Welcome to our La Guarimba International Film Festival Selection 2017! Our new short film program is back! Fiction, Animation, Documentaries, Videoclips, Experimental, Strange, Very-Dark-Comedies… With some of the wildest and imaginative short film stories by new filmmaker talent from all around the world. Our 5th edition will take place by the sea & under the stars the 7th to the 11th August 2017 in Amantea, Italy. We’re delighted to have you embark on this strange and beautiful journey!
Let's bleat! (Bêlons)
El Mehdi Azzam | 2016 | 26’11” | FRANCE
On the eve of the Festival of the Sacrifice, Kamal is kicked out of his uncle’s place, where he used to live, in Marrakech’s suburb. He seeks refuge at his father’s, an old misfit…
Daniel Mulloy | 2016 | 19’53″| KOSOVO
As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, this twenty minute film follows a comfortable English family who experience a life-changing journey of their own.
Oh what a wonderful feeling
François Jaros | 2016 | 14’46” | CANADA
Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires. Nor any truck.
Stefanie Kolk | 2016| 22’55″| NETHERLANDS
A tight-knit group of people live and work at a derelict farm. No one knows the woman in a black raincoat who has been wandering around their land all day.
TAPETTE (MICHEL'S MOUSE)
Satya Dusaugey | 2016 | 25’10″| FRANCE
Just when he is about to move in with his girlfriend, Michel is overcome with anxiety. To avoid commitment, he’ll convince himself he’s homosexual.
Ena Sendijarević | 2016 |16’47” | NETHERLANDS
A young Bosnian refugee family ends up in a small village in the Netherlands after getting a residence permit in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they are trying to make this new world their home.
Simón Mesa Soto | 2016 | 14’00″| SWEDEN / COLOMBIA
16 year-old Andrea comes down from her poor neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porno film.
Konstantina Kotzamani | 2016 | 29’50” | GREECE
The leopard shall lie down with the goat.
The wolves shall live with the lambs.
And the young boy will lead them.
12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…
At my home (A Casa Mia)
Mario Piredda| 2016| 18’57” | ITALY
Left alone as only inhabitants of a deserted fishermen village, two elderly, Lucia and Peppino, live in the hope that winter will never end.
Justyna Mytnik | 2016 | 14’02” | POLAND
It is a dark fairy tale about loneliness. Susie and Maurice live together in a tower block infested with surreal pigeons.
The Troubled Troubadour
Forest Ian Etsler & Sébastien Simon | 2016 | 23’01″| SOUTH KOREA
Two middle-aged Japanese men, a hubristic musician and his stoic companion, travel aboard a wheeled canoe on abandoned train tracks along the Southern coast of Korea.
Food For Thought
Davide Gentile | 2016 | 12’20″| UK
We don’t have anything against some occasional comfort food. We actually quite enjoy it.
But constant unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are silent killers responsible for millions of deaths worldwide.
Jilien Silloray | 2016| 27’37″| GUADELOUPE
Féfé’s just got his heart broken for the first time. He’s 65 years old.
Forest of Echoes
Luz Olivares Capelle| 2016| 30’00″| AUSTRIA
On summer holiday, deep in the woods, three kids, cousins, are playing around a lake when they find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. What is real and what is a mirage? Who is dreaming and who is being dreamed?
Sylvain Dieuaide| 2016| 18’40″| FRANCE
The day Guillaume is fired, he meets his replacement, Tom.
Changing gears (Aussetzer)
Benjamin Vornehm | 2016 |19’00″| GERMANY
Klaras’ job is to clear out apartments, day after day, until she meets Friedrich in one of them. He should have left his apartment for his retirement home a long time ago – but is determined to keep his freedom.
Syni Pappa | 2015| 14’02″| GREECE
In the – near future- decadent metropolis of Athens suicide is illegal, while citizens have no other desire but to die.
Maaike Neuville | 2017 | 23’49″| BELGIUM
Gus and his pregnant girlfriend Anna are on holiday. During their nightly walk to a spot near the water, Anna makes a confession. Can the couple, amidst the wildness of nature and under a full moon, overcome the conflict? Will they reach their idyllic spot?
One seat in the plane
(Une place dans l’avion) | Khadidiatou Sow | 2016 | 16’25″| SENEGAL
A radio station announces that a special aircraft to the US is at the disposal of any traveller wishing to emigrate,on demand.
But there is a limited number of places. Moussa, who has always dreamt of leaving, decides to set off.
Jasmijn Schrofer | 2016 | 16’38” | NETHERLANDS
Tarikat is a visual poem of a journey towards enlightenment. Called by a mystic dream, Derya finds herself among souls steeped in the Islamic Sufi tradition. They join in hypnotic movements and stirring rhythms, dissolving into an ocean of silence.
Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger & Lukas Suter | 2015 | 6’20” | SWITZERLAND
Ivan is obsessed with the incredible softness of dough.
Renata Gasiorowska| 2016 | 8’22”| POLAND
A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.
Luca Tóth | 2016 | 15’43”| HUNGARY
The native people of the surrealistic land of Superbia, where men and women form separate societies, face the changes sparked by the first equal couple in their history.
Way of Giants
Alois Di Leo | 2016 | 12’00”| BRAZIL
In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.
Dahee Jeong | 2016 | 9’30”| SOUTH KOREA
In the woman’s room, memories constantly accumulate and disappear like dust.
The man spends his time in this room creating futile little games with woman’s memories.
