1-2 Competition, first two feature films made by filmmakers from around the world. 8 pictures will be presented this year:
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid’s real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.
A deep feeling of nostalgia takes hold of Ali following his mother’s death, causing him to slowly drift away from family life. Although Gabrielle senses her husband’s distress, she fails to console him. In an attempt to reconnect with his roots, Ali travels to Arwad, an island located off the Syrian coast. Leaving Montreal and his family behind, he is accompanied by Marie, his mistress, who is discovering the island for the first time. After an unexpected turn of events, the confrontation between Gabrielle and Marie will become inevitable.
Shift, dir. Siege Ledesma, Philippines, 2013, 81 min
Estela is a tomboyish, young woman caught in the crisis of her quarter-life. After graduating college with a degree in sociology, her life path has led her away from her dreams of being a singer-songwriter and into the call center industry where she has been trapped since.
The Caged Swallow (Jaskółka), dir. Bartosz Warwas, Poland, 2013, 73 min
Easter, 2000. Agnieszka Jaskółka (Eng: Swallow) takes her daughter to visit the family home she ran away from fifteen years earlier. The journey will turn out to be a journey in time in the course of which Agnieszka will go through the events that happened thirty years ago.
Hijo de Trauco, dir. Alan Fischer, Chile, 2013, 97 min
The story of a 14-year-old boy who one day discovers that everything he knows about his father is a lie. The film revolves around the abundant local mythology from Chiloé, an island in the south of Chile. Jaime has always been bullied at school for being the ‘son of Trauco’…
Hardkor Disko, dir. Krzysztof Skonieczny, Poland, 2014, 87 min
A contemporary, multi-faceted metropolis. Nouveau-riche parents and their hedonist, live-in-the-moment children, surrounded by a reality where anger and tension pulsate almost to the brink of explosion. This is where we meet Marcin, a young man who comes to the city and meets Ola, a couple of years his junior…
Chapman, dir. Justin Owensby, USA, 2013, 84 min
When a disturbing letter arrives at his nowhere job, Alex leaves his nowhere life and returns to the mountains of Colorado where he comes face to face with the demons that have haunted him for over a decade. Alex’s journey takes him back in time to a summer twelve years earlier when the tragic consequences of a love triangle shattered the relationship with his best friend and changed the course of his life forever…
Floating Skyscrapers (Płynące wieżowce), dir. Tomasz Wasilewski, Poland, 2013, 93 min
Contemporary, universal story about getting mature, seeking one’s own identity, self-acceptance and trying to accept others. Kuba leads a seemingly clear and well-ordered life. He lives with a girlfriend he loves and studies at the School of Physical Education. He meets Michał at one of the parties…