Block 2. Transformations

dir. Hao Zhou ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Michał Edelman, Tomasz Pawlik ("Freshman"); Ivan Grgur ("Espi"); Anders Hammer ("The Takeover"); Clément Pérot ("A Storm Inside") / USA/2024 ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Poland/2024 ("Freshman"); Croatia/2023 ("Espi"); Afganistan/2023 ("The Takeover"); France/2023 ("A Storm Inside") / 108min.
BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: ,,Freshman’’ dir. Michał Edelman, Tomasz Pawlik
Change is the only certain thing in life. It is the people that change, the countries that change. We are becoming more aware of who we really are and how we want to live. The films in this block talk about transformations of all sorts.

"Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way", dir. Hao Zhou, USA 2024, 20 min.

Having built a colorful life in Iowa, a costume designer returns to their island hometown, Guam, to make costumes for a children's theater show and reconnect with distanced parents.

"Freshman", dir. Michał Edelman, Tomasz Pawlik, Poland 2024, 25 min.

"Freshman" is a two-year observation of fifteen-year-old Jędrek. Cut off from his family and loved ones, the boy gets locked up in a juvenile prison. Now he has to adapt to a new, harsh environment. At first, he is scared and lonely, but later, he meets a friend –Wojtek. The juvy slowly becomes their new home.

"Espi", dir. Ivan Grgur, Croatia 2023, 6 min.

Gender transition is no different than any other human change. It has its ups and downs, scary, funny, strange, surprising, and frustrating little moments that are rarely talked about. This short film visually explores these moments through the eyes of Espi – a 24-year-old protagonist who just went through the transition.

"The Takeover", dir. Anders Hammer, Afghanistan 2023, 33 min.

Filmed over a year as the Taliban retakes control of Afghanistan, “The Takeover” documents the country’s rapid transformation and the women who refuse to lose their rights. Starting as the US leaves Afghanistan, this film shows the women's experience, protests, and daily life in the cities and countryside. We see how restrictions on women’s basic freedoms are enforced by the Taliban. Academy Award-nominated director Anders Hammer returns to his former home of Afghanistan to capture the development. “The Takeover” is the second part of Hammer’s trilogy on modern conflict.

"A Storm Inside", dir. Clément Pérot, France, 2023, 24 min.

An afternoon at the end of summer in a Calais suburb, in the northernmost part of France. Children and teenagers kill time at the foot of towerblocks. Their faces are often silent, already sometimes drawn or worried. Around them, large areas of sky and wild grass.

duration:
108 min
country:
USA/2024 ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Poland/2024 ("Freshman"); Croatia/2023 ("Espi"); Afganistan/2023 ("The Takeover"); France/2023 ("A Storm Inside")
director:
Hao Zhou ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Michał Edelman, Tomasz Pawlik ("Freshman"); Ivan Grgur ("Espi"); Anders Hammer ("The Takeover"); Clément Pérot ("A Storm Inside")
cinematography:
Hao Zhou ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Tomasz Pawlik ("Freshman"); Ante Cvitanović ("Espi"); Anders Hammer ("The Takeover"); Juliette Barrat ("A Storm Inside")
producer:
Tyler Hill, Caitlin Mae Burke ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński / Studio Munka ("Freshman"); Tina Tišljar, Rea Rajčić / ECLECTICA ("Espi"); Anders Hammer / Field of Vision ("The Takeover"); Elsa Klughertz / Jonas Films ("A Storm Inside")
selected festivals and awards:
2024 – SXSW Austin, 2023 – Hot Docs Toronto ("Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way"); 2024 – Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival: World Premiere ("Freshman"); 2023 – Motovun FF ("Espi"); 2023 – Sheffield DocFest: International Short Film Competition Winner, 2023 – DOC NYC ("The Takeover"); 2023 – Cannes IFF: Directors' Fortnight, 2024 – Clermont-Ferrand IFF ("A Storm Inside")
sections:
Short films Awarded at 21st MDAG
competitions:
Best Short Film Award
tags:
politics Polish films psychology freedom of speech art human rights feminism relations activism LGBTQ+ migrations awarded growing up

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