Welcome to our La Guarimba International Film Festival Selection 2018! Our new short film program is back with some of the best short films from around the world! Fiction, Animation, Documentaries, Music Videos, Experimental, strange, very-dark-comedies… With some of the wildest and imaginative short film stories by new filmmaker talents. Our 6th edition will take place by the sea & under the stars the 7th to the 11th August 2018 in Amantea, Italy. We’re delighted to have you embark with us on this strange and beautiful journey!
Kenneth Karlstad | 2017 | 20’59” | NORWAY
A sixteen-year-old boy with an intense desire for recognition seeks out a vicious criminal to prove his boundless grit.
Jules Comes | 2017 | 19’30” | BELGIUM
During a large-scale search in East Belgium’s oldest nature park, the authorities clash with a local forester.
EL GRAN LIBANO
Mounia Akl & Neto Villalobos | 2017 | 16′ | LEBANON
When hungover Bassem wakes up by the lake shore among his dead fishes, his sister Youmna, who he hasn’t seen for 12 years, is there, with a coffin.
Charlotte Wells | 2017 | 15’23” | UK
On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.
Noël Loozen | 2017 | 13’01” | NETHERLANDS
A garden-center employee fears his possible infertility and realizes that sometimes you have to swallow your pride to let love overcome.
Simon Ryninks | 2017 | 13’35” | UK
Real and imaginary worlds collide when a lonely data entry clerk reaches through his computer screen, in search of a genuine connection.
Alejandro Saevich | 2017 | 11’40” | MEXICO
The president of Mexico spends his final days in office making plans for his future. Everything looks in order until an international conflict interrupts his pleasant rest.
Marco Scotuzzi & Andrea Brusa | 2018 | 14’45” | ITALY
An Afgani refugee arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them.
Méryl Fortunat-Rossi & Xavier Séron | 2016 | 14′ | BELGIUM
Tom, a Flemish comedian used to doing cartoon character’s voices, replaces offhand a doubler friend. He finds himself in the studio of a pornographic french speaking film.
Da Lost Boyz
Julia Chapot | 2017 | 23’51” | FRANCE
Wolfgang, young punk, is destined to be a miner like his father.
The night of his sixteenth birthday, his big brother Peter is going to propose him a last loophole, the Netherland…
Edward Jack | 2017 | 10′ | USA
A surreal queer farce about a young man struggling with an addiction to cock-sucking.
Jean-Sébastien Bernard | 2017 | 7’34” | FRANCE
David is awakened by the voice of his wife, Mathilde. Tormented, she told him of his doubts. He tries to reassure her and reason. But she does not listen to him anymore.
Khedija Lemkecher | 2017 | 25′ | TUNISIA
A comic fresco of Tunisian weddings rises before us orchestrated by a liberated and bloated Bolbol who will eventually regain a femininity that she neglected by the monotony of her daily routine.
Manolis Mavris | 2017 | 18’51” | GREECE
The unexpected encounter of two strangers and their agreement while waiting for a cab to share the cost of the ride, becomes the motive for the anatomy of a relationship.
As long as it takes
Abeille Tard | 2017 | 13’15” | CANADA
Ben is in his fifties, William has seventeen. Together, for just a moment, they will let go and let themselves be carried by the music.
Álvaro Gago | 2017 | 20′ | SPAIN
Faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in the relationship that unites her to her daughter and granddaughter.
Thora Hilmarsdottir | 2017 | 24’29” | ICELAND, SWEDEN
Katrín wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident to find that she has received a life-saving blood transfusion. However, the religious cult she belongs to forbids such things.
Stefanie Kolk | 2017 | 12’44” | NETHERLANDS
Two industrial painters are at work in the Rotterdam harbour. The discovery of a dead body in the water forces them to reflect on their situation.
Arian Vazirdaftair | 2016 | 14’50” | IRAN
It’s Hasti’s (a 21 year old girl) Birthday. She studies abroad and her parents in Iran want to congratulate her via Skype.
HUANG Ting-Chun | 29’58” | Taiwan
A young boy named SUN attends a group sex orgy held by a dating app. He has sex with another four guys, but it seems not turn him up.
Harry Lighton | 2017 | 11′ | UK
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
Mum, I'm back
Dimitris Katsimiris | 2017 | 4’40” | GREECE
A woman returns, after 40 years, to the village where she was born. The cause is the death of her mother. She keeps an old photograph in her hands: a mother with her two sons.
