Shortcutz Berlin – Session #58 (June 21)

This week’s Competition Shorts are:

Short #1: ”” by Natasha Todd
2011, 6.30 min
Synopsis: Me, is the moment when the protagonist, after weeks of loneliness and struggling to integrate society, has reached her limit of desperation to feel something from her surroundings, all that there is left is herself in her purest state of vulnerability. It’s a turning point when there is nothing else left to loose. So she is forced to face herself (cut her hair) and leave her apartment.

Sky, is when she begins to feel reconnected with the world, though still slightly detached she knows that her surrounds bring form and can cast shadows. Almost as if she’s having to re-remember how things look and feel.

And finally City, shows the more human aspect of her environment. She is surrounded by lights in darkness, where people are the lights slowly starting to guide her. Eventually leading her to one person; a stranger who is a lost observer in the city just like herself.

Short #2: “Ente, Tod und Tulpe” by  Andrea Simon, Fabio Stoll und Andreas J. Etter
2011, 15 min
Synopsis: Two girls have lost their mother. They visit an uncle. They have to get along with each other. Reading the book “Duck, Death and Tulip”, they imagine solutions as a dance. In reality they find into a closer more peaceful relationship.

This Week’s Guest Short: “Danaus Gilippus” by Johanna Wagner
2010, 10 min
Synopsis: Danaus Gilippus is a study into mental illness. The protagonist Nora, is taken into hospital after experiencing hallucinations and delusions of grandeur in which she believes she is the Queen of Butterflies. The film is an experiment in trying to use subjective camera throughout the entire film, making the viewer experience the world through Nora’s eyes.

Our Special Guest for this week is filmmaker Siouxzi Mernagh. Siouxzi is an award-winning writer and moving-image maker, now based in Berlin for the third time. Earlier this year, she exhibited a two-week solo show in Sydney for Alaska Projects, which involved an installation built around her most recent  film work ‘Exit’, and also featured live and recorded extracts from her forthcoming novel ‘The Peep Show’. Since completing a film fellowship at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, her films ‘Exit’, and ‘The Dangers’ premiered at the ICI and have since been shown in galleries and festivals throughout Australia and Europe.

Join us at the Filmkunst Bar FitzcarraldoReichenberger Straße 133 in Kreuzberg. The session starts as always at 8:30 pm and the screening at 9 pm. Entrance is and will remain free.

See you all on Thursday!


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