Eighteen films of this year’s International Competition comprise a trip around the world that suppresses the desire for closeness, frankness and naked violence towards the other; it’s an exercise in irony and self-deprecation; it’s political, but not politicized; it’s the essence of wholesome involvement and immersion into the world’s problems and dilemmas. It’s here and now. It is happening to them, but also to us.

  • Still frame from the movie SUN DOG

    SUN DOG

    Dorian Jespers Belgium

    20 min fiction 2020 Language of dialogues English, German, Russian

    Fedor is a young locksmith in Murmansk, a frozen city in the obscurity of the Russian Arctic. Client after client, he roams through the alleys of concrete animated by a fantasy that isolates him from the city and its population. His dreams corrode his relation to reality and open the door to a phantasmagoric universe; a second sun is rising above the Russian Arctic. 

  • Still frame from the movie THE VISIT

    THE VISIT

    Azadeh Moussavi Iran, Islamic Republic of

    14 min fiction 2020 Language of dialogues Persian

    After six months, Elaheh is finally allowed to visit her husband, who is a political prisoner. Elaheh and her little daughter Tara have one single day to prepare for this important meeting. 

  • Still frame from the movie BLACK BUS STOP

    BLACK BUS STOP

    Kevin Jerome Everson United States

    10 min experimental 2019 Language of dialogues English

    Students reclaim a popular gathering spot on the campus of the University of Virginia.

  • Still frame from the movie 22:47 LINE 34

    22:47 LINE 34

    Michael Karrer Switzerland

    10 min fiction 2019 Language of dialogues German

    It's 10:47 pm on a bus somewhere in a city. A few teenagers are listening to music and talking loudly. The other passengers look languidly out the window or at their cell phones. A drunk man gets in and joins the teenagers; the mood starts to shift… 

  • Still frame from the movie PAST PERFECT

    PAST PERFECT

    Jorge Jácome Portugal

    24 min experimental 2019 Language of dialogues Portuguese

    Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. They are places that could be Portugal, so sunk in a painful longing of the past, and where each tension of the present is only the tip of an iceberg that is explained in successive retreats that can go straight until origin of the species, at least. 

  • Still frame from the movie FOLLOW ME

    FOLLOW ME

    Elena Kairytė Lithuania

    11 min fiction 2019 Language of dialogues Lithuanian

     Four friends get together for a spirituality day camp. For one of the girls, this practice seems suspicious, but the other girls convinced her to try to adopt the teacher's methods and blend in with nature.