Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema 2020

Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon
Anatomie českého odpoledne


Anatomie českého odpoledne

Countries:
Czech Republic
Directed by:
Adam Martinec
Scriptwriter:
Adam Martinec
Producer:
Matěj Paclík
Camera:
David Hofmann
Cast:
Jakub Špalek, Simona Peková, Jiří Šeda, Matouš Borecký, Adam Kyznár
Language:
Czech
Runtime:
22 min


Film synopsis

A scorching summer’s day down by the lake. The hordes flock to the water’s edge and people start to get tetchy. The woman selling tickets is sweltering and bad-tempered because she hasn’t got enough change. Yet no-one has time for her because their main goal is finding the best place to put down their towels. The lifeguard is well able to keep the crowds under control – so long as he has a nice cold beer to hand. Although seemingly like any other, this particular afternoon by the lake is disturbed by a panic-stricken woman searching for her two children. Yet nobody takes her seriously; children are always getting lost and everything’s bound to be OK… Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon examines the limits of selfishness and our inability to look further than the confines of our own comfort zone.

Director’s filmography

After studying philosophy, Adam Martinec studied directing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Following the example of all Czech film masters, he values truth and sincerity as being the most important virtues, which he vigorously tries to capture in his films.

Contact / Presenters

Adam Martinec | Director

Crocodile Tears
Krokodilletårer


Krokodýlí slzy

Countries:
Denmark
Directed by:
Kristian Håskjold
Scriptwriter:
Christina Øster
Producer:
Andreas Bak
Camera:
Jesper Duelund
Music:
Jesper Ankarfeldt
Cast:
Ferdinand Falsen Hiis, Lars Knutzon, Ditte Gråbøl
Language:
Danish
Runtime:
30 min


Film synopsis

Although Øyvind, a professional dancer, has reached the age of twenty-six, he hardly has any memories of his father. But now he’s setting off to visit him. His dad wants to reestablish contact, and the young man is excited about spending the weekend together after all this time. When he arrives at the cosy, secluded little farmhouse, he is surprised to see that his father isn’t alone; he lives there with his girlfriend Karin. The time they have given themselves to renew their relationship passes slowly, during which the kind-hearted Karin appears more interested in Øyvind than his own father. The older man doesn’t seem able to bring himself to tell his son the reason for contacting him after so many years. A film about fragile moments filled with emotions that are sometimes hard to describe in words.

Director’s filmography

Kristian Håskjold is a Danish/Norwegian award-winning director/writer from Copenhagen. He studied directing at the Danish independent film school, SUPER16. His short films screened at 90+ festivals winning 20 awards. Forever Now won 12 awards including the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at SXSW in 2017. A Worthy Man won 5 awards such as the Jury Award for Best European Short Film at the Leuven International Short Film Festival in 2018 and was also on the long list of the European Film Awards in 2019. His TV show, Chemo Brain, was selected to premiere internationally at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and won the Special Jury Recognition for Drama at SXSW in 2020.

Contact / Presenters

Kristian Håskjold | Director

Dalia
Dalía


Dalia

Countries:
Iceland
Directed by:
Brúsi Ólason
Scriptwriter:
Leticia Akel Escaráte, Brúsi Ólason
Producer:
Kári Úlfsson
Camera:
Magga Vala
Music:
Jóhann Vignir Vilbergsson
Cast:
Baldvin Tómas Sólmundarson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Berglind Halla Elíasdóttir
Language:
Icelandic
Runtime:
17 min


Film synopsis

For a six-year-old boy, his father’s farm represents one big unknown – as does his dad. Their relationship has suffered since the divorce and neither of them knows how to find his way to the other. The father tries to introduce the boy to his world and involves him in work around the farm, but there’s a tough lesson in store: They have to put down a horse that can’t be treated. In his graduate film Dalía Icelandic director Brúsi Ólason draws on his own childhood memories, recasting them into a gentle reflection on the nature of masculinity, which might seem abrasive, but only until it encounters the fragile world of children.

Director’s filmography

Brúsi Ólason is an Icelandic director, screenwriter and editor. Brúsi grew up on a farm just outside of the town of Selfoss in the south of Iceland. In 2015, Brúsi graduated from the University of Iceland where he majored in film studies and minored in creative writing. Soon he applied for a Film MFA at Columbia University in New York where he currently studies directing. In his films, Brúsi explores themes such as relationships, communication and the unstoppable urge to connect with other human beings and how we fail or succeed to do so.

