EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2023: SHORT FILM NOMINEES
In cooperation with the European Film Academy, we will be showing a very special short film program on Saturday, November 18. You can see the five works that have just been nominated for the European Short Film category at the European Film Awards. Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to see this exclusive short film reel!
Since the European Film Academy was founded in 1989, its mission has been to support and network its 4,600 members and to honor and promote their work. The goal is to share knowledge and bring European cinema to audiences of all ages. The Academy strives to unite all those who love European cinema, with the Month of European Cinema, including the European Film Awards ceremony, being a highlight each year from November to early December.
Not only are outstanding achievements in feature-length film honored here, but short films as well — including school films by fresh, young talented directors. The European Film Academy added the European Short Film category in 1998. The most recent winners of this prestigious award have been GRANNY’S SEXUAL LIFE (2022), MY UNCLE TUDOR (2021), and ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK (2020).
France, Hungary 2023 • Director: Flóra Anna Buda • 10 min • Hungarian with English subtitles
Alice has turned 27 today. Even though she feels a bit suffocated, she still lives with her parents and tends to live in her dreams in order to escape her dreary everyday life. Drunk after a psychedelic party on a factory roof, she has a serious bike accident. Will this give her the courage to become an adult?
Spain 2023 • Director: Manuel Muñoz Rivas • 27 min • Spanish with English subtitles
On board a ferry, a group of passengers cross a river. Some of the travelers wrap themselves in silence and observe their unfamiliar fellow passengers or contemplate the scenery. Others chat, perhaps to liven up the voyage and speed things up. The journey across the water appears to lengthen, the shore at the destination moves further away, the scale of distance becomes blurred. Motion itself is perhaps all that is certain.
DAYDREAMING SO VIVIDLY ABOUT OUR SPANISH HOLIDAYS (LA HERIDA LUMINOSA)
Spain 2022 • Director: Christian Avilés • 24 min • English, Spanish with English subtitles
Sun-starved teenagers take a dreamy trip to the Balearic Islands in pursuit of light and warmth. They must absorb it and be a vessel in order to transport it back to their heavily clouded kingdom.
FLORES DEL OTRO PATIO
Switzerland, Colombia 2022 • Director: Jorge Cadena • 16 min • Spanish with English subtitles
In the Colombian Caribbean, a group of queer activists practice a militancy that challenges heteropatriarchal norms while engaging in other causes to collectively fight against the various social injustices that plague the region. When the management of the country’s largest coal mine announces a press conference to promote the development of mining, the group prepares to carry out a denunciatory — and resolutely queer — performative act.
Austria 2022 • Directors: Susanna Flock, Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel, Michael Stumpf • 21 min • English with English subtitles
HARDLY WORKING turns a spotlight on the very characters that normally remain in the background of video games: NPCs. These non-player characters populate the digital world as extras in order to create the appearance of normality. A laundress, a stable boy, a street sweeper and a carpenter are observed with ethnographic precision. They are Sisyphean machines whose labor routines and activity patterns as well as bugs and malfunctions paint a vivid analogy to work under capitalism.