The beep test
Maxime Aubert | 2017 | 16’25” | CANADA
Wojtek is a mysterious new student at school. This is why he is a prey designated for Thomas and Philippe, two students in search of entertainment.
Olivier Magis & Fedrik De Beul | 2017 | 22′ | BELGIUM
In Thierry’s living room, several people have gathered. None of them know each other but they are all there to try and fulfil the same dream. They want to find a job… and quickly.
Daphne Do | 2017 | 6’46” | AUSTRALIA
When a man is tasked with clearing out his deceased grandmother’s house, a large jelly gets in the way of someone buying her old fridge.
Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips | 2017 | 19’08” | BELGIUM
Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.
Lucrèce Andreae | 2017 | 14’45” | FRANCE
On the windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he’s dead.
Robert Loebel | 2017 | 7’34” | GERMANY
Two characters are linked by their hair. They influence each other by every move they make and wherever they go.
Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata | 2017 | 5’30” | FRANCE
My dad taught me how to pack.
Lorenz Wunderle | 2018 | 9’55” | SWITZERLAND
A coyote loses his wife and children from an attack of wolfs. Anguished from human emotions he‘s trying to process the experience.
Luis Uson & Andrés Aguilar | 2017 | 6’15” | ECUADOR
We are all condemned to work and repeat again and again the same empty routines. Can we reach that carrot with which they want to keep us forever occupied, chasing eternally something we do not need?
Patrick Doyon | 2016 | 4’42” | CANADA
The classically trained Chilly Gonzales and rock provocateur Peaches brought out the best in each other when they first met at a basement jam session.
Nils Janssens | 2017 | 3’2″ | BELGIUM
Wandering between three nationalities, Andrusha (Drush) is looking for self-esteem in the hope of finding balance and harmony.
Nicolas Lesaffre & Charles Blanchard | 2017 | 4’30” | FRANCE
How will apes behave if they have access to social media and internet?
MERMAIDS AND RHINOS
Viktoria Traub | 2017 | 15’33” | HUNGARY
Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life.
A LOVE LETTER TO THE ONE I MADE UP
Rachel Gutgarts | 2017 | 6’5″ | ISRAEL
The combination between reality and fantasy is portrayed in a love letter addressed to an imaginary “perfect” man.
Run Rostam Run
Hossein Molayemi | 2017 | 11’37” | IRAN
Rostam-the old Persian national hero- should travel to the future and come to contemporary Tehran.
Julie Caty | 2017 | 5′ 02″ | FRANCE
E and A are bored to death in the Garden of Eden. One night, they run off in God’s cabriolet.
Michaela Müller | 2017 | 10’35” | CROATIA
The film explores the borders between the right to freedom of movement and the restrictions national security requirements put on society.
Anna Katalin Lovrity | 2017 | 9’09” | HUNGARY
Somewhere, on an oceanic island, the forces of nature are still at work as in primeval times. A young, naive female tiger lives there in harmony with herself and nature.
Elisa Talentino | 2017 | 2’52” | ITALY
Dandelion. An antique dance, a courting ritual. A dandelion flower to blow desires.
Joshua Tuthill | 2017 | 15′ | USA
Two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents. As one falls into the darkness of a troubled marriage, the other must find an escape from the evil that is devouring his family.
Marta Magnuska | 2016 | 7′ | POLAND
A foreign body lives its own life. You’re not able to get rid of it, it’s always with you, you need it.
The Blissful Accidental Death
Sergiu Negulici | 2016 | 15’1″ | ROMANIA
Entering an antique shop, a man finds a drawing which is hiding a secret love letter on the back, written 70 years ago.
Jenny Jokela | 2017 | 5’44” | UK
Barbeque is the visceral journey about coping with post traumatic stress disorder, visualizing and exploring feelings of shame and disembodiment.
THE DAY OF THE WALL
Daniele Greco | 2017 | 13′ | ITALY
In a small village in the heart of Sicily, the feast of the Saint represents the opportunity to offer the fruits of the earth and revive a rite of ancient origins which combines religious myths with tribal customs.
Eliane Lima | 2017 | 23’38” | USA
Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry.
Justin Stoneham | 2017 | 23’46” | SWITZERLAND
All his life, Justin managed to escape his own story. But his past catches up with him when he finds a box full of old family VHS tapes.
Laura Vandewynckel | 2017 | 13’12” | BELGIUM
A silent couple disembarks on the island of Sifnos to free its inhabitants from their burden. Step by step they are carried along through the reenactment of the ancient Pharmakos ritual.
