. At the moment she is training very hard to apply to the prestigious New York Ballet Academy. Victor gets badly injured on stage and he thus has to end his career. Now Katya is his only hope of carrying on the family tradition. But in the meantime, Katya has met a group of street dancers and leads a double life: rehearsing the leading part for the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet in the morning and dancing with gifted hip-hop dancer Marlon in the afternoon. When Marlon wants them to audition as a duo for the famous “Sonic Tigers”, Katya gets into a serious conflict.
PHILEMON AND BAUCIS
PHILEMON AND BAUCIS
Producer: INNA GUSEVA
RUSSIA, 2022, 24 MIN
Vera is looking for her sister who she hasn’t heard from for a few weeks. Vera and her husband Peter break down the door to make sure that Vera’s sister hasn’t been there for a long time. In despair, Vera goes to the police where they realize it’s clearly impossible to find her sister alive. Vera is not sure she can handle the identification of the body, so Peter decides to do it instead of her, but he has his own interests in this case…
TRIPTYCH
TRIPTYCH
Producer: YANA OSMAN
RUSSIA, 2022, 9 МИН
In New York Big Clay is Big Clay.
In Florence Big Clay is Big Clay.
In Moscow Big Clay is a triptych.
SAVING LITTLE WILLIAM
SAVING LITTLE WILLIAM
Producer: ALEXEI KOKORIN
RUSSIA, 2021, 13 MIN
A story of two aliens who come to Earth in search of their friend William, trapped in the lantern of the security guard of the local  House of Culture.
SLOWCORE
SLOWCORE
Producer: VLADISLAV DOBRISHIN
RUSSIA, 2022, 24 MIN
Two friends meet in St. Petersburg and spend a few days together. Music by Yuri Loza sounds in the background.
SAXOPHONE TRUMPET
SAXOPHONE TRUMPET
Producer: PETER TIMOFEYEV
RUSSIA, 2021, 15 MIN
The teenaged son comes to spend the holidays with his hapless father, who is a windsurfer. Until summer is over he has to choose a musical instrument to study. Will the father be able to help his can make the right choice?
NEED GLUE!
NEED GLUE!
Producer: ALEXEI PLISHKOV
RUSSIA, 2021, 15 MIN
In a devastated world where madness and cruelty reign, a lonely prepper tries to maintain his humanity and find peace through music.
THE KNIFE IN YOUR HEART
THE KNIFE IN YOUR HEART
Producer: GENRIKH IGNATOV
RUSSIA, 2022, 35 MIN
If you climb the highest point of the city, you will reach the doors of the ancient cemetery of the Holy Gates. There, between white sculptures and tombstones, cats, the only inhabitants of this island of oblivion, are romping about. What are they able to discern in children's eyes looking at them from a gravestone plaque?
LULLABY
LULLABY
Producer: MARINA DONSKAYA
RUSSIA, 2022, 16 MIN
A woman is singing a lullaby to her lover making inopportune declarations of love for their stalled life which they are living as if in a dream.
IGOR – CHAIR
IGOR – CHAIR
Producer: KONSTANTIN SOLDATOV
RUSSIA, 2021, 25 MIN
The film is based on the play by Ekaterina Dorn “And We Laugh”. The story of how real persecution was born from a single innocent joke on a classmate. And the result of the persecution is revenge, revenge that comes with weapons in hand. Blood, tears, remorse – you will practically not see them in the film. There is only a presentiment of tragedy, a hint of reprisals and “the search for the extreme”... and the teacher, the class teacher, who could change everything, but did not dare, or did not want to.
WOMEN BEATING OUT CARPETS
WOMEN BEATING OUT CARPETS
Producer: ALEKSANDRA ARTAMONOVA, EVGENIA LAPTEVA
RUSSIA, 2022, 10 MIN
Gentle Women refers to the carpet as a phenomenon of the Soviet and post-Soviet domestic culture. What functions and symbols are now given to the object that used to testify wealth and well-being of its owner? What is it for? For beauty and warmth, or to hide flaws and drawbacks? By repeating seemingly simple everyday actions in the film, the participants of the performances create new rituals that appeal to the collective and personal memory.
YET ANOTHER DAY
YET ANOTHER DAY
Producer: ANASTASIA GERASYUK
RUSSIA, 2022, 14 MIN
We observe fifteen minutes of Victor’s life. The cigarette smoke, the casual conversation, the glance of a woman walking past, the lush crowns of birch trees bathed in sunlight outside the hospital window... All these fleeting images combine into a metaphorical set of stairs that help take Victor back to a place he doesn’t want to be.
DIARY
DIARY
Producer: MARGARITA KARLINSKAYA
RUSSIA, 2022, 14 MIN
If you are not talking to your heart later or sooner it’s gonna talk to you by itself.
MOUNTAIN SICKNESS OF THE RUSSIAN BORDER GUARD
MOUNTAIN SICKNESS OF THE RUSSIAN BORDER GUARD
Producer: DANILA LIPATOV
RUSSIA – GERMANY, 2021, 19 MIN
A personal video diary documenting physical and emotional stages of the ascent to the highest point of the former Soviet Union. Through the conquest of the Peak of Communism in the Pamirs one can trace the ideological development of the relationship between humans and nature – from spiritual to militaristic.
IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR ABSENCE
IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR ABSENCE
Producer: ALEXEI SYSOEV
RUSSIA, 2021, 24 MIN
This movie is the director’s first experience with 16-mm. As in the case of 8-mm, the aim is not to tell a story, not to create an illusion of participation, not to express, understand reality but to create a series of on-screen artistic images, an artificial flow, rhythm and music of images. The author sees his cinematic activities as a direct extention of his work in music, as its integral part. This is his personal large-scale study fuelled by the desire to enjoy rhythmic changes of shapes and colors.
BRACES SYSTEM
BRACES SYSTEM
Producer: LIDIA RIKKER
RUSSIA, 2021, 2 MIN
A video essay shot as found-footage. Based on a visual metaphor, it uses ironic juxtaposition to talk about the strange force which has always pushed humankind to line up and self-organize.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Producer: OSMAN NABIEV
RUSSIA, 2022, 30 MIN
Masha comes to St. Petersburg to see her friends. One of them invites her to the farewell party of his ex-girlfriend, who is emigrating to the United States. Friends arrive at a party that slowly turns into an odyssey through haunted places of memory.
PUDELKO
PUDELKO
Producer: ANASTASIA LISOVETS
RUSSIA, 2021, 4 MIN
Can you hear it? There are snow and icy sparks outside
The winter bird is signing, the reindeer is screaming,
The winter is blowing, the edges of the sky are howling.
The girl is rising her voice, tenderly, because her breath can frighten the fire away.