Contact / Presenters

Brúsi Ólason | Director

DIYSEX
DIYSEX


DIYSEX

Countries:
Spain
Directed by:
Juno Álvarez, Yaiza de Lamo, Maria Lorente, Mariona Vázquez
Producer:
Mariona Vázquez
Camera:
Yaiza de Lamo
Language:
Spanish, English
Runtime:
25 min


Film synopsis

A challenging yet spellbinding exploration of the seductive landscape of pornography. Examining images that are meant to excite. A glimpse of a body free of all imperfections, a body which becomes the perfect tool to achieve perfect satisfaction. A diversion into the world of alternative pornography, which conceives sexuality as a natural part of life in all its complexity. DIYSEX encompasses it all, featuring a protagonist who decides to make a porn film tailored to reflect her personal desires and fantasies. A collage of images and opinions which, through resourceful editing, are combined within often witty contexts that are always apt and innovative.

Director’s filmography

Maria Lorente has a degree in History of Art of the University of Barcelona. She continued her academic career with a Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making and is currently studying for another Master’s
Degree on TV and Cinema Script Writing at the Blanquerna University. Her production company, Intensidades Films produces short erotic and pornographic films. She works together with directors, Mariona Vázquez, Yaiza de Lamo and Juno Álvarez.

Mariona Vazquez graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Blanquerna. She holds a Master’s Degree on Film Direction and Production at ESCAC and a Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making. She currently works as a film producer. She works together with directors, Yaiza de Lamo, Juno Álvarez and Maria Lorente.

Juno Álvarez has a degree in journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela and a Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making. She works together with directors, Maria Lorente, Mariona Vázquez and Yaiza de Lamo.

Yaiza de Lamo, graduated in Photography and Digital Creations at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), holding a Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making. She’s currently working for two independent production companies in Barcelona, Grulla Estudio and Intensidades Films, while she also studies Photography Direction at ECIB. She works together with directors, Mariona Vázquez, Maria Lorente and Juno Álvarez. 



Contact / Presenters

Juno Álvarez | Director

Yaiza de Lamo | Director

Maria Lorente | Director

Mariona Vázquez | Director

Lychen 92
Lychen 92


Lychen 92

Countries:
Germany
Directed by:
Constanze Klaue
Scriptwriter:
Constanze Klaue
Producer:
Florian Brückner, Constanze Klaue
Camera:
Florian Brückner
Cast:
Béla Westhaus, Karl-Bruno Hanke, Anna Westhaus, Milena Dreißig, Christian Näthe, Tobias Langhoff
Language:
German
Runtime:
30 min


Film synopsis

Twelve-year-old Mo sets off on vacation with his parents to a campsite in the small town of Lychen. Yet again. Mo has had enough of this holiday resort microcosm; this year, however, things are a bit different. It’s 1992 and, although the same people meet up at the camp every year, their relationships are changing. Those who come from the former East Germany don’t have any money – like Mo’s parents. They’re able to buy him a rubber dinghy for his birthday but can’t afford the paddles to go with it. His friend Enrico’s parents relocated to the West, so they have money. Yet, as Mo discovers, wealth isn’t a recipe for happiness. A look back at a time of radical social change through the relentless gaze of a child who decides to take his life into his own hands. At last.

Director’s filmography

Born in East-Berlin, Constanze Klaue studied German literature and jazz music. She worked as a writer and director for a commercial film production company in Cologne before joining the Academy of Media Arts in 2014 to concentrate on her career as a filmmaker. As a freelance writer and director, she is dedicated to film, music and literature. She focusses on the child's perspective in her work and on social aspects of the consequences of German reunification. In 2015, her autobiographical essay, Our Home, received an award from the Deutsche Gesellschaft and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. In 2017/18 she was  scholarship holder of the Academy for Children's Media and received the Boje-Baumhaus-Media Prize for her latest project, Ausgerechnet Mops!. The book will be published in 2020.

