A Blank Control
France 6’ animation
Life-giving beings live in this world filled with diversity. But suddenly bird-headed humanoids turn up. They catch, use and suck the life out of these colorful beings until all resources are exhausted. This world’s colorful diversity fades until the planet is turned into a wasteland.
Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves
Portugal 9’ animation/documentary
Best Film 2019
The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.
Hong Kong 4’ experimental
Responding to the compositional and aesthetic qualities of abstract expressionism and camera-less animation, the photographic reanimation rendering the mundane environment of a decaying crazy golf course into a rapturous split-screen experiment of synaesthetic cinema.
Ato San Nen
Spain 25’ drama
Capestrangers Audience Award
Marisa is a widow who lives alone in a small countryside village, with the only company of her dog: Tico. One day, Marisa and Tico receive the unexpected visit of Hiroshi, a Japanese gentleman who claims to be friends with Marisa’s son. Despite not having a common language, Hiroshi and Marisa make efforts to communicate with each other.
New Zealand 6’ experimental
Blue Spring opens with a Google search of its namesake, a particularly beautiful section of the Waihou River, situated near the town of Putāruru, Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Just as one part of the Waihou River cannot speak for the surrounding ecosystem, Blue Spring asks the viewer to consider a wider scope to consider our perception of the natural environment.
C’est La Vie
Massimo Alì Mohammad
Italy 7’ experimental
Eleven small tomatoes participate to an experiment about fate. The experiment has been carried out using thesame spot on the road, the chronometer is synchronised with a nearby traffic light to give the eleven tomatoes the same possibilities. At the end, eleven lives are filmed, are they just tomatoes or a wider metaphor?
Agnese Làposi, Martina Vanini
Switzerland 3’ experimental
Eating habits and afternoon activities of children and young people alter with time and climate change. A group of children hunts insects, while adults seem to be immersed in a deep sleep.
D’Abruzzo: The Meat, Fat, Meat, Fat, Meat, Fat Lamb Skewers of Abruzzo
Liza de Guia
United States 9’ documentary
Meet Tommaso Conte, a New York City food vendor specializing in 100% Abruzzese cuisine. He wants the food of Abruzzo and the traditions of his family - and his grandfather - to be as widely known as Napolese or Sicilian cuisine, starting with the lamb.
Finland 9’ drama
A farm boy, son of potato farmers, is tired of eating potatoes for supper and is determined to bring home a new and exciting meal: pizza.
Felici e Fortunati
Italy 14’ documentary
Felici and Fortunati is a brief history of a committee that for three years has been fighting the construction of a large deposit of 9,000 cubic meters of LPG near the historic center of Chioggia, within the Venetian lagoon.
UK 13’ documentary
Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon's grandmother was invited to a gatheringon the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fishsurnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale.
Food, Earth, Happiness
Suhee Kang, Patrick M. Lydon
Japan 20’ documentary
Four years in the making, the film weaves insights from farmers, chefs, and teachers who give modern-day relevance to age-old ideas about how to live together with the earth. Their stories punctuate a journey through Japan, Korea, and the United States that turns our perceptions of food (and life) upside down in a simple and poetic way.
Greece 3’ animation
In the summertime a quirky crowd occupies a Greek Island beach. As the sun gets increasingly hotter people get lost in their petty personal problems. Despite that a little girl and boy dare to show everyone how to have fun!
Edmondo Riccardo Annoni
Italy 25’ documentary
The documentary explores two different visions of the world's greatest human mystery: death. Linda, in the US, has created the most important foundation for cryopreservation while Susanne, in Sweden, has developed a new ecological burial method. Swarna, an Indian artist, draws parallel stories on a cloth called pattachitra.
Il Mondiale In Piazza
Italy 15’ drama
November 2017: the Italian national team does not qualify for the 2018 soccer world championship. A group of friends are not discouraged and decide to organize their own world cup.
India 10’ documentary
Mrs. Janak Palta Mcgilligan is addressing the human consumption of nature. This film is about her exceptional efforts to preserve the environment and lay the building blocks for a sustainable future.
L’ultima spiaggia di Palermo
João Pedro Prado
Brazil 18’ documentary
"The sea is felt, presumed, but is nowhere to be seen. Nor is it wished to be seen." The story of Palermo's complicated relationship with its coast, a vital space in the life of Palermitans, and yet denied throughout the city's history.
Begoña Vicario (coordinator)
Basque Country, 7’, experimental
We do not know if we sketched our first drawings with a branch on the beach. But we do remember that, as we felt the waves approaching, we took a step back so that the cold of its foam would not catch us.
Italy 24’ documentary
Inès e Rafik, Sicilians, Italians, and Tunisians but above all, a brother and sister who have been living in France for a year. Everything seems immobile in their lives; the house from which they never leave has become the place of their migration. They live in Rue Garibaldi, in Villeneuve Saint-Georges.
United States 13’ drama
A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in New York City while waiting to hear life or death news from her family in Syria.
Italy 8’ experimental
A voice says "I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought..." Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd doesn't seem to have anywhere to go, but they are actually sleeping and they need to dream.
The Story of Stefano
Italy 18’ drama
The world of Stefano is the forest where he plays. It is along the river where he dreams. It is the cave where he takes shelter. Soon, this world will disappear because Stefano is leaving with his father. Far away. And that will not be easy. But for Stefano, this departure will not be the hardest.
Todorov on the Threshold
Denmark 2’ experimental
Todorov On The Threshold is a reflection on the feeling of paranoia when humans meet nature. We follow a man entering the forest. Along with him comes toxic waste and chemistry. Strange formations, colors and creatures are created when human made chemistry is mixed with the water running in the forest.
“Where ever I am, let me be; the sky is mine.”
Iran 1’ experimental
There is something miraculous about sky; nobody can limit it. The sky is the same in every country or region and without any borders; and as Sohrab Sepehri said “Wherever I am, let me be; the sky is mine.”
Argentina 14’ drama
Itaeté and Ulises, a Guraní old man and a guaraní young teenager, are immersed into the jungle, building a canoe. Itaeté is trying instilling a traditional legacy in the boy, but Ulises isn’t very interested. His true calling is music. He’s a rapper.
Japan/Korea/UK 27’ documentary
"UTOPIA" explores two locations in Europe where people have chosen an alternative to the modern capitalistic way of life. The filmmaker asks the inhabitants where the true secret of happiness lies.
Germany 21’ drama
For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.
Where Is Europe?
Italy 15’ documentary
A docu-film exploring the role of NGOs in the Mediterranean Sea through the eyes of their crew members. The project is filmed on board the rescue ship “Aquarius”, coordinated by the Italian-French-German NGO “SOS MEDITERRANEE” while the ship is temporarily docked at the Italian port of Catania to restock and crew-change.