I. FEAR. CLAUSTROPHOBIA
I. FEAR. CLAUSTROPHOBIA
Producer: ANTON BILZHO
RUSSIA, 2022, 60 MIN
A collective work created as a part of the laboratory “I. Fear. Claustrophobia”, consists of videos that made at the beginning of the quarantine, from May 2020 to August 2021. Anyone could take part in the project.
I’M GOING TO FIND
I’M GOING TO FIND
Producer: EVGENY DUDCHAK
RUSSIA, 2022, 90 MIN
Elena is an ambulance doctor. Together with her team she heads to a crime scene which her elder son Konstantin indicated placing a phone call to the emergency service. Elena speeds up fearful that Konstantin is the victim. But the most horrible part is still to come. Konstantin is the criminal. Elena is tortured by the sense of responsibility and guilt. Has she loved her son enough? What is the extent of her guilt in the misfortune? Elena has no faith in the investigation and begins her own search, realizing that she knows nothing about her own child.
SINEAD O’CONNOR (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)
SINEAD O’CONNOR (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)
Producer: RINAT MAKHMUDOV
RUSSIA, 2022, 95 MIN
Two years Sasha left the orphanage. Now it is rather hard for her to socially adapt and she perceives the world as a hostile environment. Since childhood, the girl is used to defending her right to life and solving problems through fights – she spends all her free time in the ring for bare-knuckle fighting. Despite the combative nature and hobbies, deep insight Sasha dreams of exactly the opposite: not to cripple people, but to cure them. But she lacks money to go to medical school, and no hospital will hire anyone without special education. By chance she meets a teenage boy with disabilities, Kolya, whose mother is torn between her son, her job at a fish factory and her boyfriend, a policeman. She tries to find a nurse for Kolya. This encounter radically changes the lives of all characters.
TIP-OFF
TIP-OFF
Producer: VYACHESLAV FYODOROV
RUSSIA, 2021, 76 MIN
Weekdays of an elevator specialist consist of numerous complaints, inspections, acceptance of new elevators. In response to one of the complaints, a commission is formed to detect extraneous sounds and noises in the apartment of the complainant. During the inspection it is assumed that the sound comes from the elevator utilities. Additional examinations are carried out. At the same time the acceptance of a new elevator takes place, accompanied by some problems.
MINT GINGERBREAD
MINT GINGERBREAD
Producer: ANDREI KARASOV
RUSSIA, 2021, 97 MIN
“Mint Gingerbread” consists of two novels, two life stories. One is overly sweet and saccharine, like a Christmas tale, the other is frightening, creepy and realistic like life itself. The life filled with childish and adult emotions, agonies and fears, feelings of unease and joy. Some people are destined to become orphans while their mother is still alive while others will meet their mother, the dearest person on Earth, through faith alone.
THE COUNTRY
THE COUNTRY
Producer: ALEKSEY LAPIN
RUSSIA – AUSTRIA, 2021, 123 MIN
Russian-born director travels back to his relatives’ home village near the Ukrainian border, where he himself used to spend every summer. The film crew claiming that they have come to cast a historical film that is to be set in the village. What follows is a charming, semi-fictional documentary by and with the village community, the villagers are happy to take part. Observed scenes unobtrusively merge into staged ones. The cinematography in black and white is notable, full of references to classic Russian films. It is an affectionate local portrait with a sense for the absurd.
ANOTHER NAME
ANOTHER NAME
Producer: VETA GERASKINA
RUSSIA – BULGARIA – GERMANY, 2022, 95 MIN
Lisa is a sophisticated woman living in a premium class world. Her husband Peter speaks Russian with a German accent and owns a chocolate factory. Their life takes place in the minimalistic expensive interiors and an aloof restraint of feelings. There are no children in their expensive country house, but there are elegant greyhounds. But Liza’s cold calm is undermined by a mystery that connects her to the past she wishes to dislodge forever. And somewhere nearby hides a burnt-out room, the key to the room in the hands of teenage girl Ulya.
THE ANGER
THE ANGER
Producer: MARIA IVANOVA Z.
RUSSIA – LEBANON – GERMANY, 2021, 124 MIN
The action of the film is set in Lebanon. Ida, a young Lebanese woman, after the war escapes from her drinking mother from a small village to the city. There she begins to date a European man and falls completely under his power. She is willing to do anything for him, perhaps even give up her religion. The story is told through the prism of culture and traditions of a Middle Eastern country. The film covers an important theme of East and West through the relationship between an Oriental girl and a Western man.
AUTUMN COMMUNION. FISHERWOMEN
Producer: SERGEI SONIN
RUSSIA, 2021
Video Fresco 1. Autumn ritual of the agro-cosmic cult of secret Russia. Night dream of the landlord of the Middle Part. (3 min)