Contact / Presenters

Constanze Klaue | Director

Out of Pure Conscience
Pre čisté svedomie


Pro čisté svědomí

Countries:
Slovak Republic
Directed by:
Matúš Ryšan
Scriptwriter:
Matúš Ryšan
Camera:
Martin Jurči
Music:
Mário Dočekal
Cast:
Viktória Petrášová, Dominika Morávková, Daniel Žulčák
Language:
Slovak
Runtime:
28 min


Film synopsis

After stumbling across financial irregularities at the ministry where she works, Kristína notifies the police – and her life will never be the same. Her actions are certainly commendable, yet all she feels is loneliness, remorse and a sense of misgiving as she asks herself whether it’s really necessary to pay such a high price for justice. Out of Pure Conscience is the story of a generation who could, if they chose, bring change to Slovakia, a country still shaking off the taint of totalitarianism thirty years after the Velvet Revolution. The film, however, is also a universal reflection on individuals who decide to step away from the crowd and bear the consequences of what they have done, no matter how painful.

Director’s filmography

Matúš Ryšan is a director, screenwriter and editor. He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he got his Master’s Degree in Film and Television Directing for his graduate film, Out of Pure Conscience. He has worked as first assistant director on multiple features, short films as well as television shows and commercials. Presently, he focuses on directing short films, music videos and commercials while preparing his feature film debut.

Contact / Presenters

Matúš Ryšan | Director

Potted Palm Trees
Topfpalmen


Palmy

Countries:
Austria
Directed by:
Rosa Friedrich
Producer:
Dominic Spitaler
Camera:
Albert Car
Cast:
Maresi Riegner, Henny Reents, Lars Rudolph
Language:
German
Runtime:
20 min


Film synopsis

The wedding party couldn’t get any merrier. The alcohol flows freely, the tables heave under the weight of all the food, and no-one can shout above the music. But this posh bash leaves Betti cold. She’s seventeen, hearing-impaired and pregnant, and the father of her child has just married someone else. Her stepfather tries to gain control of the increasingly exasperating situation, but if he succeeds then Betti’s mother won’t be allowed to get drunk in the lobby, egged on by all the children… Potted Palm Trees is a film about sorrow dusted with glitter and about the duplicity a tuxedo can hide. Sometimes, however, the veneer of celebration is so thin that the acrimony it conceals shines right through.

Director’s filmography

Born in East-Berlin, Rosa Friedrich studied directing at the Film Academy Vienna with Michael Haneke, focusing on a slightly more playful and exotic approach to film language and film making. As independent filmmaker, she made the feature film, Buschow, in 2014 and plans to complete her new feature film, Wander, in 2021. Rosa also studied philosophy, psychology and film studies and lead various dance and theater groups, fruitfully complementing her work as director and screenwriter.

Contact / Presenters

Rosa Friedrich | Director

Sad Girl Weekend
Sad Girl Weekend


Víkend smutné holky

Countries:
Greece
Directed by:
Dimitris Tsakaleas, Lida Vartzioti
Scriptwriter:
Dimitris Tsakaleas, Lida Vartzioti
Producer:
Dimitris Tsakaleas, Iro Aidoni, Maria Laskaridou, Sotiris Petridis
Camera:
Asimina Lydia Dionysopoulou
Music:
Melentini
Cast:
Elsa Lekakou, Georgina Liossi, Natasa Exidaveloni
Language:
Greek
Runtime:
15 min


Film synopsis

Elli, Natasha and Jo are friends from secondary school, but all good things come to an end at some point. Natasha and Jo are leaving to study abroad, and the girls have one last weekend together. The mood in the garden summerhouse keeps changing – sometimes it’s joyful but often it’s nostalgic or perhaps a little tense. The saddest things are hidden in the most ordinary of words and gestures, and saying goodbye is simply hard to do. Particularly when the girls are not only forced to part with each other, but they also have to leave their childhood behind. Sad Girl Weekend is the second part of a trilogy created by directing duo Dimitris Tsakaleas and Lida Vartzioti.

Director’s filmography

Lida Vartzioti has graduated from the School of Film Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in screenwriting. She has worked as First Assistant Director on Ouzeri Tsitsanis by Manousos Manousakis and on many short films and commercials. Lida has worked in the production team of a series of mini documentaries that took place at the 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival titled "POV's. She has directed a spot for the 90-year anniversary of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2018, she directed the mini web series Not and took part in the pitching training session of the ShorTS International Film Festival with the film script, The Good Girls Club. Lidia has made the short films, Yawth and Sad Girl Weekend together with Dimitris Tsakaleas with whom she is currently working on The Good Girls Club.

