Cert (15) *
These tales are full of unexpected connections and collisions, so that the viewer never quite knows what’s coming next. If you liked Paul Wenninger’s Trespass, winner of the Flatpack 7 WTF award, you won’t be disappointed with his new pixilated masterpiece Uncanny Valley, taking us back to the trenches of World War One. We are also thrilled to be screening the UK premiere of Man without direction by Swedish Johannes Stärjne Nilsson, the man behind the sensational Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers. And don’t miss the chance to see the BAFTA-nominated Over, the story of an accident told backwards, a suspenseful countdown that leads to a shocking denouement.
Dir: Paul Wenninger (Austria 2015 – 13 mins)
We are bombarded by the intensity of a battle between desperate soldiers during the First World War. Each frame of this animated live-action film reveals its own painful yet detailed history. The numbing futility of war, the agony of conflict and survival, the discovery of brotherhood.
How Long, Not Long – European premiere
Dir: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot (Denmark 2016 – 6 mins)
Xenophobia, nationalism and intolerance are a daily occurrence. We have grown accustomed to thinking of the world as divided among warring creeds and cultures. This film challenges us to think about a universal belonging that doesn’t confine itself to a city, region or national boundary.
Man Without Direction – UK premiere
Dir: Johannes Stjarne Nilsson (Sweden 2015 – 15 mins)
When his car breaks down in the middle of the nowhere, Mr D finds himself more lost than ever. He finds a shabby hotel only to discover that it’s a place impossible to check out from and exempted from physical laws. A dark, surrealistic journey with black comedy inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
The Inverted Peak – World premiere
Dir: Brothers McLeod (UK 2016 – 5 mins)
The Inverted Peak explores the quasi-mysticism of a quest for enlightenment, a desire for transcendence from unseen masters. Chance constellations, an automatist spontaneity, an invented space of the unconscious asking the question: who is in control?
Hotaru – UK premiere
Dir: William Laboury (France 2015 – 21 mins)
They told me, “You have a gift, Martha. Down here, your gift is useless. So we’re going to show you the most beautiful things. You’re going to have more memories than anyone else. And then, you will sleep, never to wake up. But you will carry with you the most precious memories on Earth.”
Descent – UK premiere
Dir: Johan Rijpma (Netherlands 2015 – 1 min)
A cylinder shaped cup falls and breaks into pieces. Every frame of this recorded movement is then manually translated into a ceramic layer that is made of the original remains of the cup.
Monkey – UK premiere
Dir: Shen Jie (China 2015 – 5 mins)
One of the three monkeys died.
Dir: Jorn Threlfall (UK 2015 – 14 mins)
A crime scene. An intriguing story unfold. What has happened in this quiet neighbourhood? A murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is both profound, and deeply unexpected.
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.
Please note this event contains flashing imagery.