Video Fresco 2. A metaphysical fantasy shot as a documentary myth about the incomprehensible layers of secret Russia. The dwellers of secret Russia complete their autumn rituals. A straw Shiva, who is a cult figure in syncretistic Pantheon, performs his fiery dance. (13 min)
IN_SECT DAY
IN_SECT DAY
Producer: POLINA DVORETSKAYA
RUSSIA, 2021, 24 MIN
In periods when established methods of communication are in crisis, there are shifts at different levels that can be embodied in the ritualization of everyday actions. Gestures, articulation, intersubjective understanding declare themselves with a high degree of ambivalence. The characters in the story reveal the hidden meaning of corporeality and community in the biomechanics of insect metamorphoses, in the signs of atypical manifestations of nature and sexuality that organize connections between human and non-human. This is a sect, a beehive, or a love triangle – just landmarks and markings for trying to understand what is happening. In these moments, an unprecedented journey of friends marks new horizons for an impossible community – a community that keeps separate.
I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
Producer: ATANA AGRBA
RUSSIA, 2020, 22 MIN
The early 90’s. The young carefree days of three student friends from Abkhazia are cut short by the news of the outbreak of war back home. The boys leave behind their studies, their daily routine, their youth and everything that seemed important to them only yesterday, board a train and head home.
XX-20
XX-20
Producer: ELENA SKRIPKINA
RUSSIA, 2021, 24 MIN
The film “XX-20” is a kaddish that invites us to rethink the catastrophes of the 20th century through a perspective of the Event. It reveals itself in front of an empty grave and takes on a different meaning, and thus an eschatological responsibility for it. Hiroshima, the siege of Leningrad, GULAG: these three disasters associated with modern reality carry in them a genetic memory and interconnect in a single number XX-20.
IT’S ALL WRITTEN IN THE STARS
IT’S ALL WRITTEN IN THE STARS
Producer: MARIA & RACHEL MONOSOV
RUSSIA – GERMANY, 2021, 27 MIN
In 2020 a space program to research temporary loops was launched. Two sisters took part in the mission. For them, it was not just a scientific expedition; it was an opportunity to return to familiar but long-forgotten landscapes.
EXIT
EXIT
Producer: IVAN BASOV
RUSSIA, 2020, 21 MIN
With the deadline approaching fast, a small team of construction workers isn't too happy to find an anomaly in the house they're renovating. Especially one that breaks the laws of physics. But maybe there’s something to be gained from this? Like a finder's fee… or nightmare fuel.
MOM’S HAIR
MOM’S HAIR
Producer: ALEXEY EVSTIGNEEV
RUSSIA, 2021, 8 MIN
A documentary-animated fairy tale about the painful relationship between a mother and daughter, shown through making animation with a wig made of her mother's hair, which a protagonist wore for 13 years.
THE PARALLELS
THE PARALLELS
Producer: SERGEY BATAEV
RUSSIA, 2021, 19 MIN
Redhead is new in the circus. Her affair with the clown nicknamed White is swift and bright, it fascinates the girl as much as it scares her. The problems they faced in the relationship are painfully similar to those in other pairs of artists of this circus. Will the Redhead be able to learn from the mistakes of others and make the right choice?
AFTER US
AFTER US
Producer: INNA TSGOEVA
RUSSIA – ITALY, 2021, 16 MIN
Giuseppe is an old fisherman. He spends every single day of his lonely life at sea. Nothing ever changes or will ever change. His granddaughter Sofia comes to visit just for a few days. And after their short life together he returns back to the only thing he knows.
BRIDGE THE GAP
BRIDGE THE GAP
Producer: ELENA ARTEMENKO
RUSSIA – GERMANY, 2020, 10 MIN
The tragicomic video about the difficulties of communication. The non-professional actors speak three different languages (German, English, Russian) and hardly understand each other. Like in a Beckett’s play, they are waiting for something at the bus stop, and their linguistic and cultural gap turn dialogue into an absurd and typical situation of “non-communication”. Difficulties of translation serve as a convenient excuse for cultural escapism and ignoring those around us. How to bridge this gap and make the Other hear you?
HANDS
HANDS
Producer: KATYA SKAKUN
RUSSIA – USA, 2020, 22 MIN
A wife of a domineering husband lives in constant fear. But once she receives the magic powers to resist.
SPILLING THE TRUTH ABOUT PRESIDENT
SPILLING THE TRUTH ABOUT PRESIDENT
Producer: EVGENY BEGLOV
РОССИЯ, 2021, 22 МИН
Little-known blogger Mir finds E.T. in the forest. Mir wants to become popular and uses E.T. to create unique content. Everything turns against the blogger when E.T. starts dictating his rules.
LOVE TRY BROTHER
LOVE TRY BROTHER
Producer: DEMID ROMANOV
RUSSIA, 2020, 10 MIN
The younger brother accidentally finds out about the secret of his older brother.
THE TERRARIUM
THE TERRARIUM
Producer: YULIA SAVCHENKO
RUSSIA, 2021, 16 MIN
The Terrarium’s main characters are four types of modern young women represented in the images of different snakes – a Black Mamba, a Tiger Snake, a Copperhead, a King Cobra. For women and only one man.
TO BE VICTOR PELEVIN. SORRY, WHO?
TO BE VICTOR PELEVIN. SORRY, WHO?
Producer: IVAN TOLSTOY
RUSSIA, 2020, 36 MIN
Vitya, a 40-year-old taxi driver who aspired to become a writer in his youth, abandons this dream after a series of failures. He quietly lives in a communal apartment with idle neighbors and drives obnoxious passengers all over Moscow. One day he decides to pretend to be the mysterious writer Victor Pelevin.
MEETINGS. EPISODE 1
MEETINGS. EPISODE 1
Producer: PAVEL SERDYUKOV
RUSSIA, 2021, 20 MIN
With the help of black magic and contemporary philosophy of speculative realism, a girl suddenly discovers a whole new world where the Lacanian metaphor, stating that all things look back at us and that is why we see them, becomes rather literal.
THE BATHDAY
THE BATHDAY
Producer: MARIA ANTONOVA
RUSSIA, 2021, 14 MIN
A young girl, Sasha, is released from prison. Her father meets her and takes to the village where Sasha spent her childhood.
A DIARY OF A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
A DIARY OF A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Producer: BORIS FRUMIN
USSR, 1975, 73 MIN
A lyrical confession of a school principal, an experienced teacher, who, observing the daily life of the school, tries to examine today's complex problems of education. Tolerant and respectful of the pupil's talent, he comes into conflict with the school head teacher, who reproaches him for liberalism and connivance. Their dispute is complicated by the fact that they are both devoted to their profession.
VIVA CASTRO!
VIVA CASTRO!
Producer: BORIS FRUMIN
RUSSIA – USA, 1994, 86 MIN
The action takes place in the USSR in the 1960’s when Fidel Castro was seen as a hero and youth idol. The teenager Kolya is madly in love with his music teacher. His father escaped from the city stealing rare coins from the museum and the mother went to jail instead of him. When his terminally ill father returns home Kolya wants to arrange his meeting with his imprisoned mother at any cost. He believes he has found the perfect moment during a concert by his beloved teacher to celebrate Fidel Castro’s visit to Gatchina.
ERRORS OF YOUTH
ERRORS OF YOUTH
Producer: BORIS FRUMIN
