MOSCOW SHORTS – February 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Rubberneck

Director: Frederic Kau

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 25:00

Synopsis: When Hannah, a British truck driver passing through Germany, decides to pick up two male refugees from the side of the road, the encounter takes an unexpected turn of events that is nothing like what it seemed at first.


BEST DIRECTOR

BLOCK

Director: Mostafa Rabbani

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Ehsan, a 16-year old teenage boy, takes a prostitute home for the first time in the absence of his religious family and with the support of his friend. The prostitute gets into trouble by accident. Ehsan who fears the consequences does something irreversible…


BEST SCREENPLAY

2nd CLASS

Director: Jimmy Olsson

Country: Sweden

Duration: 13:52

Synopsis: Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Simelibärg

Director: Seraina Scherini

Country: Switzerland

Duration: 13:49

Synopsis: A couple stands before the difficult task of leading their mentally challenged son Jonas into adulthood. Due to the marital conflicts between the parents, Jonas looses track of what is right or wrong.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

SECOND SKIN

Director: Ismet Ergün, Kerem Ergün

Country: Germany

Duration: 10:03

Synopsis: What would you do, if you are approached in a racist or sexist manner? A woman finds a way to protect herself without using words nor fists.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

In The Wind

Director: Nakorn Chaisri

Country: Thailand

Duration: 18:33

Synopsis: After the tragic death of his wife, a desperate man reunites with the spirit of his wife and starts a new relationship.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Ray Richardson : Our side of the water

Director: Nina Degraeve

Country: Belgium

Duration: 17:40

Synopsis: Originally from Woolwich, a popular suburb of South East London, there was no prospect that Ray Richardson would become one of the major figures in British figurative painting. Anchored on the south bank of the Thames, it is there that he finds the material of his work and the subjects of his portraits. In his traditional pictorial technique, he transposes cinematographic techniques specific to the language of “film noir”.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

The Unusual Bath of Mister Otmar

Director: Niko Radas

Country: Croatia

Duration: 14:53

Synopsis: Mister Otmar’s way of living is not aligned with the society he lives in. He’s been brought before court as being deemed as dangerous for the collective thinking and sentenced to a psychiatric treatment with the aim of returning him to socially acceptable frameworks. However, the prescribed therapy confronts with unexpected resistance.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

SONATA

Director: Christine Jezior

Country: Germany

Duration: 03:22

Synopsis: Like shells on the beach“ John Cage has found his sounds. For his work „Sonatas and Interludes“ he fixed bolts, screws and rubber between the strings of his grand piano. This is how he created the tender, gamelan-like sounds he used to compose this piece of music. Everywhere are things waiting to be found, if you only dare to go unfamiliar paths and visit unfamiliar places. Old houses with overgrown entrances, fragile stairs, dusty attics. Whoever dares to search here will find unexpected treasures with which a futuric soundexperience can be produced on a traditional concert grand.