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2014 Berlinale Shorts Include Latest Works By Frances Bodomo, Najy Esmail + 'Noye’s Fludde'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 13, 2014 12:09 PM
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Still from Frances Bodomo's 'Afronauts'
Still from Frances Bodomo's 'Afronauts'

Congrats to Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Najy Esmail (Om Amira), and the South African team behind (and in front of) Noye’s Fludde on their selections by the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), each making their international premiere at the prestigious annual event next month.

There might be other films and filmmakers I'm not already familiar with on this long list, that should be mentioned here, so I'll be looking up each of these individually to see if there are any others to highlight/profile.

In 2014, 25 films from 21 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize.

The International Short Film Jury awards a Golden and a Silver Bear, the DAAD Short Film Prize as well as the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards. 

This year’s winners will be picked by:

Edwin (Indonesia)
The director Edwin was born in 1978 in Surabaya, Indonesia and studied graphic design at Universitas Kristen Petra in Surabaya. He then studied film at Institut Kesenian Jakarta. In 2009 he was a guest at the Berlinale with his short film Trip to The Wound. That same year, his feature film debut Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly received the Fipresci Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Postcards from the Zoo is his second feature film for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film celebrated its world premiere at the 62nd Berlinale and was presented in Competition. Edwin is now working on his third feature.

Nuno Rodrigues (Portugal)
Curator and festival programmer Nuno Rodrigues is a co-founder and the artistic director of the Portuguese film festival Curtas Vila do Conde. In 1999, he founded Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, where he is now a member of the board of directors, and handles the promotion and distribution of Portuguese short films on international markets. Since 2005 he has been the director and coordinator of the Solar Gallery in Vila do Conde, where he has curated numerous exhibits. In recent years, he has also been active as a film producer, and in 2013 he became vice president of Short Circuit, a network for film and video art distribution in Europe.

Christine Tohme (Lebanon)
Christine Tohme is a curator and director of Ashkal Alwan–The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, established in 1994. Over the years, the non-profit organization has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of artistic practices across a range of disciplines and media. Its platforms include “Home Works”, a forum on cultural practices; “Home Workspace Program” (HWP), a free international arts programme at the post-graduate level; and Video Works, a video production grant. In 2006, she received the Prince Claus Award for her work in arts practices and the civic sphere.

Here's the full list of films, including many world premieres (WP) and international premieres (IP).

Berlinale Shorts 2014:

Afronauts, Frances Bodomo, USA, 13’ (IP)

BIRDS, Ulu Braun, Germany, 15’ (WP)

La Casona (The Big House), Juliette Touin, Cuba, 25’ (IP)

darkroom, Billy Roisz, Austria, 13’ (WP)

Do serca Twego (To Thy Heart), Ewa Borysewicz, Poland, 10’ (IP)

Im Tekhayekh, Ha’Olam Yekhayekh Elekha (Smile, and the World Will Smile Back), Familie al-Haddad/Ehab Tarabieh/Yoav Gross, Israel / Palestinian Territories, 21’ (WP)

Kamakura (Snow Hut), Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 5’ (WP)

LABORAT, Guillaume Cailleau, Germany, 21’ (WP)

Marc Jacobs, Sam de Jong, Netherlands, 17’ (WP)

Om Amira, Najy Esmail, Egypt, 25’ (IP)

Optical Sound, Elke Groen/Christian Neubacher, Austria, 11’ (WP)

Person to Person, Dustin Guy Defa, USA, 18’ (IP)

Raconte-moi des salades (Salad Days), Olias Barco, Belgium / France, 10’ (WP)

As Rosas Brancas (The White Roses), Diogo Costa Amarante, Portugal / USA, 20’ (WP)

Sky Lines, Nadine Poulain, Serbia, 10’ (IP)

Solo te puedo mostrar el color (I Can Only Show You the Color), Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez, Peru, 26’ (WP)

Symphony no. 42, Réka Bucsi, Hungary, 10’ (WP)

Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompe (As Long As Shotguns Remain), Caroline Poggi/Jonathan Vinel, France, 30’ (WP)

Taprobana, Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal / Sri Lanka / Denmark, 24’ (WP)

Three Stones for Jean Genet, Frieder Schlaich, Germany, 7’ (WP)

Unogumbe (Noye’s Fludde), Mark Dornford-May, South Africa, 35’ (EP)

Un Paraíso (A Paradise), Jayisha Patel, Cuba, 14’ (WP)

Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, Greece, 24’ (WP)

WONDER, Mirai Mizue, France / Japan, 8’ (WP)

Xenos, Mahdi Fleifel, Denmark / United Kingdom, 13’ (WP)

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