Thursday, 16 Dec 2021
This screening session features 6 films. All films are english spoken and/or english subtitled.
Tickets are 4€ and include a free drink at the bar after the screening session. We'll also plant one tree per ticket sold with Tree Plan.
Reserve your tickets HERE, or get them at the Babylon ticket office just before the screening. First come, first served.
Proof of full vaccination or recovery will be required.
PANDEMIA (HONG KONG) BY YIANNIS BILIRIS
Synopsis: Messaging. Social media scrolling. Multitasking. Social Distancing. Filmed a year before the Covid-19 outbreak, this short is about our ability to create own distancing with our peers, even when we are free to choose where to go and what to do. Running time: 00:03:47.
Festivals: Boston Short FF.
About the director: Yiannis Biliris is a videographer from Greece and now Creative Director of Visual Suspect, the video production company he co-founded in Hong Kong. With the main background in documentary and experience in diverse production houses, including editing for the multi-awarded documentary series Exandas, he developed strong skill in the art of audiovisual material. After a few years working in his country, his will to explore and experiment different horizons led him to travel through more than 50 countries, where he documented various stories. Noticed for his talent by some art galleries along the way, Yiannis then produced artworks today exposed in hospitality places of several countries.
DISPLACEMENT (POLAND) BY JACEK JĘDRZEJCZAK
Synopsis: This documentary is a recording of one of the autotherapy sessions conducted in Institute 116 in Warsaw. The topic is the displaced aggression , i.e. redirecting aggression from its initial and unavailable source towards a different , more accessible target. This intimate session was conducted and recorded by Jacek Jedrzejczak psychologist and artist. The participant was Irenka Kaczurowska. Running time: 00:06:37.
Festivals: Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, ARFF Amsterdam, Doc.Berlin, and more.
About the director: Born in Warsaw, where he lives and works. A member of The Union of Polish Art Photographers and an art photographer himself. Also involved in video art and visual experiment in various fields of art. Publications, exhibitions and prizes both in Poland and abroad. For many years he has been exploring issues related to 'psycho-photography', 'photo-therapy' and work with body. In the last few years fascinated by the connection between sound and film image. He creates individual projects and cooperates with many experimental musicians such as Tadeusz Sudnik, Bogdan Mizerski and Andrzej Rejman. Creator and founder of Instytut 116 and Art and Psyche publishing house. Observer of the Decentrism trend. Lecturer, art collector.
PORTA CHIUSA (ITALY) BY MICHELE GALLONE, CHRISTIAN MARSIGLIA
Synopsis: There is a cottage, isolated in the woods of the Tuscan hills. Inside, a controversial form of psychotherapy is practiced. As if under a spell, the young participants follow Elena's instructions, the guide. They fidget, confess, sometimes get lost. What is the border between truth and artifice? Running time: 00:20:00.
Festivals: Verona IFF (Best Documentary Short Film).
About the directors: Michele Gallone (Milan,1992) obtained a MA in Philosophy at the University of Milan. Since 2018 he has been studying Editing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome office. He has worked as an editor and screenwriter on several short films and documentaries, some of which have been selected at international festivals. In 2020 he won the Mattador Training Scholarship for the best feature film subject. Christian Marseille (Capri, 1995) began his professional career by making commercials and video clips, and then approached cinema by editing several short films and documentaries, some of which were selected at international festivals. Since 2018 he has been studying Editing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome office. In 2020, the short film he edited "J’Ador" wins the award for Best Short at the Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival.
NEIGHBORS (GERMANY) BY PARY EL-QALQILI, CHRISTIANE SCHMIDT
Synopsis: It is deep winter. We are standing in a forest, in the snow. In front of us is the refugee shelter that had been set on fire. Some boys are playing in the snow. Their laughter echoes through the forest. Running time: 00:25:00.
Festivals: Duisburger Filmwoche, Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg, Dokumentarfilmfestival Karlsruhe, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg.
About the directors: Pary El-Qalqili works at the intersection of film, curation and teaching. In her cinematic work, Ishe explores nonlinear narratives that challenge hegemonic storytelling. Looking at life that has been disrupted, uprooted, colonized and marginalized, she understands fragmentary narrative forms that embrace ruptures, gaps and irritation as key to decolonize not only my/our gaze, but also her/our mind. At the core of her cinematic search is the urge for liberation from rigid forms of story-telling and production. Christiane Schmidt (1978) is a filmmaker and DoP who lives in Berlin. She studied Political Science and Science of Art at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. She graduated in 2013 from the Department of Documentary Film and Cinematography at the University of Television and Film, Munich. Her movie „Pădurea e ca muntele, vezi ?“ was premiered at the Berlinale Forum 2014, winning the Newcomer Prize of the Duisburg Filmweek and the Newcomer Prize for Cinematography at the IFFF Dortmund/ Köln 2015.
THE SCROLL OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH (CANADA) BY JAKE KOVNAT
Synopsis: I work after his voice and do exactly what he says to do... He put up what colors he want. I don't know about them. / Director Jake Kovnat: "One day, in May of 2018 as I was driving through Niagara Falls, NY, I passed a home unlike anything I had ever seen before. I slammed on the brakes and reversed to take some pictures of this stunning and unusual work of art tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. As I finished, a man who was sitting across the street called me over to talk. His name was Isaiah and the conversation that began on that day culminated in this short film. Maybe our encounter was meant to be. In honor of Isaiah, I hope you enjoy it." Running time: 00:03:08.
Festivals: Toronto Arthouse FF, Doc.World Documentary Film Festivals, and more.
About the director: Jake Kovnat is a director working mostly on commercials, but also documentaries and music videos. His short documentary "On Days Like These We Must Surf" (2016) about a crazy group of surfers who chase icy waves on The Great Lakes, played at a number of festivals worldwide and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
GOOD GIRLS DON'T GET BEATEN (BELARUS) BY HALINA ADAMOVICH
Synopsis: Excessive use of force in self-defense is among the most wide-spread reasons why women are put in prison. Over 140 countries of the world have laws against domestic violence. There’s no such law in the Republic of Belarus. Running time: 00:52:00.
Festivals: WATCH DOCS Belarus, Verona IFF (Best Documentary Feature Film), Doc.Sydney, and more.
About the director: Galina Adamovich was born in Minsk. In 1994 she graduated from the Documentary Films Department of the Belarusian Academy of Arts.Since then, she has been working as a filmmaker. Galina Adamovich is one of the most interesting documentary film directors in Belarus, and is also well-known in the international community. Almost all of her works were awarded at different international festivals? Her film “Oh my God!” received more than fifteen awards, one of which is the Grand Prix at the Class A International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.