The wrong end of the stick
The Wrong End of the Stick | Terri Matthews | 2016 | 9’40”| UK
Malcolm Fetcher is a neurotic, middle-aged teacher lost in a dull marriage with his wife of twenty years, Beverly. As he faces an all-consuming identity crisis, their marriage disintegrates and he is forced to express a deep, hidden desire…
Jennifer Zheng | 2016 | 4’49”| UK
New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.
Go To City ELE
Wenyu Li | 2015 | 9’28” | CHINA
A little pig leaves “P town” to go to “City ELE” where the elephants live.
Carlos Gomez Salamanca | 2016 | 9’41” | COLOMBIA
In December 2011, a security guard was killed by a pack of stray dogs prowling in a poor neighbourhood, on the Bogota suburbs.
Junjie “Jake” Zhang | 2015 | 6’45” | CHINA
Pokey Pokey is a black comedy and horror animated short film that depicts how a father try to protect his son from seeing filthiness of this crime-ridden city.
To Build a Fire
Fx Goby | 2016 | 13′ | FRANCE
The tragic tale of a man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory.
Amore d’Inverno | Isabel Herguera | 2015 | 8’00”| ITALY / SPAIN
While a couple walks along the river, hunters hide behind a hill and friends in the forest recall the Dancer of Clavesana, a metaphor of free love. She slowly vanishes into the winter landscape.
Scent of Geranium
Naghmeh Farzaneh | 2016 | 4’41” | IRAN
Immigration is a new chapter in one’s life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one’s life down paths different from the one imagined.
Wednesday With Goddard
Nicolas Ménard | 2016 | 5′ | UK
A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.
Chien Lan-chi & Chang Chin-wei | 2016 | 22′ | TAIWAN
There is an April day with inconsistent weather. A taxi driver, four passengers, sisters and brother are going to visit their mother. As strangers. Chaos is in silence, in their minds, on the road…
The Absence of Eddy Table
Rune Spaans | 2016 | 12′ | NORWAY
One day, Eddy gets lost in a dark forest. There he meets an alluring girl infected by a mysterious parasite. Love and violence ensues.
Fired on Mars
Nate Sherman & Nick Vokey | 2016 | 6’30”| USA
A man is fired from his job on Mars.
Lou Hamou-Lhadj & Andrew Coats | 2015 | 6’45” | USA
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck | Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl | 2016 | 7′ | GERMANY
A film about political imprisonment, forced labour, and enormous profits on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
The Full Story
Daisy Jacobs & Chris Wilder | 2017 | 7’30” | UK
When the dad next-door walks out, five-year-old Toby discovers that parents leave. The rooms keep pace with Toby’s volatile emotions as home life spirals out of control in the divorce boom of the 1970s and 80s.
Kenny Ozier-Lafontaine | 2015 |15’18” | BELGIUM
It’s with children eyes that Fernando Arrabal stands there in front of the gate and present his hand. As if to invite us to play.
Pearl & Werther
Stefan M Pavlovic | 2015| 09’43″| USA
Through the eye of nostalgia the cleaning and washing of a car named Pearl is shown as the camera allows us a glimpse into the birth of a first love and a long lasting relationship.
Sam Peeters | 2016 | 14’13” | BELGIUM
Right-wing populism is spreading through Western Europe like wildfire. Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi | 2016 | 12’00″| SWITZERLAND
The story of a girl and the tragedy that changed her life.
Jessica Kingdon | 2016 | 10’44” | USA
The daily lives of the vendors who work in China’s Yiwu Markets, the largest consumer market in the world.
Something About Life
Nebojša Slijepčević | 2016| 29’10″| CROATIA
There are eight underaged girls living together in the last house of a small village in Slavonia, trying to change their lives around with some help from the caretakers. The girls are growing up together, they take care of the household and manage the estate.
Fabio Palmieri | 2015 | 08’55” | ITALY
Each year 400.000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.
In the woods
Thomas Horat & Corina Schwingruber Ilić | 2017 | 13’00″| SWITZERLAND
Every four years, over a period of three moths in winter, wood is being cut in a steep mountain high above Lake Ägeri and prepared for log rafting. Neither economic change nor technology has been able to replace this traditional and sustainable craft in Switzerland.
Nils Clauss | 2016 | 06’21” |SOUTH KOREA
Factory life during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s meant tight communal living quarters and a drastic shift in cultural norms for the millions of factory workers that fed the country’s growth.
Maria Giovanna Cicciari | 2016 | 26’16″| ITALY
At the end of XVIII century a large part of Calabria, in Southern Italy, was hit by a massive earthquake. The memory of this distant event is made of concrete signs like the white scars on the mountain ridges and the remains of a town that over the centuries has gained a new life.
Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont | 2016| 4′ 33″ FRANCE
Inside a shabby American diner on the side of a lost national road, the mesmerizing dance of a stripper triggers an extremely violent brawl among the customers.
Music by: YETI LANE
MONEY MAN - PUT THAT ON MY SET
Dexter Navy| 2016| 12′ 10″| UNITED KINGDOM
Shot around northwest London, the film traces the story of a young woman named Rina as she navigates the underworld of crime and violence that surrounds her.
Music by: A$AP MOB
Zuzanna Plisz | 2017 | 4′ 21″| POLAND
An alienated boy creates a wooden female creature which becomes his dearest friend and a threat to the small society in which the boy lives.
Music by: MROZU
SECOND HAND LOVERS
Oren Lavie| 2017 | 3′ 57″| ISRAEL
A young man lives in his bachelor’s apartment which he shares with the memory of all his past relationships.
Music by: Oren Lavie
WORLD OF OUR LOVE
Mike Greaney & Aaron McDonald | 2016 | 4′ 32″| AUSTRALIA
Music by: CLIENT LIAISON