“Out of Focus” Shorts
Xie Xiaoshan, 2017
29’, China, Fiction
A dairy is read aloud in a middle school. It reveals the ambiguous relationship between the two girls Zhang He and Chen Xue. Zhang He is isolated by her classmates, except for Li Bo who fights to protect Zhang He from bullying, regardless of his own timidity. Someone tells Li Bo that he can use a pink pill to make Zhang He like boys instead of girls.
Xie Xiaoshan was born in a small Sichuan town. She completed BA studies in Journalism at Sichuan University, and MA studies at the department of directing of the Beijing Film Academy. Born and raised in the countryside, she never though about an artist career before turning 18. Yet when she turned 18 and lost a loved one in the family, films entered her life and ignited a passion. The idea for her film “Pink Pill” sprang from a real-life story that happened in China.
Calí dos Anjos, 2017
10’, Brazil, Documentary / Animation
Tailor is a young cartoonist from Rio de Janeiro, who started drawing cartoons to express transsexuality issues he was facing as well as telling the stories of other transgender people. A film about transgender made by a transgender crew.
Calí dos Anjos graduated in Communication and Radio at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Associated director at Suma Filmes, Calí works as an editor and scriptwriter. He edited the webseries Drag-se Docs (youtube.com/dragsetv). Tailor is his first film.
Zehra Gokcimen, Gokce Oraloglu, 2017
4’, Turkey, Fiction
“A dance ritual which turns into recreation of the self.” Transformation is a dance ritual. With every move you are born again. With every little step, you cut the umbilical cord. With every turn, you create a new shell.
Zehra Gokcimen was born in 1983, and Gokce Oraloglu was born in 1985. They worked as actors in movies, theater plays and TV series before changing their path to write and direct short movies together. They are both determined to create art all their lives.
Sarah Santamaria-Mertens, 2017
31’, France, Fiction
At the end of the summer holidays, Louise, a 20-year-old blind girl is stuck with her mother and sister. Lost in a forest, she reaches a nudist campsite where an unexpected encounter will shake up her habits.
Graduate of the first promotion in tv series creation at La Femis in Paris in 2014, Sarah Santamaria-Mertens is now a script writer of series and feature films. Blind Sex won in 2015 the best script award at the Rencontres du Moyen Metrage in Brive, and is her first film as a director.
Lukas Dhont, 2012
17’, Belgium, Fiction
Miller is a young ballet dancer. He feels lonely sitting in his hotel, but knows it is the price he pays for being ambitious. After taking part in an international competition, he gets an unexpected visit. Jerome is running from the police and is looking for a place to hide. Their sudden encounter turns into more than they expected.
Lukas Dhont is a young aspiring cinematographer who graduated from KASK art academy (Ghent, Belgium). With his short films ‘Corps Perdu’ and ‘L’infini’, he won several awards including at the Ghent Film Festival and the Leuven International Short Film Festival. In addition to his short films,
Lucas has directed several music videos, in which he displays his unique filmic style and his strong interest in visualizing themes related to youth. His first feature-length film “Girl” (2018) won the Caméra d’or, the Prix FIPRESCI and the Queer Palm at the 71 st Cannes Film Festival; actor Victor Polster won best acting award in the Un Certain Regard
competition of the Film Festival.
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