Dimitris Tsakaleas holds the Filmmaking Certificate from the London Film Academy and has graduated from the School of Film Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Audiovisual Film Production. He has worked as a producer on several short films, a feature film, commercials and music videos. He was also part of the production team of a series of mini documentaries that took place at the 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival titled "POV's". In 2018, Dimitris was chosen to participate in the Sarajevo City of Film Fund to produce 4 short films to be shot in Sarajevo. His films have travelled to prestigious film festivals across the world. Dimitris is a member of the European Film Academy (EFA). He has made the short films Yawth and Sad Girl Weekend together with Lidia Vartzioti and is currently working on The Good Girls Club with her.

Contact / Presenters

Dimitris Tsakaleas | Director

The Dress
Sukienka


Šaty

Countries:
Poland
Directed by:
Tadeusz Łysiak
Scriptwriter:
Tadeusz Łysiak
Producer:
Maciej Ślesicki
Camera:
Kondrad Bloch
Music:
Jan Ignacy Królikowski
Cast:
Anna Dzieduszycka, Dorota Pomykała, Szymon Piotr Warszawski
Language:
Polish
Runtime:
30 min


Film synopsis

Julia has a job as a maid in a run-down motel somewhere in the Polish countryside. When she’s not cleaning rooms she spends time listening to death metal and playing the slot machines at the local bar. Desperately lonely, the person closest to her is her colleague Renata. Julia is different from other people and they never let her forget this fact. Yet this doesn’t stop her hoping that she’ll meet someone who will love her and accept her for who she is. That someone might be the likeable truck driver who seems to turn up at her motel more and more frequently. Polish director Tadeusz Łysiak’s new film The Dress ostensibly tells a tale of otherness; the fact is that we should all be loved, regardless of the way we look.

Director’s filmography

Tadeusz Łysiak, born in 1993, graduated in Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw Warsaw and presently studies directing at the Warsaw Film School. He is director of the award-winning short film, Techno. His latest film, The Dress, premiered in the national film competition at the 60th Krakow Film Festival and was selected for the main competition section at the Odense International Film Festival. He is currently working on his feature film debut.

Contact / Presenters

Tadeusz Łysiak | Director

To Discharge
Ladda Ur


Rozpojení

Countries:
Sweden
Directed by:
Amanda Adele Björk
Scriptwriter:
Amanda Adele Björk
Producer:
Isabelle Björklund, Amanda Adele Björk
Camera:
Josephine Ove
Music:
The Knife
Cast:
Klara Hodell Risberg, Lena Nilsson, Hannes Fohlin
Language:
Swedish
Runtime:
30 min


Film synopsis

Ingrid and August’s relationship isn’t what it once was; it’s time to admit that they’ve reached a crisis point and that they’re not going to resolve things on their own. So they plan a trip to a therapy camp. August wants to discover his true self, but Ingrid just wants to be with August. It doesn’t take them long to realise that it won’t be easy achieving either of their set goals, particularly since Ingrid doesn’t really fit into the community. In this graduate film by Swedish director Amanda Adele Björk, relationships and interactions are captured with spontaneity and insight, which, of course, doesn’t mean there isn’t scope for humour and a healthy dose of irony.

Director’s filmography

Amanda Adele Björk is a script writer and director from Sweden who has been working with film since 2010. In 2013, she started the film production company LAMPRAY AB for short and documentary films and the feministic production company LYNX STUDIOS. Her film, Kung Fury, which won the Guldbagge award is rated as one of the best short films in the world. In 2016, she started studying at Stockholm’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 2019. In the same year, she was awarded the prestigious WILD CARD price by the Swedish Film Institute for her upcoming feature film, Hysterika. Amanda is writing and directing two seasons of a TV-series called Zombie for Swedish Television, to premiere in 2020 and 2021. To Discharge (Ladda Ur) was selected for Nordic Talents with Amanda being chosen as one of ”8 breakout voices to look out for”. The film had its premiere at Gothenburg’s International Film Festival 2020 and was also nominated to compete for the Nordic Mid Grand Prix at the Sundsvalls Film Festival 2020.

Contact / Presenters

Amanda Adele Björk | Director

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