Competition Programs | International Competition: ties

We, living and mortal beings on this planet, are strongly connected. By friendship, love or hatred. By thoughts, acts or inaction. Our energies run slowly and incessantly like a river. They merge into riverbeds, flow with water, exchange streams. Sometimes we run away from it, afraid of entering this river. We run away from real relationships and deep feelings. However, this river will never run dry. It will keep flowing, constantly absorbing new streams and inviting us at least to sit by its banks. 

Running time 70 min.

  • Daughter
    Daria Kashcheeva

    Czech Republic | 14:50 | 2019

    Should you hide your pain? Close yourself inside your inner world, full of longing for your father’s love and its displays? Or should you understand and forgive before it is too late?

  • Airhead!
    Gaspar Chabaud

    France | 05:43 | 2019

    A child struggling with a math problem and his own problems of attention, helped by a mother losing slowly but surely her patience.

  • Cosmonaut
    Kaspar Jancis

    Estonia | 11:38 | 2019

    An old Cosmonaut lives the same kind of life now in his flat in a concrete panel apartment building as he did in his youth in a space station. As before, he still carries out heroic missions and misses his close relatives, who he left behind on his home planet. His close relatives see the situation altogether differently. Is this old man capable of coming to grips with the norms that apply in society? A cosmonaut will always be a cosmonaut. To the very end.

  • Prästbarn
    Joel Stenbäck

    Denmark | 07:04 | 2020

    After skipping out on Sunday church, Oskar, the priest’s son, runs into bullies that push his faith to the edge.

  • The Bill Jennings Mysteries
    Alan Jennings

    USA | 03:48 | 2019

    Meet Bill Jennings of Newbury, Vermont. A man of unique thoughts and powers.

  • Thorns and Fishbones
    Natália Azevedo Andrade

    Hungary | 09:47 | 2020

    Three young children, bored and neglected, live off the adventures they create in their own heads, until a day comes when they try to reach the outside. The mother, always busy, seems completely emotionally detached from her surroundings. As the children grow and the mother’s routine is ever more tiresome, the secrets of the mysterious house become apparent.

  • Night Session
    Petre Tomadze

    Georgia | 03:40 | 2019

    This film explores how neighbors sharing a courtyard are both shaped by domestic violence and also indifferent to it.

  • Orange
    Liu Yuchen, Lu Hai, Zhang Zihan

    China | 05:50 | 2019

    The film talks about the ties of blood. An old man has passed away. Those neighbour who know him was chatting together about the old man and his son, on the man's funeral, discussing what made the tragedy took place ages ago. As soon as neighbours mentioned whether the son would do the same on his own son, they showed up.

  • TIES
    Dina Velikovskaya

    Germany | 08:00 | 2019

    There is a strong connection between parents and their child. A young woman leaves the parental home to see the world. But the world of her parents is so tightly connected with her that by leaving, she puts it at risk. It turns out that this connection can be also destructive.