A number of decorative boards carelessly attached to the pale front of a dull concrete apartment block - the Excelsior building, Berlin. For most of its inhabitants this is just a stopover, very soon, life is going to get better, and everyone is trying to find their own way: 49 year old Michael tries to live up to his former success as an escort by promoting the application of "invisible make-up" online. Claudia's showgirl days are over, but the photos of a shooting session are to smooth her way back to the stage anyway. Norman's startup "ChangeU" is designed to help people get happy and himself get a sleek new sports car... Hardly anyone of them manages to evade falling victim to the temptations of our success-oriented society.
Kill The Rich (Norway) by Alexander Kereklidis Turpin
Two people discuss if a world in which the richest person would die every day would be a utopia. As the story unfolds they try to convert their ideas into practice.
The Kingdom of Men (Hong Kong) by Sham Kwan Yin
An experimental short integrated the creative process of contemporary theatre art in filmmaking.
Exercising the concept of the theatre of absurd, the screenplay depicts a group of jailers who are ridiculously assigned by the authority to endlessly guard an long abandoned ancient prison - how would the jailers live their lives? How would the protagonist ‘boss’ who only knows obedience in his life face the absurd situation of guarding the empty cells? Three new recruits, educated together by the country, embarked on different journeys after relentless fighting, competition, and conspiracy. What would be their upcoming fate? A deserter realizes the absurdity of such situation - his escape has shaken the worlds of the remaining jailers: should they succumb to the powerful and guard the empty cells or should they pursue their freedom? - if the creation of the ideal kingdom, 'the Kingdom of Men, need us to sacrifice our free will, is that the right thing to do? The question remains.
A Dog Leashed (United States) by Dane Cree
Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.
Vianey (Finland) by Marko Vuorinen
'Vianey' is an intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero, also known by the stage name So Icey Trap. The film reveals the raw reality behind growing up on the streets, the lure of escorting, everyday life in jail, and being a female artist in the music industry. Vianey tells her story with unapologetic strength and honesty. Visually, the film takes the viewer on a meditative journey through the important locations of Vianey’s life.
The Man With The Bicycle (Germany) by Levan Tsintsadze
The Film illustrates the thoughts of a man living in social isolation.
Satyagraha (Italy) by Nuanda Sheridan
A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless love.
Les Homards Immortels (Belgium) by Kate Voet
Over the course of a lengthy night, Alba and Max meet after a brief and crude separation, rediscovering each other while uncovering their motivations and desires against the backdrop of an anonymous, foreign city. They find themselves balancing on the thin line between solitude and establishing a connection. Les Homards Immortels is a film about how our memories are reshaped over time, how they can differ, and how we can desire to revisit a moment in the past to try to change the unchangeable and unsay what’s been said.
The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (United States) by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli
This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play' which'swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment...' Half the audience walked out.
Nicabob (United States) by Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson
A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.
Jo (Canada) by Christine Wu
Canadian writer Jo Jefferson shares their experience as a non-binary parent.
Evidence (France) by Guillaume Levy-Lambert
During Summer 2016, MaGMA co-founder Guillaume Levy-Lambert returned some long outstanding phone calls, with video recording conducted with the participants' agreement. "Evidence" is a five minutes edit of more than 30 hours of conversations.
Joy of Wolf (United States) by Matt Orefice
A student learns a magic trick. A fantasy with puppets, diverse cast and eerie original score.