Short!

Programme 2005

In 'Short!'

Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

With Heaven's Gate, Ahwesh employs a strategy similar to that used in 73 Suspect Words: against a blank screen, a metronomic procession of single words unfolds, gradually building into a cool, minimal portrait of the apocalyptic paranoia that runs through the American social body. While 73 Suspect Words appropriated text from the writings of Theodore Kaczynski, aka the "Unabomber," Heaven's Gate takes up words from the Web site of the cult organization of that name, whose beliefs in extraterrestrial contact led to their 1997 mass suicide.

Peggy Ahwesh
  • 4'

  • USA

IFFR 2005

Rosecolored Flower

Rosecolored Flower

A rose in a glass vase on the windowsill. Soft Vermeer-like light falling into the dusky room, and playing through the crystal-clear water. Most of all, this yields a 'beautiful' picture, well-framed, wonderful colours, tone and shades. Throughout the video, the camera behaves like the eye of someone who wants to drink in this beauty to his heart's content. Concentration and a zen-like focus on the aesthetic experience makes the components unfold. Change of light, shifts of colour, blurred spots, red-and-black counterpoints and more of that kind, build up an intensity that culminates in the viewer's literally being sucked into the image. Or rather, into one single spot which, as a component aspect, probably contains all the beauty of the whole - analogous to the Proustian yellow spot on a wall in Vermeer's 'View on Delft'. Through this wormhole, our gaze disappears, to be chastened and thereby to adopt a totally different perspective.

Shiho Kano
  • 12'

  • Japan

IFFR 2005

The Summer Vacation of that Year

The Summer Vacation of that Year

The film deals with a boy's summer holidays in a remote village in 1992. Little Fatty has been assigned by his mother to some work, including feeding pigs and finishing his homework. But instead, Little Fatty spends his time with his friends swimming, fishing, fighting, stealing watermelon, and gets cursed by his parents when they find out. When the school term resumes, Little Fatty wants a watch, but is refused by his mother. In the end, Little Fatty paints a watch on his wrist.

Wang Yaofeng
  • 28'

  • China

IFFR 2005

International premiere

TV5 Tiger Cub Competition - Part 2

TV5 Tiger Cub Competition - Part 2

De following films part of the Tiger Cub Award Competition will be presented to the jury and audience: A Espera - Ernesto Sollis / Can & Slippers - Khavn De La Cruz / The Donkey - Areg Azatian / Tlahuelpuchi - Fabiola del Carmen Ramos / Subrosa - Karoe Goldt / Fifteen Years - Aslan Galazov / Dajang Soembi - Edwin / From the Window of my Room - Cao Guimaraes / La guerra de los gimnasios - Diego Lerman. For more information please see the individual titles.

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TV5 Tiger Cub Competition - Part 5

TV5 Tiger Cub Competition - Part 5

De following films part of the Tiger Cub Award Competition will be presented to the jury and audience: Tube - Christopher Steele / Resonance of Tears - Atsuhiko Watanabe / Mio fratello Yang - Gianluca & Massimiliano De Serio / Night in a Hotel - Matus Libovic / Interlude - Joost van Veen / Night School - Simon Green / Ringo - Conall Jones, Alfred Secombe / Tuesday's Women - Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis. For more information please see the individual titles.

IFFR 2005

Van de koele meren des doods

Van de koele meren des doods

A lady in a Seventeenth Century dress stands on the edge of a lake and looks out over the water. When we approach her the lady lifts her dress up and we disappear underneath her skirts. In there a small theatre piece takes place. A young farm boy proclaims, and acts out how he was seduced by a fallen woman, in front of a live audience. Later he finds her defiled corpse back on a field. A short bit of black and white footage shows what has really happened, or at least what the boy claims has happened. A story about the loss of innocence, and a 'whodunnit' as well.

Jeroen Eisinga
  • 8'

  • Netherlands

IFFR 2005