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Sundance on Tuesday unveiled its second-wave lineup, which includes indie episodic, shorts and special events such as Nanette Burstein’s Hillary, Marina Zenovich’s Lance and the Mark Wahlberg-produced McMillions, which chronicles the McDonald’s Monopoly game scam that defrauded Americans in the 1990s and the FBI’s efforts to take the crime ring down.?
Clinton is expected to attend the world premiere of Hillary, which promises never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage and exclusive interviews with the former secretary of state and first lady, as well as her husband and former president Bill Clinton, friends and journalists. Playing in the special events section, the four-hour Hulu project hails from Burstein, the Oscar-nominated documentarian behind On the Ropes.
“It’s a more nuanced and much more personal [project], getting to know somebody as a person as much as their political life,” Sundance director John Cooper tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I was a Hillary supporter, but I don’t know if I ever loved her as much as I did watching this film. Her strength and intelligence. Seeing the struggle of her trying to [run for president] in a changing world. All the rules were changing. Things that were happening that would kick a candidate [like Donald Trump] out were making him stronger. It’s just fascinating to watch.”
If the Obamas attend the world premiere of the previously announced Higher Ground-produced Crip Camp — as is the hope — Sundance 2020 would bring together the Democratic Party’s biggest stars at one event just as the 2020 presidential campaign is heating up.
Also playing in the special events sidebar are Matthew Heineman’s human trafficking exposé The Trade?, Alexandre O. Philippe’s Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist?, James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte’s McMillions and the Armstrong doc, which boasts unprecedented access to the former cyclist’s world, offering a powerful study of the star who fell spectacularly and publicly from grace.? Emmy winner Zenovich is well-versed in that genre, having directed two previous documentaries on Roman Polanski, including Wanted and Desired, and, more recently, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.
Among the buzzworthy episodic projects — a mix of nonfiction and narrative — landing in Park City are documentarian Steve James’ City So Real (a portrait of Chicago against the backdrop of the 2019 mayoral race), Sarah Polley’s Hey Lady!? (which revolves around a vengeance-seeking senior citizen and her best friend) and Jay and Mark Duplass’ The Ride (centering on a 40-year-old ride share driver and spiritual coach).
In addition, 74 short films will screen at the festival from 27 countries and chosen from ?10,397 ?submissions, including a pair with an otherworldly bent: Meshal Aljaser’s Arabian Alien? (about a Muslim man who meets an extraterrestrial) and Matthew Killip’s John Was Trying to Contact Aliens? (focusing on a man’s 30-year quest to find intelligent life in the universe).
“This year, we have a program that can be defined by its distinctiveness,” says ?Kim Yutani?, the festival’s director of programming. “I think there are films in this year’s festival that are wildly different from the film next to them. We have truly a range of films in this year’s program, and that is definitely by design.”
Of the projects announced Tuesday, 48 percent were directed or created by one or more women, 33 percent were directed or created by one or more filmmaker of color and 19 percent by one or more people who identify as LGBTQIA. Seven filmmakers were supported by Sundance Institute in the development of their projects.
Last week, Sundance announced its female-empowered main lineup with 118 films that will screen across 10 major categories, including Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias (featuring Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore and Steinem herself as the trailblazing feminist at varying ages) and Lana Wilson’s doc Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, which delves into the pop icon’s transformation from apolitical star into someone willing to harness the full power of her voice.
The 2020 edition of the fest is set to run Jan. 23-Feb. 2 in and around Park City. Sundance will roll out the lineup for its new frontier section on Thursday.
A list of the confirmed projects from the indie episodic, shorts and special events sections for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival follows.
