December 16, 2015

Films

2018 MIKFF Films

 

BLOCK 1

Lendin (Italy), dir: Piero Tonin. Who are they? Where do they come from? What do they want from us? The answer may not be what you expect.

The Old Man and The Pears 种梨 (China), dir: Jing Sun. A weak and hungry old man begs for a pear from a fruit peddler, but the peddler refuses and rejects him. A little boy bravely steps forward and spends his last coin to buy a pear for the old man. Finally, a magical form of justice emerges from the ground.

Coco’s Day (Russian Federation), dir: Tatiana Moshkova. Meet Coco, a little boy crocodile who hides from blizzards, explores underwater worlds and even turns into Godzilla – and all inside one apartment!

Breakfast in Bed (Australia), dir: Tobias Krebs. Its Mother’s Day and Lenny forgot, what last minute gifts will Lenny come up with?

The Puppy Trials (US), dir: Thomas Nicol, Becky Nicol. Written by 3rd grader Claire Hartman, this movie is the story of an old abandoned German Shepherd teaching a group of puppies how to behave, so they can get adopted.

The Painter (Singapore), dir: Do Thi Ngan Giang. A view of a painter who spends his entire life on a single masterpiece…that everyone can see.

Stars (US), dir: Han Zhang. A grandpa and grandson street sellers sell beautiful stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars…

Sunny and Gerd in “Spring Cleaning” (Canada), dir: DaCosta Bayley. A whistle blows, signalling break time. Gerd sits in his favourite spot to enjoy his break and catch up on some reading. Unbeknownst to Gerd, his best friend Sunny is about to deny him any rest. Things go from zero to “wha’?!” when Sunny finds himself in a tight spot and Gerd has to rescue his little buddy. Some quick thinking and a little hacking just might save the day.

New Toy (Brazil), dir: Rogerio Boechat. On a boring day, a baby gets a teddy bear from his mom. The new toy becomes his best friend. Over time, it turns into a tedious object. He carries it around sadly, until destiny surprises him…

BLOCK 2

Abstract Painting (Russian Federation), dir: Tatiana Skorlupkina. Different animals try to describe a painting, but they all see different things! The film features a narrator who appears to be reading a story for children, but his perceptions may be different as well…

New Boy (UK), dir: Norman Tamkivi. 11-year-old Mike feels secluded in his new school and develops an obsession to buy a fancy augmented reality toy that the other kids are playing with together. His single mother cannot afford to buy it so Mike sets out on a quest to collect the funds on his own and buy the game no matter what, so he could finally make friends at school.

The Station (Turkey), dir: Serdar Çotuk. A lonely man who lives and works at a train station for years, starts to question his life and environment after a little mouse enters his life. The mouse that starts as an enemy for stealing his food, is perhaps the only living being who might be his true friend.

Burn Out (France), dir: Cécile Carre. Stella, a space mechanician, has broken down and ended on a deserted planet. While she works, a little girl appears out of nowhere. Following the child into a tunnel, in the depths of the planet, she discovers a big cave full of objects that once belonged to her, reminding her the dreams she has left behind.

Panic Trail (US), dir: Larry Humphrey & Abigail Humphrey. Panic sets in for a young girl on a trail hike. It’s interesting what kind of film can be made in just 59 seconds!

Wishful Whiskers (US), dir: Pulkit Datta. Stuck in her dad’s boring lunch meeting, little Ella suddenly discovers the curious case of all the mustaches.

Hurry up, Herold! (Germany), dir: Francie Liebschner. Herold is a superhero and a dad, wears a superman-chainmail-unitard, and is a veteran in dealing with dangerous situations. But now he faces a particularly challenging task: his daughter Ursel demands his presence at her birthday party – on time and bearing gifts, of course.

Les Pionniers de l’Univers (France), dir: Benjamin Bernon, Clémentine Courbin, Matthieu Guevel, Anthony Rege, Jérôme Vanbeneden. During the height of the USSR space race, Macha and Vassily work secretly on a special project of their very own…

BLOCK 3

Big Booom (Russian Federation), dir: Marat Narimanov. The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Common Ground (US), dir: Lisa Michelle. A young boy is constantly tormented for wearing a pink sweater to school and today he must walk home alone.

Shellshock (Ireland), dir: Danilo Zambrano. A young boy develops a friendship with his breakfast. When his dad suggests drawing a face on a hard boiled egg, Eddie’s best friend Wallace is born.

Cup of Tea (India), dir: Jitendra Rai. A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. She notices a young village kid smiling at her and smiles back. Suddenly, she’s jolted back to reality when the young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. She chases him through the beautiful landscape as he whips through jungles and open fields and villages. He’s very familiar with the place and she doesn’t have a chance. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart. 

Dempsey the Diabetic Superhero (US), dir: Kendall Goldberg. Meet Dempsey Foxson — a spunky, 10-year-old competitive gymnast who refuses to let her Type 1 Diabetes affect her dreams.

The Artist Doctrine: Tori ‘Milan’ Kurtz (US), dir: Lukas Borovicka. The Artist Doctrine a documentary series following six budding artists, embarking on their creative paths. They discuss their recent projects, their fears as young creatives, and why art matters. This one is about musician Tori ‘Milan’ Kurtz.

Clash (France), dir: Fanny Jiang. A porcelain maker is bored from making bowls and cups all day long. With dough remaining, he makes a little woman figurine for the first time. She comes alive and tries to draw his attention by breaking all the china she can, in vain.

BLOCK 4

Corky (US), dir: Ty Primosch. A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

Boris & Babette (Netherlands), dir: Merlijn Remmig. A writer has trouble with writing an adventurous story, which makes the young character in his script getting bored. But the story all turns when the young character sees this mysterious girl and suddenly find himself in a great adventure. The director was only 13 years old during filming.

Litterbugs (UK), dir: Peter Stanley-Ward. Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship.

Scrap Dolls (US), dir: Aude Cuenod. On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.

ETHNOPHOBIA (Greece), dir: Joan Zhonga. The different skin colours of the multicoloured creatures cause their peaceful coexistence to gradually collapse under the weight of discrimination and jealousy – despite the fact that their similarities far outweigh their differences. Survival, clash and symbiosis go side by side; all accompanied by bursts of joy and pain as a result of man’s internal need to find and exaggerate differences when similarities are obviously greater.

BLOCK 5

Tales from the Lakeside (Hungary), dir: Zsolt Pálfi. The green Verdies are the tiny, but brave guardians of the lakeside. The young Verdies only become guardians when their hair turns brown. Until then, however, life is boring.Willy Whistle’s big dream is to become a guardian, but his curiosity always gets him into trouble. However, the whole lake becomes at risk when the enemies of the lakeside, the Grimps and the swans, enter into alliance. The guardians are helpless, but Willy comes up with a daring plan in order to save his home and his trapped friend, Jeremiah Jump. Luckily he is not alone, because Grandpa, the water snakes and the frogs also come to his aid…


MIKFF Festival Trailer: https://vimeo.com/198231188