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International Short Films 5
Sunday, 11 February


This screening session features 6 short films. All selected films are in English and/or have English subtitles.

LOCATION: Cinema Galeries (studio, room 3), 26 Galerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels

FREE ENTRY: Reservations are not longer possible for this screening. There will still be some seats available just before the screening, which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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Slower Animals (United States) by John Christopher Kelley

While aimlessly following a winter goose migration across the American south, a professor slips in and out of childhood memories that all surround a forgotten trauma.  This short animated film explores the ways we are shaped; both by what we remember and what we forget.

Running time: 00:07:00

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Love is the monster (Costa Rica) by Neto Villalobos Brenes

In a dystopian society a grandmother wants to spend more time with her granddaughter, but a series of events turns what seems to be a perfect afternoon into something else.

Running time: 00:15:41

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The Factory (Iran) by Masoud Saadat

Afrooz is an experienced lawyer who has the power to declare a large but bankrupt factory closed, on the other hand, the workers make a plan together to prevent this from happening.

Running time: 00:19:02

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Demons in the Closet (Germany) by James Smith

A resident is challenged by demons from another realm in his closet.

Running time: 00:01:21

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Most of the Time We Are Just Waiting (Canada) by Molly Shears

Set to the backdrop of her suburban town’s evacuation, Thirteen-year old Nora enlists the help of the boy next door to search for her apathetic big sister, who has snuck out to party with an older boy with questionable intentions.

Running time: 00:19:59

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Hotel Centaur (Greece) by Lino Kafidas, Dimitris Kafidas

The absolute absurdity and meaninglessness of life are explored in this dark piece set in a Greek mountain hotel, with a cast of unlikely characters. At the centre of its enquiry into the absurd is a disenchanted hotelier whose last concern is the management of his establishment. Rather, he engages with his guests and staff as though they exist as proof of his torment, each day repeating a series of eccentric and pointless actions. His staff put up with his behaviour. Each guest that arrives at the Hotel Centaur bears a particular existential burden. From the suicidal boy who reads Kafka and watches his distracted parents dance, to the artist tormented by his blank canvas, to the story’s most  unexpected guest, a Japanese man who for the past ten years – inexplicably – has written a polite weekly letter enquiring after the mythical centaurs of the area, and wishes to be shown these creatures. Each character searches, each search is shown to be absurd, with the story culminating in a brutal tragedy that is fallout of a bad joke, and the confirmation that life provides us with no easy answers.

Running time: 00:24:10

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