Short Films Block 2
Friday, March 31st 2023, 8:00 p.m., Hall 2
5pm Seaside – by Valentin Stejskal
Greece/Austria 2021, 26 min – Greek with English subtitles
On his 40th birthday, Nikos is waiting in his pickup truck near a remote beach. Like every year, his mother calls and tells him about his birth. The weather is rough; at last, Nikos can see Christos coming from a distance, his old boyfriend from his days in the army. It’s their first reunion after many years. Today, Christos will fulfill a dangerous wish of Nikos. In a minimalist, yet all the more powerful visual composition, 5pm Seaside vibrates with intensity and beauty. For a deliberate collision of life and death, two people approach each other from a great isolation, from a self-chosen shelter. Between violence and absolute tenderness, an all-redefining moment of liberation ignites. Simply being there. That is otherwise hardly possible.
Airhostess-737 – by Thanasis Neofotistos
Greece 2022, 16 min – Greek with English subtitles
On a Boeing-737, Vanina, a 39-year-old flight attendant, struggles to hide her obvious discomfort. Everyone seems genuinely worried about her, while she goes on complaining about her new braces. She blames her mother for not taking care of her teeth, when she should have. However, her colleagues know: this plane carries her mother’s dead body to her hometown. When the turbulence becomes threatening, Vanina faces an urgent need to see her mother in what proves to be the last chance for reconciliation.
On Xerxes’ throne – by Evi Kalogiropoulou
Greece 2022, 16 min – Greek with English subtitles, German premiere
A dystopian workplace at the Perama shipyard. A ban on physical contact has turned human interaction into otherworldly simulations. The suppression of touch has alienated the workers communication transforming the boatyard into a charged landscape of alienation and repressed sensuality beyond stereotypical heteronormative desires. According to local legend, the Persian King Xerxes watched the overwhelming defeat of his fleet from his throne on the rocky peaks of Mount Egaleo, in today’s Perama.
Magma – by Lia Tsalta
Greece 2022, 18 min – no language, German premiere
A lonely woman on a distant planet. A creature is falling from the sky. A storm is coming.
Valentin Stejskal, Thanasis Neofotistos, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Lia Tsalta
Greek with English subtitles