On January 5 and 7 Pioner Cinema will present Best Shorts – Pioner’s selection of seven best short films of the year from Cannes, Venice and Locarno festival competitions.
The screenings will include “Skunk”, directed by Annie Silverstein, the winner of the top prize of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation programme, as well as “Maryam”, directed by Sidi Saleh, the winner of Orizzonti Award for the best short of 71st Venice Film Festival.
1. Skunk, dir. Annie Silverstein (USA, 2014)
2014 Cannes Film Festival First Prize Cinéfondation. Raised by a single mother on an isolated subdivision in rural Texas, fourteen-year-old Leila's deepest connection is with her pack of rescued dogs. On a hot summer morning she wakes to find that her beloved pit bull Bubba has eviscerated a skunk. Leila heads to a nearby swimming hole to bathe him and meets Marco, a neighborhood boy with a chip on his shoulder. Charmed by his attention, Leila lets Marco into her world. But after a tense sexual encounter things spin out of control and Leila is forced to protect what she loves most at the cost of her own innocence.
2. Maryam, dir. Sidi Saleh (Indonesia, 2014)
Winner of the Orizzonti Award for the best short, 71st Venice Film Festival. Maryam is a Muslim stuck in the ritual of another religion with someone who has autism while she is experiencing a difficult inner pressure herself. Will she be able to handle all this pressure at the same time?
3. In overtime, dir. Rami Yasin (Jordan, Palestine, 2014)
Main competition of Venice Film Festival 2014. When 40-year-old Amir visits his ailing father in hospital intending to reveal a long held secret, the nature of their dysfunctional relationship gets in the way. As the two men battle out their differences, the tension mounts on Amir who finally withdraws and leaves. Blinded by rage and his galloping emotions, Amir finds himself stuck between guilt and a desperate need to race back to his father before it's too late.
4. Hole, dir. Martin Edralin (Canada, 2014)
Special prize at Locarno International Film Festival 2014, screened at London Film Festival (BFI) and Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). A daring portrait of a middle-aged disabled man yearning for an intimate connection in his solitary life. Billy roams the city in pursuit of intimacy but his disability proves to be a barrier to his emotional and sexual needs. With no other options, he looks to his caregiver for relief.
5. Sourdough, dir. Fulvio Risuleo (Italy, 2014)
Third place at 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation programme. A classic love triangle. But what happens if the third isn't human? Or rather, it's made of water, flour and honey?
6. 3/105, dir. dir. Diego Opazo, Avelina Prat (Spain, 2014)
Main competition of Venice Film Festival 2014. The film explores the ability of sound to modify the perception of a particular image. Or the ability of an image to suggest a story it does not contain. Or the creative possibilities of the combination of non-synchronic sound and image.
7. Home, sweet home, dir. Pierre Clenet, Alejandro Diaz, Romain Mazevet, Stéphane Paccolat (France, 2014)
2014 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation programme. Every house has its own story, some other have an adventure.
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