Fourteen short films from Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the USA will compete in the International Film Students Meeting, at the 65th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.
The event also includes masterclasses from filmmakers who will present their films in San Sebastian, such as Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon (Wonderstruck in Pearls), Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret (12 jours / 12 Days in Zabaltegi-Tabakalera), José Luis Torres Leiva (El sueño de Ana / Ana’s Dream in Zabaltegi-Tabakalera), Marine Francen (Le Semeur / The Sower in New Directors) and Nobuhiro Suwa (Le lion est mort ce soir / The Lion Sleeps Tonight in the Official Selection). The Chilean filmmaker will also chair the Jury of the XVI Film Students Meeting.
2017 International Film Students Meeting Short Films
NIKICA ZDUNIĆ (CROATIA)
Academy of Dramatic Arts (Croatia)
Janka is on the verge of puberty. One day she goes to dance practice with her friend Zorana. While Zorana is preoccupied with topics such as kissing, new clothes, and parties, Janka is trying to retain her childish innocence for as long as possible. But she can’t escape the inevitable changes every girl has to undergo.
BOAZ FRANKEL (ISRAEL)
The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School- Jerusalem (JSFS) (Israel)
Another nearly-ordinary winter day in the life of 64-year-old Doron, director of a municipal home for the aged: the rain is pouring, someone nabbed his reserved parking spot, and Bela Schorr, occupant of Room 212, passed away that morning.
DE MADRUGADA (AT DAWN)
INÊS DE LIMA TORRES (PORTUGAL)
Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Portugal)
In the hot month of August, Alice and her siblings go to their grandmother’s summer house. As the days go by, the house becomes a hive of slow straying bodies, as Alice becomes more and more ingrained in her grandmother’s colonial past.
DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS / TWO YOUTHS DIED
TOMMASO USBERTI (FRANCE)
La Fémis (France)
In a wild landscape Vera and Matteo live their first date of love. The girl’s father surprises them and assaults the boy. At the end of a fierce fight Matteo knocks down man. Vera asks the boy to take her to dance. Matteo, shaken, runs away.
FIND FIX FINISH
SYLVAIN CRUIZIAT, MILA ZHLUKTENKO (GERMANY)
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (University for Television and Film Munich) (Germany)
“In Afghanistan, I saw a couple making love on a roof”: we know very little of the day-to-day work of the pilots carrying out “targeted assassinations” with military drones. Three Americans agreed to testify in voiceover about their experience, which is paradoxically one of intimacy and cruelty, over aerial images that they could have filmed themselves, to “Find, Fix, Finish”
MARTINA JUNCADELLA, MARTÍN VILELA (ARGENTINA)
Programa de Cine de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina)
Fiora and Martina are preparing lunch. The situation is a staging of the real ties that bind them. As they eat, Fiora comes back over a past occurrence. Martina wants to know more and decides to question her.
HEIMAT / HOMELAND
SAM PEETERS (BELGIUM)
Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Belgium)
Right-wing populism is spreading through Western Europe like wildfire. It is most popular in quiet, white neighbourhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles. In this unscripted documentary, Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
L’HOME LLOP / THE WOLFMAN
LLUÍS SELLARÈS (SPAIN)
Nico is half of the couple who stays at home while Mar is working, looking out the window the vastness of the forest and seeking for new ways to procrastinate.
ALEJANDRA VILLALBA GARCÍA (MEXICO)
Escuela Superior de Cine (ESCINE) (Mexico)
A typical family is being watched in their own home. The father, an accomplice to the situation, obliges the other members of the family group to participate in the dynamic. The mother tries to escape with her daughters, but to no avail.
THE JUNGLE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU DO
JUANITA ONZAGA (BELGIUM – COLOMBIA)
LUCA School of Arts (Belgium)
Colombia is a land of ghosts. Two siblings roam these mystical landscapes in search of their dead father’s spirit. Their journey takes them from Bogota to the Colombian jungle, through realms of thought and deep into their haunted dreams. Here they will find some answers and attract unexpected company.
VĚZENÍ / IMPRISONED
DAMIÁN VONDRÁSEK (CZECH REPUBLIC)
FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic)
An offer of a job as a prison educator could help unemployed teacher Jakub resolve a difficult family situation. His father-in-law exacerbates his already low self-confidence, and the man most certainly imagined a different kind of son-in-law. The claustrophobic feelings Jakub experiences at the prison, however, lead him to a single question: Does he want to control others the rest of his life or be controlled by them?
MINA FITZPATRICK (USA)
Northwestern University (USA)
Dan Daily lives in the middle of the Texas desert where, in 2009, he opened a retreat for children who had killed their parents. Wandervogel starts when two documentary-makers arrive at Dailey’s house to shoot a film and find him dead.
YA OSTAYUS / I’M STAYING
GRIGORY KOLOMYTSEV (RUSSIA)
Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) (Russia)
Filatov comes back home after a lengthy absence to bury his brother. He should pick up his brother’s body from the neighboring village and bring it home.
ZEIT DER UNRUHE / NEWS 23/06/2016
ELSA ROSENGREN (GERMANY)
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) (Germany)
It’s the 23rd of June 2016. In the UK, a critical referendum is well underway, and across the Atlantic, an ominous American presidential campaign is gathering force. In Sweden, news broadcasting is carrying on as usual. In Germany, however, an identical, yet distorted, news broadcast is simultaneously being constructed by the citizens themselves.