August 2019 – Moscow Shorts Official Selection


NARRATIVE SELECTION   |  AUGUST 2019

Riccardo that bounced on to the stars (2019)

Director: Lana Vlady

Country: Italy

Duration: 12:20

Synopsis: Because of Riccardo, Lisa’s chick who decided to take a flight from the fourth floor, Marianna will have to explain to her seven-year-old daughter that there is something in the world called “death”.

Laughter&Forgetting (2018)  

Director: Hawraz Hama Rasheed

Country: Iraq

Duration: 13:36

Synopsis: People are gathered in a tea shop that no longer is able to serve tea as the country is blocked from importing tea. The coalition forces are bombarding all places. Lack of tea has given people headaches. At last, the representative of the coalition forces brings them an offer if they accept their requirements. This short film symbolically narrates the story of annexing Southern Kurdistan to Iraq in the 20’s of the last century.

Private Property (2019)

Director: Nadia Ayala Tabachnik

Country: Mexico

Duration: 14:44

Synopsis: Ana and Mariano bump into each other after years of not knowing about one another. As they share a short trip on public transport, they remember the moments they spent together. They have both dreamt—many times—about this situation and it’s full of open-ended sentences, words suspended mid-air, unconcluded gestures. Love is also letting go.

TALK (2019)

Director: Boulanger Romuald

Country: France

Duration: 24:50

Synopsis: In a Los Angeles radio station. The host of an emblematic night talk show (William Baldwin) gives advice to live callers.   One call will destroy his career, his family, his life …

The picture at your back (2019)

Director: Frida Bruno

Country: Italy

Duration: 18:33

Synopsis: A successful psychotherapist that has lost his wife and daughter few years before, is the author of a novel about what he has learned from his tragic loss. The book is called “The death that doesn’t divide” A young woman, charmed by that read, contacts him to start her psychotherapy. This is what is seems. But what is she really after?  In the suspended time of the rigorous psychoanalytical setting a man whose past has broken his life meets a woman whose future is a great unknown.

To my Pink Lady (2019)  

Director: Alexo Wandael

Country: United States

Duration: 12:13

Synopsis: Life does not always go as we may have planned or dreamed.  But sometimes, the human spirit will push back and challenge life’s limitations.   With a photograph created for her best friend Dakota,  Cristina finds a way for their bond to transcend time and to be able to “grow old” together.

The Butler Did It (2019)

Director: Mart Sander

Country: Estonia

Duration: 08:00

Synopsis: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS WORK IN PROGRESS!  A couple – the Lord and his wife – have successfully committed a murder and are too excited not to discuss the details at the dinner table. But changing the languages doesn’t seem to help – the butler appears to be able to join in, whatever language is spoken. Will he be able to solve the crime before the dinner is over?

Swept Away (2019)

Director: Thomas Grascoeur

Country: United States

Duration: 12:09

Synopsis: Paris. She’s English, he’s French. A rendezvous in a tea room.  But there’s more to the story.

THE AQUARIUM (2017)

Director: Peter Ahlén

Country: Denmark

Duration: 29:25

Synopsis: In a dystopian world underneath the ground,  a mysterious boss dictates the rules of the young people living and working here. They each work in a club, taking care of dedicated club members day after day. Carla is responsible for the Aquarium Club where her only friends are the fishes. One day things changes, when Carla suspects there is more to this world than living alone in isolation. When she meet the boy Zac, who is in charge of the Motor Club a whole new world opens; a fascinating world which introduce friendship and love. But Carlas discovery comes with consequences, which may be fatal.

Studio (2019)

Director: Anton Filipenko, Boris Dergachev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Tired of accommodation’s searching the couple finally rents a studio near the noisy construction-in-progress. Although this is just a trivia compared to what they discover in this apartment.

The Act is the Enemy of the Thought (2019)

Director: Moritz Draheim

Country: Germany

Duration: 27:56

Synopsis: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” C G Jung  “The Act is the Enemy of the Thought” explores the concept of memory, recollection and past and how they influence what we are.  A phone call brings his own family history back into Paul’s life. As he visits his father on his deathbed, his sister tells him to process the settlement of the family estate “since our father is now in this state”. The trip to the place of his childhood turns into a trip into his and the family’s past. We accompany Paul on his journey between the past and the present, between reality, dream and recollection. The family estate develops its own persona, holding all the blueprints of involuntary and explicit family memory. Torn between his own identity, ego and superego there seems to be only one way forward for Paul.

