Shorts: Sacred Objects

  • 93 mins

An excursion into personal landscapes — cerebral and vibrant by turns.

The films populating this programme examine intensely personal stories arising from the objects and individuals that hold strong associations for the protagonists. The selection salutes five dynamic characters through narratives that elucidate the interplay between past and present, illustrate ingenious strategies adopted for survival in an abandoned cityscape and explore the seismic impact of a geologist’s arrival in a Russian town populated solely by women. Contains strobe effects.

All Souls' Day (Swieta Zmarlych), Aleksandra Terpinska/Poland/2012/18 min
For eighteen-year-old Lena, the All Souls’ Day festivities bring into sharp focus issues of memory, identity and emotion, provoking a personal journey both physical and cerebral.

My Father Looks Like Abdel Nasser (Abi Youchbeh Abdel Nasser), Farah Kassem/Lebanon/2012/33 min
How do we orient ourselves as individuals within the structure of the family unit and in reaction to the lingering history etched into the very essence of these relationships?

Nadya, Mary Rasmussen, Jonathan Sanford/USA, Russia/2012/11 min (In Competition)
Nadya inhabits a small, ecologically devastated town entirely populated by women. The appearance of a male geologist threatens to undermine the very framework of this close-knit group.

Sola, Alexandra Makarová/Austria/2013/21 min
Amidst the quiet devastation of a mystifying pandemic, Sola wanders alone in a deserted cityscape, foraging for food supplies and liberating useful items.

Dr Easy, Richard Kenworthy, Chris Harding, Jason Groves/UK/2013/9 min (In Competition)
A robot with medical training is dispatched to negotiate with a man in some mental turmoil. Can this humanoid android resolve this critical situation?

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