The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

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Rise

Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca

Brazil, USA, Canada / 2019, 20 min

In the underground spaces of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new subway extension, a group of poets, rappers, singers, and musicians negotiate their status as both first- and second-generation Torontonians as well as settlers living on borrowed Indigenous land. Featuring participants from R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) EDUTAINMENT—an event that takes place weekly in Toronto’s suburban community centres—the film RISE adopts the concept of “Edutainment” as a tool for the film’s structure and script.

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Acadiana

Yannick Nolin, Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau

Canada / 2018, 10 min

The city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the theatre of the mythic Crawfish Festival. It’s just another day, in America.


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Skip Day

Patrick Bresnan

USA / 2018, 17 min

For seniors in Pahokee, a small, mainly African-American industrial town on Florida's Lake Okeechoboee, the Monday after prom is 'Skip Day.' Dozens of the students, miss their lessons, driving 60 miles to hang out and ponder their futures on the windy dunes of the Atlantic shoreline.

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The Rabbit Hunt

Patrick Bresnan

USA / 2017, 12 min

Every weekend, seventeen year old Chris and his family hunt rabbits during sugarcane field burning and harvesting in the Florida Everglades.


Festival Hits. Block 1

Festival Hits. Block 1

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

In a football metaphor about KISFF, the Festival Hits program is the Champions League. We have prepared a star selection for the best films that took the first awards at the most honorable world festivals. Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, and prizes of a number of leading film events is another proof of the championship of the Festival Hits program.


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Fauve

Jeremy Comte

Canada / 2018, 16 min

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer...

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All Inclusive

Corina Schwingruber Ilić

Switzerland / 2018, 10 min

Under the spell of mass entertainment at high sea.


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SWATTED

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

France / 2018, 11 min

Online players describe their struggles with "swatting", a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game.

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Freedom of Movement

Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani

Germany, Italy / 2018, 30 min

Evoking the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila conquered the African continent’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and a symbol of the Africa that was freeing itself of colonialism, Fischer & el Sani have recontextualised amidst Rome’s controversial rationalist architecture, a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to their freedom of movement.
Fischer & el Sani are examining the complexity of ideological, political and architectural implications of Bikila‘s 1960‘s Olympic gold medal run to this day.


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Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year

Jacqueline Lentzou

Greece / 2018, 23 min

New Year's eve dawns in a moon-kissed car, and Sofia has a dream that she tells no-one.

 
FEM RIOT

FEM RIOT

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Q&A after the screening


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JUCK

Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira

Sweden / 2018, 18 min

Juck (literally Hump) is the dance group that made its breakthrough in a 2013 viral video, where they pushed the limits for how the female body is allowed to express itself and make a statement. A film that swings between documentary, dance and fiction asks the question, ›What is femininity?‹

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RIOT NOT DIET

Julia Fuhr Mann

Germany, Australia / 2018, 17 min

A golden summer dress in XXL, the ice-lolly drips slowly onto the hot ground. RIOT NOT DIET creates a queer feminist utopia far away from BMI norms and male* gaze.


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Donzelle

Marina Hufnagel

Germany / 2018, 19 min

DONZELLE is 'pussy-core kitsch-hop, trilingual party rap' from Montréal. With almost hurting sincerity Roxanne Arsenault raps about life, love, men. The group plays with clichés and body consciousness. Obviously, they are having fun on stage. But is society ready to change its outlook on the female body and feminism itself?

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Girlhood

Heleen Declercq

Belgium / 2017, 14 min

Girlhood wants to break the boundaries of the stereotypical concept of femininity. To that end, the maker returns to her childhood where she starts questioning herself about her short hair, missing bikini top and reckless tree climbing. The result of her personal search is a mosaic portrait of young people who each reflect a facet of herself as a young woman. A young woman in search of her personal definition of gender, her sexual orientation and its impact on her suroundings.


100 films in 100 minutes

100 films in 100 minutes

Cinemateque, Kyiv cinema (map)

The moment you open this tab someone has liked your photo. And the are cheesecakes in the kitchen. And there's a rainbow outside. And you have to post the rainbow. And Beyoncé's got a new haircut. And the video cat plays solitaire. And there're cheap flights in April. And you need a biometric one. And the dogs are in the shelter. And there're backpacks on sale. And there's Instagram. And the naildo. Take the tickets! They will be sold out soon! And life goes on.


Berlinale Spotlight: Breaking The Wall

Berlinale Spotlight: Breaking The Wall

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

The fall of the Berlin Wall – a turning point. An event which has marked and inspired generations, changed history – its aftermath can still be felt today. But the question remains: how do we look at each other? What effect do borders have on us? And how can we reclaim the space that is ours?

Q&A after the screening


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Wagah

Supriyo Sen

Germany / 2009, 13 min

Each night the only border crossing between India and Pakistan on a 1000km stretch becomes the sight of an extraordinary event. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual closing of the border, after which the masses get as close as possible to the gate to greet their former neighbors. This "festival" is therefore on the one hand a celebration of the partition, but on the other hand also the only connecting element. What do the terms separation, home and proximity mean to the people on both sides?

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Flag Mountain

John Smith

UK / 2010, 8 min

A view across the border in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus. The camera looks over the rooftops of the Greek Cypriot south to the mountains of the Turkish Republic in the north, where a display of nationalism is enhanced by filmic means.


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489 Years

Hayoun Kwon

France / 2016, 11 min

489 Years shows an animated landscape of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, based on the narration of a former soldier who had entered the DMZ­–one of the most dangerous and heavily armed places in the world.

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Symbolic Threats

Mischa Leinkauf, Matthias Wermke, Lutz Henke

Germany / 2015, 15 min

On the night of 22 July 2014, two filmmakers hoist two white American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. They take the US flags down and fold them in the prescribed orderly fashion. Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat?


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Ein-blick

Gerd Conradt

Germany / 1986, 10 min

A film camera looks back and forth between a house in West Berlin and a house in East Berlin for twelve hours, taking one picture a second. The Wall runs between the two houses.

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Cycling the Frame

Cynthia Beatt

Germany / 1988, 28 min

This is a short film about the Berlin Wall back in 1988 when West Berlin was still an isolated fiefdom of the capitalist west, located 125 miles behind the Iron Curtain in communist eastern Europe. The film follows a young girl and her thoughts as she circumnavigates West Berlin alongside the 96 mile long, iconic, symbol of the cold war.


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Rise

Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca

Brazil, USA, Canada / 2019, 20 min

In the underground spaces of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new subway extension, a group of poets, rappers, singers, and musicians negotiate their status as both first- and second-generation Torontonians as well as settlers living on borrowed Indigenous land. Featuring participants from R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) EDUTAINMENT—an event that takes place weekly in Toronto’s suburban community centres—the film RISE adopts the concept of “Edutainment” as a tool for the film’s structure and script.

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Acadiana

Yannick Nolin, Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau

Canada / 2018, 10 min

The city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the theatre of the mythic Crawfish Festival. It’s just another day, in America.


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Skip Day

Patrick Bresnan

USA / 2018, 17 min

For seniors in Pahokee, a small, mainly African-American industrial town on Florida's Lake Okeechoboee, the Monday after prom is 'Skip Day.' Dozens of the students, miss their lessons, driving 60 miles to hang out and ponder their futures on the windy dunes of the Atlantic shoreline.