Awkward Family Photos ?/ U.S.A. (Director: William Kirkley, Executive Producers: Mike Bender, Doug Chernack, William Kirkley, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Jean-Luc De Fanti) — A hilarious, odd, and heartfelt exploration of the imperfect family experience. The families behind some of the most viral photos from the archives of AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com tell their unique stories and reunite to recreate their original photos, forcing them to reconcile their past and celebrate their awkwardness. ?World Premiere
Chemo Brain? / Denmark (Director: Kristian Ha?skjold, Screenwriters: Kristian Ha?skjold, Johan Wang) — When Oliver is diagnosed with testicular cancer, his life is turned upside down. This lighthearted drama-series depicts the derailment of a young man that is doing everything he can to not lose his friends, his girlfriend, himself and ultimately his life. ?Cast: Adam Ild Rohweder, Karoline Brygmann, Jens Jørn Spottag, Mads Reuther, Stephanie Nguyen, Mathilde Passer. International Premiere
City So Real? /? U.S.A. (Director: Steve James) — An impressionistic mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago which delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America’s third-largest city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral campaign.? World Premiere
Embrace? /? U.S.A. (Director: Jessica Sanders, Creators: Kathreen Khavari, Chuck Neal) — Against the backdrop of Oakland, California, Iranian-American medical student Kat tries to save her Iranian family by taking on a surprising side hustle. The show is a culturally diverse, quasi-surrealist dramedy that captures the ever-increasing need for human connection and the subsequent commodification of it.? Cast: Kathreen Khavari, Eddie Huang, Mitra Jouhari. World Premiere
Hey Lady!? ?/ Canada (Directors: Sarah Polley, Adriana Maggs, Will Bowes, Screenwriter: Morris Panych) — A fearlessly off-the-charts rampage of urban vengeance as senior citizen Lady, along with her friend Rosie, upturns everything in her path — social norms, rules of etiquette and even the series itself.? Cast: Jayne Eastwood, Jackie Richardson. World Premiere
Laetitia /? France (Director: Jean-Xavierde Lestrade, Screenwriters: Antoine Lacomblez, Jean-Xavierde Lestrade) — Eighteen-year-old Laetitia has disappeared. Police quickly arrest Tony Meilhon but investigators still can’t find the body. This story follows the repercussions for Laetitia’s family and twin sister Jessica; the police force inner workings and social services; the judicial system and government itself. Based on real events. ?Cast: Marie Colomb, Sophie Breyer, Yannick Choirat, Sam Karmann, Kevin Azi?as, Noam Morgensztern. International Premiere
The Ride? /? U.S.A. (Director: Linas Phillips, Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass) — Wayne, a 40-year-old ride share driver and spiritual coach, recently moved back in with his mom and discovers the only thing that gives his life meaning is to help his passengers let go of their negative thoughts, whether they want his help or not.? Cast: Linas Phillips, Maria Thayer, Alex Karpovsky, Punkie Johnson, Joslyn Jensen, Timm Sharp. World Premiere
Untitled Pizza Movie? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Shapiro) — How do you remember somebody in a disposable world? Weaving an abandoned film about pizza (NYC in the early ’90s), a stunning, physical archive (thousands of objects) with a remarkable triple portrait, this series traces three lives over 30 years, three continents and the faultlines of class, dreams and memory.? World Premiere
Hillary? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nanette Burstein) — A portrait of a public woman, interweaving moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage with biographical chapters of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life. Featuring exclusive interviews with Hillary herself, Bill Clinton, friends and journalists, an examination of how she became simultaneously one of the most admired and vilified women in the world. ?World Premiere
Lance / U.S.A. (Director: Marina Zenovich, Producers: Marina Zenovich, P.G. Morgan) — This deeply personal examination of one of the world’s most controversial figures examines a man who’s both winner and loser, saint and sinner. With unprecedented access to Lance’s world, this psychological portrait is a powerful study of that 21st century phenomenon: the celebrity who falls spectacularly and publicly from grace.? World Premiere
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist? / U.S.A., Spain (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Producer: Kerry Deignan Roy) — A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on ?The Exorcist?, and an exploration of the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography. ?Cast: William Friedkin. North American Premiere
Love Fraud? / U.S.A. (Directors: Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Executive Producer: Vinnie Malhotra, Amy Goodman Kass, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing) — Bigamy. Identity theft. Fraud. For the last 20 years, Richard Scott Smith has used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women in search of love — conning them out of their money and dignity. But now his victims ban together and seek sweet revenge. ?World Premiere
Max Richter’s Sleep? ?/ U.K. (Director and screenwriter: Natalie Johns) — Following the composer as he navigates an ambitious performance of his acclaimed eight-hour opus. Centring around an open air concert in Los Angeles, alongside footage from Berlin, Sydney and Paris, we are plunged deep into the life and process of both the artist and his creative partner Yulia Mahr.? North American Premiere
