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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Venice begins showcasing its diverse selection of short films

– Venice 2022: we take a look at some of the European pieces scheduled for this year’s Orizonti competition, which the festival is preparing to hold

This article is available in English.

While there is a certain brevity in the Venice Film Festival’s selection of shorts compared to the offerings from other A-listers, such as Cannes and Berlin, there is still a lot of interest among the 12 titles to be displayed in competition at Orizonti. Of these short films, seven are European films that have surreal and dreamy colors as they explore issues such as masculinity, sexuality and the world we live in.

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since his short film Mountain Cato Cannes premiere in 2020, Mongolian filmmaker’s next job Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir has been eagerly awaited. Drawing on some of the themes he explored in his first film – the perceived naivety of youth and how people can take advantage of it – yet swirling them in an entirely new direction, ice In september (Mongolia/France) A sharp and fragmented test of masculinity. After a young teenager, Davka finds himself in an uncomfortable position with an older woman, his views on intimacy and his own desires begin to change. It is a subtle and clever piece of work that combines the weirdness of teenage experimentation with sharp ideas of limits and expectations.

lola halifa-legrand‘s not comfortable (France) almost feels like a partner ice In september As a young girl faced with the complexity of the adult world, learning about boundaries and when to say no. While there is a dark one on offer here, there is also a certain sense of excitement as Halifa-LeGrand uses a chaotic style. A sly satire on the solitude and selfishness of the adult world and a penchant for the power of a woman who refuses to take advantage of her, this is a powerful piece.

Giulia Grandinetti‘s triad (Italy) also has a deep vein of satire as three girls face the dehumanization of a dystopian Rome of the future. One law states that migrant families cannot have more than three children. So when their mother is pregnant, the three sisters learn that one of them must die to make way for the new arrival. Playing with genre, the film is an extremely bitter exploration of an adult world gone wrong.

everything Onet once Norwegian director watches Heinrich Dieb Zwarto Take standard style tropes and revamp them through modern day information. The use of multiple perspectives and perspectives – often in a single scene – the film demands a lot of attention. But those who stay focused will be rewarded, as it is often a long journey. From the simple age of information, The Handbook of Cinematography for Amateurs – Volume I (By Federico Di Corato, Italy) looks at archive footage from 1927–1942 set to the notes and music of an amateur filmmaker that shows the “right” way to make a film. What initially appears to be an exercise in cynicism soon turns into something deeper, as the film presents us with both an examination of the gaze and power of the cinema lens and an exploration of a country descending into the throes of fascism.

isabelle tollenere‘s fruit tree (Belgium/USA) A beautiful meditation on how our lives are often determined by the places we live in, as two women explore their new home and reflect on the place they previously lived . With an ending that is ethereal and emotional, this is a subtle and dynamic piece of work. is moving equally Christopher OneT Sagar (By Tom CJ Brown, UK/USA), which is a wonderful animation centered on a man traveling to the United States on a cargo ship. Alternating between impressionistic and nostalgic colors and eye-popping visuals, it’s a stunning-looking meditation on alienation and desire that is consistently compelling and – ultimately – full of hope.

Here’s the full list of short screenings in competition at this year’s Orizonti:

snow in september , Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (Mongolia)
third , salome villeneuve (Canada)
The Handbook of Cinematography for Amateurs Vol. , Federico Di Corato (Italy)
fruit tree , isabelle tollenere (Belgium/USA)
christopher at sea , Tom CJ Brown (UK/France)
triad – of betrayal , Giulia Grandinetti (Italy)
My girlfriend , kawthar uniso (Egypt)
Please hold the line , tan si ding (Malaysia)
everything at once , Heinrich Dieb Zwarto (Norway)
not comfortable , lola halifa-legrand (France)
damp , quick haste (turkey)
Love forever , Claire Young (Australia)

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