STUDENT SELECTION   |   AUGUST 2019

Blooming (2018)

Director: Dora Šustić

Country: Czech Republic

Duration: 13:37

Synopsis: Two sisters, Alma (11) and Lila (6), enjoy their playful time together, having a bath. One evening, faced with a strange sensation, Alma experiences the beginning of a transformation from a child to a girl: she gets her first period. At first ignoring it, Alma deals with blood during the night, but is discovered by Lila. In panic, she asks Lila to keep a secret, but little Lila misunderstands it for sickness, thinking her sister is dying. She protects Alma from their mother’s attempts of sending her to school and spills the secret. Miljana, their mom, allows Alma to stay at home and deal with her problem on her own, giving her a space to bloom. She comforts Alma and helps her to overcome the shame. All three girls are united in the end, playing in the bath.

Paper worlds (2019)

Director: Sofya Leonidova

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 20:50

Synopsis: Portrait of Kazakh-Russian painter Latif Kazbekov. We’ll meet him in the studio – the place where outer world and inner world are mixed together. Where paintings as a result are less important than process itself. Paper reliefs, thoughtful paintings, artisanal paper-making and endless questions. An attempt to look into origins of art and answer the questing: where do paper worlds come from?

ABOUT SNOWFLAKES (2019)

Director: Varya Bergelson

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 27:27

Synopsis: The story of three childhood friends, whose paths have long separated, but night, winter, village, home-distilled vodka, axe, fire, and cemetery – a journey through hell, purgatory and, finally, paradise.

We Meet On The Roof (2019)

Director: Nicholas Sun

Country: China

Duration: 18:46

Synopsis: In the period time of Chinese rocket Shenzhou V launched, 10 years old boy Dou Zi who suffered from his bed-wetting, met Huang Ying (No. 18) while he was washing the bed sheet on the roof. The woman promised to help Dou Zi to solve his problem and take him to play video game. In the process, the helpless Dou Zi gradually produced a unexplainable feeling to the Huang Ying. As a result, he happened to cure his bed wetting. But at this time, the woman has disappeared. In order to see her again, Dou Zi made a brave decision…

MOTIVES (2018)

Director: Joseph Al Ahmad

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 19:02

Synopsis: When the famous Russian businessman Alexey Bernansky is found dead in a parking lot, it’s only a matter of hours until detectives Dimitry Kuznetsov  and Tatiana Pavskaya manage to arrest murderer. But once all motives are revealed, things will never be the same for anyone.

HIGHLAND (2019)

Director: Sif Lina Lambæk

Country: Denmark

Duration: 22:31

Synopsis: Only women with sons live in Higland. The grey concrete world is being ruled by a dictator, the Allmother. In the Highland there is one special rule: When boys turn fifteen, they must spend the rest of their lives in a work camp and serve the Highlands forever.  Lea is the mother of fifteen-year-old Eddie and all his life they have been trying to get enough school points, so he could become a night man – the only profession in the camp that allows the boys to come in to the Highlands to work. In that way, the mothers can still be able to catch a glimpse of their sons, even though it’s from distance.  One day a mysterious stranger offers Lea to help Eddie out of the eternal life in the camp, Lea is put in a dilemma: Should she keep him in the Highland or should she defy the system and let go of her son forever?

Where Water Flows (2018)

Director: Luciana Herrera Caso

Country: Mexico

Duration: 18:17

Synopsis: Julia is a single mother who takes care of Camila, her 10 year old daughter who suffers from a borderline disorder. After experiencing a crisis where Camila gets hurt, Julia makes a decision which will change her relationship with her daughter and with herself, forever.


DOCUMENTARY SELECTION   |   AUGUST 2019

Golden goosebumps (2019)

Director: Alexandra Arkhangelskaya

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 14:50

Synopsis: The dialectic of the choral artist’s soul, the philosophy of the choir and the film about why music is the language of Esperanto. ‘Golden goosebumps are a thing. Where do they come from?’

God has already gone ahead (Gott ist schon weg) (2018)

Director: PETER BÖVING

Country: Germany

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: The Egyptian geese marches through the ages: From the bird´s perspective, a centuries-long settlement history is told. While the water level in the pond continues to fall, the inhabitants have the water up the neck. In the end, nothing stays as it was, only the goose suspects nothing bad.

Just Another Memory (2018)

Director: Mariam Al-Dhubhani

Country: Qatar

Duration: 14:04

Synopsis: Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen; torn between being “safe” and “away”, weighed down by the ever-present mental and emotional baggage that still holds you back. How does one move forward and heal? How to deal with so much suppressed pain? In this profoundly affecting documentary, we investigate these questions and explore what it feels like to be suddenly uprooted and displaced by war.

Dave Goes West. (2018)

Director: Joe O’Connor

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 19:57

Synopsis: 10 marathons in 10 days along the West Coast of Ireland.

WHERE THERE ARE NO ROADS (2019)

Director: Leonid Balanev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 10:10

Synopsis: As a child, an inventor Alexey Garagashyan drew a detailed map of his village, but he immediately became interested in what was beyond its borders. So his main passion appeared – to overcome the bad roads. Every time he met impassable routes, he just created new modifications of transport. First, they were motorcycles, and then unique off-road vehicles, which became a sensation all over the world. Today, Alexey Garagashyan can travel without being attached to the roads, but only by choosing directions.

