Nominees for Best Director 2020


AURORA

Director: Philip Escobar Jung

Country: Germany

Duration: 24:14

Synopsis: 1979. Aurora, ein kleines Mädchen, das in den Bayrischen Alpen lebt, macht mit ihrem Vater Valentin einen Ausflug in die Berge, um einen Sternschnuppenregen zu beobachten. Aurora und Valentin machen von dem Ereignis Fotos, die Aurora am nächsten Tag ihrer Mutter Sylvia zeigen will. Doch beim Abstieg passiert etwas Unerwartetes, dass für Auroras innere Welt eine große Herausforderung sein wird…


Miss Barton’s Famous Cakes

Director: Jared Hirsch, Nelson Vicens

Country: United States

Duration: 12:59

Synopsis: A dark comedy disguised as a thriller about a famed baker and the mysterious allure of her cakes.


AND SO HE OPEN HIS EYES

Director: Sergey Vasiliev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 12:00

Synopsis: A small swindler after an unsuccessful coincidence finds himself in the afterlife court as a defendant. The judge is a man, who he literally to death annoy during his lifetime.


She-Pack

Director: Fanny Ovesen

Country: Norway

Duration: 18:10

Synopsis: It´s a birthday party at a public pool disco, and underdog Ronja challenges the girls’ alpha female to battle for dominance. The game escalates quickly, and as the thirst for power grows, Ronja and the other girls lose control.


Aio Zitelli

Director: Jean-Marie Antonini

Country: France

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: In the midst of the trench warfare, the Corsican soldier Lucien Casalta is called urgently at the back of the lines by a court of the country as a translator. Upon his arrival, he is surprised to see that the young soldier tried for desertion is none other than his compatriot and friend, Joseph…


The Act is the Enemy of the Thought

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.


Skin

Director: Guy Nattiv

Country: United States

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.


Chose mentale

Director: William LABOURY

Country: France

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: Ever since she became electro-sensitive, Ema lived isolated in her home, cut from the world. Her only link with the outside is mental, through her out-of-body experiences. But one day, two boys break into her house, thinking that they were burgling an empty house. This meeting will throw Ema into her fears and shake her certainties.


Once Upon A Time In…Sai Wan

Director: Nate Ki

Country: Hong Kong

Duration: 22:24

Synopsis: In 1989, there were rumors saying money became joss papers when a delivery guy returned to his restaurant after delivering food order to Room 4E of Sau Lai Building which was to be disassembled. Such rumors horrified restaurant staff members nearby as they all afraid that they would receive call from the ghost someday.  Shui, who was a staff member from Chiu Fat Restaurant, however, manipulated people’s superstition, claiming that he received order from the ghost. He stole all the money after delivering food orders while replacing the money with joss papers. His boss and colleagues were shocked as they had never thought that their restaurant was chosen and cursed!  Shui found that his trick succeed and thus decided to cheat money using the same tactics again and again…


Backwater

Director: Brendan McCallion

Country: Ireland

Duration: 24:00

Synopsis: In the depths of rural Ireland, Tommy has done everything to look after his sick father, succumbing to a life of isolation in the process. However, letting go proves to be more difficult than he had ever imagined.


NOVEMBER 1ST

Director: Charlie Manton

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 24:41

Synopsis: Traveling to witness the execution of her son’s murder, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.


Awake

Director: Matan Rochlitz

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 16:25

Synopsis: Awake is a short film by Shift.ms that explores the interplay between Multiple Sclerosis, sleep and mental health. It is an experimental documentary film that unfolds over one night. Voices from real late-night phone calls are woven together to reflect on life and death from the unique perspective of those experiencing both insomnia and a neurological disease.