OFFICIAL SELECTION 2024
Narrative Short Films
Streaming from January 25 to February 25, 2024 on Whush.
Available on MAC, PC, Mobile and Smart TV.
Sèt Lam (France) by Vincent Fontano
In an insular city’s ghetto, in the midst of a trance ritual, a young girl is paralysed by fear. She is afraid her loved ones may be hurt or even disappear. It is then that her grandmother tells her the strange tale of Edwardo, the first one of his kin to have seen and fought death. The child is captivated, feeling that there is a reason her grandmother is recounting this tale.
Running Time: 00:20:00
Disused (Sweden) by Susanne Walström, Ester Holmén
A young woman suffers a sudden loss. Isolated from the outside world in a barren desert landscape, she processes her experience to understand and accept her feelings.
Running Time: 00:09:08
Text me when you get home xx (Germany) by Niklas Bauer
At night, a woman enters a stranger’s car, casually and voluntarily. But soon she begins to sense the dangerous situation she might be in.
Running Time: 00:10:00
A Broken Fan (Before the big collapse) (Lebanon) by Assaad Khoueiry
Adel, a desperate jobless father gets out on the streets of Beirut hoping for a change.
Running Time: 00:12:33
The source of a river, a night stream (Spain) by Javier Calvo de Cabrera
A woman slowly fades into darkness waiting for her son to appear one last time. Resisting their inevitable separation, they will both remain tenuously united through a fragile but persistent daydream.
Running Time: 00:27:30
Timis (Senegal) by Awa Moctar Gueye
Pa Kong-Kong is a mysterious man who carries a strange bag on his back, and no one knows what’s inside. Ru- mour has it he tortures little thieves, runaways and naughty children. He lives alone in Ñetty Mbar, a deserted, gloomy market in the suburbs of Dakar where, at night, a terrifying monster-like dog lurks. Binta, a curious and courageous girl, decides to confront Pa Kong-Kong in the middle of the night. She’s scared, but determined to prove that her friends were wrong to not pick a girl as their leader. They agree that if she succeeds, she’ll become the leader of their little gang.
Running Time: 00:15:45
Diversion (Politics of) (Belgium) by Simon Heymans
On the trail of a serial killer, a police investigator with formidable instincts is close to the goal when his superior interferes in his case.
Running Time: 00:17:00
Traveller (United Kingdom) by Caitlin Innes Edwards
A woman travelling across terrain finds hope and connection with an abandoned horse.
Running Time: 00:14:36
Spring Starts Today (China) by Siyuan Liu
A young woman, Y, who is isolated in a new city, tries to make connections with different people and objects to fill the void of her heart.
Running Time: 00:34:17
-15 (Lithuania) by Rinaldas Tomasevicius
Alexei is released on probation after 15 years in prison. He is assisted by a sympathetic social worker. Vilnius at night is full of provocative situations. It is difficult for Alexei to accept the new order. He restrains himself and tries not to follow the old bandit habits. Depressed by guilt, he tries to come to terms with his daughter Maja, who has become a prostitute. However, every attempt has failed.
Running Time: 00:27:34
Where do we go from here (Italy) by Antonello Schioppa
A woman's lifeless body is lying on a room's floor. A shocked man is staring at it. Beyond the closed door, someone is quietly trying to get in: he's a 9 years old child. These three are a family. Or what's left.
Running Time: 00:19:50
Nora (United States) by Caitlin Ferrell
Influenced by Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House", Nora is confronted with her primal urges, when her husband is away on a business trip and she is left home confined to herself.
Running Time: 00:09:53
Poor Boy Long Way From Home (Belgium) by Jonas Hollevoet
A cowboy strands in a small bar after a fight with his ex. In the search for oneself, he is soon immersed in the jungle of drunkenness, loneliness and sadness.
Running Time: 00:16:36
The Last Day (Netherlands) by Sander Blom
The Last Day is about Ton, a lonely man who moved into a bird spotting hut when his wife died. Here, he spent many hours with his wife. Ton tries to gather courage to end his own life, but he simply can’t do it. Luckily he gets help from a boy. A mysterious friendship grows between the two, while they prepare Ton’s death.
Running Time: 00:19:28
New York Is Expensive, Melinda Is Cheap (United States) by Josh Cohen
In a single day, scrappy twenty-something Melinda shows us all New York City offers the young and broke.
Running Time: 00:03:49
Story of a lunch break (Italy) by Marco Del Mastro
A worker is waiting for an important phone call during his lunch break.
Running Time: 00:05:37
Silent Trilogy (Peru) by Daniel Rodriguez-Risco
Silent films are back. In the words of film critic Sebastián Pimentel, Silent Trilogy “conveys a simple but very powerful idea: the idea that from the love of silent cinema one can discover the secret quintessence of moving images. A current of thought unites the three episodes in a coherent way, embodied with few elements which make space, time and movement purely cinematographic modes of expression. Voice is not needed. Yes, there are sounds, music, but not human voices, as in primitive cinema. There are faces, slow or fast movements, despair, fatality, a barely glimpsed horror, desire and fear of freedom. There is also love, perhaps as an illusion, rather than as a reality.
Running Time: 00:40:00
I'm Here (Bulgaria) by Vilma Kartalska
Zoya returns from shopping to her grandmother's house. There she comes across one of the most natural and sure parts of life, which, however, always catches us unprepared. How will she react? A story about one of the thousands possible encounters with HER, the outcome of which is always unique.
Running Time: 00:04:00