France – 28 Minutes
Director: Sélim Aazzazi
Producers: Benjamin De Lajarte, Sélim Azzazi & Frédéric Serve
Synopsis: An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France’s troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
Director’s Biography: Sélim Azzazi was born in Lyon, France. He’s been working as a sound editor and sound designer since 2001 with directors such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Oliver Stone, Luc Besson or Michel Hazanavicius. Having a strong interest in acting and directing, he was a member of the Jack Garfein Studio in Paris. “Ennemis intérieurs” is his first film.
LA FEMME ET LE TGV
Switzerland – 30 Minutes
Director: Timo von Gunten
Producer: Giacun Caduff
Executive Producers: Jean de Meuron & Bela Böke
Synopsis: Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their world with each other until the day the train line get’s cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.
Director’s Biography: Born 1989 in Zurich, Timo von Gunten is the founder of BMC Films and works as a screenwriter and director out of Switzerland.
Denmark – 30 Minutes
Director: Aske Bang
Producers: Tivi Magnusson and Kim Magnusson
Synopsis: Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger’s arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lies about the theft and shows compassion. Kwame moves in with Inger and they are happy for a while, until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.
Director’s Biography: Aske Bang (1988) is a Danish actor and director. He is one of the new talents from The National Film School of Denmark. He graduated in 2015 and Silent Nights marks his first film since graduating. During his time at film school Aske Bang directed several notable short films “The Stranger”, “Julie & Rafiq”. Furthermore he has directed his own short films “Ladyboy”, “Fly on the Wings of Love.” Aske Bang is also an actor and has appeared in leading roles in Danish film and television.
Hungary – 25 Minutes
Director: Kristof Deák
Producers: Anna Udvardy & Kristof Deák
Synopsis: Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school – singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth. “Sing” is a childhood drama with a lot of music set in 1990s post-socialist Budapest, Hungary. Based on a true story, it follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system – or to fit quietly into it.
Director’s Biography: Kristof Deák (1982, Budapest) is a Hungarian born, London based Film and TV director working internationally since 2010 on projects ranging from web content to TV drama to comedy series. Kristof started his career in editing before studying directing at Westminster Film School. His recent short film SING has won numerous awards at festivals worldwide and has sold to HBO Eastern Europe. He is currently developing a series for Paramount Channel, a period TV drama and his first feature film.
Spain – 15 Minutes
Director: Juanjo Giménez Peña
Producers: Juanjo Giménez, Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz
Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.
Director’s Biography: Juanjo Giménez was born and lives in Barcelona. He has directed a few shorts, including “Rodilla” (2009), “Nitbus” (2007), “Maximum Penalty” (2005) and “Indirect Free Kick” (1997), all of them awarded at national and international festivals. His last short, “Timecode”, won the Cannes Palme d’Or and is nominated for next European Academy Awards. He’s the director of the feature films “Tilt” (2003), awarded in Rome, Las Palmas and Ourense, “Dodge and Hit” (2010), co-directed with Adan Aliaga, best documentary in Alcances Film Festival Cadiz and Courmayeur Noir, and “Contact Proof” (2014), also premiered in Alcances. He’s also the founder of the production companies Nadir Films and Salto de Eje. Some of their productions are “My grandmother’s house” (Adan Aliaga, 2005), Joris Ivens Award at IDFA, “Stigmata” (also directed by Adan in 2009) Pilar Miró Award for Best First Film in Seminci-Valladolid, and “Anas, an Indian film” (Enric Miró, 2009) awarded at Documenta Madrid, Alcances and premiered at Karlovy Vary.