(null), 8 Bullets, Aïssa, Boogaloo And Graham, Newborns, Persefone, Skinner, The Shove
Resilience, faith and humour prove to be powerful weapons in these stories of systemic injustice, retribution, and social and cultural isolation.
(NULL), David Gesslbauer, Michael Lange | Germany
Round and round and round she goes, where she’ll stop, nobody knows — especially for one girl who finds her routine becoming a vicious circle in this delightfully unique vision of a trip around the wheel of life.
8 bullets, Frank Ternier | France
This feverish, suspenseful mixed-media animation follows a grief-stricken French expat in Taipei who obsessively tracks down the man he believes is responsible for killing his family.
Aïssa, Clément Trehin-Lalanne | France
Aïssa, a young Congolese woman living illegally in France, must lie about her age in order to stay in French territory. Through the coldly scrutinizing lens of a medical examination, director Trehin-Lalanne probes the deeply personal implications of territorial boundaries that dictate the legality of an individual.
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox | Northern Ireland/United Kingdom
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
Newborns, Megha Ramaswamy | India
A hauntingly beautiful documentary that follows female survivors of acid attacks, who bravely defy the trauma and fear that will always accompany them.
Persefone, Grazia Tricarico | Italy
In this dark fable rendered in golden, sun-kissed images, a young diver on the coast of the Adriatic in southern Italy finds another kind of natural wonder amidst the bounty of the sea: a beautiful woman. As his strange romantic obsession grows, he withdraws ever further into silence.
The Shove, My Sandström | Sweden
It’s an eye for an eye in this absurdist comedy in which Tobias, a bouncer at a local bar, is caught shoving a drunk and disorderly patron and is sentenced to a retributive shove in return, at an unspecified date and time. Paranoia steadily sets in as Tobias awaits his punishment, fearful expectation haunting his every moment.
Skinner, Gábor Fabricius | Hungary
In economically depressed Budapest, to avoid being evicted from your home means you need to evict others — and Tibi, a hardcore bouncer with a conscience, soon finds that he must turn against his own to save himself. Skinner takes a raw, incisive look at how the global financial crisis transforms the life of the disenfranchised into brutal gladiatorial combat.