Schedule

Tuesday 03

Phenomena
Phenomena
Saint Frances
20:00 - 23:00
Only with invitation
VOSC

Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) is 34 years old and her life is a disaster. She has no job, no partner, no money or projects for the future. However, when she finds a job working as a nanny for precocious Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams), an adorable 6-year-old girl with two moms, the path towards adulthood and plenitude becomes clearer for Bridget. In addition to starring in the film, O'Sullivan wrote this heartfelt summer story addressing feminist issues. The film, which is also Alex Thompson’s directorial debut, has received an audience award at almost every film festival where it has been screened, namely the prestigious SXSW.

Tuesday 03

Wednesday 04

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Chicuarotes
20:00 - 21:45

Cagalera and Moloteco are two teenagers living in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. They dream of traveling far, far away and seeing the ocean. Since working opportunities are very scarce, the boys make some money by robbing and doing petty crimes. Coming from broken homes and an environment of latent violence, the two friends are presented with an opportunity to change their lives and start a business, for which they would need a large sum of money. To do so, their only viable option is through crime, so they decide to kidnap the son of the butcher, acquainted with some of the most dangerous men in their hood and with whom they have a very complicated relationship. With this kidnapping, things begin to spiral out of control and the boys find themselves far along a path of destruction and violence from which there is no turning back.

The Sound of Silence
22:00 - 23:25

People living in big cities nowadays are constantly affected by stress, anxiety and depression. “House tuner” Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) has the fervent conviction that this is a matter of noise pollution. Not only the loudness of car engines and sirens in New York City, but also a lack of calibration between the defining tones of its neighborhoods, created by the thousands of sounds that fill the streets, and household appliances. One client after the other, Peter manages to solve their sleeping problems and bring peace of mind to those who require his help. His daily practice leads him to believe that he is before scientific evidence and that the academic community will welcome him and his theory with open arms, thus giving meaning to his profession. But then, just at a moment in his career when he could not be more sure of himself, an anomaly appears. And slowly, mistakes after mistakes, all the elements of Peter’s well-orchestrated life go out of tune.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Répertoire des villes disparues
19:45 - 21:22

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

17 Blocks
21:45 - 23:21

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
The Projectionist
20:00 - 21:36

Abel Ferrara introduces us to Nicolas “Nicky” Nicolaou, a Greek Cypriot immigrant that moved to New York City when he was twelve years old. In true American spirit, and at his own rhythm, Nicky went from box-office clerk to owner of a movie theater. It was the 1970s and films from that era reflected that period in time: Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The French Connection. Films premiere at adult theaters were often sold out and the business was booming. Nicky saw it as a great opportunity and purchased a couple of cinema venues all around town. Neither the big theater chains nor the exorbitant rents in the Big Apple could overthrow Nicky. For a long time, his endeavor helped to preserve neighborhood movie theaters and was a true token of his great love for cinema.

Last Interview Film of Jonas Mekas -version1- short film will be screened beforehand

Thunder Road
22:00 - 23:32

For a decade, Jim Cummings dedicated himself, body and soul, to the film industry, where he has worked in various departments such as sound, special effects and cinematography. In Thunder Road, he stepped up and acted as producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. With this first feature-length film, Cummings brings things full circle and concludes a journey that started in 2016 when he presented the eponymous short film (on which the film is based) that ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Sundance and the Special Jury Prize at SXSW that same year.

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America to me 1
19:45 - 21:45

Chapters 1 and 2
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Mickey and the Bear
22:00 - 23:28

After directing several short films and trying her luck as an actress for a few years, Annabelle Attanasio makes her debut as a filmmaker with this highly convincing coming-of-age, which skillfully addresses classic themes of American independent cinema. The plot revolves around eighteen-years-old Mickey, perfectly embodied by Camila Morrone, who dazzled us with her natural charisma during last year’s edition of Americana in Augustine Frizzell’s comedy Never Goin’ Back. This is her fourth film and her strong performance certainly makes her an actress to keep an eye on.

Thursday 05

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
20:00 - 21:45

Two of the most iconic characters of Kevin Smith’s mythology are coming back to the big screen: Jay and Silent Bob. This time, their mission is to prevent the reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic” from being made, and so, the duo head to Hollywood. However, it will not be a walk in the park, far from it, and on their crusade, they will cross paths with the KKK, free Ubers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has-beens and members of their family.

Honey Boy
22:00 - 23:34

Otis Lort (Lucas Hedges) is a young Hollywood actor with a very bad reputation. One day, his irresponsible behavior lands him in rehab. At the facility, the star will be forced to remember his complex relationship with his father. Actor-turned-screenwriter Shia LaBeouf explores his tortuous past in this fascinating film where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred in an extraordinary way. Without a doubt, Honey Boy is the rough gem of this year’s edition of the festival: risky, personal and with a strong cool aura. This new work from director Alma Har’el confirms her talent as an independent filmmaker to follow closely.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Mano de obra
20:00 - 21:22

Francisco (Luis Alberti) works as a mason on the construction site of a luxurious home in Mexico City. One day, one of the workers falls to his death from the roof of the building. That man happens to be Francisco’s brother, Claudio, who leaves behind his pregnant wife Lupe in a situation of economic precarity. Francisco tries to get compensation for the death of his brother to help his sister-in-law, but it gets denied by the homeowner and the construction site foreman. All these events cause Francisco to become more and more fed up with the conditions in which his family and his underprivileged colleagues are living, so he decides to plan revenge. But when it comes to power, we humans handle it very badly. And when social order and role changes occur, even if only in appearance, it is enough for a person to be transformed. Francisco will have to deal with the risks coming from this new position and face what he has become. Sometimes, it is not clear who is our worst enemy.

Martha: A Picture Story
21:50 - 23:12

With her vibrant portrait of the artist Martha Cooper, Selina Miles showcases the work of a woman who achieved recognition as an urban photographer and yet, might still be unknown to most viewers. Through a series of personal interviews and a review of her entire (extensive) career, the audience learns how Cooper gained praise from graffiti artists for being the one who gave them a voice within the art world about four decades ago.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
Saint Frances
19:45 - 21:31

Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) is 34 years old and her life is a disaster. She has no job, no partner, no money or projects for the future. However, when she finds a job working as a nanny for precocious Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams), an adorable 6-year-old girl with two moms, the path towards adulthood and plenitude becomes clearer for Bridget. In addition to starring in the film, O'Sullivan wrote this heartfelt summer story addressing feminist issues. The film, which is also Alex Thompson’s directorial debut, has received an audience award at almost every film festival where it has been screened, namely the prestigious SXSW.

Swallow
21:50 - 23:24

For no apparent reason, Hunter (Hayley Bennett), an upper-class housewife starts to ingest small dangerous objects after she becomes pregnant. While the items she swallows jeopardize her health more and more, she becomes increasingly addicted to this strange habit. Bennett, a dead-ringer for Jennifer Lawrence and featured in the film The Girl on the Train (2016) based on Paula Hawkins’s best-seller, stars in this unsettling thriller immersed in a twisted atmosphere, akin to David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). Not for the fainthearted, Swallow can be interpreted as a startling feminist tale about a woman who struggles to regain control over her body in a patriarchal and conservative environment set in upstate New York.

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America to me 2
19:45 - 21:45

Chapters 3 and 4
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Répertoire des villes disparues
22:00 - 23:37

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Friday 06

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
The Sound of Silence
18:30 - 19:55

People living in big cities nowadays are constantly affected by stress, anxiety and depression. “House tuner” Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) has the fervent conviction that this is a matter of noise pollution. Not only the loudness of car engines and sirens in New York City, but also a lack of calibration between the defining tones of its neighborhoods, created by the thousands of sounds that fill the streets, and household appliances. One client after the other, Peter manages to solve their sleeping problems and bring peace of mind to those who require his help. His daily practice leads him to believe that he is before scientific evidence and that the academic community will welcome him and his theory with open arms, thus giving meaning to his profession. But then, just at a moment in his career when he could not be more sure of himself, an anomaly appears. And slowly, mistakes after mistakes, all the elements of Peter’s well-orchestrated life go out of tune.

Matthias et Maxime
20:00 - 21:59

Two lifelong friends, Maxime and Matthias, kiss for a short film that Erika, Matthias’ sister, is making for a university assignment. After sharing that kiss, both of them begin to question their sexuality and those conflicting feelings eventually affect their group of friends and other social ties. After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016 for Juste La Fin du Monde, recently-turned-thirty Xavier Dolan returned to la Croisette last spring with his tender and heartfelt Matthias et Maxime.   Once called the “enfant terrible” of Quebec cinema, Dolan now displays a vital maturity by taking a giant step towards sobriety and aesthetic containment. In Matthias et Maxime, he significantly tones down his visual flourish and gives priority to other cinematographic elements closer to the narrative. That said, his latest work still counts with moments of hysteria, anger desire, and unbridled joy like in his earlier films; and his protagonists are overflowing with emotions.

