Block 4. Things We Don't Talk About Out Loud

dir. Brett Allen Smith ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); Elahe Esmaili ("Can I Hug You?"); Rita Pauls, Federico Luis Tachella ("At That Very Moment"); Anna Gyimesi ("Falling"); Camille Vigny ("Crushed"); Simon Rieth ("6000 lies") / Italy, Denmark/2023 ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); UK, Iran/2023 ("Can I Hug You?"); Argentina, Germany/2023 ("At That Very Moment"); Hungary, Belgium, Portugal/2023 ("Falling"); Belgium/2023 ("Crushed"); France/2024 ("6000 lies") / 91min.
Special mention in the competition for the BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: “Crushed” dir. Camille Vigny
Sometimes, we find it hard to share uneasy feelings and difficult experiences with others. In a tender and delicate way, the filmmakers within this block discuss what is difficult to say out loud.

"Au Revoir, Pugs", dir. Brett Allen Smith, Italy, Denmark 2023, 10 min.

Recasting his newborn son and dog as himself and his childhood pets, a filmmaker confronts his own false memories through a collage of film, digital and video game footage.

"Can I Hug You?", dir. Elahe Esmaili, UK, Iran 2023, 35 min.

In the religious Iranian city of Qom, there are restrictions imposed on women in the name of “sexual safety.” Hossein grew up in this context, but as a young boy he found himself victimized, left to carry this secret into adulthood. Now, with the help of his wife Elahe, he is confronting his trauma.

"At That Very Moment", dir. Rita Pauls, Federico Luis Tachella, Argentina, Germany 2023, 12 min.

A boy raised in the mountains films his home surroundings. He shows his sister, his father, their house with a treehouse in the garden, and the family’s old dog. He runs and cycles while holding the camera, creating choppy, chaotic images that match the energetic life of a child. Snippets of a young life pass by, but the result is by no means superficial. The boy’s flowing thoughts produce observations that suggest a strikingly philosophical nature. He thinks deeply about life and feels everything intensely, and that is evident when he talks candidly about his doubts and fears, or disappears under the covers crying. But as things go in the life of a child, a moment later his attention may be grabbed by something else, something mundane, and an existential thought or wise philosophical observation may easily switch into calling the dog or playing with his big sister.

"Falling", dir. Anna Gyimesi, Hungary, Belgium, Portugal 2023, 16 min.

Els is in her late-forties, divorced and in love again. For her, falling in love was not easy: it meant that she had to accept, she has a life even if her twenty-year-old daughter wants to die and has already asked for psychiatric euthanasia which her mother can do nothing about. In the storm of her own emotions, mixed with guilt, anger, fear and hope, love is what teaches Els to try stepping forward even if it seems impossible.

"Crushed", dir. Camille Vigny, Belgium 2023, 13 min.

Summer is the season of banger racing. Cars gear up for a long day of races that will culminate in their total demolition. In the background, I reminisce about the violent summer from my past. As I recount the man who was slowly killing me, the cars become unrecognizable, resembling a group of smoking yet heroic carcasses.

"6000 lies", dir. Simon Rieth, France 2024, 5 min.

6000 mensonges comes to the spectator as lightning in a clear sky. What starts as a recollection of prenatal images we are used to seeing suddenly becomes a dive into an unknown territory, in which the border between reality and fiction is no longer relevant. The result is a striking, haunting and powerful testimony of a devastating experience that is lived by many in silence, told in the most contemporary possible way.

duration:
91 min
country:
Italy, Denmark/2023 ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); UK, Iran/2023 ("Can I Hug You?"); Argentina, Germany/2023 ("At That Very Moment"); Hungary, Belgium, Portugal/2023 ("Falling"); Belgium/2023 ("Crushed"); France/2024 ("6000 lies")
director:
Brett Allen Smith ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); Elahe Esmaili ("Can I Hug You?"); Rita Pauls, Federico Luis Tachella ("At That Very Moment"); Anna Gyimesi ("Falling"); Camille Vigny ("Crushed"); Simon Rieth ("6000 lies")
cinematography:
Brett Allen Smith ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); Mohamad Hadadi ("Can I Hug You?"); Lisandro Díaz Deschamps ("At That Very Moment"); Adrien Heylen Vanorlé ("Crushed")
producer:
Andrea Gatopoulos, Marco Crispano, Brett Allen Smith / Il Varco Cinema, Ink!/Oil/Muse (circle one) Productions ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); Hossein Behboudi Rad ("Can I Hug You?"); Juan Pablo Labonia / Ruido ("At That Very Moment"); Anna Gyimesi / DocNomads ("Falling"); Julie Freres / Dérives ("Crushed"); Ines Daien Dasi / Films du Poisson ("6000 lies")
selected festivals and awards:
2023 – DOK Leipzig ("Au Revoir, Pugs"); 2023 – Sheffield DocFest ("Can I Hug You?"); 2023 – IDFA Amsterdam: Best Short Documentary Award ("At That Very Moment"); 2024 – Visions Du Réels Nyon ("Crushed"); 2024 – Rotterdam IFF ("6000 lies")
sections:
Short films Awarded at 21st MDAG
competitions:
Best Short Film Award
tags:
psychology human rights feminism Middle East artificial intelligence relations animation awarded awarded1 growing up family

Other films from this section Awarded at 21st MDAG

Other movies with this tag human rights

Other films in the competition Best Short Film Award