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The motif of struggle unites most films in this selection. From Nikita Diakur's new ironic-optimistic film with a message to keep going despite difficulties and failures to a documentary story about a family of workers who carried the yoke of hard work in conditions of economic oppression throughout their lives. The Ukrainian film "The Analogy of Space" can be read in a new way in the context of war: the background violence in the GTA game resonates with the tension and exhaustion in our cities. On the contrary, another Ukrainian video work, "MOVA OBORONY" is an inspiring depiction of an archetypal defender who relentlessly reproduces a cycle of combat movements to a militant rhythmic soundtrack. The last film of the programme, "Rasga Mortalha", is a dark, surreal fantasy about the bloodshed in Brazilian history. It seems to be far from our realities. Still, it reflects about the country's fate in the conditions of constant conflicts, ultimately accepting the traumatic experience as part of its identity: "Don't cry, 'cause life is a hard fight. To live is to fight." The struggle is the only choice we, Ukrainian citizens, have now.

Running time 81 min.

  • backflip
    Nikita Diakur

    Germany | 12:15 | 2022

    Attempting a backflip is not safe. You can break your neck, or land on your head, or land badly on your wrists. None of that is nice, so my avatar does the trick. It practices on a 6-core processor with the help of Machine Learning. The processor is not the newest but still calculates 6 jumps per iteration. One iteration takes one minute, this is 360 jumps in an hour and 8.640 jumps in a day. I wouldn’t be able to jump so much myself.

    Oleksandr Isaienko

    Ukraine | 12:13 | 2022

    Place of power

  • Until Exhaustion
    Magdalena Hejzlarová

    Czech Republic | 03:35 | 2021

    This music video is a computer-generated animation made in an open-source program Golly. The program is used as a simulation of cell growth. The background is made with animated objects in the scanner. The story follows the lyrics of the song. First, the growth seems unlimited, then a peak comes, we break and vanish and again and again, the game of life. Behind this circle, an everlasting nostalgia is present.

  • the analogy of space
    Oleksandr Hoisan

    Ukraine | 12:00 | 2022

    Due to long-term observation of the NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) the player witnesses certain documentary events that take place in different parts of the in-game world. However, these events are permeated by common cross-cutting themes: excessive cruelty and human indifference. To some extent the constant movement (which also accompanies the player-observer throughout the in-game space) is the only salvation from arbitrariness on the streets but not always.

  • Fleeting: Here & There
    Gilnaz Arzpeyma

    Canada | 02:22 | 2021

    Mechanical and organic loops morph into each other in an experimental exploration of saturation and breath as a never-ending quest of presence.

  • Intermission
    Réka Bucsi

    Hungary | 04:50 | 2022

    R​epetitive still standing movement​, an exploration of the visual image for its own sake.​ A projection of mental images, which are formed while listening to music. From the simple act of drawing a line, to the intricate movement and complex structure of animation that is able to self-generate.

  • YUGO
    Carlos Gómez Salamanca

    Colombia | 10:00 | 2021

    YUGO * (yoke): (i) A rudimentary tool used in the basic processes of agrarian production. (ii) Law or superior domination that subjugates and compels to obey. (iii) m. Heavy burden, imprisonment, ties Testimonies from relatives trace the itinerary of a woman and a man forced to leave their native countryside to settle in the outskirts of Bogotá and work on the industrial creation of decorative pieces for trucks…

    Yueyan Jiang

    China | 07:12 | 2022

    The film is based on the cyber-violence incident of Zhao, a Covid-19 pneumonia patient in Chengdu in late 2020. Presented from the perspective of the girl who was cyber-violated, the short film explores the ferment of cyber-violence in the context of the epidemic and the phenomenon of women being gazed at and held hostage by stereotypes.

  • Bleue
    Anne-Marie Bouchard

    Canada | 02:49 | 2021

    100 feet of clear 16mm, using mostly blue paint & inks, playing with the persistence of vision by drawing on one of two frames only. Music improvised on the images.

  • Rasga Mortalha
    Thiago Martins de Melo

    Brazil | 13:50 | 2019

    Rasga Mortalha comes from the legend of the owl "Suindara" - much told in the folklore of the North and Northeast of Brazil - to address the socio-political urgencies of the country. It is believed that the appearance of its white figure, followed by the wild cry - which resembles the sound of a cloth being torn in half - carries with it the sign of death.