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The Rabbit Hunt

Patrick Bresnan

USA / 2017, 12 min

Every weekend, seventeen year old Chris and his family hunt rabbits during sugarcane field burning and harvesting in the Florida Everglades.


International Competition: Wasted Youth

International Competition: Wasted Youth

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)


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Shakti

Martín Rejtman

Argentina, Chile / 2019, 19 min

The day Federico's grandmother dies, he decides to part with his girlfriend. He fears hurting her. But when the time comes, she beats him to it. But then he finds the last memory of his recently departed grandmother and everything changes.

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Acid Rain

Tomek Popakul

Poland / 2019, 26 min

Somewhere in the Eastern Europe. Young runs away from her depressing hometown. Her early enthusiasm about the hitch-hike falls when she finds herself in the city outskirts in the middle of the night. At the bridge she meets a figure balancing unsafely on the guardrail. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo. Skinny lives in a camping van, which he uses to run his not-so-legal job errands. Together with him, she sets on a journey with no destination. As the ride continues a particular affection grows between the two of them.


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New Land Broken Road

Kavich Neang

Cambodia / 2018, 15 min

Phnom Penh at night. Three young hip-hop dancers drive a single motorbike and stop on a muddy deserted road. Nick leaves the others to look for an iPhone he heard was lost in the area. Piseth and Thy discuss their hopes and doubts, and Piseth shows his best Michael Jackson moves. They meet Leakhena, a young female street vendor whose cart is full of colors.

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Precious

Irfan Avdić

Bosnia & Herzegovina / 2018, 27 min

After finding out that high school excursion to Italy is being rescheduled, Alem (17), an orphan living with his grandmother, decides to take action and obtain money by any means neccessary. Guided by his role model Paze, who offers him to take part in an armed robbery, his manhood and future criminal credibility is put to the test. Driven by a strong sense of shame because of his social status and poverty, Alem tries to balance his tough-guy image among his friends and over-controlling grandmother for who he feels obliged to provide for. Deeply affected by a traumatic experience, he is left with a bitter-sweet taste – something he craved for turned out to be an enormous burden to carry on through his life.

Sort of a comedy

Sort of a comedy

Kyiv cinema, Red hall (map)

Is a festival even possible without a comedy program? This time we have prepared a special comedy selection that will show humor throughout its international versatility.
Humor from around the world in a short format is a real weapon against the seriousness that our cinematographers bring to the silver screens of the "Kyiv" cinema.

Q&A after the screening


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To plant a flag

Bobbie Peers

Norway, Iceland / 2018, 15 min

In preparation for the moon landing in 1969, NASA sent a team of astronaut to the lunar landscapes of Iceland. Their hi-tech training mission soon discovers what obstacles one can meet when facing an Icelandic sheep farmer.

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Deportation

Arjun Talwar, Sandro Wysocki

Poland / 2018, 21 min

After witnessing the ‘lucky’ deportation of a friend, Halim attempts to commit an offence in order to be repatriated. He hadn’t counted on meeting a pretty Slav policewoman…


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THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE

Johan Palmgren

Sweden / 2018, 15 min

During a romantic escapade, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime will not go unpunished.

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WILD LOVE

Maryka Laudet

France / 2018, 5 min

In order to rectify the poor bus accessibility at Slussen station, the city council, as per the municipal board’s recommendation, erects so-called ‘bus traps’ on the street. The ensuing chaos gives rise to a tragi-comic societal satire no one saw coming.


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Vihta

François Bierry

France, Belgium / 2017, 22 min

Serge and his four colleagues work in a small company that has just been brought out by a large corporation. As a welcoming gift, they are invited by their new employer to spend a day of relaxation at a spa.

 
Short Matters 2018. Block 1

Short Matters 2018. Block 1

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Short Matters is a project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.


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AQUAPARQUE

Ana Moreira

Portugal / 2018, 16 min

In an abandoned waterpark, a girl and a boy are hidden from the outside world. Between the graffited ruins of the old swimming pools and blunt slides, they find a shelter to grieve from their loss of hopes and dreams.

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THOSE WHO DESIRE

Elena López Riera

Switzerland, Spain / 2018, 24 min

In the south of Spain, a race of colourfully painted pigeons, will reward not the one who flies the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the longest time at its sides.

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KONTENER

Sebastian Lang

Germany / 2017, 30 min

'The two Poles' Maryana and Tava work together on a milk farm in Eastern Germany, but ignore each other's existence. When the farm manager goes on a business trip, Tava doesn't show up at work anymore. The next night Maryana wakes up and notices she is not alone.

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I SIGNED THE PETITION

Mahdi Fleifel

UK, Germany, Switzerland / 2018, 11 min

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.

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THE ESCAPE

Laëtitia Martinoni

France / 2017, 10 min

Alice sings, wears make-up and cracks herself up. She is happy. Yet she is at the hospital, just out of surgery. She is very ill and totally bald.

 
Out & Proud

Out & Proud

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

What is the story behind a rapid pulse, echoing the music beat? The survival alert. The adrenaline rush. Anger. Confusion. Arousal. Or maybe the reason is the eyes of the beloved person gazing at you.
Embrace your feelings. Every emotion is valid and must be experienced. Believe it. And enjoy yourself dancing.


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Skies are not just blue

Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay

Canada / 2018, 26 min

Yara, A. and brothers Monib & Tariq claim their identities as Muslims from diverse backgrounds by negotiating a space in the LGBTQ+ community and reflecting on their personal beliefs and experiences.

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Four Quartets

Marco Alessi

UK / 2018, 11 min

Over the course of a night out in a queer club, Raf struggles to find his place among the crowd. Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music in the queer club, we dance with Raf and cast off all inhibitions.


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Yulia & Juliet

Zara Dwinger

Netherlands / 2018, 12 min

Yulia & Juliet is contemporary love story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Yulia and Juliet, both 16, are locked up in a closed juvenile detention centre. Despite their circumstances, they feel like they can take on anything together. They’re in love with each other. Nothing can hurt them when they’re together. But then Juliet is released. Her time in the institution is over. Yulia doesn’t know what to do. She can’t live without Juliet. When they see each other again, they look at each other with love in their eyes. Then everything goes black.

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Welcome to the Ball

Adam Vincent Wright

USA / 2018, 5 min

A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.


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Haus

Joseph Amenta

Canada / 2018, 15 min

A displaced queer boy finds refuge in his city's underground Kiki Ballroom scene.

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Johnny

Jérome Casanova

France / 2018, 26 min

Johnny is an alchoolic, Johnny is fatalistic, Johnny is tormented, Johnny isn’t able to behave, Johnny is impetuous, Johnny is moody, Johnny believes in nothing, Johnny is footloose, Johnny isn’t brave. But Aurélien doesn’t care because first and foremost Johnny is radiant.


Realizable Ecotopias

Realizable Ecotopias

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

For Yona Friedman, utopia is something that can be achieved.
Environmental activists in France managed to defend the zone for protection and implement a local utopia.
They, at least, had a choice. Some regions of the globe have none. Neither do Kofi and Larte from Ghana, who daily "choose" the work at toxic landfills. These landfills are seamlessly sponsored by the "first world".

One of the festival focuses is a selection of nontypical films on environmental topics.


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60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory

Sasha Pirker

Austria / 2018, 22 min

In 60 Elephants, Michael Klein and Sasha Pirker portray the thoughts and work of Yona Friedman, a ninety-five-year-old French architect and humanist who was awarded the Friedrich Kiesler prize in 2018. Friedman developed visions of an improvisation-capable, mobile architecture for a migrating global society as early as the 1950s and 1960s. His remarks on the current refugee issue, which are presented in the film, reveal his considerate and unagitated way of thinking oriented on social needs and their sensible fulfillment.