USSR, 1978–1989, 87 MIN
Often happiness comes at the cost of compromising with your own conscience and causing grief to your family. Having completed his military service, the protagonist decides to test himself in the hostile Far North and leaves his native village to work at a remote construction site. Trials are ready for him. Striving to remain honest and decent he makes one mistake after another. He seems almost ready to give up.
THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW
THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW
Producer: ROBERT DEAF
RUSSIA, 2021, 97 MIN
A story about the son who is given a second chance to find his mother. About the war which brings about human sorrow and non-healing wounds. The protagonist, the 40-year-old Walter, left his hometown a few years ago and works at a construction site in Moscow. It’s not only houses that he is building in Russia, but his own life as well. Once a phone-call from his hometown upsets all his plans. Walter learns that the war has come to his mother’s mountain village.
THE DREAM IS GONE
THE DREAM IS GONE
Producer: MARIA BATOVA
RUSSIA, 2021, 91 MIN
Eighteen-year-old girl Alyona decides to get acquainted with her biological father. Vasily, a veteran of the First Chechen War, lives alone and works as a railway switchman. The arrival of his daughter completely changes the life of the character.
SUMMER
SUMMER
Producer: VADIM KOSTROV
RUSSIA, 2021, 109 МИН
Summer journeys nostalgically through the warm Middle Ural summer with eight-year-old Vadim and his half-sister Christina. They enjoy evening festivities with their older teenage friends by the fire, go on mellow skateboard rides, and have a quiet daytime nap in the garden house. Caressed by the sun and the warmth of his relatives, hidden in the quiet tranquillity of the garden and far away from the cruelty of the outside world, Vadim enjoys his childhood days. Acting as a serene lullaby that mimics the movements of a gentle breeze, summer provides warmth, joy and solace, offering hope and strength for the future.
CHUPACABRA
CHUPACABRA
Producer: GRIGORY KOLOMIYTSEV
RUSSIA, 2020, 75 MIN
Nine-year-old Andrei lives with his mother in a small seaside village. His weary mother thinks of sending her son to the boarding school. Once during a storm the boy stumbles upon a dog on the shore and decides that it is the mythic Chupacabra who is popularly believed to assault domestic animals and feed on their blood. Andrei thinks that the beast possesses magic powers and will give him the life he dreams of.
EYES OF OTAR
EYES OF OTAR
Producer: GLEB PIRYATINSKY
RUSSIA, 2021, 86 MIN
The movie has been constructed on the borderline between reality and fiction. A prominent Russian TV host Otar Kushanashvili goes blind and falls out of  the stream of life. He finds himself in the situation that has been proposed to him, and this situation gradually becomes more and more real. He is surrounded by people who play themselves but lose their spontaneity in front of the camera. The camera is a cold unblinking TV eye and its companion is the all-powerful editing, which enslaves the inherently neutral material. The dialogue around the improvised nucleus is constructed between sound and image, between the visual and the invisible. It is the gap between TV and cinema, between documentary and literature.
NOT ENOUGH
NOT ENOUGH
Producer: GABRIELA SELIVANOVA
RUSSIA, 2021, 68 MIN
Eager to escape from her hometown Masha makes an unsuccessful attempt to enter to study in Moscow. Her only friend is an Afro-French guy with whom she communicates over the video in two languages. On the spur of the moment Masha ends up as an extra for erotic scenes on the set of a queer debut movie. Trying to cope with her loneliness and desperate to make  new friends she nonetheless finds herself at odds with the new environment. She tries to rebuild her relationship with her town and her family and postpones her relocation plans.
GOBELIN
GOBELIN
Producer: RINAT BEK
RUSSIA – AZERBAIJAN, 2022, 68 MIN
A man has come out of rehab. Found himself lying under the bridge, it seemed that he had died. Identifies the body of a girl. Gets into the labyrinth of memory in search of a single remembrance of her. And once he finds it, everything is filled and erased by the tapestry interwoven from his life.
MEZQUITE’S HEART
7+
MEZQUITE’S HEART
Producer: ANA LAURA CALDERÓN
MEXICO, 2019, 80 MIN
Lucía (7) is a mayo-yoreme girl. Her father, Fidel, is a traditional harpist; one of the best in the entire region. Lucía wants to play the harp, but her father won't allow it as being a woman and a harpist is not “the way” in their traditions. Here is where Lucía’s struggle begins; thanks to her desire of being a musician, she will take us on an endearing journey into the deepest secrets of her traditions and show how she manages to reconcile with her father, finding her place in her community.
THE WITCH PRINCESS
8+
THE WITCH PRINCESS
Producer: NGO THE CHAU
GERMANY – CZECH REPUBLIC, 2020, 90 MIN
The twin princesses Amalindis and Zottel could not be more different: Amalindis is dutiful and well-behaved, Zottel is wild and closely connected to nature. Since Zottel is so different, King Goderic cannot stand her. But he has great plans for Amalindis. She is to be married to prince Tanka to unite both kingdoms. But shortly before the wedding, Amalindis is kidnapped by three evil witches, who had made a secret pact with queen Lioba a long time ago. They helped Lioba to become pregnant on the condition that after 18 years, the first-born child would belong to them. Now they urgently need the girl, who has magic powers and is supposed to help the oldest witch to rejuvenate. Against king Goderic’s will, Zottel sets out to free her sister.
BLACK MILL
9+
BLACK MILL
Producer: MARIUSZ PALEJ
POLAND, 2020, 102 MIN
Iwo lives in a small town with his mother and sister. A tragic memory of the fire in the Black Mill casts shadow over the place. The fire has taken it’s toll on everyone, especially Iwo’s parents. When his mother loses the only source of income, she must quickly find a new job, leaving Iwo to take care of his younger sister.
BOBO AND THE HAIRSTYLING INDUSTRY
BOBO AND THE HAIRSTYLING INDUSTRY
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 1970, 8 MIN
AUTUMN (WITH BOBO), VERSION 1
AUTUMN (WITH BOBO), VERSION 1
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 1970, 3 MIN
MATCHMAKERS
MATCHMAKERS
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 1971, 40 MIN
POSSIBILITIES, OR BLUEBEARD AND ME
POSSIBILITIES, OR BLUEBEARD AND ME
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 1983, 48 MIN
AUTUMN, VERSION 2
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 2018, 1,5 MIN
STARS AWAIT US
STARS AWAIT US
Producer: ZHANG DALEI
CHINA, 2020, 145 MIN
Decades ago in north-eastern Asia, where lived Russian, Chinese and Koreans. Ma was a border smuggler with fluence in Kupchino before, after years life in prison Ma was released in New Year’s Eve but to face a new era. Ma started his lonely new life with searching for his girlfriend Karinna, his lost passion, hope, and good old times. Ma got a job in an auto repair factory where he met Wei, from whom Ma sees himself in similar age. Later, Wei fell into some trouble with Petrov, Ma‘s old friend. Ma helped Wei settle his dispute and convinced them go to the South China, a warmer place where opened to a free market.

