Cert (15) *
Mesmerising, nightmarish or flamboyant, the animated reveries in this programme blur the lines between dream and reality, and plunge us into parallel worlds where anything can happen. Discovered last year thanks to her beautiful film Symphony N°42, Réka Busci confirms her talent with the aptly named Love, which makes its UK premiere at Flatpack. Steve Warne’s impressive student film Pombo Loves You tells in stop motion the story of a father forced to confront a heroic but troubled avatar. Kangmin Kim’s 3D printed short Deer Flower turns a family trip into a very peculiar experience, while first prize for exuberance certainly goes to Don’t Tell Mom, Sawako Kabuki’s crazy and colourful musical education film.
Pombo Loves You
Dir: Steve Warne (UK 2015 – 12 mins)
A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as an 80’s TV show character.
Love – UK premiere
Dir: Réka Bucsi (France/Hungary 2016 – 14 mins)
A short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system.
Deer Flower – UK premiere
Dir: Kangmin Kim (USA/South Korea 2015 – 7 mins)
In the summer of 1992, Dujung, an elementary student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. While his parents believe the expensive and rare specialty from the farm will strengthen their son’s body, Dujung suffers side effects.
Last Door South
Dir: Sacha Feiner (Belgium/France 2015 – 14 mins)
“The world is made of floors with several rooms and connected by stairways.” Such seems the world for a child and his conjoined head, walled in by their mother in the family mansion since their birth. Until one day, they see an unfamiliar streak of light and decide to find the other side of the world.
Vita Lakamaya – UK premiere
Dir: Akihito Izuhara (Japan 2015 – 8 mins)
In Vita Lakamaya, an imaginary world, mysterious hybrid characters live in harmony with nature.
Cold Coffee – UK premiere
Dir: Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy (France 2015 – 15 mins)
Saigon, Vietnam. After her mother’s death, a young girl has to quit her studies to take over the family cafe. Facing a radical change of life, loneliness and sorrow, she gradually gets confused.
Don’t Tell Mom
Dir: Sawako Kabuki (Japan 2015 – 3 mins)
A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions, as well as language and physical skills, by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.
There are five Short Film Competition programmes in total:
Outsiders – Wednesday 20 April at 6.30pm
Journeys – Thursday 21 April at 7pm
Fragments – Friday 22 April at 4pm
Reflections – Saturday 23 April at 11am
Delusions – Saturday 23 April at 1pm
Don’t forget to place your vote for the Audience Award. Slips are available at each screening.
The winners will be announced and screened at the Flatpack Awards on Saturday 23 April at 7.30pm.