McMillions? ?/ U.S.A. (Directors: James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte, Executive Producers: Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips, James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte) — McMillions is the definitive, real-life account of the McDonald’s Monopoly game scam, which defrauded the American public throughout the 1990s, as told by the “prize winners,” criminals, government officials and FBI agents, whom eventually took the crime ring down.? World Premiere
Siempre, Luis? / U.S.A. (Director: John James, Executive Producer: Michael Stolper) — Follow one single-minded immigrant’s improbable journey from Puerto Rico to the halls of power. Witness Luis Miranda’s unflappable idealism as he battles his health, mobilizes the mainland Latinx community, matches wits with his youngest child applying to college and brings Hamilton to his island home, all in 12 months.? Cast: Luis Miranda, Lin-Manuel Miranda. World Premiere
The Trade? / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Heineman, Executive Producers: Pagan Harleman, Matthew Heineman, Vinnie Malhotra, Joedan Okun) — A deeply personal and intimate portrait of human smuggling, sex trafficking, and the struggle to survive the migrant cycle between Central America and the U.S. ?World Premiere
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme? / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Fried, Executive Producers: Sarina Roma, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jill Furman, Jon Steingart, Jenny Steingart) — Follow the 15-year journey of the founding members of the improv hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme as they reflect upon why this show remains such an important piece of their personal, creative, and professional history — from the basement of the Drama Bookshop in NYC to the Broadway stage. ?Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris Sullivan. World Premiere
U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
Arabian Alien? /? ??Saudi Arabia, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Meshal Aljaser) — Saad, a Muslim married man, gets over his depression after a space Alien is introduced into his life. ?World Premiere
Baldwin Beauty? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Thembi Banks) — Farrah, new to L.A., goes on the mobile styling app Get Glam, to find new clients. When she arrives at an appointment, she finds a house of girls pre-gaming for a party and maybe a new crew of friends.
Blocks? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bridget Moloney) — An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit plastic toy blocks. ?World Premiere. D? AY ONE
Buck ?/ U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Elegance Bratton, Jovan James) — Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy — only to discover that happiness is a much more complicated proposition. ?World Premiere
Danny’s Girl? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Emily Wilson) — Danny meets his online girlfriend for the first time, but accidentally discovers her unspeakable possession, which throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin. ?World Premiere
Dirty? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matthew Puccini) — Marco cuts class to spend the afternoon with his boyfriend, Graham. Things do not go as planned. ?World Premiere
He’s the One? ?/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jessie Kahnweiler) — A girl meets guy and falls head over heels, but a shocking discovery forces her to question everything. A dark comedy about falling in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate. ?World Premiere
How Did We Get Here?? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Miles) — A visual exploration of progressive atrophy. A study in how microscopic changes can go unnoticed, but amass over time. Even as these changes become drastic, we sometimes fail to realize anything has happened at all. ?World Premiere
Lance (in a Neck Brace)? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Chloe? Aktas) — After a devastating breakup, Lance listens to instructional cassette tapes on how to heal his broken heart. ?World Premiere. ?DAY ONE
Little Chief? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Erica Tremblay) — The lives of a Native woman and a troubled young boy intersect over the course of a school day on a reservation in Oklahoma. ?World Premiere
Meats? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ashley Williams) — A pregnant vegan struggles with her newfound craving for meat. ?World Premiere
Meridian? / U.S.A., Italy (Director and screenwriter: Calum Walter) — Footage transmitted by the last unit in a fleet of autonomous machines is sent to deliver an emergency vaccine. The film follows the machine before its disappearance, tracing a path that seems to stray further and further from its objective.
Pillars? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Haley Elizabeth Anderson) — After seeing a boy she likes before church, Amber sneaks out to the Sunday school bathroom during the service and is given her first kiss. ?World Premiere
Place? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jason Gudasz) — Wanting a fresh start, Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and new boyfriend — but the spirits of the house have plans to turn them all against each other in very bizarre ways.
