The three jurors will meet the audience during the Jury’s Special Program and will show extracts of short films they have either directed or selected for the occasion.
NO LAND’S SONG
by Ayat Nayafi, 2014
SYNOPSIS: No Land’s Song represents one of Ayat Najafi’s most recent achievements. Presented at countless festivals and distributed in 2014, it obtained an international consensus. It is a documentary dedicated to the consequences of the 1979 Revolution. In particular, it tells the story of a young composer, Sara Najafi, who decides to organize a women solo concert in Teheran, violating the law of the new regime that explicitly forbids it.
“How can the beauty of music represent a struggle against the absurdity and ignorance of human law?” The documentary is also addressed to the antagonists of history, to those who have determined this problem and who consider female voices as a potential danger.
by Ülo Pikkov, 2017
SYNOPSIS: This film can be classified as being an animated therapy addressed to a young girl from an orphanage who wants to let go of the shadows of her past. She builds a boat and a doll and sends them to sea.
by Ülo Pikkov, 2015
SYNOPSIS: Tik-tak is a stop motion directed in 2015. A watchmaker controls the passing of time, but at the same time a mouse living in the watchmaker’s workshop controls the clocks… It is a film about the ephemeral nature of time.
by Arab and Tarzan Nasser, 2013
SYNOPSIS: In the words of Teresa Cavina: ”representing the reality using irony and humor”. The title “Condom Lead” originates from the name of a military mission of year 2009 “Cast Lead”, against the Gaza Strip. The attack lasted 22 days. This is the background of the story of a young family forced to hide in its apartment to escape the continuous bombing. Is there any space for love in such a difficult situation of fear? The answer is no. Actually, any attempt to find some sort of comfort or compassion is immediately cut off. The strength of the Nasser brothers is to be able to narrate a drama story of loneliness and sentimental frustration with their black humor, mostly made of actions rather than words.
DIRECTORS PROFILES: Arab and Tarzan are twins, born in 1988 and raised in Gaza. Even though they were brought up in a city where there were no cinemas, once they became older they began to make very successful films, to the point of being acknowledged as promising young Palestinian cinema artists.