Black Box Shorts 2: A Sense of Unease

  • 91 mins

Something just doesn't feel right … This programme brings together a diverse selection of experimental films that all deal in some way with feelings of unease, be it through formal uncertainties, mysterious environments or uncanny happenings. Reveling in cinema's ability to reveal the strange in the everyday, these compelling works mix indefinable anxiety with unresolved tension to touch both mind and body. Featuring the international premiere of Telemach Wiesinger's Europa, as well as films by Robert Todd and Andrew Kötting amongst others.

Contains strobe effects.


Barge Dirge - European Premiere
Lindsay McIntyre/Canada/2010/No dialogue/BW/7 min
Entirely hand-processed and using only in-camera effects, this haunting film turns a barren landscape of industrial waste into a site of dystopian contemplation.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition.

Carbon - UK Premiere
Craig Webster/USA/2012/English dialogue/BW/9 min 20 sec
A mysterious narrative of sorts, where awkward encounters, repressed emotion and unresolved tension build towards a lurking crescendo that never quite arrives.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition.

SJ Ramir/New Zealand/2011/No dialogue/Colour/8 min 15 sec
This film uses the movement of an anonymous figure through remote environments to examine metaphysical journeys that are made through landscapes within the mind.

Europa - International Premiere
Telemach Wiesinger/Germany/2012/No dialogue/BW/20 min
World premiere of Weisinger’s latest cinematic meditation on everyday urban spaces – his unique meditative vision of Europe told in a series of short sequences that frequently defy conventional logic.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition.

God Is in the Roots (Dieu est dans les racines) - UK Premiere
Peter Snowdon/Belgium/2012/French dialogue with English subtitles/Colour/14 min 47 sec
French playwright and actress Aurélie Naumur recounts a mysterious story of a journey through the Ecuadorian Amazon, accompanied by black and white Super-8 images of her rehearsing a play she wrote about the experience.

Habitat - World Premiere
Robert Todd/USA/2012/No dialogue/BW/9 min
Beautifully composed and shot in high contrast black and white 16mm, this is a haunting and discomforting defamilarisation of a familiar space.

I Own a Carousel - European Premiere
Lori Felker/USA/2011/English dialogue/Colour/6 min 50 sec
“I own a carousel. I keep it indoors, in the dark. There are no eyes to see it, no children to ride it … I did not make it, I do not enjoy it, I own it” (Lori Felker).

Andrew Kötting, Curious/UK/2011/English dialogue/Colour/3 min 37 sec
An idyllic location, a perfect spot, but something just isn’t quite right, something doesn’t fit.

A Place to Come (Un Luogo a Venire) - UK Premiere
Flatform/Italy/2011/Italian dialogue with English subtitles/Colour/7 min 30 sec
A compelling experiment in narrative structure, where the plain description of a place and its concrete demonstration are not always in synch.

Three Warning Signs - International Premiere
Eytan Ipeker/Turkey/2011/No dialogue/BW/3 min 14 sec
Anticipation and tension give way to surprise and release, but only until the game starts again…

Untitled - UK Premiere
Karl Erik Brøndbo/Norway/2011/No dialogue/Colour/11 sec
A dreamlike flash of imagery, like the unwinding of time. Blink and you miss it!

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