The Day Three international film block screenings presented films exploring a number of different themes and styles. There was a pleasant mixture of animation, fiction and documentary. First was an animation, Deep Waters, directed by Sarah Van Den Boom, that dipped into the lives of three different characters, each with a common secret and an intimate experience, which had had a lasting impact on their lives. It explored the emotionally difficult subject of losing a twin in the womb, and how this event had seemed to haunt them unknowingly throughout their lives. What was satisfying to an audience was the fact that the end showed the once-burdened characters beginning their journey to moving on from their sadness.
Next we were shown Potapovs Conjecture, directed by Mark Rasskazov, a warming fictional story of an ordinary security guard who finds the solution to a famous mathematical problem, despite the fact that he think he doesn’t have the intellect to be anything other than a security guard. Despite the loss of his wife and his daughter’s mother some years before, the ending is hopeful when his, and his daughter’s, intellectual talents are realised with the help of a new friend.
A Bit Normality is a German documentary, directed by Thomas Toth and Michael Schaff, which presents the life and struggles of a drug-addicted mother, trying to do the best she can for her young son. At first it feels as if Julia, the mother, is an amazing actress, but the reality of her difficult situation really hits home in this short film. Nirin, directed by Josua Hotz, was the fourth film to be shown and although it is fiction, it also depicted a problematic family situation, in which a mother was forced to place her three children into an orphanage, for reasons unknown to the audience. The children’s promised trip by their mother ends up with them being separated and left alone.
The Last Trick, directed by Marcin Nowak, another documentary, features a children’s circus school run by a Zenon Andryjewicz, who considers retirement throughout. The final film to be shown was a fictional film from Canada, Ms. Liliane, directed by Junna Chif. The story is set in a primary school while Ms. Liliana anxiously awaits a phone call. After receiving some bad news we discover she has lost her hair to illness. She tells one of her students that she doesn’t know if she is leaving or staying in an emotional scene. The film ends with one of her most ‘disruptive’ students understanding her sadness and doing all he can to correct it, by performing a song with the class.
At the 6th International Competition block we saw six films in total. The favourite fiction movie from the day was Balcony, UK, directed by Toby Fell Holden. There was also one really nice animation film – (OTTO), directed by Job, Joris and Marieke. The director of the German film Somewhere Else attended the screenings and once the films were finished, we spoke with her in a Q&A about the shooting process, the feelings behind the film and about many other details of the movie. Jacked, directed by Rene Pannevis, was a film about car thieves, but when they break into a car they find some very personal property and have to consider the morality of their actions. The next movie was Time To Die, Motherfuckers and was directed by Annika Sehn and Jonas Spriesterbach. It was documentary film from Germany. The last film from second block of the day was The Missing Knife, directed by Bella Monticelli-McTiernan, a fiction film from Australia.
The last block of todays movies was dedicated to Bulgarian cinematography. We had a pleasure to watch 5 short movies, that focused on different types of relationships between people.
The first movie, Pulse by Daniel Delchunkov tells a story of euthanasia from perspective of a doctor. It leaves the viewer without a specific answer on what is good or what is wrong, but makes us feel to think more on the topic. Secondly we had the opportunity to watch The House by Yana Titova. She presented us a place where we all grow up, where we should feel secure, where we receive the love from our closest. The main character rediscovers what is important in life, what values shape our personality and the way we behave.
Red Light directed by Toma Waszarow shows us quite common situation in a different way. Regular bus going through regular streets, full of passengers of different age, different professions. However the traffic light is broken and we see a situation when the bus driver needs to follow the rules without any logic.
One of the most interesting ones, was The Carnival Games by Daniel Ahmakov. We meet the main characters in quite dangerous situation, the man wants to steel a girls purse and rape her. However she defends her and the man becomes a victim. She starts to play a game with him. Tries to torture him. In the end we find out that they are a couple. Simply, in the carnival anybody can be anyone who wants.
The last movie, Solstice by Reni Yoveva focuses on relationship between best friends and what happens when they have to be separated. It takes us to the word of childhood and shows the word from child perspective.
Written by Imogen Wenner, Filipo Jahic and Ola Buszko