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Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart: The ZAD

Oliver Ressler

Austria / 2017, 37 min

The film on the ZAD focuses on Europe’s largest autonomous territory, located close to Nantes in France. The ZAD (zone to defend) emerged from the struggle against a new airport. In 2012 the French state's attempt to evict the zone was fiercely resisted by more than 40,000 people. The police have not set foot there since. Today 250 people in 60 collectives live permanently at the ZAD occupying the wetlands, fields and forests. The ZAD is a successful example of the way resistance and the creation of alternatives need to happen at the same time. While people take back control over their lives with self organized bakeries, workshops, a brewery, medicinal herb gardens, a rap studio, weekly newspaper and a library, they hinder the construction of an unnecessary, ecologically disastrous airport project. The film is built around a group discussion with activists living at the ZAD.
“Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart: The ZAD” is part of Oliver Ressler’s ongoing project “Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart” that follows the struggles against a fossil fuel-dependent economy.


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Kofi and Lartey

Sasha Rainbow

France, Ghana, UK / 2018, 20 min

Agbogbloshie has been dubbed one of the most toxic places on earth, but dig a little deeper and it's filled with wonderful people and their beautiful stories. Here we meet Kofi and Lartey, two inseparable young boys who when given the tools to tell their own stories begin to dream of a life beyond the electronic waste dump.

 

Ukrainian Competition: Block 1

Ukrainian Competition: Block 1

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

Q&A after the screening


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Crocodile

Kateryna Gornostai

Ukraine / 2018, 24 min

Crocodile is a game for a big company. The host shows a word only with the help of gestures. Who guesses it chooses the one who leads the game next. Anya comes up with a difficult word for Lisa. This New Year’s Eve turns into a test of their friendship.

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Kama-Loka

Yaroslav Korotkov

Ukraine / 2018, 31 min

A lonely girl is coming back home from a cinema.


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In Joy

Maryna Roshchyna

Ukraine / 2018, 27 min

Kate is a young lonely mother. She falls in love with a fellow but does not have the courage to tell him that she has a son. As their relationship develops rapidly the revelation becomes more complicated. The choice between her personal life and responsibility for her son arises.

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Paper or Plastic

Nata Metlukh

USA / 2019, 8 min

An immigrant comes to the first-world country to paint a mural on the tallest tower. He tries to adapt to the new reality, but xenophobia and odd rules force him to go back.


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Radical arts_acts

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

They say: sign the petition.
They offer: create an NGO.
They assure: this is not Paris, we are all off city in May.
Petitions don't work, NGOs follow the red tape, and precisely no one cares, especially in May.
Today, only artistic resistance, tomorrow is a r...


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I Signed the Petition

Mahdi Fleifel

United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland / 2018, 11 min

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.

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3 Stolen Cameras

Filmmakers Collective

Sweden / 2017, 18 min

The members of video activist group Equipe Media, from Western Sahara, fight to keep their cameras. This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.


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White Riot: London

Rubika Shah

United Kingdom / 2017, 9 min

In 1977, immigration divides Britain. What happens when a punk fanzine challenges the status quo?

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KG

Cynthia Madansky

Greece / 2019, 11 min

KG ruminates through performance and a portrait of Athens, on excerpts from poems in a book of poetry by Katerina Gogou entitled Three Clicks Left. Super 8mm, 10 min. Performer, Kleoni Manousakis Music, Zeena Parkins


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Raw and Cooked / Roh und Gekocht

Rainer Binz, Thomas Leboeg

Germany / 2018, 11 min

The G20 summit held in Hamburg in 2017 provided the opportunity for this film based on reduction, in which image and sound interact as equals. Field audio recordings were edited in an essayistic way and shift between documentation and abstraction.

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Primeiro Ato

Matheus Parizi

Brazil / 2018, 20 min

"Stop the world, I want to get off". Two theatre students try to convince their colleagues to leave their classroom and join them in the protests against the dismantling of culture policies that take over Brazil.

International Competition: Talking heart-to-heart

International Competition: Talking heart-to-heart

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

Q&A after the screening


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Mr. Mare

Luca Toth

Hungary, France / 2019, 20 min

Fifty-year-old Boris, balding and big-bellied, is madly in love with the young and beautiful Cezar. He leads a clandestine life entirely devoted to he who is both his progenitor and the object of his affection. Everything shifts dramatically the day when Cezar, who is unaware of Boris's existence, brings a woman back to their love nest.

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LIRIO-DA-PAZ

Maxime Beaud, Louis Hans-Moevi

Switzerland / 2018, 9 min

In the isolation of a Brazilian motel room, men and women talk about their sexuality in a society where they do not always have access to their privacy.


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The Sound of Falling

Chien Yu Lin

UK, Columbia, Taiwan / 2018, 13 min

An impressionistic film portraying the lost of freedom and the fading of life through a decision an orchardist made in his ordinary day.

DEATHLESS, I CRY IN MY DREAMS

August Aabo

Denmark / 2019, 29 min

A young woman must, through life & death, dream & reality and sorrow & joy choose between a big bag of money and the memory of her deceased friend. Tears and sorrow don’t affect her in her awaken life, and she must find out why she cannot cry in reality, but only in her dreams.


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Deep Love

Mykyta Lyskov

Ukraine / 2019, 13 min

Deep love has finally happened in Ukraine


Animation Madness

Animation Madness

Kyiv cinema, Red hall (map)

"Do not look for the logic of what you are about to see" is an unofficial slogan of our Animation Madness program. These cartoons that reload consciousness and open up new horizons of understanding animated films.
No more talking - true madness can not be described, it can only be seen and experienced.

And, as practice shows, it's best to do it in a friendly company of the same crazy like-minded people at KISFF.

Q&A after the screening


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This Magnificent Cake!

Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef

Belgium / 2018, 44 min

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.

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Pura Vida

Nata Metlukh

Estonia / 2018, 9 min

Four flawed friends travel to tropics where things go wrong.


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Take Me Please

Olivér Hegyi

Hungary / 2018, 14 min

In this examination of a breakup of a relationship, a boy tries to come to terms with his new life and subsequent experiences.

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Deep Love

Nikita Liskov

Ukraine / 2019, 13 min

Deep love has finally happened in Ukraine


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Under the Rib Cage

Bruno Tondeur

France / 2018, 13 min

Pierrot has a wound that won't heal.
It's the story of a guy who's about to die... maybe.

 

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Far away, so close: Senegal in focus 2016-2018

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

How it feels for two wives to live under the same roof? What is poligamy about? How not to get lost in chaotic streets of Dakar? What can you find in its landfill? And why do Africans need wise men? And after all: is life in Senegal so different from ours?

Q&A after the screening


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Xale bu Reer

d’Abdou Kharid Ndiaye

Senegal / 2017, 19 min

A young boy from an affluent family has the experience of a lifetime after his first day of school. When his father does not come to pick him up, he simply walks off. He gets lost and wanders without direction through the noise and chaos of a poverty-stricken metropolis. Unexpectedly, the boy receives help from an old scrap metal collector and a gang of street children. A striking portrait of Dakar, with elements of a fairytale.

