Shorts 2: Fragments of the City

  • 81 mins

A hypnotic mapping of memory, place and the individual, forming a dialogue around the shifting physical topographies of our everyday encounters.

Journeying through exposés of potent urban art activism and physical transgression, surreal spaces and strange encounters, in these investigations into the shady corners and hidden reverse of the city, the sprawling metropolis is variously explored as a site of wonder and possibility, or presented as a metaphor for capitalist machinations and the darker afflictions of society. [12A]

Batrachian’s Ballad  Leonor Teles/Portugal/2016/11 min
Through the direct engagement of subversive urban art- activism, Teles confronts the superstition and discrimination that continues to disenfranchise and marginalize the Romani population of Portugal.

Chums from Across the Void  Jim Finn/USA/2015/18 min
Channelling Trotskyite self-help methods and visualisation therapy, the teachings of Past Leftist Life Regression offer participants the alluring opportunity to mentally transgress to a socialist haven.

Masha Natasha Fred Burle, Marie Losier, Janin Halisch, Cécile Tollu- Polonowski/Germany/2015/15 min
Spirited portrait of twin Russian artists Masha and Natasha Petschanikov, who playfully ruminate upon creativity and duality as they devise an outdoor artwork in an abandoned corner of Berlin.

So we do sometimes think because it has been found to pay. Wittgenstein’s House. Lotte Schreiber/Austria/2016/20 min
A captivating, philosophical puzzle that unfolds and unpacks notions of language and reason, as the bewildered protagonist becomes further embroiled in a surreal built-up space.

Yellow Fieber Konstantina Kotzamani/Greece/2015/17 min
An enigmatic fable that draws a potent parallel between a mysterious malady and the malevolent spread of capitalistic vice across the surface of the city.

*Please note that this film has a strobe warning.

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