New Shorts: Disconnected Conversations

Sunday, 16 January 2022

16-01-22 Disconnected Conversations

Image: Heart's research, Natasha Gurfinkel, Mariano Blanco, 2021

Staged in the spaces and silences of broken connection and trust, these dramas put family tensions and misunderstandings under the microscope. These films look at the fraught correlation between societal expectations, gender identities and misinterpretation of sentiments. 


Doaa Ereiqat’s outstanding performance in What We Don’t Know about Mariam dissects institutional control over women’s bodies. The filmmakers lift the veil of intimacy through a re-reading of home footage, sensuality and bonding experiences, with debuts from Can Merdan Dogan (Stiletto: A Pink Family Tragedy) and emerging director Natasha Gurfinkel (Heart's research). 


Warning: Abuse (physical, mental, emotional, verbal, sexual) -  Incest (including consensual relationships).


Curated by Emma Bouraba 

Sunday, 16 January 2022

15:45

What We Don’t Know About Mariam

What We Don’t Know About Mariam

Morad Mostafa

25'

2021

Egypt

Mariam goes to a public hospital with her husband and daughter; bleeding and suffering from a severe pain in her abdomen. After the medical examination things escalate between Mariam and her husband.

Barter

Barter

Ziba Karamali, Emad Arad

20'

2021

Iran,Islamic Republic of

Parsa, a 13-year old boy, tries to hide a secret from his father...

Heart's research

Heart's research

Natasha Gurfinkel, Mariano Blanco

20'

2021

Argentina

Young Natasha and Martín find their parents' writings in books they have been given as gifts. From these findings, they embark on a journey through time based on conjectures, assumptions and intuitions that produce an encounter with them in an unknown past.

Petra

Petra

Ella Jones

8'

2021

United Kingdom

P E T R A is a subtle and heartbreaking story looking at the phenomenon of Genetic Sexual Attraction.

Stiletto: "A Pink Family Tragedy"

Stiletto: "A Pink Family Tragedy"

Can Merdan Dogan

18'

2021

Germany, Turkey

Hasan is a taxi driver working the night shift. On the early-morning drive home, he sees a woman passing in high heels. Fascinated by her appearance, he does something that leads to disaster in a world where the boundaries of masculinity are clearly drawn.