Juš Jeraj & Atila Urbančič | 2017 | 10′ | SLOVENIA
Among idyllic hills and the bluest of skies live men and their tractors. Trahere is a film about just that, the age old bond between man and tractor.
Larry Machado | 2018 | 24′ | BRAZIL
Kelly Cristina prepares her fraternization party.
Sebastián Pinzón Silva | 2017 | 25′ | COLOMBIA
An ode to San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination.
the good education
Gu Yu | 2017 | 29’35” | FRANCE
Abandoned by her parents, scapegoat of her classmates and teachers, Peipei has never conformed to the rules of the institution and has trouble finding her place.
SOUKEINA, 4400 DAYS OF NIGHT
Laura Sipán | 2017 | 28′ | SPAIN
After Moroccan military occupation of Western Sahara, hundreds of people were forced to disappear in secret jails.
Roberto Nascimiento | 2017 | 7’33” | NEW ZEALAND
Maldivian student Abraham Naim is better known as his alter ego: the powerful and sassy drag queen Medulla Oblongata.
Back To Nature
João Pombeiro | 2017 | 7’45” | PORTUGAL
An emotional journey into humankind’s relationship with the natural world.
Music by: Nightmares On Wax
Thomas Bos | 2017 | 3’56” | NETHERLANDS
Music video made partly in West Africa.
Ugo Bienvenu | 2017 | 3’57” | FRANCE
Dolly and Silvio are in love for ever.
Rupert Höller | 2017 | 2’54” | AUSTRIA
Drifting between dream and reality in a surreal postmodern landscape.
Music by: MYNTH
Zuzanna Plisz | 2017 | 4’59” | POLAND
Giant Woman decides to seek for help from local peasants to safe her beloved diseased partner.
Music by: Drekoty
Philippe Grenier | 2017 | 4’32” | CANADA
While his mother painfully accepts an awful secret, Noah wants to avenge his sister and commit an irreparable act.
Music by: Beyries
Sander Houtkruijer | 2017 | 4′ | UK
The video itself can be seen as object: stage, performers, materials, loops, all combine to create a singular form, a moving sculpture.
Music by: Clark
Katarzyna Sawicka | 2017 | 4’29” | POLAND
A music video insipered by Alessandra Sanguinetti’s project “The adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams”.
Music by: OLY
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Artemis & Death
Julien Bouthillier | 2017 | 6’51” | CANADA
A raw vision of ritualized violence, nearing mysticism, carried by the sacrificial figure of the bull, revealer of our humanity.
DON'T CALL ME A DICK
Olympe De G. | 2017 | 10’34” | SPAIN
Dick, Cunt, Asshole… Why are those words insults, when these body parts are so wonderful?
Armand Rovira | 2017 | 18’03” | SPAIN
Hiroko is a Japanese girl who suffers a sharp pain inside her head caused by a specific sound fre- quency that only she can hear it.
THE JUNGLE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU DO
Juanita Onzaga | 2017 | 20′ | COLOMBIA
Colombia is a land of ghosts. Two siblings roam these mystical landscapes in search of their dead father’s spirit.
SENSE OF TIME
Wenhua Shi | 2018 | 5′ | USA
Senses of Time depicts the lyrical and poetic passage of time.
AFRICAN PROGRAM - KARMALA
Get Up Kinshasa!
Sébastien Maitre | 2016 | 21′ | CONGO
No polished shoes, no school! Samuel, 10y.o., is about to discover Kin the Beautiful’s way of muddling up and muddling through…
Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia & Christophe Rolin | 2017 | 26′ | SENEGAL
Matar, a Senegalese fisherman, finds a Belgian passport on a beach in Dakar.
It rains on Ouaga
Fabien Dao | 2017 | 25′ | Burkina Faso
It’s the season of love, the country is being reconstructed after the revolution. Alpha gets ready to join his beloved in France. But his encounter with Leila opens his eyes.
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Simon Cahn | 2018 | 4′
After the death of his beloved cat, a man adopts a curiously talended sea otter.
Nikita Diakur & Redbear Easterman | 2017 | 12′
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.
Mark Ram | 2017 | 11′
A mountain climber struggles to save himself after his companion becomes incapacitated.
Fabio Friedli | 2017 | 6′
Dozens of migrants climb onto an overcrowded truck. Their goal: to escape to Europe. When they arrive after an exhausting journey, another brutal reality awaits them: the European treatment of refugees.
Steve Cutts | 2017 | 4′
The story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.
Daihei Shibata | 2017 | 2′
An expression of how things change from A to B when a parameter exceeds a certain value, exploring various thresholds hidden in everyday life.