This short film is almost entirely made up of archival materials that show the everyday pre‑war life of the Jewish community in Central and Eastern Europe. Black and white pictures are accompanied by realistic sounds that bring the images to life. Endblum is a minimalist story about absence. There is only one contemporary fragment, standing in contrast to the archival materials, which shows the interior of an empty synagogue—dead and stripped of its original function.
Original title: Endblum
Directors: Dorota Krakowska, Wiola Sowa
Cinematographer: Marcin Koszałka
Produced by: Dorota Krakowska, Wiola Sowa
It is white and windy. An enormous creature emerges from behind the snowy curtain. It walks through countless cities and villages. Finally, it lands at the top of a mountain, among fake spiders and race tracks. Figure is a surrealistic story of the creation of a myth, of religious kitsch, of a desire for greatness. Who is the main character? The largest inhabitant of the Sacral Miniatures Park. A big white contradiction.
Polish title: FiguraReżyseria: Katarzyna GondekCinematographer: Jarosław Piekarski
Produced by: Studio Filmowe Largo
A single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. The circular camera path moves inside and back out of a Foley stage in Burbank, California. While portraying sound artists at work, typically invisible support mechanisms of filmmaking are exposed, as are, by extension and quotation, governmental violations of individual privacy.
Original title: Hacked CircuitDirector: Deborah StratmanCinematographer: Norbert Shieh
Produced by: Deborah Stratman
An old inn located in central Porto hosted people that had few possessions for many years: prostitutes and passers-by made the place their home for a long or short time.
At the end of 2013, the landlady who sublet the rooms handed over the keys to the owner of the house. In the 14 rooms that make up the building almost everything was left behind, including unmade beds and all kinds of objects such as toys, posters, chairs, ladders, and clothes and shoes in closets.
A diary written by a child that was found onsite evokes the kind of atmosphere—dark and violent—that would have existed at the inn. It is mainly left in memories that we project in time and space, echoes and sounds, images of emptiness and the abandonment of a space that is no longer inhabited.
Original title: HospedariaDirector: Pedro NevesCinematographer: Pedro Neves
Produced by: Red Desert
Filmmaker Aisha Roberson follows her brother Jennis (22) on his first uninhibited steps on the path of love. Methodically, he searches for the perfect woman with red lips. Jennis was born with Williams–Beuren syndrome, which manifests itself in him having perfect pitch, being mentally challenged, and having above-average social skills. In addition, Jennis has an overpowering fascination for everything that spins. Will Jennis find a girl that suits him?
Original title: JennisDirector: Aisha RobersonCinematographer: Roel Van 't Hoff
Produced by: Basalt Film
Life of a Butterfly
An insight into the mechanisms of human self-destruction. Marcin Różalski, a martial arts veteran, is a modern gladiator. His life is a continuous fight tinted with the conscious and consequent destruction of his body and health. Life of a Butterfly is a story about the price one pays for an adamant and uncompromising aspiration to reach one’s aim. It is a tale of fear and hatred, but also of unconditional love for another person.
Polish title: Życie motylaDirector: Piotr BernaśCinematographers: Marcin Łaskawiec, Piotr Bernaś, Łukasz Żal
Produced by: ENDORFINA studio
Object is a creative depiction of a rescue operation that takes place in the dimensions of two worlds—on an ice desert and under the water. The story is told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver entering the underwater world covered by ice, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.
Polish title: ObjektDirector: Paulina SkibińskaCinematographers: Piotr Czechowicz, Arkadiusz Ostrowski, Jakub Stolecki, Adam Wasiak, Krzysztof Wiszniewski, Grzegorz Zubowicz
Produced by: Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association
Possibilities are Endless, The
The celebrated lyricist Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases after waking up: ‘Grace Maxwell’ and ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’. This is the incredible story of Collins, a songwriter who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn’s mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life, and love. With the help of his wife Grace, Edwyn submerges himself in a landscape of memories as he tries to unlock the story of his past. More than a story of determination against all odds, this is an intimate and life-affirming tale of rediscovery.
Original title: The Possibilities are EndlessDirector: James Hall, Edward LovelaceCinematographer: Richard Stewart
Produced by: Pulse Films Ltd.
Shoulder the Lion
Using the stories of three artists who have lost the sense defining their art, this visual essay explores the meaning of images, the fragility of memories, and the desire for relevance in today’s world. A blind photographer questions the power of images in today’s image‑saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his loss of hearing, a musician must reinvent his future. A painter who was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby searches for her place in life, unsure of what she should be to the world. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique forms of film to produce the answers.
Polish title: Na barkach lwaDirector: Patryk RebiszCinematographers: Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Produced by: Tupelo Productions
Those Who Feel the Fire Burning
A story told by the wandering ghost of a dead man about the hopeless existence of refugees stuck at the edge of Europe.
Original title: Those Who Feel the Fire BurningDirector: Morgan KnibbeCinematographer: Morgan Knibbe
Produced by: BALDR Film
Greece, Italy, 2014
White Death is the impressionist portrait of a landscape marked by tragedy. A ghostly stroll among the vestiges of a story where forty-four young soldiers and one sergeant were pushed to their deaths in the mountainous region of Antuco.
Original title: Muerte blanca
Polish title: Biała śmierć
Director: Roberto Collío
Cinematograher: Matías Illanes
Produced by: Araucaria Cine
Working to Beat the Devil
Images of all past actions incessantly passing through the brain…
An ageing scientist, troubled and confused by remembrances from his past, toils night and day to (re-)discover the secrets to the creation of life. The creature, struggling for existence in the natural world, journeys unceasingly to find its creator.
Composed using fictional, archival, and documentary material, the film interweaves semi‑biographical elements from the hermetic life of Guy Shewring (the scientist) with an imagined world of his past and a future in which science becomes fiction. The film instils a quiet yet powerful sense of wonder in rediscovering the wild shapes of nature.
Original title: Working to Beat the DevilDirectors: Adam Gutch, Chu-Li ShewringCinematographers: Adam Gutch, Chu-Li Shewring
Produced by: Chu-Li Shewring