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Films are shown with the original audio and Ukrainian and English subtitles

Since its creation in 1969, the Directors’ Fortnight has kept its special place as a Cannes film festival side section. It’s a place where we discover new talents, strong voices, daring films. Alongside the feature films, there’s always been a short films selection.

As we only pic around 10 films every year from all over the world, this cannot be considered as a «best of», but it definitely shows the diversity, the ambition, the strong personal styles that we love to discover and share with our audience.

We’re very proud as those five films have been travelling a lot and won so many awards. Let’s just mention Min Börda by Niki Linderoth von Bahr, which was awarded Best Short Film of the year in Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, and Farpoes Baldios by Marta Mateus, which was awarded best short film at Vila do Conde festival. 

From animation (Min Börda) to an intimate diary (Tijuana Tales) or an intense and mysterious musical (La Bouche), those five films offer a journey through cinematic forms as well as a journey through today’s world. So, if it might not seem like a trip to happiness, I can assure you that watching those bold visions is an invigorating experience. It might even be full of hope for the future of cinema. To begin with.

Laurence Reymond

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TIJUANA TALES

Jean-Charles Hue

France / 2017, 19 min

 

A man returns to Tijuana in the hope of finding a woman who has lost herself in drugs and darkness and has apparently become a "white lady", a ghostly creature half way between heaven and earth.

LA BOUCHE

Camilo Restrepo

France / 2017, 19 min

 

A man learns his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband. Time stands still as he oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge.

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COPA-LOCA

Christos Massalas

Greece / 2017, 14 min

 

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone - in every possible way.

FARPÕES, BALDIOS

Marta Mateus

Portugal / 2017, 25 min

 

After the Carnation Revolution the peasants in the Alentejo region occupied the huge proprieties where they were once submitted to the power of their masters. The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.

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The Burden

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Norway / 2017, 14 min

 

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.