Lonely hearts, lost souls and rebellious mischief in this Short Programme about the neverending search for identity.

Sunday 6th November, 3.00 PM
Approx. Runtime: 88 mins

Portugal, 2016
Dir. Sara Eustáquio

Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference. ‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.

United Kingdom, 2015
Dir. Tobias Erdmann

‘Open Mike’ explores the life of Michael, an adult with autism who lives in solitude. He is shy around people and adheres to strict daily routines. His regular visits to the local pub are his only form of contact with the outside world. However, being in the wrong place at the wrong time soon sees Michael’s structured pattern disrupted. 

Germany, 2015
Dir. David Jansen

A wolf child, an angel, a cat. The film animated in the tradition of wood cut technique, tells the story of an abandoned child, who grows up with wolfs after his mother rescued him from his violent father. 

GOOGLY    UK Premiere
United Kingdom, 2016
Dir. Kate Charter

In a world where looking good is everything, Googly is an ugly little caterpillar who strives to be beautiful. But when his dream comes true he realises there is more to life than looking good. In our current world of selfie-sticks, Instagram and facebook, Googly is a film that explores the challenges of growing up in an image-obsessed culture and asks the question: can we be happy with ugly every after?

ON THE PATH (Caminan)    International Premiere
Spain, 2016
Dir. Mikel Rueda

A road in the middle of nowhere. A car. A bicycle. Two solitary figures searching for the same thing. They meet.

ORACLE OF A FOUND SHOE (Orakel van een gevonden schoen)   UK Premiere
Germany, 2016
Dir. Isabella Gresser

A B&W experimental dystopian video poem about the search for identity. The intensive poem urges to reflect on our life which is surrounded by hyper action and communication and the pressure to adapt. For some of us far from the beloved home. Author and speaker of the poem ‘Orakel van een gevonden schoen’ is the poet Mustafa Sitou.

THE GOOD BOY    UK Premiere
USA, 2015
Dir. A. L . Lee

A morality tale about a young boxer who accepts a challenge to fight a man only to discover that his opponent has the mental capacity of a child. This is an unflinching look at what happens when you feel honour bound do something that you know is morally wrong. ‘the good boy’ is about the choices we make and having live with its consequences.

Australia, 2015
Dir. Venetia Taylor

Josh is in Venice, Mum is in Sydney. Josh doesn’t understand backpacking, Mum doesn’t understand Skype.