Sorry to Bother You
22:30 - 00:22

Nothing goes right for Cassius “Cash” Green (LaKeith Stanfield). He is living in his uncle’s garage and his girlfriend is starting to be a little fed up with his ineptitude and pathetic economic condition. Until one day, he lands a telemarketing job at a lame company. After one of his colleagues advises him to use “his white voice” over the phone, Cash unexpectedly becomes the best salesman and gets promoted to the prestigious top floor. In the meantime, his lower-floor colleagues are rebelling and asking for better working conditions, which threatens his privileges as a “power caller”. And, if that wasn’t enough, once he joins the highest rank of the company, he begins to suspect that something very strange lurks underneath it all while his personal life is falling apart. Time is ticking: Cash can do the right thing or let himself be carried away by the incredible events occurring.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
I Want my MTV
18:30 - 19:56

Little more than a decade had passed since one of the most important events of the 20th century: the United States of America broadcast live on television the first man to walk on the moon. Channeling that same groundbreaking and epic spirit, and using the same media, a handful of young people decided to give the American youth their own moon landing. On August 1, 1981, an era of unbridled rock began on national television: MTV had landed. The world of music and television was hit by an unprecedented music virus that reached every home in the country. Young Americans, from the busiest and biggest cities to the most remote towns, began spending their afternoons with Sting, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Annie Lennox or Rod Stewart. The music of their idols began to have faces, looks and an attitude that was online a remote-control away from them.

Midnight Family
20:30 - 21:51
VO

Mexico City disposes of only 45 public ambulances for a population of over 9 million people. This situation has given rise to an illegal business of privately owned ambulances offering emergency medical services and hospital transfers to people involved in accidents. Struggling to make ends meet, the Ochoa family runs such a business. Their day-to-day consists of rushing to the scene of an accident before anyone else, helping the injured, taking them to the hospital and finally, hoping to get paid for their services. Although they provide a social service, they sometimes resort to more or less ethical methods with their patients, hoping to benefit from the circumstances. Midnight Family paints a portrait of the family’s routine, depicting their difficult livelihood as well as their private life.

Mickey and the Bear
22:15 - 23:43

After directing several short films and trying her luck as an actress for a few years, Annabelle Attanasio makes her debut as a filmmaker with this highly convincing coming-of-age, which skillfully addresses classic themes of American independent cinema. The plot revolves around eighteen-years-old Mickey, perfectly embodied by Camila Morrone, who dazzled us with her natural charisma during last year’s edition of Americana in Augustine Frizzell’s comedy Never Goin’ Back. This is her fourth film and her strong performance certainly makes her an actress to keep an eye on.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
The Death of Dick Long
18:15 - 19:55

After band practice, Zeke, Earl and Dick, three buddies from a small town in Alabama spend the night partying and “getting weird”. As a result of their shenanigans, Dick is dropped in front of the ICU, hemorrhaging heavily, while Zeke and Earl are left to hide what really happened after their rock and roll jam sesh. The doctor at the hospital claims he has never seen anything similar so the local police opens an investigation. All the ambiguities, bad decisions, and contradictions take over what can easily be considered the most humiliating story of the protagonists’ lives which are slowly collapsing. The comic force that drives the entire film lies precisely in a script that is, on one hand, absurd and ridiculous, yet, on the other hand, played as an archetypal drama. The dejected faces of Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.), Officer Dudley (Sarah Baker) and the puzzled Earl (Andre Hyland) collide and blend perfectly with the clearly absurd and humorous plot behind the dramatic events.

The Vast of Night
20:15 - 21:44

A newcomer in the current panorama of fantasy films, Andrew Patterson manages to position himself as one of the directors to follow closely thanks to this inventive debut feature. The film is the evident heir of the sci-fi genre from a television tradition that dates back to The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a series to which Patterson pays tribute by making The Vast of Night as if it were the episode of Paradox Theater, a fiction series that follows the canon of the aforementioned sci-fi television program created by Rod Serling.

The Art of Self-Defense
22:15 - 23:59

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a shy and submissive accountant unable to break free from his small and maniacal universe, is attacked one night in the middle of the street by a motorcycle gang. Overcome by the situation, angry and embarrassed, he decides to join a karate dojo in his neighborhood so he can defend himself in the future. There, he meets his instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), a quiet man with indecipherable methods. Fascinated by him, Casey acquires a new sense of confidence for the first time in his life and begins to change his habits, his personality, his behavior. But things will take a wrong turn once he starts attending the mysterious “Night Class” at the academy. There, he will discover a hidden world in which brutality takes over the karate students. The ones who were assaulted begin to feel like assaulting. And what comes around goes around. In the end, the unpredictable happens and madness breaks loose...

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Killer of Sheep
17:50 - 19:31

Stan (Henry  Gayle Sanders) is a young African-American who lives in a suburb of Los Angeles with his wife (Kaycee Moore) and kids. He works in a slaughterhouse and lives with dignity. The film shows some of the moments in Stan’s life, with his family and friends, and at work. There is nothing extraordinary about the events occurring, yet everything is presented with such naturality, that there is a poetic aura about the film. At other times, whether or not intentionally, the film seems to have a critical and almost vindictive tone about it. The children are playing in the parks, nothing more, yet the parks are rather run-down. Stan works, nothing more, yet the slaughterhouse is not the nicest place to be working. Like the sheep that he sacrifices, the Afro-American community that surrounds Stan does not have much choice if not to walk down the narrow path that society has drawn for them.

Several Friends short film will be screened beforehand

America to me 3
19:45 - 22:45

Chapters 5, 6 and 7
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
23:00 - 00:40

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour is a 97-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival and has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.

Program:
1. SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING
2. FAST HORSE - Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
3. SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT
4. MUTEUM
5. CRUDE OIL
6. THE MINORS - Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
7. BROTHERHOOD - Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube

Saturday 07

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Seberg
16:00 - 17:42

In the late ‘60s, Hollywood actress and Nouvelle Vague muse Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) is put in the crosshairs of FBI after she starts an affair with civil rights activist and active member of the Black Panthers, Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Benedict Andrews focuses on a key moment in Jean Seberg’s life, with an all-star cast featuring Jack O’Connell, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley and the queen of the show, Kristen Stewart. Once more, the actress proves her versatility to embody any character and brings a unique and highly personal intelligence and sensuality to the great icon that was Seberg.

Honey Boy
18:10 - 19:44

Otis Lort (Lucas Hedges) is a young Hollywood actor with a very bad reputation. One day, his irresponsible behavior lands him in rehab. At the facility, the star will be forced to remember his complex relationship with his father. Actor-turned-screenwriter Shia LaBeouf explores his tortuous past in this fascinating film where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred in an extraordinary way. Without a doubt, Honey Boy is the rough gem of this year’s edition of the festival: risky, personal and with a strong cool aura. This new work from director Alma Har’el confirms her talent as an independent filmmaker to follow closely.

The Beach Bum
20:00 - 21:35

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, an extravagant stoner who writes poetry and lives life on the edge, without committing to anything or anyone but always sticking to his own ethical code. His lyrical world is peculiar, always toeing the unpleasant but with a definite touch of beauty and transcendence. Like his writing, Moondog’s life does not follow any rules, almost always under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He is well able to arrive late and high as a kite to his own daughter's wedding, and to love an endless number of women with whom he will only share a moment of his existence. Forever is not a concept that exists in his philosophy of life. Tomorrow is a utopia that may never come. The only things that matter to him are the present and the excess, wherever that might take him.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
21:50 - 23:35

Two of the most iconic characters of Kevin Smith’s mythology are coming back to the big screen: Jay and Silent Bob. This time, their mission is to prevent the reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic” from being made, and so, the duo head to Hollywood. However, it will not be a walk in the park, far from it, and on their crusade, they will cross paths with the KKK, free Ubers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has-beens and members of their family.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Burning Cane
16:15 - 17:32

A regular churchgoer, Helen (Karen Kaia Livers) lives and works in rural Louisiana. Honest and brave, she has to cope with the fact that her son is consumed by alcoholism and violence, while she can barely see her grandson who is neglected. She tries to find solace in her local Baptist church where she listens to the galvanizing sermons of Rev. Tillman (Wendell Pierce). However, the pastor himself – depressed by the inexorable events in his life – seeks refuge in alcohol and turns a deaf ear to Helen’s attempts to help him. Without anyone to comfort her and subjected to the twists of fate, Helen has to face yet another life challenge and take a decision that will have heavy consequences, one way or another.

