MONDAY, 18 APRIL 2022
20:00 - 22:00
This screening session features 6 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Tickets are only 6€ per session, and include a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar afterwards. *All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
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MEANDER (BELGIUM) BY LANDER HAVERALS, SAM GEYSKENS, VINCENT EVERAERTS
Synopsis: Heavily addicted to medication for several years, Valerie has tried to take her own life again. Caught between a disturbing past and a slightly hopeful future, mother and son meet again. Her son Charly is left with little expectations, but will he dare to forgive and hope for a better future nonetheless? Running time: 00:15:10.
Selections/awards: International Short FF Leuven.
About the directors: Lander Haverals' graduation film at LUCA school of arts, "Pure Madness", led the way to a contract at the production house "Woestijnvis", where he worked on "Man Bijt Hond", "De Rechtbank" and "De Recherche". He left “Woestijnvis” to start his own business, "PIXIT" (Pure Madness Productions). Lander's work mostly deals with a well-known but much under- discussed social problem: psychological suffering. His documentary shorts, features and series ("Minds on Mute", "Strokes of madness", "Gek en geniaal", "Mental Cases", "Quatre- mains") have gone on to be selected at numerous festivals and have won several awards. Vincent Everaerts studied film at the “Royal Institute for cinema and sound” (RITCS) in Brussels, where he graduated with a Master in Documentary. The film for his thesis "The Time We Have Left" had its world premiere at Visions du Réel. He is currently working at the production house "De Chinezen" as a director. Sam Geyskens first graduated in Political Science, after which he took up Documentary at the Royal Institute for Cinema, Theater & Sound (RITCS). His graduation short film "Little Bucharest" was selected at various national and international film festivals. This kickstarted his career as a documentary filmmaker within the production house "De Chinezen". His second short film "Guhunga" was awarded best documentary at the L.A. Documentary Festival.
SHREDDED (ISRAEL) BY NOAM STOLERMAN
Synopsis: An aging bodybuilder is on the path to becoming a champion. Moments before emerging as a finalist, he might face heartache. Running time: 00:16:30.
Selections/awards: Austin FF, PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights FF), SF Shorts, Brussels Independent FF, Miami Jewish FF, Mammoth Lakes FF, Athens Int. Film and Video FF, Ethnocineca - International Documentary FF Vienna, and more.
About the director: Noam Stolerman is a director, screenwriter and editor. He fell in love with cinema at the age of 6. After graduating from film studies he began working as an assistant director in various Israeli and international film productions. In 2017 released his first documentary feature film, "The Dreamers' Field", which screened at various film festivals around the world and won international awards. Noam is currently developing his next feature film, "At least Not Today", a documentary about his father's dying days.
CASCADE (BELGIUM) BY BO VERPOTEN
Synopsis: At a summer camp in green Wallonia, a group of girls gathers. Isolated from their parents and society, there is room to get to know each other and themselves better. Running time: 00:12:59.
THE FACE OF THE FLAT (NETHERLANDS/BELGIUM) BY THIEU KESSELS
Synopsis: In times of Covid your house becomes the most important place. This film portrays a vertical village on the outskirts of Ghent. Running time: 00:12:25.
WE ARE NOT FRIENDS (POLAND) BY ALICJA SOKÓŁ
Synopsis: Two women joined together by prison time, find comfort in each other. They are inseparable. Every Friday they broadcast on the prison radio. When one of their sentences is coming to an end, they start to question their friendship. They are fully aware that life behind the bars is governed by its laws. Their relationship is doomed to fail, even though for the last few difficult years they could only count on each other. Running time: 00:17:34.
I DON'T FEEL AT HOME ANYWHERE ANYMORE (BELGIUM) BY VIV LI
Synopsis: A wistful but witty account of a trip to Beijing by an art student who has been abroad for ten years. Her stay with her family mercilessly exposes how uprooted she has become by her life abroad. Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Int. Documentary FF Amsterdam, Beijing Int. Short FF, Aesthetica Short FF, DocuDays IFF, Encounters Int. Documentary FF, Dresden Int. Short FF, Leiden Shorts, MakeDox Creative Documentary (Onion Seed Award), Diaspora Short FF (Best Film in Foreign Language).
About the director: Viv Li is a Chinese filmmaker, writer and comedian based in Berlin and Beijing. She is a Berlinale Talents Alumni, Nipkow Fellow, IDFAcademy Alumni and the recipient of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Viv holds an MA in Documentary Directing from DocNomads and a BA in Drama and Film Studies from the University of Manchester. Before turning to film directing, she was an active stand-up comedian. Viv has gained extensive experience in film and media working with clients such as Vogue China, Fashion One, HBO and FAZN. Her films have been screened and awarded internationally.