FRIDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2023
This screening session features 11 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Velvet Room, Alpacastraat 29, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Entry is free and includes a drink! Reservations are not required, but optional. Reserve your seats here.
The Seven Cults (Netherlands) by Jerom Fischer
Super short experimental films that give us a glimpse into the world of seven fictitious cults. Each with their own system of belief, rituals and objects of worship.
Running time: 00:01:00
Motus (Portugal) by Nelson Fernandes
Motus: a body in motion. A stop-motion animation where conception, degradation and regeneration cohabit in a unique way. A creation on a metal sheet using ethanol as the raw material.
Running time: 00:04:10
Deep Blue (Canada) by Franie-Éléonore Bernier
A hotel phone rings. A woman answers. It is the sea calling.
Running time: 00:10:34
Terrifying Holes Compilation (Germany) by Katharina Aae
As the title implies, the film is a superficial compilation of found YouTube videos of holes with dramatic sound design. But also, it appears as a hole in the surface itself, playing with the fear of the hidden interior, the obscure places beyond our reach.
Running time: 00:04:54
Disused (Sweden) by Susanne Walström, Ester Holmén
A young woman suffers a sudden loss. Isolated from the outside world in a barren desert landscape, she processes her experience to understand and accept her feelings.
Running time: 00:09:08
Secant (United States) by David Orme
Video based on the music by Lanier Sammons.
Running time: 00:03:00
Limbo (United States) by Alex Ramsey
Edward, now 28, hasn't seen his family since he crossed the US-Mexico border on foot 10 years ago. Trapped in the US by a maddening waiting game for citizenship, he grapples with the idea of leaving the life he built in New York behind forever in exchange for a long overdue homecoming. Will Edward reunite with his family or continue on in his self-imposed purgatory?"
Running time: 00:07:16
To Do (United Kingdom) by Saul Pankhurst
A reflection on the Self Improvement Industry, explored through the filmmaker’s attempts to participate in a guided pseudo-mindfulness exercise.
Running time: 00:03:23
Black Dragon (United States) by Alexander Thompson
Vietnam, 1968. A feared American colonel nicknamed “the Black Dragon” by Vietnamese locals must face his inner shadow when his platoon presents him with a captured Vietcong girl who harbors some very unusual powers. A Jungian psychological thriller/parable examining the capacity for monstrous evil lurking within us all, the film is loosely inspired by the My Lai Massacre, one of America’s most pernicious wartime atrocities. Running time: 00:14:40
Bedroom People (France) by Vivien Forsans
A man searches through documents of an unknown USB key and discovers a strange series of recordings.
Running time: 00:04:55
Hotel Centaur (Greece) by Lino Kafidas, Dimitrios Kafidas
The absolute absurdity and meaninglessness of life are explored in this dark piece set in a Greek mountain hotel, with a cast of unlikely characters. At the centre of its enquiry into the absurd is a disenchanted hotelier whose last concern is the management of his establishment. Rather, he engages with his guests and staff as though they exist as proof of his torment, each day repeating a series of eccentric and pointless actions. His staff put up with his behaviour. Each guest that arrives at the Hotel Centaur bears a particular existential burden. From the suicidal boy who reads Kafka and watches his distracted parents dance, to the artist tormented by his blank canvas, to the story’s most unexpected guest, a Japanese man who for the past ten years – inexplicably – has written a polite weekly letter enquiring after the mythical centaurs of the area, and wishes to be shown these creatures. Each character searches, each search is shown to be absurd, with the story culminating in a brutal tragedy that is fallout of a bad joke, and the confirmation that life provides us with no easy answers.
Running time: 00:23:53