New Shorts: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films

Sunday, 16 January 2022

16-01-22 A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films

Image: Naughty Spot, Jean Costa, 2021

Warm, fierce, and (perhaps) delusional narratives about love emerge in this eclectic programme, embracing the sensuality of touch and the fragility of a romantic declaration. From a journey of self-discovery starting at the counter of a futuristic sex shop, to the underground Corsican gay scene, these films champion the plurality of pleasure and care. Under a blazing sun, a phantasmagoric coming of age romance unfolds weaving tenderness and mystery. This selection features RCA Alumni Inari Sirola (Eating in the Dark) and NFTS Alumni Renee Zhan (Soft Animals).

Sunday, 16 January 2022

3:00 pm

The Right Words

The Right Words

ADRIAN MOYSE DULLIN

15'

2021

France

Kenza (15 years-old) and her little brother Mahdi (13 years-old) regularly humiliate one another on social media in cruel ways. Today, as they travel by bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada; a girl that Mahdi loves but that does not know him. Placed under pressure by his sister, Mahdi ends up confessing.

The Girl From Saturn

The Girl From Saturn

Gonçalo Almeida

16'

2021

Portugal

A man relives a treasured episode from his youth in this phantasmagoric rumination on the construction and aestheticization of memories.

First Kiss (With A Girl)

First Kiss (With A Girl)

Clodagh Chapman

3'

2021

United Kingdom

Exploring that special sort of 11pm-tipsy-nightclub magic of late adolescence, First Kiss (With A Girl) is a kitschy, low-fi, bubblegum-sweet glance at queer intimacy.

Soft Animals

Soft Animals

Renee Zhan

3'

2021

United States

Two ex-lovers cross paths in a train station.

Naughty Spot

Naughty Spot

Jean COSTA

20'

2021

France

It’s Tonio’s first time in Corsica. He wanders across the island and on dating apps until stumbling upon the Oracle, a user who tells him about gay life in Corsica. Their conversation is reenacted with an actor who seems to connect deeply with the Oracle’s story.

Communion

Communion

Luca Asta

9'

2021

United Kingdom

Holding a baby, holding someone, holding something, holding faith are spaces of comfort felt within embodied gestures of communion.

Agnes and Boris

Agnes and Boris

Talia Jawitz, Mateusz François Bielinski

17'

2021

Belgium

Agnes and Boris flee their responsibilities through their screens, ever present in their lives. They are forced to face with their deep anxieties when their apartment suffers a power failure.

What About Me?

What About Me?

Lois Stevenson

3'

2021

United Kingdom

What About Me? is a playful take on the many faces of heartbreak; a manic journey of self-discovery and a force of feminine energy. Inspired by an original concept by knitwear designer, Megan Sharples (Knit Lyf), it follows Sanaa, a heart-broken woman possessed by a destructive being, The Love Monster, who largely narrates the film through an internal monologue.

Eating in the Dark

Eating in the Dark

Inari SIROLA

9'

2021

United Kingdom

Through snakey dildos, setting boundaries and a journey through a mind bending forest, we follow Siro's quest for self discovery.