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Ordur de Momar

Talla Kandji

Senegal / 2018, 15 min

The life of a debt collector Kader turns upside down when he loses a bag full of money. The bag belongs to his boss. While looking for the lost possession, he discovers a huge Dakar landfill, Mbeubeuss. In this dramatic and somehow enchanted place, Kader meets Gnilane, a scavenger who tries to recycle the trash.


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Un air de Kora

d’Angèle Diabang

Senegal / 2015, 26 min

Two new co-wives are alone in a house. They don’t want to talk to each other; at the same time, the voices of two other women tell us about their own experiences of polygamy. This film is an essay that mixes visual elements of fiction and documentary sound excerpts.

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Boxing Girl

Iman Djionne

Senegal / 2016, 25 min

After getting hit by a motorbike, Adama, a bored 17-year-old hairdresser, finds boxing gloves. But when she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried away on a journey all over the city of Dakar. Mentally and physically put to the test, she will have to fight her demons to face the ultimate fight…


Short Attack

Short Attack

Kyiv Cinema, Blue hall (map)

Take a carrot, preferably a toxic one. Chop it and feed it to a duck. To the one who is friends with a cat. Invite scientists from the Brazilian Research Center to keep track of the nutritional value of our upcoming meal. Throw social pressure into the boiling water, add gender stereotypes, and a hair from the head of a teenager who's realized their homosexuality.

Boil it on low heat and do not forget to use dental floss after the meal, as something may get stuck between your teeth.

*No animals were harmed during the making of this cinematic meal.


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Obsession

Lucia Zhai

USA / 2018, 13 min

Though a little girl, Meg is attracted to Dr. Webber, who wears a dentist's perfect smile. After becoming infatuated with the seemingly perfect Joe, she feels compelled to make her dream a reality. However, Meg's mother Anna is an opponent of dentistry, despite her own terribly bad teeth. So naive Meg secretly decides to take matters into her own hands...

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UTKA

Andrew Todd & Johnny Hall

New Zealand / 2018, 5 min

Once upon a time, there was a sad little duck named Utka. This is the tale of how he gained everything he ever wanted - and lost so much more.


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The Popular Touch

Paul Tarragó

United Kingdom / 2018, 23 min

Work, film, work, film, work - day to day - week to week. This is a home movie domestic comedy experimental film drama. Autobiography too. It’s also part four of an ever-growing trilogy.
Starting in 2003 I decided to make a series of pieces alongside my regular films, a strand that would constitute an ongoing fictional autobiography. But as all creative work is, to some extent, autobiographical, and as I appear in most of my films, and all the people in these films are who they say they are, then what made this different from the rest - or from real life, really - became kind of blurred. Fuzzy even.
So this is fuzzy fiction - latest in the line. Suitable for All.

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A Low-Budget Film

Paulo Leierer

Brazil / 2018, 13 min

A mixture of corporate film, archive footage, documentary and making of, the film is an attempt of the scientists from the "Brazilian Institute of Alternative and Secondary Importance Research" to fight the lack of funding, the closure of the institute and to keep their dreams alive.


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HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE

Ilja Rautsi

Finland / 2018, 15 min

Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre is a horror comedy about one woman’s desperate struggle to survive a pack of men who just want to explain everything to her.

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IS YOUR TEEN A HOMOSEXUAL?

Tamara Scherbak

Canada / 2018, 6 min

'Is Your Teen A Homosexual?' is a short allegorical comedy that satirizes Trump's America by using the style of “teen hygiene” educational films of the 1950s. Johnny comes out to his family, who is helped by an off-screen Narrator, but stereotypes and prejudices prove to be stronger than family ties.


 
Saturday Brunch with Hungarian Animators

Saturday Brunch with Hungarian Animators

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

At KISFF, we believe there is never enough of animation, especially if it is Hungarian animation. To prove our point, we invited three Hungarian filmmakers who had a good time traveling to film festivals around the world, and on April 20 in Kyiv cinema will wait for you on the Saturday Brunch by # KISFF2019.

Our guests are Lutsa Tot (director of the film "Dr. Mare"), Flora Anna Buda (director of the film "Entropy"), Oliver Gedi (director of the film "Take me please") will introduce you to the process of creating an animated short film - from the pageboard stage to the final screening.

All the guests at Saturday Brunch with Hungarian animators will enjoy free fresh coffee and pastries.
The event is organized with the support of CITY-ZEN Cafe & Bar.

Free entrance.
Language - English.

Public Talk on Feminist Cinema

Public Talk on Feminist Cinema

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

The future is female. So we believe, as well as the directors of the pictures, which you can watch on April 17th in the FEM RIOT program on # KISFF2019. Yes, they have something to say not only on the screen.

The conversation about feminist movies is a great opportunity to learn about the process of making an experimental feminist film and to take part in discussion with the creators of the films - Ulrika Bandera (JUCK) and Flora Anna Buda (animated film ENTROPIA).

Free entrance.
Language — English.

Meet a Festival

Meet a Festival

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

Is it your dream to get the long-cherished "accepted" from the program department of a film festival? Or maybe your life goal is to organize your own festival? Here is your chance. Representatives of four film festivals will happily tell about ins and outs of their work and give you a glimpse behind the scenes of the world of film industry.

Grab your notebook and meet our speakers:

* Doris Bauer - executive director of VIS Vienna Shorts
* Curtis Voloschuk - Program Officer, Vancouver IFF
* Saskia Volker - director, curator, program director Berlinale Shorts, Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Solothurn Filmdays
* Janis-Ramak Guy - Chief Editor of Goree Island Cinema

Free entrance.
Language — English.

Blast from the past: 30 років анімаційному фестивалю «Крок»

Blast from the past: 30 років анімаційному фестивалю «Крок»

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

To the 30th anniversary of IAFF "KROK":
Grand Prix winning films

The international animated film festival, "KROK" (which, according to international ratings, once became one of the top five animated film festivals in the world. Throughout its quite respectable time of existence, it went through a lot: the collapse of the Soviet empire directly during the first international edition in August 1991, when the festival returned from the Black Sea to independent Ukraine; the period of "brotherly friendship" up till 2013, when this unique festival floated around the Dnieper and the Black Sea in odd years, and steamed by rivers, canals and lakes of our northern neighbor in the even ones; and finally - after the Russian aggression, since 2014, it temporary settled at its Alma mater, the Kyiv Cinema House.

The program suggested consists of a selection of the films that won the main prize of the Festival at a time. There are also films already recognized in the world of classical animation (Daniel Grizz, Igor Kovalev born in Kyiv, a Ukrainian Stepan Koval), and the first works of talented students and debutants. Most importantly, we tried to present the widest variety of styles, techniques, directions, emotions, narratives, and national cultures in it. We hope that this program will inspire viewers in their own creative journey, and in any case, we invite everyone to the jubilee "KROK."

Alik Shpilyuk
IAFF "KROK" Program director
Emile Awards Ambassador in Ukraine


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Flatworld

Daniel Greaves

UK / 1997, 28 min

Matt Phlatt, along with his pet cat Geoff and his fish, Chips live in a world where everyone is "flat".

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Ponpon

Fabien Drouet

France / 1999, 5 min

A dog rushes out of a house. He crosses the road in front of a truck. Helpless and about to be knocked over, Ponpon sees his life pass before his eyes.


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The Tram No. 9 Goes On

Stepan Koval

Ukraine / 2002, 11 min

A morning tram over-occupied with passengers, but more and more people are trying to get in there.

