A short, hormonally charged drama ‘Armadila’ written and directed by Gorana Jovanović, opens with a close-up on a teen girl’s face, while she is listening to an old, somewhat forgotten new wave hit on her phone.
Santiago Bonilla opens his short documentary ‘Parallel 28’ with almost abstract images of white textures that could pass as mountains covered by snow or the sea foam driven by waves…
‘Cramps’ had an online life on the festival circuit since 2020, but Vienna Shorts, where it was screened in Nightmares – The Little Ones slot of the Late Night programme served as its physical premiere.
Urkijo Alijo does a very cleaver trick to add an artificial layer of patina to the story, by filming it in stark black and white contrast and in boxy 4:3 aspect ratio, highlighting the feeling of an old, old movie with the textual cards of rhymed material replacing the dialogue completely
Serhat Karaaslan creates a unique atmosphere and walks seamlessly through the genres, employing just the right solutions in just the right places.
In 2021, as the lockdowns were multiplying, the initial emotions and movie-making reactions got more eloquent, and films inspired by our new reality managed to find their niche not only in festivals’ special segments, but also in main competitions.
‘Between Earth and the Moon’ works both as a smart light-SF mystery-thriller ideal to be shown as an introductory film at a midnight slot…
Animalia is clearly a mood piece a portrait of a wounded soul, so the unclear plot and relations between the characters are not the critical flaw.
Bahare Ruch’s autobiographical documentary Bussi, Baba that currently plays at the Shortfish competition of Stockfish deals with her growing up in the midst of her parents’ divorce.