Thunder Road
17:50 - 19:22

For a decade, Jim Cummings dedicated himself, body and soul, to the film industry, where he has worked in various departments such as sound, special effects and cinematography. In Thunder Road, he stepped up and acted as producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. With this first feature-length film, Cummings brings things full circle and concludes a journey that started in 2016 when he presented the eponymous short film (on which the film is based) that ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Sundance and the Special Jury Prize at SXSW that same year.

SHORTS 1
19:45 - 21:28
VOSE

First Shorts screening:

LOWLAND KIDS
Sandra Winther. Documentary. 22'

TRUMP BITES - S01
Bill Plympton. Animation. 3'

SOMETHING LIKE LONELINESS
Ben Epstein, Seth Epstein. Comedy. 13'

IN SOUND, WE LIVE FOREVER
Joshua Giuliano. Terror. 12'

A MILLION EYES
Richard Raymond. Drama. 25'

GUNS FOUND HERE
David Freid. Documentary. 11'

GIRL IN THE HALLWAY
Valerie Barnhart. Animation. 11'

LIMINAL
Collin Davis, Matt Litwiller. Science fiction. 7'

I Want my MTV
22:00 - 23:26

Little more than a decade had passed since one of the most important events of the 20th century: the United States of America broadcast live on television the first man to walk on the moon. Channeling that same groundbreaking and epic spirit, and using the same media, a handful of young people decided to give the American youth their own moon landing. On August 1, 1981, an era of unbridled rock began on national television: MTV had landed. The world of music and television was hit by an unprecedented music virus that reached every home in the country. Young Americans, from the busiest and biggest cities to the most remote towns, began spending their afternoons with Sting, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Annie Lennox or Rod Stewart. The music of their idols began to have faces, looks and an attitude that was online a remote-control away from them.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
The Vast of Night
16:15 - 17:44

A newcomer in the current panorama of fantasy films, Andrew Patterson manages to position himself as one of the directors to follow closely thanks to this inventive debut feature. The film is the evident heir of the sci-fi genre from a television tradition that dates back to The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a series to which Patterson pays tribute by making The Vast of Night as if it were the episode of Paradox Theater, a fiction series that follows the canon of the aforementioned sci-fi television program created by Rod Serling.

Greener Grass
18:00 - 19:35

Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) is a housewife and a mother. She lives in a big house in the suburbs with her husband Nick who has a good job. She is also friends with Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) and other soccer moms from the neighborhood. However, this perfect 1950s American way of life is just an excuse to explore the absurd: everyone wears braces, the only mode of transport are golf carts, couples always wear matching outfits and members of the family are “interchangeable”. On top of it all, a killer is on the prowl for new victims in the neighborhood. This spiral into madness is paired with supersaturated aesthetics and a score as piercing as the film’s humor. The bizarreness of it all provides a space where the sharpest and most crushing criticism fits into a social future that is not that random or unimaginable.

The Art of Self-Defense
20:00 - 21:44

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a shy and submissive accountant unable to break free from his small and maniacal universe, is attacked one night in the middle of the street by a motorcycle gang. Overcome by the situation, angry and embarrassed, he decides to join a karate dojo in his neighborhood so he can defend himself in the future. There, he meets his instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), a quiet man with indecipherable methods. Fascinated by him, Casey acquires a new sense of confidence for the first time in his life and begins to change his habits, his personality, his behavior. But things will take a wrong turn once he starts attending the mysterious “Night Class” at the academy. There, he will discover a hidden world in which brutality takes over the karate students. The ones who were assaulted begin to feel like assaulting. And what comes around goes around. In the end, the unpredictable happens and madness breaks loose...

Give me Liberty
22:00 - 23:50

During a cold winter day in the city of Milwaukee, we follow Vic (Chris Galust), a young American-Russian immigrant who works as the driver of a transport vehicle for disabled people. We are parachuted into his fast-paced routine which is shaped by the clients he needs to drive into different parts of town and no two days are the same. The audience is taken for a wild ride punctuated by mishaps and the endless lateness that ensue. As Vic tries to accommodate everyone around him, the weight of an exhausting schedule that is almost impossible to fulfill falls back on his shoulders. Accompanied by a friendly con man (Maxim Stoyanov), a group of mourning Eastern European babushkas and old-timers (including his own grandfather), a fierce young woman with ALS (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), Vic journeys through a town suffering from segregation and the obvious lack of resources of a collapsing system.

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5B
16:00 - 17:34

In the late 1970s, San Fransisco is home to one of the biggest gay communities in the United States when a mysterious disease starts spreading. At a time when almost no information was known regarding the causes and cure for this disease, or even how it was transmitted, the San Francisco General Hospital opened ward 5B to tackle the crisis and care for its patients. A group of nurses and health professionals, helped by a handful of volunteers from the East Coast, took charge of ward 5B to face the epidemic of what will later be known as AIDS.

My Brother's Wedding
17:45 - 19:20

Pierce (Everett Silas), a young man without ambitions, helps in the family business and wanders around the neighborhood. His vital disorientation vanishes when his best friend is released from prison and his brother asks him to be the best man at his wedding. This story, somewhere between tragedy and comedy, is set in South Central, a marginal neighborhood of Los Angeles where, in 1983, Charles Burnett decided to position his camera and turn his knowledge and experiences into an independent film. The naturalness of the characters, mostly non-professional/ amateur actors, brings intimacy and authenticity to the aesthetics and the narrative of the film that automatically transports us to an urban landscape and a way of life.

The Horse short film will be screened beforehand

America to me 4
19:30 - 23:00

Chapters 8, 9 and 10
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Midnight Family
23:15 - 00:36

Mexico City disposes of only 45 public ambulances for a population of over 9 million people. This situation has given rise to an illegal business of privately owned ambulances offering emergency medical services and hospital transfers to people involved in accidents. Struggling to make ends meet, the Ochoa family runs such a business. Their day-to-day consists of rushing to the scene of an accident before anyone else, helping the injured, taking them to the hospital and finally, hoping to get paid for their services. Although they provide a social service, they sometimes resort to more or less ethical methods with their patients, hoping to benefit from the circumstances. Midnight Family paints a portrait of the family’s routine, depicting their difficult livelihood as well as their private life.

Sunday 08

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Swallow
16:15 - 17:49

For no apparent reason, Hunter (Hayley Bennett), an upper-class housewife starts to ingest small dangerous objects after she becomes pregnant. While the items she swallows jeopardize her health more and more, she becomes increasingly addicted to this strange habit. Bennett, a dead-ringer for Jennifer Lawrence and featured in the film The Girl on the Train (2016) based on Paula Hawkins’s best-seller, stars in this unsettling thriller immersed in a twisted atmosphere, akin to David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). Not for the fainthearted, Swallow can be interpreted as a startling feminist tale about a woman who struggles to regain control over her body in a patriarchal and conservative environment set in upstate New York.

Matthias et Maxime
18:00 - 19:59

Two lifelong friends, Maxime and Matthias, kiss for a short film that Erika, Matthias’ sister, is making for a university assignment. After sharing that kiss, both of them begin to question their sexuality and those conflicting feelings eventually affect their group of friends and other social ties. After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016 for Juste La Fin du Monde, recently-turned-thirty Xavier Dolan returned to la Croisette last spring with his tender and heartfelt Matthias et Maxime.   Once called the “enfant terrible” of Quebec cinema, Dolan now displays a vital maturity by taking a giant step towards sobriety and aesthetic containment. In Matthias et Maxime, he significantly tones down his visual flourish and gives priority to other cinematographic elements closer to the narrative. That said, his latest work still counts with moments of hysteria, anger desire, and unbridled joy like in his earlier films; and his protagonists are overflowing with emotions.

Seberg
20:15 - 21:57

In the late ‘60s, Hollywood actress and Nouvelle Vague muse Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) is put in the crosshairs of FBI after she starts an affair with civil rights activist and active member of the Black Panthers, Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Benedict Andrews focuses on a key moment in Jean Seberg’s life, with an all-star cast featuring Jack O’Connell, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley and the queen of the show, Kristen Stewart. Once more, the actress proves her versatility to embody any character and brings a unique and highly personal intelligence and sensuality to the great icon that was Seberg.

