The protagonist decides to check his stories the first thing in the morning. What he sees are contemporary art exhibitions, endless travels, and lonely people in VR glasses, seemingly unaware of the real world around them. In this topical animated sci-fi, technology brings people together as much as it tears them apart.
Director: Lana Vlady
Russia, 2020. 20 min. 16+
Carlos is a guard and tries to leave his seat as little as possible. However, the eccentric residents of the house are drowning him with requests. It turns out that the building he works in is moving: the top floors shake, and the basement is on the brink of getting flooded. The surrealist class satire inspired by J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise has been shown outside of competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2019.
Director: Konstantina Kotzamani
France, Argentina, 2019, 40 min. 16+
In this minute-long experiment in an artful montage of sound and video, a bullet changes all physical forms thinkable, transforming into a variety of objects, from pool and tennis balls to a boxing glove, from a cannonball to a fighter jet, a hummingbird, a blast of water, a flame, and a swimmer’s body.
Director Donato Sansone
Italy, 2020. 1 min. 16+
SH_T Happens Michaela
A tired cleaner comes home after work. His wife wants to have sex, but he has no energy to satisfy her. Luckily, one of their neighbors is a widower who finds her very attractive. The protagonists in this explicit animation are elks, pigs, chickens, and roosters.
SH_T Happens Michaela
Directors: Michaela Mihalyi & David Štumpf
Czech Republic, 2019. 13 min. 18+
A lonely mechanical lizard called Jericho discovers a blueprint to build an anthropomorphic robot and decides to make itself a friend in a heartwarming CGI animation reminiscent of WALL-E.
Director: Sarah Andrews
UK, 2019. 1 min. 16+
A middle-aged Ukrainian woman working at a meat factory leads a lonely life: she has no husband, and her daughter ignores her. In search of human contact, Anna contacts an agency that finds Ukrainian dates for American men. Dekel Berenson’s anti-love story was featured in the main competition for shorts at Cannes in 2019.
Director: Dekel Berenson
Ukraine, UK, 2019. 15 min. 16+