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The Blacksmith

The closed, rich and worldwide unknown culture of Ukraine is explored, revealing its essence of strength and resistance. In a typical old village located in Kiew, Sergii, a Ukrainian blacksmith, presents through his work a philosophical and spiritual view of life and his country. This film is showing a contrast between authentic peaceful life and tragic reality of war.

 

 

Ivan Andrianov: Director
Nina Gudme: Director
Andrianova Tetiana: Producer
Sergii Syvak: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Documentary, Short, Student
Genres: Drama, Social
Runtime: 30 minutes
Completion Date: February 18, 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Country of Filming: Ukraine
Film Language: Ukrainian
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

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Stella Erratica

Alone on a desolate planet. Or is he?

This experimental lo-fi sci-fi, shot on super 8 film, charts a voyage through space to another world. Although the monsters may lie much closer to home…
Props from the film were also used by David Bowie’s production team for his penultimate music video, ‘Blackstar’.
The film was painstakingly edited by hand, using optical effects to create an authentic, vintage style.

 

 

Ben Barton: Director
Michael Slade: Key Cast
K.B. Gibson: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Experimental, Short
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Experimental, Short
Runtime: 9 minutes 25 seconds
Completion Date: January 30, 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: United Kingdom
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Super 8

 

Director Statement:
“I was so lucky that production of this film coincided with David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’. When his team contacted us about hiring the spacesuit we had reserved for the production, we were happy to help him out. In return, he funded our little film. I was delighted. Of course, at the time we didn’t know it would be his final project before he died. So it’s bittersweet, in a way. But I’m happy to be connected with that amazing legacy.”

 

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FURIO JESI – MAN FROM UTOPIA

This documentary explores the life and intellectual works of Italian long forgotten mythologist Furio Jesi. His extraordinary life-journey as an infant prodigy, a young archaeologist who dropped out of high school at 16 to travel around the Mediterranean, studying the myths of ancient cultures. During the ’60s he was involved in the communist uprisings in Italy while working as a freelance encyclopedist. He accepted a job at the University of Palermo, and he was the last professor appointed without any degree. His short life left a legacy of wonder in all those who met him. The movie explores also some of his outstanding philosophical concepts such as the “mythological machine” or the “wordless ideas”.

 

Carlo Trombino: Director
Claudia Martino: Director
Carlo Trombino: Writer
Diego Bonsangue: Producer
Giuseppe Di Lorenzo: Producer
Simone Trombino: Producer
Gianni Vattimo: Key Cast
Gianandrea Piccioli: Key Cast
Elisabetta Chicco Vitzizzai: Key Cast
Gianni Gebbia: Key Cast
Gianni Puglisi: Key Cast
Margherita Cottone: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Documentary
Genres: Philosophy, History, Gnosticism, Egyptology
Runtime: 1 hour
Completion Date: July 20, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

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NIGGUN

After a long journey through space, the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originate from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and to make the biggest discovery in history. Yamaka, the outcaste rabbi, is searching for something subtler. He believes that Jerusalem is not just a mystical idea, but an actual place, where he might find the feeling of holiness missing in his life. Together they followed the clues and arrived at their destination, but instead of a living planet and a holy city, they find only the fragments of what once was…

 

 

Yoni Salmon: Director
Alon Rothem: Writer
the thousandth crane productions, Alon Rothem: Producer

 

Film Type: Animation
Runtime: 12 minutes 25 seconds
Completion Date: January 11, 2017
Country of Origin: Israel
Country of Filming: Israel
Film Language: Hebrew
Shooting Format: 2D Animation
Film Color: Color

 

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The tale of the Idiot

Evelin lives with her sister Alice and her Father in an isolated cottage along the river.
Since her mother’s passing, no one has ever crossed the gate of their property.
Nobody has left or entered.

They live in a world in which every sign of life has to be suppressed and inhibited. Life is a source of pain, attachments and affections induce sorrow and this evil has to be avoided. But now something new has started to grow inside Evelin. Something that cannot be pushed away. Her body has awakened and has no intention to be bunked down again. In the meantime, the blossoming spring has started and a young man, called by everyone the idiot, has decided to abandon his land, looking for the woman he met in his dreams.

The story was inspired by the book “More Than Human” by Theodore Sturgeon

“ Like a stone in a peach, a yolk in an egg, he carried another thing.

It was passive, it was receptive, it was awake and alive. If it was connected in any way to the animal integument, it ignored the connexions. It drew its substance from the idiot and was otherwise unaware of him.

 

 

Seth Morley: Director
Yag Film and Giovanni Fiamminghi: Producer
Adriana Grigoriev: Key Cast
Marta Suardi: Key Cast
Niccolò Tiberi: Key Cast
Mino Francesco Manni: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Experimental, Short
Genres: Tragedy, drama, horror
Runtime: 35 minutes
Completion Date: July 13, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: Digital Full HD
Film Color: Color

 

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Above and Below

This short film envelope a tale of an old shaman, a spiritual leader of a primitive tribe on her deathbed. She will bid farewell to her tribe in a mystical ritual and will be buried in a ceremonial burial preceded by a feast in her honor. This short film is an artistic reconstruction based on Prehistoric findings from the Galilee, Israel. With animation, the film will attempt to visualize life and death in primordial Israel and will bring to life ancient artifacts and finds.

 

Liron Narunsky: Director
Oved Poran: Director

 

Project Title (Original Language): מעל ומתחת
Film Type: Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
Genres: Historical, Pre-historic, Science Fiction, Stop Motion, Puppet, Choreography
Runtime: 9 minutes 36 seconds
Completion Date: July 3, 2016
Country of Origin: Israel
Country of Filming: Israel
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

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Hellsaga

A young wanderer seeks the wisdom of the gods. “Hellsaga” is a Swedish Viking saga based on the Poetic Edda, a tale of magic and myth.

 

 

Viking Almquist: Director
Viking Almquist: Writer
Viking Almquist: Key Cast
Alva Markelius: Key Cast
Paula Ternström: Key Cast
Ola Höök: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Short
Genres: fantasy, Viking, historical, adventure
Runtime: 12 minutes 18 seconds
Completion Date: May 30, 2017
Country of Origin: Sweden
Country of Filming: Sweden
Film Language: Swedish
Film Color: Color

 

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