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PROGRAM 2016

Friday, January 15

CINEMA VILLAGE TWO

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BLOCK ONE

 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Panel

Californium - World Premiere of the Video Game tribute to Philip K. Dick.

Explore the worlds of Californium, a first person exploration game where you are a writer trapped into shifting realities. Will you find what’s behind the simulacra ? Californium is a tribute to the life and works of the american sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. It is also part of a transmedia project with a documentary called "The Worlds of Philip K. Dick".

For more info, go to: http://californium.arte.tv/en/#/

Shorts

(World Mysterio)

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clone

Dir: Rafael Bolliger

Switzerland

14 min

In the far future, a professor of quantum physics is about to undergo surgery to remove his brain tumor and is offered a backup of his brain for safety reasons. The professor begins to doubt he will still be himself if something goes wrong since according to quantum theory his identity cannot be copied. When his thoughts affect the copying process, the doctor insists on compleating the backup. Will the professor be smart enough to survive?" Starring Rutger Hauer of Blade Runner fame.

 


Legacy

Dir: Josh Mawer

Australia

13 min

Edward, a young man still living in his parent’s home witnesses his father’s death in surgery. A maverick neuroscientist, Lawrence feels close to completing his ‘consciousness transfer implant’. But blocked by his seniors and sickening rapidly he decides to test it on himself, using his son as the vessel. Lawrence knowingly dies for the pioneering and risky operation. 

 

The Search

Dir: Devinder Paul

Canada 

7 min

After receiving a distressed message from his wife in a library, John Woods reaches the library to find that the realm offered by it appears to be beyond the normal human repertoire of experiences. He is unwelcome, screams every single speck of dust there. And in the jaws of the unfathomable adversary lurking there everyone around him may be as clueless as he is.

 

The Light Thief

Dir: Eva Daoud

Bahrain

19 min

When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?

 

The Hypnotist

Dir: Jon Braver

USA

18 min

The brilliant neuro-psychologist Dr. Elijah Lowell, a descendent of the infamous Dr. Frederick Lowell, has been placed on forced sabbatical. His revolutionary device that allows someone to enter another’s unconscious mind has been deemed too dangerous. And like the device, the man’s personal life has become unstable. His relationship with his co-worker wife Gwen is broken. And his mutual lust over a mysterious Italian scientist named Elena plunge the three into an epic emotional roller coaster. After a mysterious accident causes Gwen to fall into a deep coma, Elena offers to help Dr. Lowell retrieve the device and attempt to pull Gwen out of her coma. Yet emotions sway the workings of the mind, and the device, as Elena must choose between the love for the man, or his machine. 

 

Chronos

Dir: Martin Kazimir

Slovakia

11 min

A troubled old businessman finds himself looking at the world upside down through a hotel room where time runs backwards.

 

 

Kensho

Dir: Aaron Paradox

UK

4 min

Dreaming hero wakes up and sees the Dreamer himself. Is he? Time freezes and we are seeing things as they are. Are we? Narrated by British-born American philosopher Alan Watts. 

 

 

Mercy

Dir: Sean Blau 

USA

4 MIN

They found it on the shore, bloated and dying.


 

Ghenghis Khan Conquers the Moon

Dir: Kerry Yang

USA

17 min

In Genghis Khan’s last days, an encounter with a Wizard sends him to the Moon. Just as the medieval anti-hero thinks he’s made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest, realizing the absurd clash between one man’s need and the silence of the Universe. 

 


Total Running Time 107 min

Q&A with Filmmakers (15 min)

Total Time: 2 hours

 

 

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BLOCK TWO

 

FeatureFilm

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

 

The Incident

Dir: Isaac Ezban


Mexico

100 min

Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road - for a very long time.

Q&A with Filmmakers (15 min)

Total Time: 2 hours

CINEMA VILLAGE THREE

BLOCK ONE

Shorts

 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Replika

Dir: Luc Walpoth

Switzerland

26 min

As she is forced to terminate her only daughter, a dysfunctional 13- year-old android, a loving 
mother tries to convince her husband to adopt a human kid. But in a materialistic and 
functional world, safety takes precedence over emotions.


 


Glitch Noir

Dir: Cody Healey-Conelly

USA

3 min

Glitch Noir - An animated, paranoid look at a vaguely futuristic world in which automated warfare provides plausible deniability for the multinational corporations that profit from weapons sales.

 

Avant

Dir: Arthur Tabuteau

France

13 min

In a world turned to ashes by war between human and machines, a boy tries to survive. Even if the robot menace is everywhere, he goes on a quest for food. Despite his effort to stay hidden, he gets caught. While everything seems to be lost, the reaction of the robot is not going to be what he expected.

 

 

 

Restart

Dir: Olga Osorio

Spain

15 min

A woman is trapped in a temporal loop that she may not be able to break. 

 

Total Running time 57 min

 

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BLOCK TWO

 

Feature Documentary

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Sympathy for the Devil-The true story of the Process Church 
of the Final Judgement

Dir: Neil Edwards

UK

1 hr 38 min

The Process Church of the Final Judgment’ and you'll discover a long list of conspiracy theories - accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson, influencing the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and being the root of the infamous Son of Sam serial killings - Only now, former members reveal the truth about the misunderstood group once dubbed 'One of the most dangerous Satanic cults in America.


Music by George Clinton- P- Funk

 

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BLOCK THREE

 

Shorts

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

(Supernatural/Horror Sci-Fi / H.P. Lovecraft & Edgar Allan Poe)

 

 

The Mill at Calder's End

Dir: Kevin McTurk

USA

14 min

In the remote village of Calder's End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse. Grimshaw's journey takes him deep below the decaying mill,into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where upon he confronts the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family. 

 

 


Penta

Dir: Andrea Wolanin

USA

20 min

"Penta is the bio-mechanical companion for the discerning connoisseur... In just over twelve hours, the perfect girl will be standing in your home." Based upon an Italian folk tale, Penta questions femininity, humanity and the system of abuse. Our titular heroine is a robot created to do nothing more than be the perfect woman – but what does that mean? As she acclimates to the world around her, her changes startle her owner and spur a chain of grim events.

 

 


Tell Tale Heart

Dir: James Cotton

USA

9 min

The Old Woman's nurse is driven mad by her dead eye. One night, the Woman murders the Old Woman, buries the body under the floorboards.

 

 


Playback

Dir: Nathan Crooker

USA

3 min

A man turns on his TV but can only find static, when suddenly the static cuts out to show security camera footage of a masked killer chasing a scantily-clad woman and brutally gutting her in an apartment hallway. The channel turns itself off, and then he hears a strange noise outside his front door and decides to investigate. As he leaves his apartment, we realize the hallway looks eerily familiar, and it’s soon made clear that he was watching footage from inside his own building.

 

 


Starving

Dir: Mike De Caro

USA

19 min

Having possession of an antidote to cure men from devolving into rapacious flesh eaters, Joseph, a former Wall Street trader, executes a bank heist before the world's crisis is finally resolved.

 

 


Sanguine Craving

Dir: Gerard Tusquellas

Spain

12 min

Marc must kill his first victim but he's afraid not to feel the sanguine craving.

 

 

Awakenings

Dir: Bhargav Saikia

India

13 min

The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.

 

Total Running time 90 Min

 

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