-Ship: A Visual Poem? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Terrance Daye) — A black boy learns contradicting lessons of manhood and masculinity on the day of his cousin’s funeral.
T /? U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Keisha Rae Witherspoon) — A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R.I.P. t-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.
Three Deaths ?/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jay Dockendorf) — Three strangers confront death in a modern interpretation of a Tolstoy short story. ?World Premiere
Valerio’s Day Out? / Colombia, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Arcos) — A young jaguar goes on a killing spree when he escapes from his enclosure at a zoo. After he’s captured, sedated and relocated, he makes a video diary for his significant other, Lula.
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
Are You Hungry?? / Finland (Director: Teemu Niukkanen, Screenwriter: Antti Toivonen) — A single mother struggles to connect with her adopted teenage son, whom she believes is gay. ?U.S. Premiere. D?AY ONE
Backpedal? / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Dani Pearce) — A collage of an American poem, exploring the universality of womanhood.
Bad Hair? / Estonia (Director and screenwriter: Oskar Lehemaa) — Insecure and balding Leo has decided to try a mysterious hair growth liquid to fix up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses, as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control, the evening quickly turn into chaos.
Benevolent Ba? / Malaysia, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Diffan Sina Norman) — A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions. ?World Premiere
The Devil’s Harmony? / U.K. (Director: Dylan Holmes Williams, Screenwriters: Dylan Holmes Williams, Jess O’Kane) — A bullied teenage girl leads an a cappella club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies.
Exam? / Iran (Director: Sonia K. Hadad, Screenwriters: Sonia K. Hadad, Farnoosh Samadi) — A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences. ?DAY ONE
Former Cult Member Hears Music for the First Time? / Norway, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kristoffer Borgli) — After a woman escapes the captivity of her abusive family, a magazine invites her to a journalistic experiment: to hear music for the first time. ?World Premiere
I’ll End Up in Jail /? Canada (Director and screenwriter: Alexandre Dostie) — A stay-at-home mom gets into a murderous car crash where nobody wants to take the blame. ?U.S. Premiere
Leave of Absence ?/ Russia (Director and Screenwriter: Anton Sazonov) — In Russia, supressed masculinity has led to a feeling of unfulfillment as men feel that the country rejects them, leading to a drastic decline in male life expectancy. ?North American Premiere. ?DAY ONE
No One Is Crazy in This Town? / Indonesia (Director: Wregas Bhanuteja, Screenwriters: Wregas Bhanuteja, Henricus Pria) ) — The owner of a big hotel orders Marwan and his team to remove mentally ill people from the city streets and cast them away in the forests. ?North American Premiere
Olla? / France, U.K. (Director and screenwriter: Ariane Labed) — Olla has answered an ad on a dating website for Eastern European women. She moves in with Pierre, who lives with his old mother, but nothing goes as expected.
Paola Makes a Wish? / Switzerland (Director and screenwriter: Zhannat Alshanova) — On an ordinary day at work, Paola starts to feel that she is missing out something exciting in her life. ?U.S. Premiere
Pattaki / C?uba (Director: Everlane Moraes, Screenwriter: Tatiana Monge Herrera) — In the dense night, when the moon rises, those who live in a monotonous daily life without water are hypnotized by the powers of Yemaya, the goddess of the sea. ?U.S. Premiere
Regret? / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Santiago Menghini) — Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night. ?World Premiere
Sadla? / South Africa (Director and screenwriter: Zamo Mkhwanazi) — While going on a simple errand, Nathi’s journey is marked by disturbing interactions with authority. But is he an innocent victim? ?U.S. Premiere. ?DAY ONE
So What If the Goats Die? / France, Morocco (Director and screenwriter: Sofia Alaoui) — Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the mountains, is forced to brave the snow blocking him in order to get food and save this cattle. Once he gets to the village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon. ?World Premiere
Song of Clouds? / Nepal (Director and screenwriter: Ankit Poudel) — A haunting visual fever dream, and a meditation on the afterlife; the journey to the next world, and what gets left behind among the living. ?World Premiere
Sticker? / Macedonia (Director and screenwriter: Georgi M. Unkovski) — After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls in a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.? North American Premiere
A Thousand Sails? / Hong Kong (Director and screenwriter: Hing Weng Eric Tsang) — Ren promises to keep a secret for her neighbor’s son — a secret she can share with no one on the island. Her only refuge from sleepless nights is her deceased husband. ?International Premiere
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
Abortion Helpline, This Is Lisa? / U.S.A. (Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Mike Attie) ?— ?At a Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors answer nonstop calls from women who seek to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to. In this documentary we learn how economic stigma and cruel legislation determine who has access to abortion.
