This special program is intended to be a homage to three of the young filmmakers who have taken part to the International Competition of Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival in the last years, and who are now presenting their new works.
Imen Ben Mlouka
On the Bridge
The Jasmine Revolution’s events in Tunis seem to be fading from the minds of the two young people travelling to Venice: the emotion of the flight, the arrival in the lagoon and the happiness of looking around makes them forget what they have left behind.
With their camera they film the days spent up and down the bridges and passing by the famous brands’ shop windows, in a ceaseless happy hour’s euphoria, always accompanied by snacks and alcoholic drinks. But the memory of Tunis disappears only for a moment and is soon ready to come back to their minds. Here is their beautiful country, at first beautiful and alive, but then occupied by policemen and anti-capitalist dissenters: an evident contrast with the scenes shot in Venice.
Hashima Mon Amour (Hashima My Love)
Off Nagasaki, my boat docks on the shores of Hashima, an abandoned island which once harboured an important mining community until one day, in 1974, its population was summarily evicted. I collect archives of the life that once was lived here, I wander through the ruins as I wander through my memory, looking for a missing image.
Marie Elisa Scheidt
Sobota is a man without morals, without remorse. In the 1960’s, he was known as the most notorious pimp and merciless thug in Vienna’s redlight-district. Later he became the author of one of the most demonized and top-selling Austrian autobiographies. His provocative reports have been a golden opportunity for the media, who mystified him and created an image of the ultimate “bad boy”. But where does the fascination for the dark side of life come from? What is left of him today, more than thirty years after the publishing of his memoirs? The film poses this question in the form of an experiment, an attempt of demystification: as a representative of the world of media, a young woman, played by Lilly Gropper, tries to break through to Sobota. Their encounters are documented meetings of two real people and at the same time of them playing their roles. In their face-off, Sobota’s image develops fissures, becomes multidimensional, contradictory. Thus, truth becomes a commodity and an instrument of power. They are protagonist and antagonist, the Beauty and the Beast, cat and mouse, woman and man.