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Milk

Igor Kovalyov

USA / 2005, 15 min

Milk is a short film about a boy discovering his father’s affair. The story is told from the boy’s perspective and it unfolds in a dark and disturbing manner and brings out the child’s depressing childhood experience.


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Over Time

Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland, Damien Ferrie

France / 2004, 5 min

A lone, spotlighted puppet raises a trumpet to his lips, playing a klezmer-like solo. A man has died. But the trumpeter and his friends don't realize that their creator has passed away.

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The Traveller

Johan Pollefoort

Belgium / 2007, 6 min

The traveller cries: "Woe betide those who are happy with their lot".


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Feral

Daniel Sousa

USA / 2012, 13 min

A wild child, raised by wolves, is forced to reconnect with humanity and conform to a society he can barely comprehend.

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Women’s Letters

Augusto Zanovello

France / 2013, 11 min

On the battle fields of the First World War, the nurse Simon patches up the shattered faces of the infantrymen with love letters. These words from beloved women have the power to heal the wounds of these paper soldiers.


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Late Season

Daniela Leitner

Austria / 2017, 7 min

A long-married couple seem to have lost their affections for one another. One day at the beach, after falling asleep, something incredible happens with them — something that re-kindles their long lost romantic feelings.

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Cyclists

Veljko Popovic

Croatia / 2018, 7 min

The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fi ghting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. Meanwhile, the small port town prepares for the arrival of a large ocean liner and its dashing captain.


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Merlot

Marta Gennari, Giulia Martinelli

Italy / 2016, 6 min

In a blue fairy-tale forest, a grumpy granny loses a bottle of wine. This event will give rise to a crescendo of linked events.

 
When My Neighbors Build Democracy

When My Neighbors Build Democracy

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

1989 is known as the year that changed the world. Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall collapsed. Thirty years ago, Eastern Europe was shaken by the democratic revolution, which became the point of non-return. "When my neighbors build democracy" are five stories about Revolutions of 1989 and their main participants, who started the deconstruction of the communist system.

Q&A after the screening


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The Christmas Gift

Bogdan Muresanu

Romania / 2018, 23 min

On 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

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From Solidarity to Freedom

Krystyna Mokrosińska

Poland / 37 min

Based on archival materials, the history of Poland's path to freedom, from Yalta to "Solidarity", the fall of communism, and joining the EU.


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Babovka

Demet Derelioglu Aran

Czech Republic / 2018, 8 min

Eva struggles to communicate her son but he becomes more distant day by day. One day she goes to his room when he left, and she realizes that her son is the one of the demonstrators against communism. Through behavior changes on her son, on an autumn day Eva learns that the communist regime has fallen, and the velvet revolution has just begun in Czechoslovakia

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Stremt 89

Anda Puscas

Romania / 2012, 13 min

The road through Stremt ends in a mountain wall. Still, in 1989, people were eagerly awaiting army tanks, terrorists and glory. Today, partly forgotten and partly imagined, the past is crystal clear.


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Freedom

Mircea Bobina

Moldova / 2018, 4 min

People are unhappy with their leaders and want to break free. When a change is made, they are supposed to get back their freedom: but somehow, they don’t.

 

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Far away, so close: Senegal in focus 1963-1999

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

17°33′22″ W, Pointe des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal, the westernmost point of Africa. It is here that KISSF begins the journey throughout this magical and yet unknown continent with the retrospective of three prominent Senegalese directors: ‘the father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène, one of the winners of the 1st World Black Arts Festival Ababar Samb-Makharam and the holder of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival Joseph Gaï Ramaka.

Q&A after the screening


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Borrom Sarret

Ousmane Sembène

Senegal / 1963, 20 min

Often considered to be the first authentic African film, ‘Borom Sarret’ tells the story of an impoverished cart driver working in Dakar. When he does not receive payment for his labor, the cart driver is left feeling disenchanted.

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Et la neige n’était plus

Ababar Samb Makharam

Senegal / 1965, 22 min

After winning a scholarship to study in France, a young Senegalese man returns home and questions his experience and his future, with honesty, courage and humor.


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Ainsi Soit-il

Joseph Gaï Ramaka

Senegal / 1997, 33 min

A foreign doctor discovers the “heart of darkness” in the Wolof village where he works, when a mentally ill child he befriends becomes the scapegoat for “bad spirits.”

 

Ukrainian Competition: Block 2

Ukrainian Competition: Block 2

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

Q&A after the screening


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Plus One / Plus jeden

Myro Klochko

Czech Republic / 2019, 23 min

Happy newlyweds Ida and Jura are expecting a child. Ida suddenly finds out that the child will be special. She is unsure of how Jura will react when he learns the news, or what life with an extraordinary child will bring.

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Mia donna

Pavlo Ostrikov

Ukraine / 2018, 16 min

The life of forty-six-year-old Oksana changes when her husband Tolik turns into a seven-year-old boy. Doctors are powerless and nobody can turn him back.


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Nikon Romanchenko

Ukraine / 2018, 27 min

Lyuba works at a confectionery factory in a small town in the West. Her son is in the war zone in the East of the country and there is no connection with him. Lyuba goes in search of his son in an unfamiliar territory.

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Facade Colour: Blue

Oleksiy Radynski

Ukraine / 2019, 22 min

Florian Yuriev is an architect, artist, luthier, theorist and poet. Approaching his 90th anniversary, he’s compelled to master one more occupation — the one that’s entirely new for him. In order to protect his architectural opus magnum from being absorbed by a nearby shopping mall, Florian joins the fight against mayhem unleashed on the city by the property developers.


Vyklyk Competition

Vyklyk Competition

Kyiv cinema, Red hall (map)

It is a competition program of short films telling the stories of ordinary people who were able to change their lives and discover their potential.


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Zhenya

Dana Masliuk

Ukraine / 2019, 7 min

There is a lot of people in the world, and someone who is important for you will definitely be by your side," Zhenya says. He is 20 years old, he lives in Kyiv and finds creative relief in writing. Zhenya also has cerebral palsy because of a small mistake made while at childbirth. Zhenya can easily tell what despair is. Besides, he is great at making potato dishes and has a very contagious laugh. Well, he can tell his story by himself.

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Star for Anton

Kateryna Strelchenko

Ukraine / 2018, 6 min

Anton Dubishin is a "special" guy, as he calls himself. He has a severe genetic disorder, spinal muscular atrophy, which leaves him no opportunity for a fulfilling life: he cannot move and depends on others completely. His life is a daily, every-minute struggle.
But Anton keeps his tail up, as he wants to do good for society. He constantly proves that disability is not a doom: he collects help and passes it to the militia, visits military hospitals, investigative insulators, drug treatment centers, schools, and cultural centers. He dreams that the attitude towards people with special needs in our country will change. His motto is "No obstacle is invincible." Sometimes, at sleepless nights, he looks to the sky and sees the one and only star. It is special for him because opens new worlds before him, where there is no place for desolation and despair.


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New Max’s Heart

Orest Smilyanets

Ukraine / 2019, 3 min

In the summer of 2016, a Ukrainian Maksym Grekov went through a heart transplantation surgery in Minsk. How did his life change? To tell about it, we made a mini-movie.

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93

Dmytro Dzhulay

Ukraine / 2019, 8 min

He survived Holodomor famine, World War II, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Eight years ago, he lost his wife with whom he had lived for half a century. He is on his own, but he does not give up.