Zhang Dalei the visionary has mastered the intricacies of genre cinema and this time offers a surrealist take at gangster melodrama and neo-noir. But evidently, still being under a deep influence of his studies in St. Petersburg, he places his characters in a dream-like universe of an imaginary Kupchino, which calls to mind the most extravagant Russian pictures of the late 80's – early 90’s. He has chosen a line from a song by the “Mirage” group as the title of the movie, has sent his characters to a concert by the “Kino” group, he has been inspired by Sergey Solovyov’s “Assa”. The result is an innovative Chinese movie and simultaneously a stranger’s love-letter to Russian culture.
ORPHEUS
ORPHEUS
Producer: VADIM KOSTROV
RUSSIA , 2021, 116 MIN
The film brings us to the last days of the summer of 2019 in Nizhniy Tagil. Young filmmaker Vadim returns to his hometown to meet his first love Anya and say the last words to her, capture with the camera the last moments with her, the end of the summer, and the dawn of the youth. “Orpheus” is the line of farewells in which everything is for the last time.

“This is an independent movie which the director, cinematographer, editor and leading actor Vadim Kostrov shot without a budget. The protagonist spends the last days of summer in his hometown which gradually evolves into and on-screen mythic kingdom of eternal farewells. Nominally this anthology of partings, multiplying the experience of the Antique musician Orpheus, should be considered fiction, but the boundary between truth and fantasy, between characters and actors shimmers and dissolves. Everything is ghostly in the fluid, sad and tender, absolutely genuine and invented, earthly and otherworldly Nizhy Tagil. It is like some eerie underworld, a post-rock meditation or early films by Sharunas Bartas, whose film “Freedom” is quoted in “Orpheus”.  Vadim Rutkovsky
RED MOON TIDE
RED MOON TIDE
Producer: LOIS PATIÑO
SPAIN, 2020, 84 MIN
Time seems to stand still in a village in the Galician coast. Everybody there is paralyzed although we can still hear their voices: they talk about ghosts, about witches, about monsters. Three women show up, they are trying to find Rubio, a sailor that has recently disappeared in the sea.

