by Mikel Gurrea 18’ Spain
In Basque language the verb heldu has a polysemic meaning. It can be ‘to hold’, ‘to grow’ or ‘to arrive’. The declined form heltzear means ‘about to’ all of those things. San Sebastián in the year 2000. The Basque Conflict is active. As she writes a letter to her absent brother, Sara, a fifteen-year-old climber, trains for the most difficult climb of her life.
by Elpida Stathatou 13’ Greece
The story of a young woman's struggle to separate from her religious and superstitious upbringing. As she battles her traumatic past she discovers exactly how far she will go to reconcile her internalised doubts.
by Emil Dam Seidel 8’ Experimental Sweden
Caught in a room the protagonist, Clarice, unfolds a vision of her own identity through a mirror interrogator. SHE is a cinematic adaptation of a solo dance performance with the same name. The original performance work was created and performed by Dorotea Saykaly and premiered at 5éme Salle at Place des Arts in Montréal, Quebec in 2019. Inspired by The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector, the solo revolved around identity and doubt. Manifested through movement, distortion and an interview with a phantom interrogator, the original work proposed looking at a questioning body through a female lens. The cinematic adaptation of the original performance work arose during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 as a collaboration between Dorotea Saykaly and film director Emil Dam Seidel.
by Zoé Pelchat 15’ Canada
Babz Dubreuil, a lonely ex-convict, works as a cook in a brunch restaurant. Under the encouragements of a colleague, she finds the courage to ask an attractive customer on a date. It might be the beginning of redemption.
by Marion Harlez Citti 29’ France
Alice and Tony keep on splitting again and again. Alice has come to rehearse with her theatre group in their country house. But Tony arrives unexpectedly and things go south. He takes up all the space. The garden becomes the stage where tensions, friendship, influence and break-up play out.