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Demetera 2020 – Official Selection

NARRATIVE SHORT

THE HOUSE OF LEKEITIO – WINNER

Director Jasone Urgoitia Urrutia
Spain
18:39

Two sisters that have not spoken to each other in a year inherit the family home. Mysteriously trapped inside, they have no other option than to resolve their problems and come to an agreement.

EXTRA INNINGS – AUDIENCE AWARDS

Director John Gray
United States
8:34

A reporter interviews the manager of the Boston Red Sox in an attempt to uncover secrets from his past.

OSLO


Director Shady Srour
Israel
15:50

Ziad, a Palestinian day laborer, is denied entry into Israel for work that day. Not wanting to return home empty handed after promising his daughter meat for dinner, he needs to get creative. A poetic and tragic reflection on the everyday struggle of Palestinian breadwinners.

INSTANT DOCTOR

Directors Youth, Diogo Gameiro
United States
6:40

What will the future of healthcare hold? Will algorithms eclipse doctors entirely? We hope not. Instant doctor is a short film to show appreciation for doctors and healthcare human workers everywhere.

THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME

Director Marc Saez
France
13:56

A man, a woman, a payback.

M O R I T U R I

Director Léo Lebesgue
France
16:22

It’s been six months. Six months Marie has not seen her brother, Max. One night she wakes up at a bus stop, a place she and her brother used to spend a lot of time together. And, out of nowhere, Max finally decides to show up.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ASTRONAUT – PRIX DU JURY

Directors Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff, Jurgen Hansen
France
28:00

Take a ride into space with the European youngest’s astronaut Thomas PESQUET and the Nasa’s astronaut Peggy WHITSON, world record holder for longest time spent in space. Relive their extraordinary 6-month space journey with an immersive power of IMAX LASER 4K technology and spatialized sound!

Ghazipur, in the shadow of the landfill – WINNER

Directors Maxime Priou, Arthur Rayssiguier, Marin Guillochon
France
29:00

You can only see it overhanging the horizon, the waste mountain of Ghazipur. As tall as the Taj Mahal, 70 meters of garbages rise above the city that surrounds it, New Delhi.
Located in the eastern part of the capital, it exists since thirty years.
Its growth quickly became out of control: here converge the millions of tonnes of garbages from a megalopolis estimated at 30 millions inhabitants.

L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP

Director Sam Vinal
United States
24:17

LOGLINE
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

STORY SYNOPSIS
L’EAU EST LA VIE: FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP follows water protector Cherri Foytlin as she leads us on a no nonsense journey of Indigenous resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP) in the swamps of Louisiana. At the film’s opening, viewers are introduced to the Atchafalaya Basin, which was once a Maroon colony–a critical hub of Indigenous and black resistance. Cherri recounts her first-hand experience with the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil spill and how it devastated a local crawfisher man and his way of life. This event caused Cherri to take a hard look in the mirror and ask herself–how did I contribute to this and what can I do to change it? It’s in that moment that the fire of resistance is ignited and Cherri’s life takes a sharp turn. This seed grows into the L’eau Est La Vie Indigenous resistance camp led by a council of Indigenous women, including Cherri Foytlin and Anne White Hat. As the documentary unfolds, we get an on the ground glimpse into the 100+ non-violent direct actions that laid the base for the strongest resistance in Louisiana history.

Imagine a badass environmental activist dressed in red, with matching painted finger and toe nails, climbing a pipeline crane 60 feet in the air to shutdown a worksite. Imagine a fierce Indigenous warrior making a powerful call for public support when the police have their boot on her back and their arms around her throat. Picture what’s possible when people decide to fight for their community and bend the arc of justice to the grassroots.

The backlash to Cherri’s work has been ongoing death threats and physical violence. And although that violence was meant to silence her, we hear from Cherri that it actually took away her fear and emboldened her organizing. This film delves into the complex reasons that compel organizers to risk everything, including their lives, to protect their communities from irreversible corporate harm.

“If our leaders won’t stand up to stop this pipeline and protect our water, then we the people of Louisiana will. We are building the L’eau Est La Vie camp to protect our water and our way of life from the Bayou Bridge pipeline.” -L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp Statement

The L’Eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp is an Indigenous resistance camp fighting the Bayou Bridge pipeline from a place of love. Bayou Lafourche provides drinking water for 300,000 people. That drinking water will be contaminated when (not if) this pipeline leaks. The fight for water didn’t end in Standing Rock. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is an extension of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) built by Energy Transfer Partners. We’ll hear from Patch, a water protector, who followed the black snake (pipeline) from his homeland in the Dakotas down to the swamps of Louisiana.

Next the film travels to the Black historical Freetown community of Saint James Parish in “Cancer Alley,” Louisiana. We meet Eve Butler and Sharon Lavigne, residents who are fighting back against industry and the Bayou Bridge Pipeline that’s trying to get into their already poisoned community. The film takes us to a march against a new chemical plant that wants to come in, Sharon’s daughter chokes up as she tells her community about her 3-year old child whose “nose doesn’t work” due to the overwhelming petrochemicals in the area. Saint James residents are plagued by environmental racism which manifests as debilitating cancer, birth defects, asthma and skin conditions. That’s why it’s critical that L’Eau Est La Vie Camp and the St. James community are fighting back together.

This documentary is grounded in Indigenous world views that, to the world’s detriment, have been historically marginalized or actively and violently erased. Through Cherri’s charisma, humor, and heart-felt facility with words, a multigenerational audience from diverse backgrounds can connect to her humanity and be pulled into the larger struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty. Cherri brings to the forefront the possibility of resistance, perseverance, and the power of what is possible, even in the midst of deep personal pain and a multinational corporation with billions of dollars and the backing of state forces.

