Shorts: Bridging the Gap
The Banana Republic, Bubo's Limbo, Mining Poems or Odes, The Third Dad
The Banana Republic
Scott Calonico/UK/2015/10 min/World premiere
Built in 1962 as an answer to local overcrowding and slum conditions in tenements, Leith's Cables Wynd housing estate, known locally as the "Banana Flats", became notorious as the crime-ridden centre of Europe's heroin epidemic in the 1980s. In 2015, it sits down the street from two Michelin starred restaurants. The film follows a local photographer and former resident who is embarking on a quest to document the triumphs and tragedies that exist inside each of the estate's 204 flats.
Alberto Iordanov/UK/2015/10 min/World premiere
Born at the beginning of the socialist regime in Bulgaria, Bubo was one of the few who enjoyed a privileged lifestyle. His journey reflects the rise and fall of the communist ideal. The film explores how Bubo transcends his challenging present by pursuing impossible dreams.
Mining Poems or Odes
Callum Rice/UK/2015/10 min/World premiere
Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Glasgow, reflects on how his life experience’s have influenced his new found compulsion to write. His retrospective poetry reveals a man who is trying to achieve a state of contentment through words and philosophy. He has put aside his tools for pen and paper.
The Third Dad
Theresa Moerman Ib/UK/2015/10 min/World premiere
Ten years after breaking all ties with her alcoholic father, a filmmaker sets out not only to find his grave, but also redemption. Poetically merging archive material, new footage and an immersive soundscape, The Third Dad is a brave journey of memory, self-discovery, and a desperate attempt at reconciliation.
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