The Beach Bum
22:15 - 23:50

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, an extravagant stoner who writes poetry and lives life on the edge, without committing to anything or anyone but always sticking to his own ethical code. His lyrical world is peculiar, always toeing the unpleasant but with a definite touch of beauty and transcendence. Like his writing, Moondog’s life does not follow any rules, almost always under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He is well able to arrive late and high as a kite to his own daughter's wedding, and to love an endless number of women with whom he will only share a moment of his existence. Forever is not a concept that exists in his philosophy of life. Tomorrow is a utopia that may never come. The only things that matter to him are the present and the excess, wherever that might take him.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Chicuarotes
16:00 - 17:35

Cagalera and Moloteco are two teenagers living in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. They dream of traveling far, far away and seeing the ocean. Since working opportunities are very scarce, the boys make some money by robbing and doing petty crimes. Coming from broken homes and an environment of latent violence, the two friends are presented with an opportunity to change their lives and start a business, for which they would need a large sum of money. To do so, their only viable option is through crime, so they decide to kidnap the son of the butcher, acquainted with some of the most dangerous men in their hood and with whom they have a very complicated relationship. With this kidnapping, things begin to spiral out of control and the boys find themselves far along a path of destruction and violence from which there is no turning back.

Sorry to Bother You
17:55 - 19:47

Nothing goes right for Cassius “Cash” Green (LaKeith Stanfield). He is living in his uncle’s garage and his girlfriend is starting to be a little fed up with his ineptitude and pathetic economic condition. Until one day, he lands a telemarketing job at a lame company. After one of his colleagues advises him to use “his white voice” over the phone, Cash unexpectedly becomes the best salesman and gets promoted to the prestigious top floor. In the meantime, his lower-floor colleagues are rebelling and asking for better working conditions, which threatens his privileges as a “power caller”. And, if that wasn’t enough, once he joins the highest rank of the company, he begins to suspect that something very strange lurks underneath it all while his personal life is falling apart. Time is ticking: Cash can do the right thing or let himself be carried away by the incredible events occurring.

SHORTS 2
20:10 - 21:54
VOSE

Second Shorts screening:

CURTAINS
Kirsten Vangsness. Animation. 19'

AMERICA
George ve Gänæaard, Horia Cucută. Comedy. 2'

@THEINTERNET
Hannah Burgos. Experimental. 3'

CAMP ALEC
Christopher Stoudt. Documentary. 18'

TRUMP BITES - S02
Bill Plympton. Animation. 3'

ANTS
Ji Seon Lee. Animation. 2'

THE HELPING HAND
Brenden Hubbard. Terror. 10'

OTHER SIDE OF THE BOX
Caleb J. Phillips. Terror. 16'

THE PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR BEING ALONE
Louis Mansfield. Comedy. 9'

MILTON
Tim Wilkime. Comedy. 11'

ELI
Nate Milton. Animation. 11'

5B
22:15 - 23:49

In the late 1970s, San Fransisco is home to one of the biggest gay communities in the United States when a mysterious disease starts spreading. At a time when almost no information was known regarding the causes and cure for this disease, or even how it was transmitted, the San Francisco General Hospital opened ward 5B to tackle the crisis and care for its patients. A group of nurses and health professionals, helped by a handful of volunteers from the East Coast, took charge of ward 5B to face the epidemic of what will later be known as AIDS.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
Give me Liberty
16:00 - 17:50

During a cold winter day in the city of Milwaukee, we follow Vic (Chris Galust), a young American-Russian immigrant who works as the driver of a transport vehicle for disabled people. We are parachuted into his fast-paced routine which is shaped by the clients he needs to drive into different parts of town and no two days are the same. The audience is taken for a wild ride punctuated by mishaps and the endless lateness that ensue. As Vic tries to accommodate everyone around him, the weight of an exhausting schedule that is almost impossible to fulfill falls back on his shoulders. Accompanied by a friendly con man (Maxim Stoyanov), a group of mourning Eastern European babushkas and old-timers (including his own grandfather), a fierce young woman with ALS (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), Vic journeys through a town suffering from segregation and the obvious lack of resources of a collapsing system.

Greener Grass
18:00 - 19:35

Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) is a housewife and a mother. She lives in a big house in the suburbs with her husband Nick who has a good job. She is also friends with Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) and other soccer moms from the neighborhood. However, this perfect 1950s American way of life is just an excuse to explore the absurd: everyone wears braces, the only mode of transport are golf carts, couples always wear matching outfits and members of the family are “interchangeable”. On top of it all, a killer is on the prowl for new victims in the neighborhood. This spiral into madness is paired with supersaturated aesthetics and a score as piercing as the film’s humor. The bizarreness of it all provides a space where the sharpest and most crushing criticism fits into a social future that is not that random or unimaginable.

The Projectionist
20:15 - 21:51

Abel Ferrara introduces us to Nicolas “Nicky” Nicolaou, a Greek Cypriot immigrant that moved to New York City when he was twelve years old. In true American spirit, and at his own rhythm, Nicky went from box-office clerk to owner of a movie theater. It was the 1970s and films from that era reflected that period in time: Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The French Connection. Films premiere at adult theaters were often sold out and the business was booming. Nicky saw it as a great opportunity and purchased a couple of cinema venues all around town. Neither the big theater chains nor the exorbitant rents in the Big Apple could overthrow Nicky. For a long time, his endeavor helped to preserve neighborhood movie theaters and was a true token of his great love for cinema.

Last Interview Film of Jonas Mekas -version1- short film will be screened beforehand

The Death of Dick Long
22:10 - 23:50

After band practice, Zeke, Earl and Dick, three buddies from a small town in Alabama spend the night partying and “getting weird”. As a result of their shenanigans, Dick is dropped in front of the ICU, hemorrhaging heavily, while Zeke and Earl are left to hide what really happened after their rock and roll jam sesh. The doctor at the hospital claims he has never seen anything similar so the local police opens an investigation. All the ambiguities, bad decisions, and contradictions take over what can easily be considered the most humiliating story of the protagonists’ lives which are slowly collapsing. The comic force that drives the entire film lies precisely in a script that is, on one hand, absurd and ridiculous, yet, on the other hand, played as an archetypal drama. The dejected faces of Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.), Officer Dudley (Sarah Baker) and the puzzled Earl (Andre Hyland) collide and blend perfectly with the clearly absurd and humorous plot behind the dramatic events.

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Mano de obra
16:15 - 17:37

Francisco (Luis Alberti) works as a mason on the construction site of a luxurious home in Mexico City. One day, one of the workers falls to his death from the roof of the building. That man happens to be Francisco’s brother, Claudio, who leaves behind his pregnant wife Lupe in a situation of economic precarity. Francisco tries to get compensation for the death of his brother to help his sister-in-law, but it gets denied by the homeowner and the construction site foreman. All these events cause Francisco to become more and more fed up with the conditions in which his family and his underprivileged colleagues are living, so he decides to plan revenge. But when it comes to power, we humans handle it very badly. And when social order and role changes occur, even if only in appearance, it is enough for a person to be transformed. Francisco will have to deal with the risks coming from this new position and face what he has become. Sometimes, it is not clear who is our worst enemy.

Burning Cane
18:00 - 19:17

A regular churchgoer, Helen (Karen Kaia Livers) lives and works in rural Louisiana. Honest and brave, she has to cope with the fact that her son is consumed by alcoholism and violence, while she can barely see her grandson who is neglected. She tries to find solace in her local Baptist church where she listens to the galvanizing sermons of Rev. Tillman (Wendell Pierce). However, the pastor himself – depressed by the inexorable events in his life – seeks refuge in alcohol and turns a deaf ear to Helen’s attempts to help him. Without anyone to comfort her and subjected to the twists of fate, Helen has to face yet another life challenge and take a decision that will have heavy consequences, one way or another.

17 Blocks
19:30 - 21:06

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Martha: A Picture Story
21:30 - 22:52

With her vibrant portrait of the artist Martha Cooper, Selina Miles showcases the work of a woman who achieved recognition as an urban photographer and yet, might still be unknown to most viewers. Through a series of personal interviews and a review of her entire (extensive) career, the audience learns how Cooper gained praise from graffiti artists for being the one who gave them a voice within the art world about four decades ago.

Tuesday 03

Phenomena
Phenomena
Saint Frances
20:00 - 23:00
Only with invitation
VOSC

Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) is 34 years old and her life is a disaster. She has no job, no partner, no money or projects for the future. However, when she finds a job working as a nanny for precocious Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams), an adorable 6-year-old girl with two moms, the path towards adulthood and plenitude becomes clearer for Bridget. In addition to starring in the film, O'Sullivan wrote this heartfelt summer story addressing feminist issues. The film, which is also Alex Thompson’s directorial debut, has received an audience award at almost every film festival where it has been screened, namely the prestigious SXSW.

