Some films just need extra time to develop their themes, grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films.
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The Sparrow’s Flight (Tom Schroeder, USA)
Beautiful and moving – the director’s final collaboration with his late friend Dave Herr, who died of a brain tumour. Animating Dave’s designs to form an experimental piece, this is a fitting and personal expression of friendship.
Sunday Lunch (Celine Devaux, France)
The constantly shifting sands of the family Sunday lunch dynamic, cruelly exposing hairline fractures and smudging unspoken truths.
Planemo (Veljko Popovic, Croatia)
Under Your Fingers (Marie-Christine Courtes, France)
The day of the cremation of her grandmother, Emilie, a young Asian girl, buries herself in her memories. Between dance, anger and traditional rituals, Emilie learns to accept her heritage.
Satie’s “Parade” (Koji Yamamura, Japan)
A playful and joyous take on masterful French composer Erik Satie’s essays on the music he composed for the 1916 ballet “Parade”.
Before Love (Igor Kovyalov, Russia)
Everybody is looking for love. But what is true love? A typically dramatic tale of human shortcomings from the acclaimed Russian filmmaker Igor Kovyalov.