MOSCOW SHORTS – JANUARY 2019 AWARDS

BEST FILM

THE SCORPION’S TALE

Director: Jhosimar Vasquez

Country: United States

Duration: 22:18

Synopsis: Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this taught crime drama. Nothing is what is seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez.


BEST DIRECTOR

TILL THE END OF THE WORLD

Director: Florence Bouvy

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 26:33

Synopsis: Marie is eight years old and loves her dad. In a world where playful dreams can suddenly turn into empty eyes that don’t seem to see her, she tries to stand her own. A story about the strength of a child fighting for the unconditional love of her father.


BEST SCREENPLAY

THE SCORPION’S TALE

Director: Jhosimar Vasquez

Country: United States

Duration: 22:18

Synopsis: Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this taught crime drama. Nothing is what is seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

FAITH – VERA

Director: Tatiana Fedorovskaya

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: An old widower, former radio operator, perceives flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages from Heavens.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

CLAC!

Director: Fabien Ara

Country: France

Duration: 19:32

Synopsis: A family dinner at a Chinese restaurant. MOTHER : « I have Alzheimer. I am going to kill myself. Tonight. » The last meal of a family ready to blow and freaking out.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Posharini

Director: Sreecheta Das

Country: India

Duration: 26:00

Synopsis: Driven by circumstances to take to hawking in the local trains, Gauri comes of her own after overcoming professional challenges, acute territorial jealousy from her peers and her own hesitation and lack of confidence.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

EXIT

Director: Katharina Woll

Country: Israel

Duration: 23:00

Synopsis: Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the ultra-othodox world she lost all her children, who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care center watched by Rabbinical social workers. Sarah meets Heidi, daughter of chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party. She was raised ultra-orthodox in Bnei Brak and married at the age of 17. Always wanting to escape the religious life she managed to get a divorce and to take her two kids with her. Today Heidi fights for womens rights especially within the religious community. She helps Sarah to reopen her case at the Rabbinical Court and eventually get the custody of her children.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

BLOOM

Director: Yiran SUN, Jiyao XU

Country: China

Duration: 06:49

Synopsis: It is a romantic story about the love between an earthworm and a caterpillar.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

NOVEMBER

Director: Kasper Møller Jensen

Country: Denmark

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: A nameless Norwegian woman tries to make it as a writer in the Danish film industry. Unfortunately, she has already run out of ideas. Yet, like all cinematic meta-narrators before her, she is good for a self-conscious voice-over and a montage of frustrated writer’s block gestures. If only all those thoughts could amount to one good idea.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

COLD STORAGE

Director: Thomas Freundlich

Country: Finland

Duration: 08:45

Synopsis:  Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

MOSCOW SHORTS – February 2019 AWARDS

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