Tuesday 03

Wednesday 04

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Chicuarotes
20:00 - 21:45

Cagalera and Moloteco are two teenagers living in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. They dream of traveling far, far away and seeing the ocean. Since working opportunities are very scarce, the boys make some money by robbing and doing petty crimes. Coming from broken homes and an environment of latent violence, the two friends are presented with an opportunity to change their lives and start a business, for which they would need a large sum of money. To do so, their only viable option is through crime, so they decide to kidnap the son of the butcher, acquainted with some of the most dangerous men in their hood and with whom they have a very complicated relationship. With this kidnapping, things begin to spiral out of control and the boys find themselves far along a path of destruction and violence from which there is no turning back.

The Sound of Silence
22:00 - 23:25

People living in big cities nowadays are constantly affected by stress, anxiety and depression. “House tuner” Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) has the fervent conviction that this is a matter of noise pollution. Not only the loudness of car engines and sirens in New York City, but also a lack of calibration between the defining tones of its neighborhoods, created by the thousands of sounds that fill the streets, and household appliances. One client after the other, Peter manages to solve their sleeping problems and bring peace of mind to those who require his help. His daily practice leads him to believe that he is before scientific evidence and that the academic community will welcome him and his theory with open arms, thus giving meaning to his profession. But then, just at a moment in his career when he could not be more sure of himself, an anomaly appears. And slowly, mistakes after mistakes, all the elements of Peter’s well-orchestrated life go out of tune.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Répertoire des villes disparues
19:45 - 21:22

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

17 Blocks
21:45 - 23:21

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
The Projectionist
20:00 - 21:36

Abel Ferrara introduces us to Nicolas “Nicky” Nicolaou, a Greek Cypriot immigrant that moved to New York City when he was twelve years old. In true American spirit, and at his own rhythm, Nicky went from box-office clerk to owner of a movie theater. It was the 1970s and films from that era reflected that period in time: Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The French Connection. Films premiere at adult theaters were often sold out and the business was booming. Nicky saw it as a great opportunity and purchased a couple of cinema venues all around town. Neither the big theater chains nor the exorbitant rents in the Big Apple could overthrow Nicky. For a long time, his endeavor helped to preserve neighborhood movie theaters and was a true token of his great love for cinema.

Last Interview Film of Jonas Mekas -version1- short film will be screened beforehand

Thunder Road
22:00 - 23:32

For a decade, Jim Cummings dedicated himself, body and soul, to the film industry, where he has worked in various departments such as sound, special effects and cinematography. In Thunder Road, he stepped up and acted as producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. With this first feature-length film, Cummings brings things full circle and concludes a journey that started in 2016 when he presented the eponymous short film (on which the film is based) that ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Sundance and the Special Jury Prize at SXSW that same year.

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America to me 1
19:45 - 21:45

Chapters 1 and 2
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Mickey and the Bear
22:00 - 23:28

After directing several short films and trying her luck as an actress for a few years, Annabelle Attanasio makes her debut as a filmmaker with this highly convincing coming-of-age, which skillfully addresses classic themes of American independent cinema. The plot revolves around eighteen-years-old Mickey, perfectly embodied by Camila Morrone, who dazzled us with her natural charisma during last year’s edition of Americana in Augustine Frizzell’s comedy Never Goin’ Back. This is her fourth film and her strong performance certainly makes her an actress to keep an eye on.

Thursday 05

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
20:00 - 21:45

Two of the most iconic characters of Kevin Smith’s mythology are coming back to the big screen: Jay and Silent Bob. This time, their mission is to prevent the reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic” from being made, and so, the duo head to Hollywood. However, it will not be a walk in the park, far from it, and on their crusade, they will cross paths with the KKK, free Ubers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has-beens and members of their family.

Honey Boy
22:00 - 23:34

Otis Lort (Lucas Hedges) is a young Hollywood actor with a very bad reputation. One day, his irresponsible behavior lands him in rehab. At the facility, the star will be forced to remember his complex relationship with his father. Actor-turned-screenwriter Shia LaBeouf explores his tortuous past in this fascinating film where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred in an extraordinary way. Without a doubt, Honey Boy is the rough gem of this year’s edition of the festival: risky, personal and with a strong cool aura. This new work from director Alma Har’el confirms her talent as an independent filmmaker to follow closely.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Mano de obra
20:00 - 21:22

Francisco (Luis Alberti) works as a mason on the construction site of a luxurious home in Mexico City. One day, one of the workers falls to his death from the roof of the building. That man happens to be Francisco’s brother, Claudio, who leaves behind his pregnant wife Lupe in a situation of economic precarity. Francisco tries to get compensation for the death of his brother to help his sister-in-law, but it gets denied by the homeowner and the construction site foreman. All these events cause Francisco to become more and more fed up with the conditions in which his family and his underprivileged colleagues are living, so he decides to plan revenge. But when it comes to power, we humans handle it very badly. And when social order and role changes occur, even if only in appearance, it is enough for a person to be transformed. Francisco will have to deal with the risks coming from this new position and face what he has become. Sometimes, it is not clear who is our worst enemy.

Martha: A Picture Story
21:50 - 23:12

With her vibrant portrait of the artist Martha Cooper, Selina Miles showcases the work of a woman who achieved recognition as an urban photographer and yet, might still be unknown to most viewers. Through a series of personal interviews and a review of her entire (extensive) career, the audience learns how Cooper gained praise from graffiti artists for being the one who gave them a voice within the art world about four decades ago.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
Saint Frances
19:45 - 21:31

Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) is 34 years old and her life is a disaster. She has no job, no partner, no money or projects for the future. However, when she finds a job working as a nanny for precocious Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams), an adorable 6-year-old girl with two moms, the path towards adulthood and plenitude becomes clearer for Bridget. In addition to starring in the film, O'Sullivan wrote this heartfelt summer story addressing feminist issues. The film, which is also Alex Thompson’s directorial debut, has received an audience award at almost every film festival where it has been screened, namely the prestigious SXSW.

Swallow
21:50 - 23:24

For no apparent reason, Hunter (Hayley Bennett), an upper-class housewife starts to ingest small dangerous objects after she becomes pregnant. While the items she swallows jeopardize her health more and more, she becomes increasingly addicted to this strange habit. Bennett, a dead-ringer for Jennifer Lawrence and featured in the film The Girl on the Train (2016) based on Paula Hawkins’s best-seller, stars in this unsettling thriller immersed in a twisted atmosphere, akin to David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). Not for the fainthearted, Swallow can be interpreted as a startling feminist tale about a woman who struggles to regain control over her body in a patriarchal and conservative environment set in upstate New York.

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America to me 2
19:45 - 21:45

Chapters 3 and 4
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Répertoire des villes disparues
22:00 - 23:37

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Friday 06

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
The Sound of Silence
18:30 - 19:55

People living in big cities nowadays are constantly affected by stress, anxiety and depression. “House tuner” Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) has the fervent conviction that this is a matter of noise pollution. Not only the loudness of car engines and sirens in New York City, but also a lack of calibration between the defining tones of its neighborhoods, created by the thousands of sounds that fill the streets, and household appliances. One client after the other, Peter manages to solve their sleeping problems and bring peace of mind to those who require his help. His daily practice leads him to believe that he is before scientific evidence and that the academic community will welcome him and his theory with open arms, thus giving meaning to his profession. But then, just at a moment in his career when he could not be more sure of himself, an anomaly appears. And slowly, mistakes after mistakes, all the elements of Peter’s well-orchestrated life go out of tune.

Matthias et Maxime
20:00 - 21:59

Two lifelong friends, Maxime and Matthias, kiss for a short film that Erika, Matthias’ sister, is making for a university assignment. After sharing that kiss, both of them begin to question their sexuality and those conflicting feelings eventually affect their group of friends and other social ties. After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016 for Juste La Fin du Monde, recently-turned-thirty Xavier Dolan returned to la Croisette last spring with his tender and heartfelt Matthias et Maxime.   Once called the “enfant terrible” of Quebec cinema, Dolan now displays a vital maturity by taking a giant step towards sobriety and aesthetic containment. In Matthias et Maxime, he significantly tones down his visual flourish and gives priority to other cinematographic elements closer to the narrative. That said, his latest work still counts with moments of hysteria, anger desire, and unbridled joy like in his earlier films; and his protagonists are overflowing with emotions.