This is Lois Patiño’s second feature. For more than a decade he has been researching into Galician imagination, sexuality and identity. In “Red Moon Tide” he seems to hypnotize the audience, turning documentary footage and myths of a fishing village into a horror movie. The fragile world is frozen in anticipation of the arrival of the Monster, which, as the legend has it, is coupled with the rise of the red moon. In his films Patiño handles the camera himself and his new movie is another proof of his unique visual gift.
THE HIDDEN FOUNTAIN
THE HIDDEN FOUNTAIN
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 2020, 97 MIN
She was an orphaned child toiling to support her family. Only after many harsh years she became the sculptor and poet Miriam Chalfi. One of few women-sculptors, alone in a “male-art”, she smashed conventions and gender-borders. She was also adamant in her refusal to let me, her daughter, make this film. I made it over many years of immense hardships – mirroring Miriam's way. Her arduous path demanded endless patience. So did this film. It respects Time. Endeavoring to crack the enigma of Miriam's life and art, the film moves forward, backward, in spirals – like memory. Like the winding path of the Hidden Fountain.

Raquel Chalfi, a prominent poetess and a pioneer of Israeli experimental cinema, devoted almost thirty years of her life to this film. The modest and reserved movie may seem a personal testimony, an autobiography, but it is an exquisitely tactful treatise on life and art, and on how one is inseparable from the other. What is art? What is sculpture? How is abstract sculpture born and where does it come from? How does it find its place once transported from the artist’s workshop into a park filled with trees, wind and birds? Every cut, every shot of this poetic movie is saturated with deep emotions which only cinema can convey.
PROLONGING LIFE
PROLONGING LIFE
Producer: DMITRY FALKOVICH
UK – RUSSIA, 2020, 99 MIN
Dmitry is a Russian emigrant living in London with his wife and son. He is one of the most successful venture capitalists in the world. He has everything, but at the age of 46 years and 7 months, he realizes that one day he will die. Dmitry creates a fund investing in life-prolonging technology.

Venture investor Dmitry Falkovich instantly won the full-fledged title of a filmmaker thanks to his debut, “Ivanov”, which won the “Spirit of Fire” main prize (this award can be seen in his new film). In the film's meaningful finale, the fate of the protagonist is left to doubt, but as we learn in “Prolonging Life”, which begins with a screening of “Ivanov”, it was only cinema. Then real life begins: Falkovich and his wife Katya play themselves and their life in London. Though it is the first document of Russian emigration in Britain , it captures our attention primarily by its careful intonation, interest to details and delicate color palette. “Prolonging Life”, enriched with new contexts in the period of the world epidemic, is an important addition to the Russian literary and cinematic traditions, to the feelings of intelligentsia.
KOOZHANGAL
KOOZHANGAL
Producer: VINOTHRAJ P. S.
INDIA, 2021, 76 MIN
Two arid hamlets separated by a distance of 13 kilometers from the down South of Tamil Nadu unfurl a drama witnessed by the sun. An alcoholic wife beater embarks on a journey, dragging his young son along to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. The land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat. This journey is fraught with the sweat and smudge of the common folk, crawling critters and the deserted terrain.