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Bubble Wrap

Nikita Kozlov

Ukraine / 2019, 4 min

The story of a girl bumping into walls

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People's Museum of Avdiivka

Piotr Armianovski

Ukraine / 2018, 6 min

There is a People’s museum in Eastern Ukrainian city Avdiivka. Its father is a coal-factory, its brother is an alcoholic. The museum likes fresh air and brings people together. It dreamed to prevent a war over the whole world, but couldn't save even the closest ones. However, people of Avdiivka make museum again – a place where the strangest ideas come to life.


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The Reason

Anton Shynkarenko

Ukraine / 2019, 3 min

Paralympic swimmer break through all circumstances on the way to medals.

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High on board

Daria Mitiuk

France / 2017, 11 min

Being a bipolar, is it possible to pass the limits posed by the illness and reach your dream?


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Where is the lymph?

Oleksander Yevtushenko

Ukraine / 2018, 9 min

The story of a blind 13-year-old boy who fell in love with the heroine of the movie Amelie. His thoughts are constantly about hеr, wherever he is. He constantly sends her letters, but has not yet received a response.

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For Those Over 60

Kyrylo Korol

Ukraine / 2019, 11 min

An old man Andriy accepts a challenge on the path to meet his lovely granddaughter again.


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Vinishko

Oleh Sydoryaka

Ukraine / 2019, 15 min

The plot is based on the story about a girl, who, having failed in art-projects gets a job in leading law firm. She by all the means tries to fit in new cruel and tough world of business, to achieve a fast success by following advices of quirky development coach. However her illusions of quick success are broken, she faces meanness and guile, and has to choose - to accept her defeat or at last to take responsibility for her own life.

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A Strong Beat

Oleksandr Portian

Ukraine / 2018, 14 min

For Julia Landau from Slavutych an organ is a space where she can travel infinitely. To go this route, she is ready to go to music school in Kyiv and rehearse in the church through the whole night before a concert. Thanks to Julia in Slavutych now also is an organ. But not everyone is ready for such music.


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Human

Vlad Zinovyev

Ukraine / 2019, 3 min

There is no limitations of human being for moving.

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Hurry to live

Timur Gorenich

Ukraine / 2018, 3 min

Hurry to live. Motivational film. The story of a guy who lost his hand and got out of depression, who was able to change his life with the help of willpower and sport. The story of the man who ran the marophones, finished on the hurdles and became a professional coach and a famous athlete, without having his hands.


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Through the Darkness

Heorhii Herasymiuk

Ukraine / 2019, 15 min

Oleksandr is a cheerful young father and husband who cares his family. Soon he experiences the eye injury, which forces doctors to conclude that he will get blind without recovery. However, Oleksandr fails to accept the diagnosis and doesn’t give up.

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A Dream

Anton Shyrokov

Ukraine / 2019, 11 min

Young woman tries to devote her time for a lifelong passion despite of the problems and everyday routine. The society and personal insecurities demand to choose stability over desires.


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Second Life

Andrii Statev

Ukraine / 2019, 4 min

Oleksandr Maisternko is a car painter whose life is miserable. The job with harmful working conditions, addictions, and problems in family surround him every day. Once Oleksandr realizes that such life is his personal choice, he decides to drastically change everything.

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Denys Shymanskiy

Anton Vanchak

Ukraine / 2019, 5 min

Denys is a sculptor who tries to do his favorite thing, passing difficult parts of his job and overcoming difficulties. He tells of his way to becoming a sculptor, an attitude to art and reflects on the meaning of life


Short Matters 2018. Block 2

Short Matters 2018. Block 2

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

Short Matters is a project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.


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RELEASE THE DOGS

Manue Fleytoux

France, Belgium / 2017, 20 min

Anouck is a resigned girl, torn between two loves, two violences: her man, an attractive watchdog, and her little brother, a young mad pup. The night of the boy’s 18th, this delicate triangle explodes, Anouck's revolt is on its way...

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THE YEARS

Sara Fgaier

Italy, France / 2018, 20 min

A woman gives voice to Annie Ernaux The Years's text, a few collected fragments on the shores of a timeless Sardinia.

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SHAME

Petar Krumov

Bulgaria / 2018, 24 min

Macho is a poor boy, who skips school to work on a construction site. The only ray of light for him is his girlfriend, Donna. Yet, she is ashamed of his mother, who works as janitor in their school.

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WHAT'S THE DAMAGE

Heather Phillipson

UK / 2018, 8 min

A proposition and provocation, answering back to ongoing crises under white patriarchy, relaying and augmenting feelings and gestures of chronic unease, protest and dissent.

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PRISONER OF SOCIETY

Rati Tsiteladze

Georgia, Latvia / 2018, 15 min

What does it mean to be a stranger in your own home and country? An intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman, trapped between her personal desire for freedom and traditional expectations of her parents that threatens their unity.

 
International Competition: Listen completely

International Competition: Listen completely

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

Q&A after the screening


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Patision Avenue

Thanasis Neofotistos

Greece / 2018, 13 min

Yanni’s mum is on her way to audition for a role as Shakespeare’s Viola, when she discovers that her young son has been left home alone. Through a series of phone calls, she fights to balance the most important roles of her life, whilst walking in the most controversial area of central Athens, Patision Avenue.

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How Fernando Pessoa saved Portugal

Eugène Green

Portugal / 2018, 27 min

During the 1920s, at the request of one of his employers, the poet Fernando Pessoa conceives an advertising slogan for the drink Coca-Louca, which panics the authoritarian government of that time.


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Omarska

Varun Sasindran

France / 2018, 19 min

In this film, the filmmaker enters into conversation with the survivors of the Omarska
concentration camp in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina). Former site of the concentration
camp Omarska is now a factory owned by Arcelor Mittal Company. The company’s
manufacturing process now takes place where the civilians used to be detained.
Film intents to construct a memorial in 3D animation from the archive images,
videos, recent photographs -guided by the testimonies of the survivors of the camp.

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Just Agree Then

Duncan Cowles, Ross Hogg

UK / 2018, 9 min

Contrasting artistic visions, misplaced confidence and blatant ignorance collide on the backdrop of an increasingly fragile and divided world. In August 2018, seven months before the UK is due to leave the EU, two stubborn Scottish filmmakers struggle to make a short film together in the Austrian Alps. Can they find common ground, or will they have to go their separate ways?


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Eatnanvuloš lottit - Birds in the Earth

Marja Helander

Finland / 2018, 11 min

Birds in the Earth is a short film based on dance. The main characters are two young Sámi ballet students; Birit and Katja Haarla. The movie tells a beautiful and a bit melancholic story through their dance performances. It´s about the nature in Sápmi, the youth, the dance. At the same time, it examines the deeper questions of the ownership of Sámi land and the Sámi's rights in today's Finland, the Sámi being the indigenous people of Scandinavia and Kola peninsula. The contradicition between nature and modern lifestyle is blurred with humor.

 
Queer Animation

Queer Animation

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

What will happen if we give ourselves the will and disregard the role imposed by society? If the weight of your imaginary duties before the imaginary "them" lifts off your shoulders for a bit? Why not try it? We promise you will enjoy it. This year KISFF is experimenting with the well-known Out & Proud program and offers you to immerse in the magic world of queer animation.

Q&A after the screening


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Entropia

Flóra Anna Buda

Hungary / 2018, 10 min

Three women, three lives in parallel worlds, until the moment a fly causes a bug in the system. The universe collapses, sex is in the air, bras are overrated and the stars twinkle! In the animated film Entropia by Hungarian artist Flóra Anna Buda, colours explode and sensually unleash new possibilities: Thanks to the fly, all that is abstract comes to life and sexuality plays an integral role.

