dir. by Julia Campanelli, United States
runtime: 15 min
Love ~ no bed of roses.
A woman wakes up in a hotel room with a younger man at her side. She insists he leave, he resists, and the struggle begins. Is it the power of love, or the love of power that bring them together, repeating the same, bizarre, obsessive ritual, over and over again? The answer can only be found in Room 116.
BROOKLYN IN JULY is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of a better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. He is a man scarred by the past that is lurking skin deep.
16-year-old Elene is an illegal Georgian immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.
dir. by Ilia Antonenko, Russian Federation
runtime: 25 min
A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.
1875, Indian Territory.
Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.
When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, Maha and Glen Huddleston, also African-American. Bass kills Maha in the gunfight, and arrests Glen, ordering him to carry Maha’s body across the desert back to Fort Smith.
Over the course of their journey, Glen questions Bass’ choice of career and tries to psych Bass out in an unorthodox attempt at escape, a tactic that works as Bass begins to question his own mind in regards to the idea of justice and choosing to fight for a law and a country that may never fight for him.
There is feverish peak summer and the year's biggest equestrian event is in full swing
at the city harness racing arena. In the middle of the crowd of game enthusiasts is
Maggan, a woman with an insistent call for a quick profit and the dream of a new life.
After a number of wins and losses come as the coup de grace and Maggan loses
today's winnings on her favorite horse.
In a dystopian world Rea and Klio want to free the city from mafia godfather Dion. But they have to learn, that in reality evil may appear in many forms. Based on Friedrich Schiller's poem 'Die Bürgschaft'/'The Hostage'.
dir. by Pasquale Encell, U S A, Thailand
runtime: 4 min
An Anime style American Western where the heroes drink vampire blood to become fast and strong enough to hunt vampires. The blood keeps them from aging too but all of this comes with a price as their bodies become addicted to the blood and they rapidly will die without it.
As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans... more or less 'together': she devises them and he obeys.
But this year, Julián is going to get a very special request from his mother that will surprise... the whole world.
A short neo-noire thriller centered around a mysterious druggist visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist.
dir. by Jennifer Perrott, Australia
runtime: 22 min
When young Ruby's father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect. Ruby's anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family's journey from crisis to healing.
dir. by Ali Kalthami, Saudi Arabia
runtime: 34 min
Wasati is based on true events that happened during a play in Riyadh 10 years ago. The play was called 'Wasati bela Wastiah' which roughly translates to 'A Moderate Without a Middle-Ground,' where a group of extremists attacked the theater and the play was shut down. That story shook the society and it was all over the news. The film addresses that event and retells the story from a different point of view.
Yuli, a petite military photographer, is in love with Michael, a mysterious Ukrainian-Israeli soldier from her base. Michael has a girlfriend. One night, Yuli witnesses a harsh fight between them and decides to follow Michael. Through Yuli's dreamy eyes, a dreary military night becomes magical.
A 45 years old school janitor enters an empty classroom and is struck by an addition left unanswered on the board. The addition is the same addition he couldn't answer back when he was a 10 years old student. His teacher beat him up because of it and he still carries the scar on his face and on his heart. The janitor is struggling with solving the addition. Not because he doesn't know the answer, how couldn't he after the trauma but because he is afraid? He finally gives an answer: ''0''. Meaning the way he was educated is meaningless and his life after it had no meaning because he was trapped by the trauma.