«The most compact epic ever. The mutual journey of the boy and his alcoholic dad is both a real horror and movement towards spiritual rapport but without trite humanitarian clichés and wretched dramatic gimmicks. It is fair play against the background of spacious landscapes, indifferent to petty human squabbles. But they do matter to the brilliant first-timer Vinothraj, whose biography is similar to that of Tarantino, incredible as it may seem. His path to film directing began in a DVD shop in Tamil Nadu». Vadim Rutkovsky
LA FUGA / THE FUGUE
LA FUGA / THE FUGUE
2021
“The Fugue” accompanies the internal journey of eight men, who throughout a theater workshop go through the different prisons they inhabit. Practicing the art of looking at ourselves this group of men reflects on their masculinity as a representation to hide their true strength: their vulnerability.

Mexico / 2021 / 18 Min. / Color / 5.1 Director & Scriptwriter Kani Lapuerta Camera Michelle Ibaven Cast: Marco Guagnelli, Edgar Fernando Gallardo, Gustavo Álvarez Moreno, Antonio Plata, Aníbal, Juan Carlos Reyes, Alejandro Sandria, Francisco Valadez, Ángel Castellanos Producers Lilette Chaurand Lara, Suleica Pineda Production & World Sales La Sandía Digital
TOU SHENG, JI DAN, ZUO YE BEN / HAIR TIE, EGG, HOMEWORK BOOKS
TOU SHENG, JI DAN, ZUO YE BEN / HAIR TIE, EGG, HOMEWORK BOOKS
2021
As a model student in her elementary school, 11-year-old Lin Yuqi is assigned to give a speech about her family at the Parent’s Meeting tonight. But after
Lin finds out that she shares the same secret with a mischievous classmate, she starts to have second thoughts.

China / 2021 / 15 Min. / Color Director & Scriptwriter Luo Runxiao Camera Li Dongjun Design Ding Lu Cast: Miao Junyan, Wang Yanglai, Shen Siliang, Wang Lu Ka, Tao Tao, Mao Fan, Wang Yang Producers Wang Lu Ka, Wang Weihang Production Luo Runxiao Film Studio, Shylight Films
MOTINOS / MOTHERS
MOTINOS / MOTHERS
Aldona is the single mother of a daughter, Miglė, who is soon to become a mother herself. When Miglė comes to visit for the weekend during the last days
of her pregnancy, Aldona tries to show how much she cares, but instead starts to control her daughter. Step by step, Aldona pushes the boundaries  between the two, until she crosses the line.

Lithuania / 2021 / 15 Min. / Color Director & Scriptwriter Birutė Kapustinskaitė Camera Vytautas Katkus Design Justė Vazgytė Music Dominyka Adomaitytė Cast: Aldona Vilutytė, Laima Akstinaitė, Felipe Souza Melo, Dovilė Šilkaitytė, Regina Arbačiauskaitė-Flick, Liepa Sabaliauskaitė Producers Rūta Petronytė, Kęstutis Drazdauskas Production Uab “Artbox”
EL AMOR A LOS 20 AÑOS / LOVE AT 20
EL AMOR A LOS 20 AÑOS / LOVE AT 20
2021
Félix and Carlota are a young couple who have a long-distance relationship. This is why they will try their best to take good advantage of the day they have planned to see each other. However, when they finally meet, they discover they can’t hear themselves when they speak. They have no choice then but to sing.

Spain / 2021 / 15 Min. / Color / Stereo Director & Scriptwriter Alex Garrido Camera Anatoly Terekhin Design Ana Zorrilla, Nuria Aisa Cast: Ana Zorrilla, Rosa Jiménez, Alex Garrido, Iván González, David Marín, Bea De Silva Producer Laura Gallardo
BARRANKO
BARRANKO
A family spends a summer day in the public swimming pool of a countryside small town. Throughout the day, mother, daughter, son and grandmother will deal with their own version of daily disenchantment: lottery tickets not awarded, flying balls that break beloved toys, trampoline that provoke vertigo...

Spain / 2022 / 10 Min. / Color Directors Bea Bordanove, Yaiza Rodrigo Córdoba, Oriol Castro Herrero, Javier García Script Bea Bordanove Camera Yaiza Rodrigo Córdoba Design Cristina Bordanove, Paloma Arias, Claudia Alejandra Cast: Martina De Madrazo, Lucas Benés, Carmen Flores, Anabel Riquelme Producer Oriol Castro Herrero
PLAYBACK
PLAYBACK
2022
In quarantine, after a complicated game of husband and wife, the man disguises himself as the woman and begins the experience of living like her.

