Shorts Competition. Block 3

dir. Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko ("waking up in silence"); Morgane Frund ("Bear"); Alice Brygo ("Ardent Other"); Joanna Krzyżewska ("Getting To Know You"); / Germany, Ukraine, 2022 ("waking up in silence"); Switzerland, 2022 ("Bear"); France, 2022 ("Ardent Other"); Poland, 2022 ("Getting To Know You") /
Special Mention in the Short Film Competition: "Getting To Know You", dir. Joanna Krzyżewska
The Shorts Competition is a selection of documentaries from all around the world, each under 45 minutes. Thanks to their diverse subject matter, they constitute an ideal starting point from which to explore the issues addressed in the feature-length films presented at the festival.

waking up in silence
Germany, Ukraine, 2022, 18 min
Directed by: Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko
Cinematography by: Tobias Blickle
Production: Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi / Le Fresnoy
Editing: Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko
Selected festivals and awards: 2023 – Berlinale

The film is presented as part of the Doc Alliance film section

A former military barracks of the Wehrmacht now serves as a refugee camp for people from Ukraine. "Waking up in silence" accompanies the children on their journey, where their own history meets that of the barracks. A moment between past and future, war and silence, departure, and arrival, which depicts a portrait of German history and its present through the eyes of its young protagonists.

Bear
Switzerland, 2022, 19 min
Directed by: Morgane Frund
Cinematography by: Samuel Röösli
Production: Volko Kamensky / Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst
Editing: Selin Dettwiler
Selected festivals and awards: 2023 – Berlinale IFF

An amateur filmmaker who has filmed bears for years, contacts a film school looking for someone to edit his images into a film. A student comes forward. But when she digitises his archive, she discovers that the recordings are not only of bears. A discussion ensues about the power of a gaze and its voyeuristic violence.

Ardent Other
France, 2022, 16 min
Directed by: Alice Brygo
Cinematography by: Alice Brygo
Production: Luc-Jérôme Bailleul / Le Fresnoy
Editing: Alice Brygo

A stunned crowd faces a fire. The threat has no name, a diffuse anguish spreads. Fear needs to be conjured, fire must be turned into a sign.

Getting To Know You
Poland, 2022, 30 min
Directed by: Joanna Krzyżewska
Cinematography by: Karol Grabiec, Joanna Krzyżewska
Production: Filip Marczewski, Katarzyna Madaj-Kozłowska / Wajda Studio Sp. z o.o.
Editing: Krystyna Rachwał
Selected festivals and awards: 2023 – Millennium Docs Against Gravity Warsaw: World Premiere

Surprised by the unexpected pregnancy, the couple decides to capture this peculiar time in their lives on film. The mobile phone they pass from one to another witnesses their everyday life and instigates questions and doubts. She experiences extreme emotions that should better be hidden than revealed. He consequently renovates the flat and feels that there is no room for his weakness. However, they try to hold hands. Everyday life exposes the dynamics of a couple who have to get to know each other once again.

country:
Germany, Ukraine, 2022 ("waking up in silence"); Switzerland, 2022 ("Bear"); France, 2022 ("Ardent Other"); Poland, 2022 ("Getting To Know You")
director:
Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko ("waking up in silence"); Morgane Frund ("Bear"); Alice Brygo ("Ardent Other"); Joanna Krzyżewska ("Getting To Know You");
cinematography:
Tobias Blickle ("waking up in silence"); Samuel Röösli ("Bear"); Alice Brygo ("Ardent Other"); Karol Grabiec, Joanna Krzyżewska ("Getting To Know You");
producer:
Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi / Le Fresnoy ("waking up in silence"); Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi / Le Fresnoy ("Bear"); Luc-Jérôme Bailleul / Le Fresnoy ("Ardent Other"); Filip Marczewski, Katarzyna Madaj-Kozłowska / Wajda Studio Sp. z o.o. ("Getting To Know You");
selected festivals and awards:
2023 – Berlinale ("waking up in silence"); 2023 – Berlinale ("Bear"); 2023 - Millennium Docs Against Gravity Warsaw: World Premiere
sections:
Short films
competitions:
Best Short Film Award
tags:
politics love story history Polish films religions psychology freedom of speech art Europe human rights cities relations war awarded Ukraine growing up

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