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Mr. Mare

Luca Toth

Hungary, France / 2019, 20 min

Fifty-year-old Boris, balding and big-bellied, is madly in love with the young and beautiful Cezar. He leads a clandestine life entirely devoted to he who is both his progenitor and the object of his affection. Everything shifts dramatically the day when Cezar, who is unaware of Boris's existence, brings a woman back to their love nest.


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Adorable

Cheng-Hsu Chung

United Kingdom / 2018, 6 min

A short film that directly gazes at lives and the society with observation and imagination. It is queer and it is here.

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Bay of Plenty

Milva Stutz

Switzerland / 2018, 12 min

The tiny island in the ocean becomes a meeting place for two strange yellow figures. They shake their bums and stretch their breasts, sexual characteristics shift, dissolve, re-grow. A continuous transformation that also seems to produce new creatures.


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Récit de Soi

Géraldine Charpentier

Belgium / 2018, 5 min

While non-binary representations are rare, Lou talks about their relationship to gender, clothes, and other markers.

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Reach the Sky

Shaun Brodie

Canada / 2018, 6 min

On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion short with heart, fantasy, and a lot of yarn.


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Slug Life

Sophie Koko Gate

United Kingdom / 2018, 6 min

Tanya has finally created the perfect partner, a beautiful giant slug.

 
Short Rave

Short Rave

Closer (map)

Release short films! During the Short Rave program, shorts films will move from the conventional cinema halls to Closer, turning the screening into a mini-party where music becomes the star of the picture. No seats, only you and the dance floor: you can dance, sit by the bar or lie directly on the floor. In a nutshell, everything above restraint is permitted!

Q&A after the screening


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Take Me Please

Olivér Hegyi

Hungary / 2018, 14 min

In this examination of a breakup of a relationship, a boy tries to come to terms with his new life and subsequent experiences.

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Acid Rain

Tomek Popakul

Poland / 2019, 26 min

Somewhere in the Eastern Europe. Young runs away from her depressing hometown. Her early enthusiasm about the hitch-hike falls when she finds herself in the city outskirts in the middle of the night. At the bridge she meets a figure balancing unsafely on the guardrail. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo. Skinny lives in a camping van, which he uses to run his not-so-legal job errands. Together with him, she sets on a journey with no destination. As the ride continues a particular affection grows between the two of them.


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Fest

Nikita Diakur

Germany / 2018, 3 min

Puppets on strings rave, eat and fly.

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I-Occupy

Lorenzo Lodovichi

Italy / 2018, 3 min

A political manifestation is unfolding. At one point a Molotov is thrown to the cops. It's a clash. Camilla helps a wounded among the protesters, climbs into the ambulance, crosses the security barrier and immediately gets out of the running vehicle to find herself in front of a mysterious palace.


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Octanne

Jeron Braxton

USA / 2017, 6 min

A man must race thru hell and back to get what he wants.

 
Berlinale Special: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Berlinale Special: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Kyiv cinema, Red hall (map)

A fox drawing a mysterious image. A tiger which is now extinct, pacing around in its cage. Rocks falling to the sound of the pumping bass. A wooden rod that tells the way. Will we dare to jump?

Q&A after the screening


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Stick Climbing

Daniel Zimmermann

Austria, Switzerland / 2010, 14 min

A contemplative walk leads to a bizarre climbing tour. From the perspective of the climber we experience a seemingly impossible ascent.

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Symphony No. 42

Réka Bucsi

Hungary / 2010, 10 min

Forty-seven brief but vivid vignettes about the paradoxical nature of our world, seamlessly intertwine perplexing scenes of poetical absurdism with the ironic, the grotesque, and the beautiful.


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Le Tigre de Tasmanie

Vergine Keaton

France / 2018, 14 min

A Tasmanian tiger wanders around in his zoo enclosure. A glacier is slowly melting. Facing its predicted disappearance, nature exerts its fury, bursts over the frame and resists its extinction by transformation.

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Step by Step

Ossama Mohammed

Syria / 1978, 23 min

In a rolling area of Syria, the villagers live their everyday life, in toil and poverty. Trapped between the hardships of farming, religious and political ideologies, they barely survive. Their children are the only ones that are still full of hope. They imagine their future lives and picture themselves as doctors or engineers.


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Hopptornet

Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck

Sweden / 2016, 17 min

On a 10-meter high diving tower, fear of taking the jump is pitted against the personal loss that would arise if you didn't dare. What do we look like when we hesitate and when we make a decision? What does it look like when we overcome our fear?

Hiwa

Jacqueline Lentzou

Greece / 2017, 11 min

In Jay’s dream, Athens’ sun is so weak, you can look straight at it, without getting blind.

 

Midnight Sexy Shorts

Midnight Sexy Shorts

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

The topic of sexuality has long ceased to be a private matter. It's fun to talk about sex, and the Midnight Sexy Shorts program will show you it is possible in any form. Get ready to glimpse at the most remote corners of your consciousness, where the nature of your understanding of sexuality lies. Here, body language, unveiled human fantasies, and sensuality, fuse in real ecstasy.

No taboos or forbidden grounds. This is a case when ethical concerns and moral contemplations are better left behind the cinema doors.


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Simbiosis Carnal

Rocío Álvarez

Belgium / 2017, 10 min

A poetic journey through the history of desire and sexuality where the female pleasure, long ignored and repressed, takes pride of place.

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LOVEBOX

Ivan Turkovi Krnjak

Croatia / 2018, 15 min

Summer day in Zagreb. It's boring and hot. Miro is lonely. Andrea needs love. The two of them don't know each other, but they're using the same dating app. Could this be their lucky day?


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CYCLISTS

Veljko Popovic

Croatia / 2018, 7 min

The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fi ghting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. Meanwhile, the small port town prepares for the arrival of a large ocean liner and its dashing captain.

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THE ORGY

Sam Baron

UK / 2018, 15 min

A romantic comedy about a heartbroken man who goes to his first orgy.


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Morning Dew

Julie Colly

France / 2018, 9 min

It grew during a moist summer night, this strange outgrowth in the middle of Nanni’s face. Maybe the answer lies in the park with sweet flowers surrounding him? Or unless it's under the skirt of Alouette, which shudders with mystery... Between these two teenagers, the attraction begins.

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Sara's Intimate Confession

Emilie Blichfeldt

Norway / 2018, 22 min

After being confronted with her fear of being too big, Sara, who’s 181 cm tall and heavily built, begins to explore her perception of femininity, with her talking vulva.


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Hot Dog

Alma Buddecke, Marleen Valin

Germany / 2019, 8 min

Hannah, in a love-hate relationship with her vagina, chronicles how her feelings toward her sexuality have changed over time. Like that one moment when she discovered the vibration function of her PlayStation controller.

 
KISFF for Kids

KISFF for Kids

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

KISFF for KIDS films are about support and inspirational friendship, the importance of a responsible attitude towards nature and the world, and human rights that must be respected under any circumstances. They are also about the desire to be yourself, even when it seems that everything and everyone around holds you back.

Recommended age: 5+


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Brooklyn Breeze

Alex Budovsky

USA / 2017, 4 min

It is a visual journey through different parts of Brooklyn, some of the iconic spots and others not often seen by the visitors, based on a tune recorded by New York based Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.