Sorry to Bother You
22:30 - 00:22

Nothing goes right for Cassius “Cash” Green (LaKeith Stanfield). He is living in his uncle’s garage and his girlfriend is starting to be a little fed up with his ineptitude and pathetic economic condition. Until one day, he lands a telemarketing job at a lame company. After one of his colleagues advises him to use “his white voice” over the phone, Cash unexpectedly becomes the best salesman and gets promoted to the prestigious top floor. In the meantime, his lower-floor colleagues are rebelling and asking for better working conditions, which threatens his privileges as a “power caller”. And, if that wasn’t enough, once he joins the highest rank of the company, he begins to suspect that something very strange lurks underneath it all while his personal life is falling apart. Time is ticking: Cash can do the right thing or let himself be carried away by the incredible events occurring.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
I Want my MTV
18:30 - 19:56

Little more than a decade had passed since one of the most important events of the 20th century: the United States of America broadcast live on television the first man to walk on the moon. Channeling that same groundbreaking and epic spirit, and using the same media, a handful of young people decided to give the American youth their own moon landing. On August 1, 1981, an era of unbridled rock began on national television: MTV had landed. The world of music and television was hit by an unprecedented music virus that reached every home in the country. Young Americans, from the busiest and biggest cities to the most remote towns, began spending their afternoons with Sting, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Annie Lennox or Rod Stewart. The music of their idols began to have faces, looks and an attitude that was online a remote-control away from them.

Midnight Family
20:30 - 21:51
VO

Mexico City disposes of only 45 public ambulances for a population of over 9 million people. This situation has given rise to an illegal business of privately owned ambulances offering emergency medical services and hospital transfers to people involved in accidents. Struggling to make ends meet, the Ochoa family runs such a business. Their day-to-day consists of rushing to the scene of an accident before anyone else, helping the injured, taking them to the hospital and finally, hoping to get paid for their services. Although they provide a social service, they sometimes resort to more or less ethical methods with their patients, hoping to benefit from the circumstances. Midnight Family paints a portrait of the family’s routine, depicting their difficult livelihood as well as their private life.

Mickey and the Bear
22:15 - 23:43

After directing several short films and trying her luck as an actress for a few years, Annabelle Attanasio makes her debut as a filmmaker with this highly convincing coming-of-age, which skillfully addresses classic themes of American independent cinema. The plot revolves around eighteen-years-old Mickey, perfectly embodied by Camila Morrone, who dazzled us with her natural charisma during last year’s edition of Americana in Augustine Frizzell’s comedy Never Goin’ Back. This is her fourth film and her strong performance certainly makes her an actress to keep an eye on.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
The Death of Dick Long
18:15 - 19:55

After band practice, Zeke, Earl and Dick, three buddies from a small town in Alabama spend the night partying and “getting weird”. As a result of their shenanigans, Dick is dropped in front of the ICU, hemorrhaging heavily, while Zeke and Earl are left to hide what really happened after their rock and roll jam sesh. The doctor at the hospital claims he has never seen anything similar so the local police opens an investigation. All the ambiguities, bad decisions, and contradictions take over what can easily be considered the most humiliating story of the protagonists’ lives which are slowly collapsing. The comic force that drives the entire film lies precisely in a script that is, on one hand, absurd and ridiculous, yet, on the other hand, played as an archetypal drama. The dejected faces of Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.), Officer Dudley (Sarah Baker) and the puzzled Earl (Andre Hyland) collide and blend perfectly with the clearly absurd and humorous plot behind the dramatic events.

The Vast of Night
20:15 - 21:44

A newcomer in the current panorama of fantasy films, Andrew Patterson manages to position himself as one of the directors to follow closely thanks to this inventive debut feature. The film is the evident heir of the sci-fi genre from a television tradition that dates back to The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a series to which Patterson pays tribute by making The Vast of Night as if it were the episode of Paradox Theater, a fiction series that follows the canon of the aforementioned sci-fi television program created by Rod Serling.

The Art of Self-Defense
22:15 - 23:59

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a shy and submissive accountant unable to break free from his small and maniacal universe, is attacked one night in the middle of the street by a motorcycle gang. Overcome by the situation, angry and embarrassed, he decides to join a karate dojo in his neighborhood so he can defend himself in the future. There, he meets his instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), a quiet man with indecipherable methods. Fascinated by him, Casey acquires a new sense of confidence for the first time in his life and begins to change his habits, his personality, his behavior. But things will take a wrong turn once he starts attending the mysterious “Night Class” at the academy. There, he will discover a hidden world in which brutality takes over the karate students. The ones who were assaulted begin to feel like assaulting. And what comes around goes around. In the end, the unpredictable happens and madness breaks loose...

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Killer of Sheep
17:50 - 19:31

Stan (Henry  Gayle Sanders) is a young African-American who lives in a suburb of Los Angeles with his wife (Kaycee Moore) and kids. He works in a slaughterhouse and lives with dignity. The film shows some of the moments in Stan’s life, with his family and friends, and at work. There is nothing extraordinary about the events occurring, yet everything is presented with such naturality, that there is a poetic aura about the film. At other times, whether or not intentionally, the film seems to have a critical and almost vindictive tone about it. The children are playing in the parks, nothing more, yet the parks are rather run-down. Stan works, nothing more, yet the slaughterhouse is not the nicest place to be working. Like the sheep that he sacrifices, the Afro-American community that surrounds Stan does not have much choice if not to walk down the narrow path that society has drawn for them.

Several Friends short film will be screened beforehand

America to me 3
19:45 - 22:45

Chapters 5, 6 and 7
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
23:00 - 00:40

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour is a 97-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival and has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.

Program:
1. SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING
2. FAST HORSE - Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
3. SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT
4. MUTEUM
5. CRUDE OIL
6. THE MINORS - Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing
7. BROTHERHOOD - Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube

Saturday 07

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Seberg
16:00 - 17:42

In the late ‘60s, Hollywood actress and Nouvelle Vague muse Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) is put in the crosshairs of FBI after she starts an affair with civil rights activist and active member of the Black Panthers, Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Benedict Andrews focuses on a key moment in Jean Seberg’s life, with an all-star cast featuring Jack O’Connell, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley and the queen of the show, Kristen Stewart. Once more, the actress proves her versatility to embody any character and brings a unique and highly personal intelligence and sensuality to the great icon that was Seberg.

Honey Boy
18:10 - 19:44

Otis Lort (Lucas Hedges) is a young Hollywood actor with a very bad reputation. One day, his irresponsible behavior lands him in rehab. At the facility, the star will be forced to remember his complex relationship with his father. Actor-turned-screenwriter Shia LaBeouf explores his tortuous past in this fascinating film where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred in an extraordinary way. Without a doubt, Honey Boy is the rough gem of this year’s edition of the festival: risky, personal and with a strong cool aura. This new work from director Alma Har’el confirms her talent as an independent filmmaker to follow closely.

The Beach Bum
20:00 - 21:35

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, an extravagant stoner who writes poetry and lives life on the edge, without committing to anything or anyone but always sticking to his own ethical code. His lyrical world is peculiar, always toeing the unpleasant but with a definite touch of beauty and transcendence. Like his writing, Moondog’s life does not follow any rules, almost always under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He is well able to arrive late and high as a kite to his own daughter's wedding, and to love an endless number of women with whom he will only share a moment of his existence. Forever is not a concept that exists in his philosophy of life. Tomorrow is a utopia that may never come. The only things that matter to him are the present and the excess, wherever that might take him.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
21:50 - 23:35

Two of the most iconic characters of Kevin Smith’s mythology are coming back to the big screen: Jay and Silent Bob. This time, their mission is to prevent the reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic” from being made, and so, the duo head to Hollywood. However, it will not be a walk in the park, far from it, and on their crusade, they will cross paths with the KKK, free Ubers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has-beens and members of their family.

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Girona Sala 2
Burning Cane
16:15 - 17:32

A regular churchgoer, Helen (Karen Kaia Livers) lives and works in rural Louisiana. Honest and brave, she has to cope with the fact that her son is consumed by alcoholism and violence, while she can barely see her grandson who is neglected. She tries to find solace in her local Baptist church where she listens to the galvanizing sermons of Rev. Tillman (Wendell Pierce). However, the pastor himself – depressed by the inexorable events in his life – seeks refuge in alcohol and turns a deaf ear to Helen’s attempts to help him. Without anyone to comfort her and subjected to the twists of fate, Helen has to face yet another life challenge and take a decision that will have heavy consequences, one way or another.

Thunder Road
17:50 - 19:22

For a decade, Jim Cummings dedicated himself, body and soul, to the film industry, where he has worked in various departments such as sound, special effects and cinematography. In Thunder Road, he stepped up and acted as producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. With this first feature-length film, Cummings brings things full circle and concludes a journey that started in 2016 when he presented the eponymous short film (on which the film is based) that ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Sundance and the Special Jury Prize at SXSW that same year.

