The Spiral. 2022. Argentina. Directed by María Silvia Esteve. New York Premiere. In Swedish, English; English subtitles. 19 min.
“I’m not crazy, I’m just heartbroken” appears in neon yellow text over a kaleidoscopic rainbow spiral. A chaotic symphony composed of hypnotic images and WhatsApp voice messages, narrated by a nameless protagonist on the brink of a health-related panic attack, results in a striking exploration of anxiety, identity, and how we find a sense of home.
Chomp It! 2023. Singapore. Directed by Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen. North American Premiere. 11 min.
Shot on 16mm that feels impossibly tactile, Chomp It! is a pulsating visual and sonic feast that follows two men, both part-crocodile, in their desperate attempt to cool down at the local pool. Skewering the constraints of life in modern-day Singapore, co-directors Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen create a completely singular and riotous experience.
Jitterbug. 2022. Great Britain. Directed by Ayo Akingbade. North American Premiere. 24 min.
Eighteen-year-old Afeni’s aspirations to attend Cambridge to study art history are threatened as gentrification tightens its grip on her neighborhood in Northeast London. Ayo Akingbade’s tenderly directed Jitterbug seamlessly weaves the emotional threads of coming of age in a time and place that challenge who you can become.
Serafina. 2022. Switzerland. Directed by Noa Epars, Anna Simonetti. North American Premiere. In French, Italian; English subtitles. 10 min.
A young Eastern Orthodox woman—named for Saint Seraphim, who withdrew from human society—decides to leave the church and join a local group of motorcycle riders in this effortlessly stylish documentary of life on the margins.
The Kidnapping of the Bride. 2023. Germany. Directed by Sophia Mocorrea. In English, German, Spanish; English subtitles. 30 min.
Inspired by the German tradition of “kidnapping” a bride on her wedding night, director Sophia Mocorrea spins the lived-in love story of young couple Luisa and Fred, who must contend with the burden of tradition and cross-cultural expectations as their families converge for their marriage.
Program runtime 93 min.