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Nö!

Christian Kaufmann

Germany / 2018, 5 min

A hiker arrives at a shielded cliff by the rocky whites of a rough coast. Here is where he starts building his new home, but wind and weather keep beating his back and his house over and over. Driven by his stubborn optimism, he takes up the fight against the windy circumstances.


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The calves

Bela Bulgakova

Germany / 2019, 11 min

A cow adopts an orphaned baby rhino, and together with her native calf they live a peaceful life. One day a mother cow disappears and the calves go on a trip to find her. One morning an interesting smell brings them to a village, where a human girl picks deliciously looking carrots.

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Lainela

Luis Enrique Cortez Castillo

Mexico / 2018, 4 min

Lainela, a city girl have to move like every day in her car to the school, but one day her car breaks down and she needs to use another transport alternative to arrive to her destination. This journey changes the perspective of her surroundings and she is confront in a chaotic world with a lot of social and environmental problems.


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Things Don’t Have Rights

Nicolai Troshinsky

United Kingdom / 2018, 5 min

Unlike humans, things don't have rights. By abusing objects in these films we hope to demonstrate the realities of abusing humans.

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Turbopera

Antoine Marchand

France / 2018, 2 min

In a fish merchant's store, once night has fallen, two soloists perform, with great emotion, La Traviata by Verdi, offering us a highly stylish choreography.


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Coucouleurs / Colorbird

Oana Lacroix

Switzerland / 2018, 6 min

In a large forest where single-coloured birds live, everyone has found his place in a tree that looks like him. But what happens when a bird has two colours?

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White Crow / Bijela Vrana

Miran Miosic

Croatia / 2018, 9 min

Little White Crow is not the perfect match in the flock of black crows. On the contrary she is often laughed at and bullied. But when flock environment goes through turbulent changes, little White Crow helps them find a better place to live.


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Fire in Cardboard City

Phil Brough

New Zealand / 2017, 9 min

Cardboard City is on Fire! The worst thing that could possibly happen has happened. Only Fire Chief John McCard and his trusty deputies to save the citizens of Cardboard City from annihilation.

 
Teen Spirit

Teen Spirit

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

Adolescence is problematic. Sometimes it’s hurtful. It seems much easier to be ignorant and stay away from disturbing reality that haunts you every now and then. But what will you do when the reality finally manages to squeeze you tight and tear the flesh from you? What will you choose? To run or fight?

Recommended age: 13+


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A perfect me, A perfect you

Dina Bukva

UK, Austria / 2018, 5 min

Susie and Lucy are friends since five years. They met each other over Ofelia. Ofelia is fabulous. She is a fashion-lover, influencer and on Instagram Ofelia describes herself as the perfect combination of sexy and cute. Susie and Lucy are really good friends but their friendship is also followed by jealousy and small tragedies. Ofelia is becoming a closer friend to Lucy, Susie wants more Instagram-Likes and the same Gucci pullover that Ofelia has.

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Mirage My Bros / Miragem Meus Putos

Diogo Baldaia

Portugal / 2017, 24 min

An elemenary school class without a teacher, a contract signing with a giant football club and a new year's eve party. Three tales tinged with aspiration and the desire to escape express a look into a youth absorbed by the power of dreams and the harshness of reality.


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The Animal

Sebastian Kass

Norway / 2018, 25 min

Siri, 15, receives a call from child protection services who have heard that she might be facing problems in her family. A visit is planned at her house on Saturday. Siri has two days to regain control over her life and give the illusion of a healthy and happy family environment.

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All These Creatures

Charles Williams

Australia / 2018, 13 min

An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.


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Basses

Félix Imbert

France / 2018, 23 min

It is the end of summer, 6pm. Logan is meeting his best friend who is being let out of a psychiatric ward. Theo has been treated there for 2 weeks after an accident. Before Theo’s mum arrives, the two boys run away to the biggest rave party of their lives. Logan thinks that Theo has changed, a truth he can feel but refuses to acknowledge. The two boys continue their escape through the mountains, to a party that remains out of reach.

 

Short Matters 2018. Block 3

Short Matters 2018. Block 3

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

Short Matters is a project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner.

This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.


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KAPITALISTIS

Pablo Muñoz Gomez

Belgium, France / 2017, 15 min

Santa is a capitalist. He brings toys to the rich kids and sweatshirts to the poor ones. Nikos, 5 years old.

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BURKINA BRANDENBURG KOMPLEX

Ulu Braun

Germany / 2018, 19 min

A presumably African village, inhabited by Germans. The film describes a geographical construction that makes use of ‘our’ medial and collective image of Africa and puts it to the test through inaccuracies.


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GRADUATION `97

Pavlo Ostrikov

Ukraine / 2017, 19 min

Roman lives a lonely life in a provincial city and works as a technician. For the first time since graduation, Liuda, his ex-classmate, comes back to town. Nobody has heard anything from her for twenty years, but Roman is set on not losing her again.

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MERYEM

Reber Dosky

The Netherlands / 2017, 16 min

Filmed during the battle of Kobani, this film reveals the women at the heart of the fight against IS. With stoical perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, these women are leading the fight for freedom.


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WILDEBEEST

Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips

Belgium / 2017, 20 min

Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.

 
Far away, so close: Senegal in focus 2016-2018

Far away, so close: Senegal in focus 2016-2018

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

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Xale bu Reer

d’Abdou Kharid Ndiaye

Senegal / 2017, 19 min

A young boy from an affluent family has the experience of a lifetime after his first day of school. When his father does not come to pick him up, he simply walks off. He gets lost and wanders without direction through the noise and chaos of a poverty-stricken metropolis. Unexpectedly, the boy receives help from an old scrap metal collector and a gang of street children. A striking portrait of Dakar, with elements of a fairytale.

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Ordur de Momar

Talla Kandji

Senegal / 2018, 15 min

The life of a debt collector Kader turns upside down when he loses a bag full of money. The bag belongs to his boss. While looking for the lost possession, he discovers a huge Dakar landfill, Mbeubeuss. In this dramatic and somehow enchanted place, Kader meets Gnilane, a scavenger who tries to recycle the trash.


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My Beloved Co-wife

d’Angèle Diabang

Senegal / 2015, 26 min

Two new co-wives are alone in a house. They don’t want to talk to each other; at the same time, the voices of two other women tell us about their own experiences of polygamy. This film is an essay that mixes visual elements of fiction and documentary sound excerpts.

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Boxing Girl

Iman Djionne

Senegal / 2016, 25 min

After getting hit by a motorbike, Adama, a bored 17-year-old hairdresser, finds boxing gloves. But when she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried away on a journey all over the city of Dakar. Mentally and physically put to the test, she will have to fight her demons to face the ultimate fight…


Festival Hits. Block 2

Festival Hits. Block 2

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

In a football metaphor about KISFF, the Festival Hits program is the Champions League. We have prepared a star selection for the best films that took the first awards at the most honorable world festivals. Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, and prizes of a number of leading film events is another proof of the championship of the Festival Hits program.


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FEST

Nikita Diakur

Germany / 2018, 4 min

Puppets on strings rave, eat and fly.

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SKIN

Guy Nattiv

United States / 2018, 21 min

A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.


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Bonobo

Zoel Aeschbacher

Switzerland / 2018, 18 min

When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

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Weightlifter

Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

Ukraine / 2018, 30 min

At first sight, this is a story of a true price of a victory.