SHORTS 1
19:45 - 21:28
VOSE

First Shorts screening:

LOWLAND KIDS
Sandra Winther. Documentary. 22'

TRUMP BITES - S01
Bill Plympton. Animation. 3'

SOMETHING LIKE LONELINESS
Ben Epstein, Seth Epstein. Comedy. 13'

IN SOUND, WE LIVE FOREVER
Joshua Giuliano. Terror. 12'

A MILLION EYES
Richard Raymond. Drama. 25'

GUNS FOUND HERE
David Freid. Documentary. 11'

GIRL IN THE HALLWAY
Valerie Barnhart. Animation. 11'

LIMINAL
Collin Davis, Matt Litwiller. Science fiction. 7'

I Want my MTV
22:00 - 23:26

Little more than a decade had passed since one of the most important events of the 20th century: the United States of America broadcast live on television the first man to walk on the moon. Channeling that same groundbreaking and epic spirit, and using the same media, a handful of young people decided to give the American youth their own moon landing. On August 1, 1981, an era of unbridled rock began on national television: MTV had landed. The world of music and television was hit by an unprecedented music virus that reached every home in the country. Young Americans, from the busiest and biggest cities to the most remote towns, began spending their afternoons with Sting, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Annie Lennox or Rod Stewart. The music of their idols began to have faces, looks and an attitude that was online a remote-control away from them.

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Girona Sala 3
The Vast of Night
16:15 - 17:44

A newcomer in the current panorama of fantasy films, Andrew Patterson manages to position himself as one of the directors to follow closely thanks to this inventive debut feature. The film is the evident heir of the sci-fi genre from a television tradition that dates back to The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), a series to which Patterson pays tribute by making The Vast of Night as if it were the episode of Paradox Theater, a fiction series that follows the canon of the aforementioned sci-fi television program created by Rod Serling.

Greener Grass
18:00 - 19:35

Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) is a housewife and a mother. She lives in a big house in the suburbs with her husband Nick who has a good job. She is also friends with Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) and other soccer moms from the neighborhood. However, this perfect 1950s American way of life is just an excuse to explore the absurd: everyone wears braces, the only mode of transport are golf carts, couples always wear matching outfits and members of the family are “interchangeable”. On top of it all, a killer is on the prowl for new victims in the neighborhood. This spiral into madness is paired with supersaturated aesthetics and a score as piercing as the film’s humor. The bizarreness of it all provides a space where the sharpest and most crushing criticism fits into a social future that is not that random or unimaginable.

The Art of Self-Defense
20:00 - 21:44

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a shy and submissive accountant unable to break free from his small and maniacal universe, is attacked one night in the middle of the street by a motorcycle gang. Overcome by the situation, angry and embarrassed, he decides to join a karate dojo in his neighborhood so he can defend himself in the future. There, he meets his instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), a quiet man with indecipherable methods. Fascinated by him, Casey acquires a new sense of confidence for the first time in his life and begins to change his habits, his personality, his behavior. But things will take a wrong turn once he starts attending the mysterious “Night Class” at the academy. There, he will discover a hidden world in which brutality takes over the karate students. The ones who were assaulted begin to feel like assaulting. And what comes around goes around. In the end, the unpredictable happens and madness breaks loose...

Give me Liberty
22:00 - 23:50

During a cold winter day in the city of Milwaukee, we follow Vic (Chris Galust), a young American-Russian immigrant who works as the driver of a transport vehicle for disabled people. We are parachuted into his fast-paced routine which is shaped by the clients he needs to drive into different parts of town and no two days are the same. The audience is taken for a wild ride punctuated by mishaps and the endless lateness that ensue. As Vic tries to accommodate everyone around him, the weight of an exhausting schedule that is almost impossible to fulfill falls back on his shoulders. Accompanied by a friendly con man (Maxim Stoyanov), a group of mourning Eastern European babushkas and old-timers (including his own grandfather), a fierce young woman with ALS (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), Vic journeys through a town suffering from segregation and the obvious lack of resources of a collapsing system.

Zumzeig
Zumzeig
5B
16:00 - 17:34

In the late 1970s, San Fransisco is home to one of the biggest gay communities in the United States when a mysterious disease starts spreading. At a time when almost no information was known regarding the causes and cure for this disease, or even how it was transmitted, the San Francisco General Hospital opened ward 5B to tackle the crisis and care for its patients. A group of nurses and health professionals, helped by a handful of volunteers from the East Coast, took charge of ward 5B to face the epidemic of what will later be known as AIDS.

My Brother's Wedding
17:45 - 19:20

Pierce (Everett Silas), a young man without ambitions, helps in the family business and wanders around the neighborhood. His vital disorientation vanishes when his best friend is released from prison and his brother asks him to be the best man at his wedding. This story, somewhere between tragedy and comedy, is set in South Central, a marginal neighborhood of Los Angeles where, in 1983, Charles Burnett decided to position his camera and turn his knowledge and experiences into an independent film. The naturalness of the characters, mostly non-professional/ amateur actors, brings intimacy and authenticity to the aesthetics and the narrative of the film that automatically transports us to an urban landscape and a way of life.

The Horse short film will be screened beforehand

America to me 4
19:30 - 23:00

Chapters 8, 9 and 10
The year 2018. Surrounded by a team of young filmmakers, among which Bing Liu (Minding The Gap), seasoned director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) goes deep into one of the most progressive and diverse public high schools in Oak Park, near Chicago. Through the direct testimonies of students and teachers, James delves into racial inequalities and the cultural deficiency from which the North American education system is still suffering nowadays.

Midnight Family
23:15 - 00:36

Mexico City disposes of only 45 public ambulances for a population of over 9 million people. This situation has given rise to an illegal business of privately owned ambulances offering emergency medical services and hospital transfers to people involved in accidents. Struggling to make ends meet, the Ochoa family runs such a business. Their day-to-day consists of rushing to the scene of an accident before anyone else, helping the injured, taking them to the hospital and finally, hoping to get paid for their services. Although they provide a social service, they sometimes resort to more or less ethical methods with their patients, hoping to benefit from the circumstances. Midnight Family paints a portrait of the family’s routine, depicting their difficult livelihood as well as their private life.

Sunday 08

Girona Sala 1
Girona Sala 1
Swallow
16:15 - 17:49

For no apparent reason, Hunter (Hayley Bennett), an upper-class housewife starts to ingest small dangerous objects after she becomes pregnant. While the items she swallows jeopardize her health more and more, she becomes increasingly addicted to this strange habit. Bennett, a dead-ringer for Jennifer Lawrence and featured in the film The Girl on the Train (2016) based on Paula Hawkins’s best-seller, stars in this unsettling thriller immersed in a twisted atmosphere, akin to David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). Not for the fainthearted, Swallow can be interpreted as a startling feminist tale about a woman who struggles to regain control over her body in a patriarchal and conservative environment set in upstate New York.

Matthias et Maxime
18:00 - 19:59

Two lifelong friends, Maxime and Matthias, kiss for a short film that Erika, Matthias’ sister, is making for a university assignment. After sharing that kiss, both of them begin to question their sexuality and those conflicting feelings eventually affect their group of friends and other social ties. After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016 for Juste La Fin du Monde, recently-turned-thirty Xavier Dolan returned to la Croisette last spring with his tender and heartfelt Matthias et Maxime.   Once called the “enfant terrible” of Quebec cinema, Dolan now displays a vital maturity by taking a giant step towards sobriety and aesthetic containment. In Matthias et Maxime, he significantly tones down his visual flourish and gives priority to other cinematographic elements closer to the narrative. That said, his latest work still counts with moments of hysteria, anger desire, and unbridled joy like in his earlier films; and his protagonists are overflowing with emotions.

Seberg
20:15 - 21:57

In the late ‘60s, Hollywood actress and Nouvelle Vague muse Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) is put in the crosshairs of FBI after she starts an affair with civil rights activist and active member of the Black Panthers, Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Benedict Andrews focuses on a key moment in Jean Seberg’s life, with an all-star cast featuring Jack O’Connell, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley and the queen of the show, Kristen Stewart. Once more, the actress proves her versatility to embody any character and brings a unique and highly personal intelligence and sensuality to the great icon that was Seberg.

The Beach Bum
22:15 - 23:50

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, an extravagant stoner who writes poetry and lives life on the edge, without committing to anything or anyone but always sticking to his own ethical code. His lyrical world is peculiar, always toeing the unpleasant but with a definite touch of beauty and transcendence. Like his writing, Moondog’s life does not follow any rules, almost always under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He is well able to arrive late and high as a kite to his own daughter's wedding, and to love an endless number of women with whom he will only share a moment of his existence. Forever is not a concept that exists in his philosophy of life. Tomorrow is a utopia that may never come. The only things that matter to him are the present and the excess, wherever that might take him.

