Madrid 2011

Competition  

5 Minutes Each (Winner 2nd Prize)

 

5 Minutes Each is a metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight. A tale about an upswing and downfall, with the climax appearing concurrently and unexpectedly. The hermetical life of artists, who are enclosed into their own world of ideas, striving to create the epochal masterpiece. Even if they succeed, the image they create is the reflection of themselves. And with the same fervor, they repeat the process in endless cycles.

 

CANADA / SERBIA / MONTENEGRO 10 MIN

DIRECTOR: Vojin Vasovic

 

Angel

English

 

A young girl wanders alone through Dublin's dark, bleak streets encountering adults in various states of despair.

 

IRELAND 10 MIN

DIRECTOR: Ruan Magan

 

Berliner Osten (East of Berlin)

Vietnamese / German with English subtitles

 

Set in Berlin, the film is an inside look at the life of an illegal immigrant from Vietnam who must sell cigarettes on the black market in order to survive.

 

GERMANY / USA 11 MIN

DIRECTOR: Dean Yamada

 

Bubbles

Hebrew, English Subtitles

 

The film takes place on a sultry night in Tel Aviv night, the kind that has become a tiring routine. Shira, a woman in her early thirties, is forced to face her inner turmoil and resolve her long lasting conflicts. While waiting for her husband to return from a business trip abroad, she has to take a pregnancy test that will force her to make a choice between two men.

 

ISRAEL 10 MIN

DIRECTOR: Daniela Schlesinger 

 


The Faithful Few

English

 

Jacob is a young man indoctrinated in a small fundamentalist church. An innocent invitation to a secular girl quickly devolves into conflict and Jacob finds himself at odds with his charismatic and overzealous preacher uncle. Ultimately, Jacob must choose between institution and individuality.

 

CANADA 15 MIN

DIRECTOR: Clint Bargen

 

Find Heaven

English

 

The video tells the story of a confused young man seeking answers about life's important questions and shows how an individual lures this young man by telling him that he has the answer to life's ultimate question, how to find heaven. We see the young mans journey and the events that lead to the conclusion he comes to.

 

PAKISTAN 4 MIN

DIRECTOR: Daniyal Noorani

 

Hacia la Vida

English

 

While on the job as funeral crier for hire, Soledad, an older woman meets Salvador, a young man who is there to mourn the death of a woman he never met... his own mother.

 

USA 16 MIN

DIRECTOR: Fidel Arizmendi

 

My Body

English

 

My Body tells the tale of a crisis pregnancy from within and outside the womb. Experience the amazement of a child's journey of self -discovery as he witnesses his rapid development. Endure the agony of a young girl suffering to find support for her situation. Educational, comical, and poignant, this powerful story of life will touch your heart.

 

USA 18 MIN

DIRECTOR: Erika Vega

 

The Moment (Audience Award)

English

 

The Moment is a visual telling of the final ten minutes of a mans life. There are many obvious reasons why he seems unwilling to relinquish his life, however, his only motivation is the undying love between he and his wife.

 

IRELAND 9 MIN

DIRECTOR: Paddy Slattery

 

Paper Flower

Japanese with English subtitles

 

Asuka and Michi are childhood friends growing up in Tokyo. When they each experience heartbreaking losses, they are forced to decide how much of themselves they are willing to give in order to find true love.

 

 

JAPAN / USA 20 MIN

DIRECTOR: Brent Green

 

Regrets (Fidel Goetz Emerging Film Maker Award)

Singhalase with English subtitles

 

She watches television and sees a young boy and his parents being interviewed on the evening news. The boy has won a national competition as the best student public speaker. Suddenly she recognizes the boy's father...

 

SRI LANKA 11 MIN DIRECTOR:

Shalini Tharmalingam

 

 

Smolarze (Charcoal Burners, Winner 1st Prize)

Polish with English subtitles

 

Every summer, Marek and Janina work as charcoal burners in the Bieszczady Mountains. Far from civilization, in the heart of the mountains, they live according to the rhythm set by nature. The documentary joins the man and the woman from dawn till dusk, observing the slow passage of time. A visual anthem to the beauty of life.

 

POLAND 15 MIN

DIRECTOR: Piotr Zlotorowicz

 

The Song of Wandering Eamon (Winner 3rd Prize)

English

 

The Catholic Conscience of Ireland is traced as Eamon wanders the Irish countryside.

 

IRELAND / UNITED KINGDOM 10 MIN

DIRECTOR: Conor Heffernanz

 

Tasnim

Arabic with English subtitles

 

Tasnim, a strong and opinionated 10-year-old, lives with her mother and siblings in a neglected Bedouin village in the Negev. A surprise visit from her father in the village forces her, for the first time in her life, to confront the conservative norms of the family tribe and the fact that she is no longer daddy's-little-girl.

 

ISRAEL 12 MIN

DIRECTOR: Elite Zexer

 

Sharfik (Scarf)

English

 

My latest film is about one family. There's nothing too special about this family except they happened to live during the period of World War II. The most unbearable siege sucks the last drop of life out of once warm family. The true strength of oneself is reached in the most difficult times, when it is needed most.

 

USA 13 MIN

DIRECTOR: Karina Gazizova

 

Spotlight  

Blindness

 

What does it mean to see? So many claim to be those who will see God; to be the ones that do all the right things, and so deserve heaven. Yet, what if that is actually an expression of blindness? What if the one who truly sees is the one who we least expect? Who doesn't look that fancy, but trusts in God's power to change them? 'Blindness' exposes our assumptions as we journey with a blind man who 'sees', desperate for those who are 'blind' to truly see.

 

AUSTRALIA 3 MIN

DIRECTOR: Michael Snowdon

 

I Want to Fly

Shanghainese with English subtitles

 

Many things are missing in their lives as their youthfulness rapidly disappears amidst their colourful dreams of hope. They watch and wait, wondering what will happen to these dreams.

 

SRI LANKA 20 MIN

DIRECTOR: Indrajith Mahawaduge

 

Jitensha (Bicycle)

Japanese with English subtitles

 

"Jitensha" (or "Bicycle") is a story about Mamoru Amagaya, a young man struggling to find meaning in life. A co-worker confronts Mamoru on his apparent apathy in life, and this results in Mamoru leaving his job out of humiliation.

 

JAPAN / USA 21 MIN

DIRECTOR: Dean Yamada

 


Venue  
CINE PAZ

Nice and cosy movie theatre with five halls situated in the city centre of Madrid.

Address
Calle FUENCARRAL, 125
28010 Madrid
Spain