Official Selection 2022

Lili Alone
Zou Jing
(Cina) 22’

Lili, a young mother, lives with her gambler husband in a remote part of Sichuan. Lonely and poor, she heads for the city in a bid to earn enough money to save her dying father.

Kristian Xipolias
(Italia) 15’

What would Antonio Ricci, the protagonist of “Bicycle Thieves”, do if he lived in Italy in 2021? Perhaps he would be like Manfredi, a forty-year-old man, unemployed and with no expectations, whose only chance is to become a rider. But to become a rider he needs a bicycle.

Il Mai Nato
Tania Innamorati, Gregory J. Rossi (Italia) 20’

The incredible story of Sarò Messina, the baby who refused to be born, barricading himself inside the maternal womb as a form of protest, igniting a global revolution and becoming a Worldwide symbol.

I’m afraid to forget your face
Sameh Alaa
(Egitto) 15’

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

Atto di dolore
Ilaria Pascazio
(Italia) 14’

A father and a daughter, their relationship between religion, lies and truths. When something breaks, the daughter will be willing to do anything to win back her father’s affection.

Giovanni e la bicicletta
Gianpaolo Pupillo
(Italia) 5’

Tino has ten minutes to get to work and not to be fired, but the biggest obstacle he Will find on his way Is himself.

Dania Bdeir
(Libano) 15’

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.

Alberto Mangiapane
(Italia) 15’

In a remote peasant land, a family tries to survive after the loss of a loved one. As time flows, the empty space slowly gives way to a presence.

Jesús Martínez
(Spagna) 10’

Hello everyone! For those who still don t know me I m Porappé, I m nine and I m the most famous Youtuber girl in my country.

Too Rough
Sean Lìonadh
(United Kingdom) 15’

After a night of intoxication, a hungover and hysterical Nick wakes up next to his boyfriend Charlie and must conceal him from his own homophobic and dysfunctional family.

Work It Class!
Pol Diggler
(Spagna) 8’

During a fanciful New Year’s Eve party, two dancers try to mock the upper class audience by changing the song of their performance.

Miguel Dores
(Portogallo) 76’

On the 10th of June 1995, under the multiple pretext of celebrating the Race Day and the victory of Sporting for the Cup of Portugal, a large group of Portuguese ethno-nationalists went to the streets of Bairro Alto to beat up black people they met along the way. The official result was 11 victims, one of them deadly, whose tragic death on Rua Garret gives name to the court case – the Alcindo Monteiro case.

Stone heart
Humberto Rodrigues
(Brasile) 9’

Wars, epidemics, resource shortages and social collapse have turned human beings into deformed stone figures trapped in their worst vices. Suddenly a flower appears and frees one of the ‘stone walkers’ from isolation.

The Black ReCat
Paolo Gaudio
(Italia) 5’

A stop motion adaptation of the novel by E. A. Poe ‘The Black Cat’.

Un pugno di terra (A fistful of ground)
Hermes Mangialardo
(Italia) 3’

The invasion takes the form of a tentacled mechanical monster commanded by a warlord, which generates destruction along its path. Who can stop it? Perhaps peace is not so distant… just a whisker away.

People & the Moon
Yunus Kafashian
(Iran) 4’

The moon always has an important presence when one is in love.

Ruei-Feng Huang
(Taiwan) 16’

“REALIGN” is an animation film about space and time dimension. It depicts a boy who reverberate confusedly around the room, street and the lake outside the gigantic wall, which he decided to take the step toward the line that behold the gravity of whole after thunderstorms corroded the time.

Unit 02
Antonio Michele Stea
(Italia) 5’33’’

The protagonist of Antonio Stea’s new short film for the italian quiet-psych band Violent Scenes recognizes himself in Nature, filmed with an endoscopic camera, and welcomes it into his body, turning purple. Purple is the color of Sahasrara, “the crown chakra”, through which the individual, perceiving the Unity of the Whole, can access the next level. 

Will Rahilly
(Stati Uniti) 15’

A woman crossing a bridge on her walk home feels a sudden impulse to peer over at the river below. An otherworldly disturbance transports her through a watery portal into uncanny territory.

The sound of noise
Paul Polze
(Germania) 5’

“The Sound of Noise” combines real slow motion video footage of different music instruments and rendered 3D material to a sculptural peace of video art.

Teresa Marcos Blanco
(Spagna) 3’

An inner courtyard, seen as a video wall formed by windows whose inhabitants activate according their own lives rhythm.

Non creare un altro fiume
Eleonora Cutini
(Italia) 3’

A very intimate and personal experimental short film about the pain you feel the moment someone enters your life and starts loving you, but you have suffered and been ignored for so long that nothing feels real to you.

L’incantesimo di Circe
Alessandro Montali
(Italia) 14’

In the Circeo wood, two animals, a fallow deer and a wild boar, are trapped inside a fence. One night, as if by divine will, a powerful typhoon hits the forest causing numerous trees to fall, the largest of these collapses on the fence, freeing the two animals. The two don’t know that anyone who comes out of the woods will be the victim of a spell.

Esterno Giorno
Giulia Magno
(Italia) 8’

Inspired by a famous exchange of letters between Michelangelo Antonioni and Mark Rothko, “Esterno giorno” is an experimental love letter to Italian cinema.
Following in the footsteps of the characters played by Monica Vitti, the film retraces the geography of Antonioni’s vision, pushing the boundaries between subject and landscape, fiction and reality.