EFA SHORTS 2012 (14)

Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Δράμας του Rolando Colla (Ελβετία/Switzerland, 17΄, μυθοπλασία)

The story of a deportation that ended with the tragic death of an asylum seeker in March 2010. In the film, the camera itself is this asylum seeker, and what it captures is a subjective view of reality.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Βενετίας του Γιώργου Ζώη (Ελλάδα/Greece, 10΄, πειραματικό)

Advertising on exterior billboards has recently been forbidden in Greece. As a result there are hundreds of blank billboards that don’t show any messages. But the empty frames are now the message. And we are out of frame.

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Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Κρακοβίας των Vladimir Leschiov & Kaspar Jancis (Λετονία – Εσθονία /Latvia - Estonia, 13΄, animation)

A man has nothing to lose but his dream. To make his dream come true the man embarks on a dangerous journey. But his destination is not what it seems.


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Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Vila do Conde του João Pedro Rodrigues (Πορτογαλία, Portugal, 25΄,μυθοπλασία)

Tradition says that on Saint Anthony’s Day (the national holiday of Lisbon’s patron), lovers must offer small vases of basil with paper carnations and flags with popular poems as a token of their love.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Grimstad του L. Rezan Yeşilbaş (Τουρκία/Turkey, 14΄, μυθοπλασία)

1984: Zeynep, who lives in Diyarbakır with her three children, wants to visit her husband in prison. Zeynep only speaks her mother tongue Kurdish; however, only the Turkish language is allowed to be spoken in prison, so she’s unable to utter a word there. On the other hand, she wants to bring a new pair of shoes to her husband but it’s forbidden to bring anything to prisoners from outside.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Locarno του Michael Lennox (Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο/UK, 25΄, μυθοπλασία)

A dark psychological thriller centering on Petesy who works in a petrol station in the arsehole of nowhere. Petesy gets travellers of all sorts but today a young broke fella called Gabriel stops at the station to gather up supplies for a long road trip and demands that Petesy pay for the items out of his own pocket. Gabriel claims that there’s a rifle aimed to blow Petesy’s head off if he doesn’t service this request. Petesy must determine the truth of Gabriel’s threat.

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Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Tampere του Attila Till (Ουγγαρία/Hungary, 20΄, μυθοπλασία)

István Balogh, a not very affluent Hungarian farmer, lords over his wife, children and his “hired” slave. Cut off from the rest of the world on a distant farm, he tries to uphold an ideal family, as formulated from rigid traditions.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Βερολίνου του Justine Triet (Γαλλία/France, 30΄, μυθοπλασία)

Life in the big city. Thomas is a young artist, broke and unattached. Laetitia is an attractive, intelligent young woman in high heels. A party. A dance. An invitation. The pair spends the night together – vacillating between hospital and bed, between light-heartedness and high drama. They are the bright stars that give paintings depth.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Rotterdam του Albert Sackl (Αυστρία/Austria, 23΄, πειραματικό)

The title IN THE OPEN should be taken literally as the camera turns to details of a meagre and untouched landscape, which serves as projection surface for exploring the cinematic apparatus, and (de)constructing cinematic space, time, and movement. The human, a foreign body in this place, seeks a relationship to the landscape and the camera.



Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Angers του Jan Czarlewski (Ελβετία/Switzerland, 15΄, ντοκιμαντέρ)

His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Belgian Crown sacrificed his entire life for his country. His dedication came with a price; he never really had time for his son. In admiration, the son always longed to be like his father. However, it feels like he is quite the opposite. He thus decide to come to Brussels to try to make up for lost time.



Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Bristol της Elina Talvensaari (Φινλανδία/Finland, 18΄, ντοκιμαντέρ)

Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. The locals grow restless as secret berry spots are revealed. This film is an exploration of the Finnish mind and the absurdities of the global economy.


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Cork του Darren Thornton, Ιρλανδία/Ireland, 17΄, μυθοπλασία)

Lorna has worked hard to stay on the right track. But when a man from her past is released from prison, she finds herself inextricably drawn back to a life, and a love, that’s forbidden.

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Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Valladolid του Tudor Giurgiu (Ρουμανία/Romania, 11΄, μυθοπλασία)

5-year-old Aron sets out on a journey with his worried father at the end of which he wishes, like the superheroes in the comic books, to save his mother from her heart condition


Βραβείο UIP, Φεστιβάλ Ghent της Pauline Gay (Γαλλία/France, 16’, μυθοπλασία)

Celine, just 20 years, is already the mother of a little boy. She has no job, no home and now, no boyfriend. But she has her best friend, she can always rely on her. Melody, 19 years, had to learn to grow up by herself. But today she can lose her place because of Celine. They have one day to find a solution.