Själö – also known as Seili in its alternative Finnish spelling – is the subject of Lotta Petronella’s lyrical film Island of Souls, which earned a Special Mention from the Nordic Jury at CPH:DOX festival last week.
The opening to Olla sets out the staid realism flecked with moments of surrealism that typify much of Ariane Labed’s film as she explores female agency and identity.
The film is also a plea to remember those forgotten children who can slip through the cracks of any society and a warning against the people who would exploit them
Director Sofia Aloui delivers a piece of work that is gently playful as it filters a narrative that would be the staple of any Hollywood blockbuster through the point of a view of a protagonist who is one step removed from everything that is happening around him.
Q’s Barbershop is a chamber piece whose story evolves between mirrors and walls painted bright red. Each haircut brings a unique story forward, with Qasim as a moderator who never loses a smile on his face.
Anbessa is a story about Asaif, a boy who lives with his mother in a mud house amidst the growing block of houses in the expanding suburb of Addis Ababa.
Pacho Velez and Courtney Stephens’ cine-poem The American Sector is a mysterious road trip mosaic made of disparate places, voices and symbolisms connected by various collected remains of the Berlin Wall
The reception of Dovetail, a fiction short film directed by Magnús Leifsson, depends on the viewer’s inclination to accept the narrator as the general storytelling device and the narrator in the film in particular.
Sometimes, it is just what it is. No more, no less. No secret meaning. What we see and hear in the opening credits is basically what we are going to get.