ANIMATION SELECTION   |   AUGUST 2019

Deepness of the Fry (2019)

Director: August Niclasen

Country: Denmark

Duration: 04:02

The Beauty (2019)

Director: Pascal Schelbli

Country: Germany

Duration: 04:14

Synopsis: What if plastic could be integrated into sea life?  Take a deep breath and dive into a world, where feelings of guilt dissolve amongst the mysterious depths of the ocean. A world where we encounter bizarre creatures and discover eerily beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately, our air doesn’t last forever and we have to realize that nature alone can’t solve this issue.

It’s wet ! (2018)

Director: Alexis Godard, Nan Huang

Country: France

Duration: 07:18

Synopsis: A narcissistic woman lives without worrying about the world around her and ignorant of the natural cycle she is part of. It is by reaching the limits of her self-esteem that she will have to open herself to the world and find a solution to the malfunctions she has caused.


EXPERIMENTAL SELECTION   |   AUGUST 2019

Kopacabana (2019)  

Director: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif

Country: Brazil

Duration: 13:33

Synopsis: Film set in the neighborhood of Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images (Super 8 and digital). An experimental work narrated by the significant speech of the poet Fausto Fawcett, and sonorized by the musician Arnaldo Brandão.

Kafka Shrugged (2018)  

Director: Anne S. Lewis

Country: United States

Duration: 12:03

Synopsis: A writer has an experience so Kafkaesque that everyone insists she simply must make a movie about it.  Twenty years later, she’s still trying to figure out how to tell that true story, given one of its problematic facts.   We follow her comedic, mixed-media descent into overthinking hell, as she struggles to resolve the conflict between what really happened and the narrative demands of a good story.  A classic documentary-maker’s dilemma.

Bathers (2019)

Director: Florian Goralsky

Country: France

Duration: 06:26

Synopsis: A summer afternoon in the garden, a child is left to herself near the pool.

@theinternet (2019)

Director: Hannah Burgos

Country: United States

Duration: 02:54

Synopsis: An aspiring social media influencer runs through the motions of creating highly curated, niche internet content as she vlogs on a special day.

Let it be… (2019)

Director: Rajdip Biswas

Country: India

Duration: 10:44

Synopsis: Logline:  A scientist’s ground breaking research has the capacity to both empower and enslave the human mind. Should he reveal it to the world or destroy it?
  Synopsis:  Ved, a celebrated scientist is hard at work in his lab on a revolutionary research program that his father started. Ved’s father had discovered that all the data collected by human senses is recorded by an electromagnetic field that runs through the human brain into the electromagnetic core of the earth and therefore one could read a person’s mind if he or she could read the data stored in the field. But for certain reasons not clear to Ved, his father had not revealed his findings to the world. Ved has taken it upon himself to carry forward his father’s research and release it to the world.

Upcycle (2019)

Director: Evgenia Zaitseva, Stanislav Phalkov

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 17:07

Synopsis: The upcycle project is part of a huge collaboration with stylists, musicians and models. An experiment with a form in which you can come up with amazing results. The objectives of recycling are to draw public attention to environmental issues, reduce waste and foster a culture of responsible consumption.

NOVA (2018)

Director: Andréanne Germain

Country: Canada

Duration: 05:51

Synopsis: A teenager unwillingly deletes her best friend in this bittersweet coming of age story set in a world where augmented reality has gamified existence.

MUSIC VIDEO SELECTION   |   AUGUST 2019

STAS BELYAEV & TEONA DOLNIKOVA | CLOSE YOUR EYES (2019)

Director: Alexander Soloviev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 04:24

Synopsis: We shot this music video on the frozen lake Baikal in Russia. Why did we go there? The budget was tiny and we had a chance to rent some lighting equipment in Moscow or to go somewhere having nothing. Ofcourse we chose to travel to Baikal and capture this extraordinary place in a very unique state when the lake is frozen and you are littarely standing on 1 meter of ice and there is a kilometer of water under you. Amazing feeling which is hard to describe. The weather was changing every 5 minutes, directing us to what has to be shot. It was a lot of of fun just to allow the nature lead you and we are very thankful to everything what we had experienced there. The song is in Russian, it is about love, passion, freedom. I hope that the language barrier will not affect the viewing.

Geshem – Telephone (2019)

Director: Kip (Broken Fingaz)

Country: Israel

Duration: 04:06

Kozicky – 50 (2018)

Director: Martin Kolembar

Country: Czech Republic

Duration: 03:14

Synopsis: Music video for Czech band Kozicky

Three dots (2019)

Director: Oleg Blinov

Country: United States

Duration: 03:51

Synopsis: Love story of 3 people