All That Perishes at the Edge of Land ?/ Pakistan (Director: Hira Nabi, ?Screenwriters: Hira Nabi, Qurratulain Hyder?) — A ship berthed at Gadani and the shipbreakers coming from all over Pakistan to break it discover that they might have more in common than otherwise imagined when they enter into a conversation.
Bereka? / U.S.A., Ethiopia (Director and screenwriter: Nesanet Teshager Abegaze) — A family history archive as told by matriarch Azalu Mekonnen and her granddaughter Samira Hooks. Shot on Super 8 film in Los Angeles and Gondar, Ethiopia, capturing the Ethiopian coffee ceremony and explores migration, memory and rebirth.
Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business? / U.S.A. (Director: Christine Turner) — At age 93, there’s no stopping the legendary artist Betye Saar. ?World Premiere
Broken Orchestra /? Canada, U.S.A. (Director: Charlie Tyrell) — The Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed them and then returned them into the hands of students.
Character /? U.S.A. (Director: Vera Brunner-Sung) — Actor Mark Metcalf made his reputation in Hollywood playing aggrieved authority figures. Now in his 70s, he takes a look back on his career in this meditation on power, privilege, and the perils of being a “type.” ?World Premiere
Church and the Fourth Estate? / U.S.A. (Director: Brian Knappenberger) — A reporter uncovers a file that reveals a shocking series of child abuse allegations in Idaho’s Boy Scouts, which rattle the community and implicate the Mormon church. The story reveals long-running crimes that threaten to bankrupt the Boy Scouts. World Premiere
The Deepest Hole? / U.S.A. (Director: Matt McCormick) — While the space and arms races are Cold War common knowledge, few know about the U.S. and Soviet Union’s race to dig the deepest hole. This is particularly surprising since Hell may have been inadvertently discovered in the process. ?World Premiere
Di?a de la Madre? / U.S.A. (Directors: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Ho?hne) — A band of juveniles embark on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus. ?World Premiere
Do Not Split ?/ U.S.A., Norway (Director: Anders Hammer) — The story of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protestors that escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene. ?World Premiere
E-Ticket? / Hong Kong, U.S.A. (Director: Simon Liu) — A frantic (re)cataloguing of a personal archive and 16,000 splices in the making. 35mm frames are obsessively rearranged in evolving-disorienting patterns, as a Dante’s Inferno for the streaming age emerges, illustrating freedom of movement for the modern cloud.
Guisado on Sunset? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Terence Nance) — Missed connection regret at that one late-night spot — the kind you keep playing back in your head but not quite ever remembering right, until it starts to look like something else. ?International Premiere
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens? / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Killip) — John Shepherd spent 30 years trying to contact extraterrestrials by broadcasting music millions of miles into space. After giving up the search he makes a different connection here on earth. ?World Premiere. ?DAY ONE
Junior Bangers? / U.K. (Director: Danny Lee) — In England, banger racing isn’t just a sport, but a way of life. Join 11-year-olds Finn and Harley on a cold winter race day in Birmingham. ?North American Premiere
Lichen /? Canada?? (Director and screenwriter: Lisa Jackson) ?— ?Another worldly deep dive into the hidden beauty of lichens, asking what we might learn from them. Ancient and diverse, thriving in adversity, confounding scientists to this day, lichen is a model of emergence. ?International Premiere
A Love Song for Latasha ?/ U.S.A. (Director: Sophia Nahli Allison) ?— A? dreamlike archive in conversation with the past and the present to reimagine a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins by excavating intimate and poetic memories shared by her cousin and best friend.
