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Premiere: Still Working, Community Gardens, How to Disappear, Perdikaki

Echo of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival
9 September 2020
19:30–21:30

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Still Working by Julietta Korbel, Community Gardens by Vytautas Katkus, and How to Disappear by Total Refusal collective are the winners of the New Holland International Debut Film Festival's Shorts Competition. The three films have won equal prizes for Best Short. The international jury has also awarded a Special Mention to Perdikaki by Catriona Gallagher. Garage Screen will host the Moscow premiere of these works.

Still Working

An inspector arrives at a power plant inhabited only by the guard Pavel and a dog, and with that, the former life of the place comes to an end. This Chekhovian drama is told through minimal expressive means: the protagonist is as restrained as a samurai, and the director Julietta Korbel is inclined towards static compositions and a spare color palette (the film consists almost entirely of grey and red tones). The rejection of formal excess emphasizes the hidden emotion of the story.

Still Working
Director Julietta Korbel
Switzerland, 2019. 17 min. 12+


Community Gardens / Kolektyviniai sodai

A grown-up son goes on a countryside trip with his aging parents in the hopes of reigniting the relationship, but there is nothing left to reignite. This story of familial dysfunction is set against the picturesque backdrop of a dacha community (instantly recognizable to every post-Soviet native), rendered by Vytautas Katkus with irony and a rare sympathy for his hapless subjects.

Community Gardens / Kolektyviniai sodai
Director Vytautas Katkus
Lithuania, 2019. 15 min. 16+


How to Disappear

Is it possible to desert in a shooting game? Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, and Michael Stumpf consider this question in How to Disappear, their reflection on war and games, discipline and insubordination. Shot in the picturesque military landscapes of online shooter Battlefield V, hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. A poignant, Harun Farocki-inspired critical inquiry into—and via—state-of-the-art commercial entertainment.

How to Disappear
Directors Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf)
Austria, 2020, 21 min. 12+


Perdikaki

A poetic journey through the concrete cityscape of Athens in search of a mystery that may not exist, though the journey is no less real for it. Catriona Gallagher has a rare attentiveness to the environment: few directors, even those working in the travelogue essay genre, would be able to build an entire film around the search for an urban weed that everyone has seen but no one knows the name of. Here, poems, as Akhmatova wrote, grow shamelessly in trash.

Perdikaki
Director Catriona Gallagher
Greece, United Kingdom, 2019. 37 min. 12+

The films will be screened in English, French and Lithuanian languages with Russian subtitles.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally. The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.

tickets

Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

BUY TICKETS

 GARAGE cardholders: 175 RUB**

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

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