The film reveals that this struggle is not over a singular pipeline. Rather, the pipeline is one piece of an ongoing legacy of colonization and slow genocide. At the heart of the struggle is a battle between people and profit. We learn from Cherri that to confront the multiple interconnected issues threatening our planet, we must be radical in our imagination and bold in our actions–and that most of all that the fight must be rooted in deep love.

The fight for water and life continues in the Bayous of Louisiana! Come along on the journey.

ANTARCTICA. Slides of Life

Director ANDRII ANDREIEV
Ukraine
7:17

Antarctica – unique place on the Planet Earth. It is like a time machine when you get to the world where the animals are not afraid of the human beings like it was long time ago. The times when they did not know that the humans can hurt them. The place where you get to the illusion of harmonious co-existence of them and us. The place where your mind relaxes in pleasure among these amazing landscapes 360 degrees around. We, the creators of this film, belong to the category of the people whose happiness depend on the connection with the nature, on contemplating the splendor of it in live. When we behold the wild nature, we feel greatly the necessity of its existence. One can talk about the ethical aspects of preserving it, argue that the world is not created just for the humans and that we should respect the other beings etc. But as for us, our love to nature is so strong, that our own egoism dominates even over these ethical principles. Existence of the wildlife is vital for ourselves! As without this beauty, we personally won’t have so happy and fulfilling life! If humanity degrades so strong as to destroy it completely, our minds will deep in sadness forever and nothing else will fill in this hole in the souls! Contemplating and admiring of the nature brings you to the most delicate states of the mind and sensations, purify and open the heart. It hints that there is something else beyond, something much greater… Nature with its beauty is a part of us!

Our goal is to show this beauty to as many people as possible in order to let them fall in love with it so strongly as we do. We are sure that this love will help to preserve it and take right decisions when it comes to decide to destroy or to save. And with those who are already on the same way, we want to share this film to enjoy.

Our dream – the world where humanity and scientific progress coexist with the wild nature and the animals without destroying and killing it.
Harmony and joy to all of us!

ANIMATED SHORT

THE WEDDING CAKE – WINNER

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Director Monica Mazzitelli
Sweden
3:58

A young woman is forced to become a prostitute in order to settle her ex-husband’s debts. Her destiny is narrated through Playmobil figurines and a wedding cake that disappears along with the woman’s illusions.

INCIDENTS – WAY HOME

Director Jessica Laurén
Sweden
7:15

An autobiographical film about men getting in the way, divided into three chapters; 12 years, 18 years and 24 years. Each chapter is about an incident of sexual harassment when director Jessica is on her way home.

STRANGE FISH

Director Steven Subotnick
United States
3:45

The blindness of evolution

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

SUPERNOVA – WINNER

Director Laís Sambugaro
Brazil
3:14

A reflexion about nature, culture, control and sexuality.

MAKING MEN


Director Antoine Panier
Belgium
10:00

Making Men examines the question of masculinity. This dance film zooms in on 4 individuals in the process of becoming men. As is expected, they proceed unquestioningly into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society.

However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. They feel uncertainty but also something else, harder to define…

Shot in the breathtaking landscape of Zimbabwe, the film features strong and rhythmical choreography but also a special camera work that intensifies emotions inspired by the movement.

ZED’S DREAM

Director Julian OLARIU
France
6:00

He left. Everyone said he disappeared. His room, his belongings, his documents, everything remained as if he would come back.
A few days later, I felt he was still there but no one could see him.
I saw him several times : in India in 1937, in Bucharest in 1979, in a garden in Paris in 2010, on a bridge in Nashville in 2016, and for the last time, in the subway in New York in 2017. I don’t know if he recognized me but I’m sure he KNOWS.

PYKNOLEPSY

Director Seung-Eun Jung
Korea, Republic of
5:00

This film was produced for criticizing the speed-driven modern society through high-speed train, using Paul Virilio’s concept of Pyknolepsy.

BETH’s THREE O’CLOCK WITH DR. HARLOW

Director Emma Penaz Eisner
United States
2:06

Beth discloses a recent dream to her analyst. A vivid study of casual brutality and failed empathy, this surrealistic film intermixes stop motion animation with live action sequences.

MUSIC VIDEO

REFUGEE – WINNER

Director Morgan Matyjasik
in Music Video
France
4:55

Guided by the stars, a biker explore the cosmos on the roads of an imaginary world.

CELLO

Director Alberto Nacci
Italy
9.10

CELLO is the 11th short film of the Body&Sound series by Alberto Nacci. A movie about the relationship between a Swiss musician (Alessandra Doninelli) and her musical instrument (cello).
Written and directed by Alberto Nacci

Alessandra Doninelli, cello
Music by Zoltan Kodaly
I movement Sonata for Cello Solo op. 8.
Audio recording by Dario Ravelli/ Suonovivo Recording Studio
Produced by Alberto Nacci/ajpstudios.

VR SHORT

SWING – WINNER

Director Mari Jaye Blanchard
United States
5:30

On the playground, a frustrated girl’s jealousy clouds her inner thoughts and takes her deeper into hell, where a simple solution eludes her.

THE BIRD I MADE

Directors Seo Kim(Minkyung Kim), Youngho Myung
Korea, Republic of
15:00

It’s a VR film based on a boy’s natural observation journal, The Bird I Made. After the fourth nuclear explosion, all humans and creatures perish. In the world, only the souls of birds and the plastic sculptures made by humans are floating in the sky. You will become one of the pieces and join the process of combining the souls of the birds with the pieces to create a new world of birds. From now on, the feast of wonderful birds awaits you.