Award Nominations 2021

Best Experimental Competition

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Dear tree, please don't spill on our grave.

Dir. Jonne Covers

15' • Sweden • 2021

Dear tree, please don't spill on our grave.' tells a short story about the history of humankind. In an attempt to make sense of it all, the film origins from a somewhat dry research to 'how did we get here?' and 'what is that 'here' anyway?'. Of course this lead to nothing but more questions. So here is a clunky film about adventurous Anna, who lives in a toilet, and who accidentally throws herself a surprise party.

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The Secret Walls

(Les Barricades Mystérieuses)

Dir. Anne Charrin, Lise Charrin, Aude Charrin & Jean-Marie Gatin

14' • France • 2020

A theatre in the rain, people outside crowding to get in. A tired man comes through the stage door where a child -the master of the place- has been waiting for him. Engulfed in that theatrical machinery and caught up in the beguiling cogs of time, guided by some unknown force, the man plunges deep into a maelstrom of many faces…

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Moth (мотылек)

Dir. Arseny Nazaruk

20' • Russian Federation • 2020

A lonely woman tries to enter relationships, but every attempt to become closer with a new partner ends up with a deep trauma. After a series of failures to share her love with her beloved ones, she decides to literally share it with the whole world by becoming a prostitute.

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The Song of Songs

(Le Cantique des Cantiques)

Dir. André Goldberg

33' • Belgium • 2020

The Beloved yearns for her Beloved. Is he one of King Solomon's valiant or a shepherd went to graze his flock? Is she one of the king's concubines or a simple shepherdess? The Song of Songs is a three thousand-year-old biblical poem from one of the Books of the Old Testament.

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Year of the robot

(L'année du robot)

Dir. Yves Gellie

30' • France • 2019

At the intersection of art and science, L’année du robot (Year of the robot) depicts the human being and the robot as its artificial counterpart. As a series of archival documents detailing the first contacts and dialogue between a robot gifted with an artificially created autonomy and human beings, it studies cognitive dissonance, a minute, mysterious relational space sitting between the two actors. It involves elderly people sometimes afflicted with Alzheimer's or dementia, or young adults with autism or neurological problems. Once past the surprise phase and aware of the artificial nature of the robot's functioning, the residents try, despite everything, to forge bonds with it.