Iran / 2022 / 15 Min. / Color / Stereo Director & Scriptwriter Pouya Aghelizadeh Camera Mansoor Abderezaee Design Pouya Aghelizadeh, Maedeh Jazizadeh Music Masoud Deljoo Cast: Shiva Shabani, Mehdi Saffari Producers Farnaz Hosseinmardi, Pouya Aghelizadeh
AT THE POWER OF WOMEN
ASTERRARIUM
ASTERRARIUM
Producer: ARMEN HAKOPIAN, DMITRY TARKHOV
RUSSIA – ARMENIA, 2021, 98 MIN
Our time. A comet is approaching planet Earth, bound to destroy it. The government is disbanded, communications and transport links are all down. The world is in a state of chaos. The main characters, Anna and Andrei, who live in a small provincial town, continue to wait for their sons, who left the town for Moscow 9 years ago. They dream of facing the encounter with their family. The sons arrive, but a real family reunion costs the characters far more than they expected. The comet is getting closer, and we must have time to say everything. But the most important words turn into grievances accumulated over the years, hidden desires, skeletons in the closet that do not allow them to sit down at the table. Will the characters be able to remain a true family in their last hours or did the apocalypse happen long before the comet fell?
SISTERS
6+
SISTERS
Producer: ARILD OSTIN OMMUNDSEN & SILJE SALOMONSEN
NORWAY, 2020, 80 MIN
Vega (9) and her wild sister Billie (5) are going on an overnight hike with their Dad in the Norwegian woods. The anticipated trip is full of sweet adventures and happy moments until Dad falls into a mountain crack and twists his ankle. Unable to move he asks Vega and Billie to get help. Initially the girls feel lost but after several magical and mysterious encounters in the forest, they embrace the mission! They bravely face their fears, discover their superpowers and find strength in sisterhood!
MY DEAR SPIES
MY DEAR SPIES
Producer: VLADIMIR LÉON
FRANCE – RUSSIA, 2020, 134 MIN
Two brothers, Pierre and Vladimir, wonder if their Russian grandparents, Lily and Constantin, have been working for the Soviet secret services in Paris during the 1930’s and 1940’s. They go investigating in Russia. Behind all the meetings and words, yellowed pictures and some glasses of vodka, the lost world reappears and haunts the present.
IN THE BORDER
IN THE BORDER
Producer: JOSÉ CELESTINO CAMPUSANO
ARGENTINA, 2020, 78 MIN
Veronica is a lonely woman, installed in a strictly male workplace, the construction area in the Capital city. Now in her forties, she perceives with increasing clarity a trend that not only isolates her and her immediate surroundings, but also transforms them into increasingly skeptical and confronting people. The unexpected possibility of establishing a loving relationship with one of the employees renews her expectations regarding men and their family environment.

A portrait of a non-parade Buenos Aires that the Argentine film master has never shot so thoughtfully and with such details, like a love symphony of the city. Reflections on a family and what forms it. A sympathetic look at activism and frustrations and doubts associated with it. A documentary snapshot of feminist circles and today's debates. Jose Celestino Campusano has put all that into a 78 minutes of intimate film pictured on iPhone 8. In the world that is learning to assert boundaries, the filmmaker captures the fear of another person's touch and the simultaneous longing for it. He films each person as a protagonist and as an equal, and it is his biased eye that allowed this humanistic masterpiece to emerge.
HER DREAM
HER DREAM
Producer: RAQUEL CHALFI
ISRAEL, 1987, 18 MIN
TUG
TUG
Producer: JON LAZAM
PHILIPPINES, 2021, 69 MIN
Two lovers sitting on a rundown structure which by day looks like a pockmark in the middle of a park bustling with construction work. But it's nighttime and they are quiet and too exhausted to look back, or ahead. The dust of the day hasn't fully settled but the present already feels as elusive as memory.

Philippine cinema is known for its attempts to redeem the missing archive and close the gaps in the hushed-up history of the country. Jon Lazam goes a step further along the revolutionary path. “Tug” is neither reconstruction, nor art-house homage. It is an artifact which appeared out of nowhere like the first films which were not made by the Lumiere brothers but by nameless artisans. The purity of his method gives a sensation that cinema has been invented by the director before our very eyes. At the same time “Tug” does not ignore its predecessors and similar to silent Hollywood it records melancholy days and tempestuous nights, the realism of daily life and the fantasy of imagination, it finds beauty in recreation parks and the art of clowns and it does not shun away from gloomy social underworld.
NIGHT OF THE KINGS
NIGHT OF THE KINGS
Producer: PHILIPPE LACÔTE
FRANCE – IVORY COAST – CANADA – SENEGAL, 2020, 93 MIN
A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new Roman and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named Zama King and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

This jail exists in real life and the director knows about it from experience. As a child Lacôte visited his mother who was an inmate there. Though instead of the stale naturalistic prison drama the viewer will see something totally different. It is a visual allegory of politics and the power of imagination and art. The unpredictable trajectory of the movie balances between a fairy-tale, a musical, a dance, ritual theatre and even Afro-fantasy. The long night comes to a close.