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Q&A with Ariane Labed, dir. Olla - ClermontFF 2020

Olla responded to an advertisement on an Eastern women dating site. She moves in with Pierre, who lives with his old mother. But nothing happens as planned. First time director but seasoned actress Labed brings us a visually distinctive look at (...)

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Q&A with Valerie Barnhart, dir. The Girl in the Hallway - ClermontFF 2020

Why does "Little Red Riding Hood" give Jamie nightmares? It’s been fifteen years, and the girl in the hallway still haunts him. This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct tape and polaroids. Not all girls make it out (...)

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Short of the Week: Nefta Football Club, dir. Yves Piat

In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags (...)

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LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Conte Anglais (dir: Daniel Marc Janes)

This sweet, topical short from director Daniel Marc Janes is both profound and poignant, masterfully touching on the English psyche from an outsider perspective. Shot in 16mm, the visually warm picture ends with a more succinct and intimate (...)

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Encounters 2019 Arab selection

Strange Cities Are Familiar, Dir. Saeed Taji Farouky At once lyrical and political, this film centres on a beautifully understated performance by Mohammad Bakri as Ashraf, a refugee living in London who is unable to return to Palestine to be (...)

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Short of the Week: Carnal Orient by Mila Zuo

A cook serves exotic dishes to his hungry, impatient guests. Suddenly the arrival of a mysterious Asian woman re-ignites their insatiable appetite. Mila Zuo’s atmospheric short is incredibly rich in symbolism and references, conscious or not - (...)

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Short of the Week: The Boy and The Sea by Samer Ajouri

This entrancing, hypnotising and moving animation is now available to watch online! Once upon a time there was a boy who had joy in drawing the sea. One day, into the bottom of the sea he dove, in hope of escaping war and misery. The story did (...)

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Short of the Week - Oksijan by Edward Watts

Edward Watts’s powerful, claustrophobic short Oksijan is available to watch for a week as part of BBC Arabic’s Cinema Badila’s Cannes 2019 episode, at 29 min in. The short is followed by an interview with Edward Watts. This independent short film, (...)

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Interview with Jian Luo, director of What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon

Interview with the Chinese filmmaker Jian Luo about her short film What do you Know About the Water and the Moon? selected as part of the 2019 International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand. A video directed by the students of the ARFIS École in (...)

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Interview with Nick Jordan, director of Stratum

Interview with the British filmmaker and Clermont favourite Nick Jordan about his short film Stratum. Stratum is a film that navigates through post-industrial landscapes on the European Route of Industrial Heritage, from Britain’s abandoned (...)

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