Girona Sala 2
Girona Sala 2
Chicuarotes
16:00 - 17:35

Cagalera and Moloteco are two teenagers living in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. They dream of traveling far, far away and seeing the ocean. Since working opportunities are very scarce, the boys make some money by robbing and doing petty crimes. Coming from broken homes and an environment of latent violence, the two friends are presented with an opportunity to change their lives and start a business, for which they would need a large sum of money. To do so, their only viable option is through crime, so they decide to kidnap the son of the butcher, acquainted with some of the most dangerous men in their hood and with whom they have a very complicated relationship. With this kidnapping, things begin to spiral out of control and the boys find themselves far along a path of destruction and violence from which there is no turning back.

Sorry to Bother You
17:55 - 19:47

Nothing goes right for Cassius “Cash” Green (LaKeith Stanfield). He is living in his uncle’s garage and his girlfriend is starting to be a little fed up with his ineptitude and pathetic economic condition. Until one day, he lands a telemarketing job at a lame company. After one of his colleagues advises him to use “his white voice” over the phone, Cash unexpectedly becomes the best salesman and gets promoted to the prestigious top floor. In the meantime, his lower-floor colleagues are rebelling and asking for better working conditions, which threatens his privileges as a “power caller”. And, if that wasn’t enough, once he joins the highest rank of the company, he begins to suspect that something very strange lurks underneath it all while his personal life is falling apart. Time is ticking: Cash can do the right thing or let himself be carried away by the incredible events occurring.

SHORTS 2
20:10 - 21:54
VOSE

Second Shorts screening:

CURTAINS
Kirsten Vangsness. Animation. 19'

AMERICA
George ve Gänæaard, Horia Cucută. Comedy. 2'

@THEINTERNET
Hannah Burgos. Experimental. 3'

CAMP ALEC
Christopher Stoudt. Documentary. 18'

TRUMP BITES - S02
Bill Plympton. Animation. 3'

ANTS
Ji Seon Lee. Animation. 2'

THE HELPING HAND
Brenden Hubbard. Terror. 10'

OTHER SIDE OF THE BOX
Caleb J. Phillips. Terror. 16'

THE PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR BEING ALONE
Louis Mansfield. Comedy. 9'

MILTON
Tim Wilkime. Comedy. 11'

ELI
Nate Milton. Animation. 11'

5B
22:15 - 23:49

In the late 1970s, San Fransisco is home to one of the biggest gay communities in the United States when a mysterious disease starts spreading. At a time when almost no information was known regarding the causes and cure for this disease, or even how it was transmitted, the San Francisco General Hospital opened ward 5B to tackle the crisis and care for its patients. A group of nurses and health professionals, helped by a handful of volunteers from the East Coast, took charge of ward 5B to face the epidemic of what will later be known as AIDS.

Girona Sala 3
Girona Sala 3
Give me Liberty
16:00 - 17:50

During a cold winter day in the city of Milwaukee, we follow Vic (Chris Galust), a young American-Russian immigrant who works as the driver of a transport vehicle for disabled people. We are parachuted into his fast-paced routine which is shaped by the clients he needs to drive into different parts of town and no two days are the same. The audience is taken for a wild ride punctuated by mishaps and the endless lateness that ensue. As Vic tries to accommodate everyone around him, the weight of an exhausting schedule that is almost impossible to fulfill falls back on his shoulders. Accompanied by a friendly con man (Maxim Stoyanov), a group of mourning Eastern European babushkas and old-timers (including his own grandfather), a fierce young woman with ALS (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), Vic journeys through a town suffering from segregation and the obvious lack of resources of a collapsing system.

Greener Grass
18:00 - 19:35

Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) is a housewife and a mother. She lives in a big house in the suburbs with her husband Nick who has a good job. She is also friends with Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) and other soccer moms from the neighborhood. However, this perfect 1950s American way of life is just an excuse to explore the absurd: everyone wears braces, the only mode of transport are golf carts, couples always wear matching outfits and members of the family are “interchangeable”. On top of it all, a killer is on the prowl for new victims in the neighborhood. This spiral into madness is paired with supersaturated aesthetics and a score as piercing as the film’s humor. The bizarreness of it all provides a space where the sharpest and most crushing criticism fits into a social future that is not that random or unimaginable.

The Projectionist
20:15 - 21:51

Abel Ferrara introduces us to Nicolas “Nicky” Nicolaou, a Greek Cypriot immigrant that moved to New York City when he was twelve years old. In true American spirit, and at his own rhythm, Nicky went from box-office clerk to owner of a movie theater. It was the 1970s and films from that era reflected that period in time: Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The French Connection. Films premiere at adult theaters were often sold out and the business was booming. Nicky saw it as a great opportunity and purchased a couple of cinema venues all around town. Neither the big theater chains nor the exorbitant rents in the Big Apple could overthrow Nicky. For a long time, his endeavor helped to preserve neighborhood movie theaters and was a true token of his great love for cinema.

Last Interview Film of Jonas Mekas -version1- short film will be screened beforehand

The Death of Dick Long
22:10 - 23:50

After band practice, Zeke, Earl and Dick, three buddies from a small town in Alabama spend the night partying and “getting weird”. As a result of their shenanigans, Dick is dropped in front of the ICU, hemorrhaging heavily, while Zeke and Earl are left to hide what really happened after their rock and roll jam sesh. The doctor at the hospital claims he has never seen anything similar so the local police opens an investigation. All the ambiguities, bad decisions, and contradictions take over what can easily be considered the most humiliating story of the protagonists’ lives which are slowly collapsing. The comic force that drives the entire film lies precisely in a script that is, on one hand, absurd and ridiculous, yet, on the other hand, played as an archetypal drama. The dejected faces of Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.), Officer Dudley (Sarah Baker) and the puzzled Earl (Andre Hyland) collide and blend perfectly with the clearly absurd and humorous plot behind the dramatic events.

Zumzeig
Zumzeig
Mano de obra
16:15 - 17:37

Francisco (Luis Alberti) works as a mason on the construction site of a luxurious home in Mexico City. One day, one of the workers falls to his death from the roof of the building. That man happens to be Francisco’s brother, Claudio, who leaves behind his pregnant wife Lupe in a situation of economic precarity. Francisco tries to get compensation for the death of his brother to help his sister-in-law, but it gets denied by the homeowner and the construction site foreman. All these events cause Francisco to become more and more fed up with the conditions in which his family and his underprivileged colleagues are living, so he decides to plan revenge. But when it comes to power, we humans handle it very badly. And when social order and role changes occur, even if only in appearance, it is enough for a person to be transformed. Francisco will have to deal with the risks coming from this new position and face what he has become. Sometimes, it is not clear who is our worst enemy.

Burning Cane
18:00 - 19:17

A regular churchgoer, Helen (Karen Kaia Livers) lives and works in rural Louisiana. Honest and brave, she has to cope with the fact that her son is consumed by alcoholism and violence, while she can barely see her grandson who is neglected. She tries to find solace in her local Baptist church where she listens to the galvanizing sermons of Rev. Tillman (Wendell Pierce). However, the pastor himself – depressed by the inexorable events in his life – seeks refuge in alcohol and turns a deaf ear to Helen’s attempts to help him. Without anyone to comfort her and subjected to the twists of fate, Helen has to face yet another life challenge and take a decision that will have heavy consequences, one way or another.

17 Blocks
19:30 - 21:06

Irénée-les-Neiges is a small town in the province of Quebec where the cold wind blows. The population of 215 people live isolated from the rest of the world and abide by its own unwritten rules. However, one day, a young man dies in a car crash. While the specter of suicide lingers, residents start feeling uneasy. Nonetheless, they do their best to ignore the unfortunate event, as though it had not occurred. They carry on with their lives and their strained relationships, burdened with strangeness. Yet, people start appearing, more and more, amongst the dense fog, invading slowly but surely the whole village. Who are these people? Strangers? Foreigners? Dead people coming back to settle the score? These unexpected visitors will push the locals to face their fears, break the isolation they had settled in and address the problem. Of course, things won’t ever be the same ever again after these events.

Martha: A Picture Story
21:30 - 22:52

With her vibrant portrait of the artist Martha Cooper, Selina Miles showcases the work of a woman who achieved recognition as an urban photographer and yet, might still be unknown to most viewers. Through a series of personal interviews and a review of her entire (extensive) career, the audience learns how Cooper gained praise from graffiti artists for being the one who gave them a voice within the art world about four decades ago.