Narcissister Breast Work ?/ U.S.A. (Director: Narcissister) — Focusing on the exercise by women of their right to bare their breasts in public, this film is an investigation into how prohibitions on female toplessness are grounded in fear of, and desire to control, the female body. ?World Premiere
Now Is the Time? / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Christopher Auchter) — On the 50th anniversary of the first new totem pole raising on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century, we revisit the day that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.
See You Next Time? / U.S.A. (Director: Crystal Kayiza) — A window into the intimate moments shared across a nail salon table between a Chinese nail artist and her black client in Brooklyn.
The Starr Sisters ?/ U.S.A. (Directors: Beth Einhorn, Bridey Elliott) — Patte and Randa Starr are fun specialists. After overcoming a dark past, these sisters are inseparable. Now in their 70s, they do exactly as they please and their candy drawer is always fully stocked.
While I’m Still Breathing (Tandis Que Je Respire Encore) / F?rance (Directors: Laure Giappiconi, Elisa Monteil, La Fille Renne, Screenwriter: Laure Giappiconi) — The blurred portrayal of a young woman as she moves through three steps of her sexuality. ?North American Premiere
ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
Daughter /? Czech Republic (Director and screenwriter: Daria Kashcheeva) — Should you hide your pain, close yourself inside your inner world, and long for your father’s love? Or should you understand and forgive before it’s too late?
Daytime Noir? / U.S.A. (Director: Jeron Braxton, Screenwriters: Jeron Braxton, Jay Ellis, Antonio Maclin) — A mother and son’s journey through the exploitative world of tabloid TV. ?World Premiere
eadem cutis: the same skin? / Germany (Director: Nina Hopf) — “I just want to be seen as who I am today!” John shares his thoughts on identity, body and gender and gives a very personal insight into his life — and an intimate proximity to his body. ?North American Premiere
Eli /? U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nate Milton) — A true story from the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking, and manic delusion.
Farce? / Norway (Director and screenwriter: Robin Jensen) — A man, a woman and a meat grinder. Love is messy.
Hot Flash? / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Thea Hollatz) — Ace is having a hot flash, and she’s about to go live on local television. How one woman tries to keep her cool when one type of flash leads to another. International Premiere
Hudson Geese? / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto) — A goose remembers his last migration. ?World Premiere. ?DAY ONE
Ine?s? / France and Switzerland (Director and screenwriter: E?lodie Dermange) — Ine?s is facing a difficult choice. Tonight, she thinks about the decision she will make. ?North American Premiere
My Juke-Box? / France (Director and screenwriter: Florentine Grelier) — Yesterday, I overheard an old rock ‘n’ roll song that sounded familiar. This is probably the music that we used to listen to on my dad’s mechanical devices — the thousand lives man, the king of the jukebox.? International Premiere
No, I Don’t Want to Dance!? / U.K. (Director and screenwriter: Andrea Vinciguerra) — In these dark times, you may think that every hazard has been identified, but nobody has taken into consideration how dangerous dance can be…
Sh_t Happens? / Czech Republic, Slovakia, France (Directors and screenwriters: Michaela Mihalyi, David S?tumpf) — The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife, and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because… shit happens all the time. ?U.S. Premiere
The Shawl? / U.S.A. (Director: Sara Kiener) After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends celebrate their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert, where they share a brush with magic. ?World Premiere
Slug Life? / U.K. (Director and Screenwriter: Sophie Koko Gate) — A day in the life of Tanya, a curious woman who has developed a taste for non human lovers. Her next creation: a giant slug. Can such a perfect creature survive in this gnarly world full of freaks and beefs?.
Takoyaki Story? / Japan (Director and screenwriter: Sawako Kabuki) — Always attracted to takoyaki — octopus balls, a famous Japanese street food — a girl tries them for the first time and becomes addicted.
Wong Ping’s Fables 2? ?/ Hong Kong (Director and Screenwriter: Ping Wong) — Wong Ping urinates twice before gently pressing your head down with his right foot, giving you a closer look at your own reflection in his urine.
Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother ?/ U.K. (Director and screenwriter: Stephen Irwin) — Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill. ?World Premiere
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