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    ZIFF - ZINEBI First Film International Competition

    Ein_Schöner_Ort_02 – Kath Hub

    A Good Place Ein schöner Ort

    Katharina Huber

    The chickens are suspicious, the relationships are dubious and businesses are shady. Margarita and Güte are stuck in their stagnant and unhealthy rural village. But they can‘t decide whether to leave the place or to change it. Meanwhile people are disappearing, the radio is sending messages and the world is awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Columba that will take humans to the edge of the solar system. "But out there is nothing" says someone at the dinner table.

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    A la Sombra de la Luz_08_ 00_23_51 (2) – Eme G

    A la sombra de la luz

    Ignacia Merino Bustos, Isabel Reyes Bustos

    In a small town in Chile, rural life deals with the electric grid that provides power to the rest of the country. A child ventures out among hundreds of transmission towers and thermoelectric power plants and giving himself over to chasing rabbits. In the darkness, the threatening presence of the large-scale industrial complex reveals the workings of an unequal system.

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    1. ASONGSUNGBLUE_24_1.44.1 ©The Seventh Art Pictures

    A Song Sung Blue 小白船

    Zihan Geng

    Liu Xian will always remember the loneliest and bluest of summers when she was 15. After her mother has to go abroad for work, Xian is thrown into the care of her father, a free-spirited photographer, who she has barely seen since her parents’ divorce. He’s struggling financially and is fooling around with his assistant who has an 18-year-old daughter, Mingmei. Soon, Mingmei appears like a ray of shining light to Xian. During this restless summer, the conflict between the innocence and the impulses of youth will leave an indelible mark on Xian…

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    Chestnut_FS_003 – Utopia Sales


    Jac Cron

    Annie just graduated college. As she falls into an aimless summer, she finds herself entangled with Tyler, a woman she meets at a bar and Danny, Tyler's co-worker or best friend or…? Annie can never tell. The film follows Annie through a summer of self-discovery as she, Tyler, and Danny each battle for unrequited connection, ultimately helping Annie find her voice in desire and independence.

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    Playland_Ensemble_WEB – Russell Sheaffer


    Georden West

    With an eclectic ensemble of queer performers, the film is transdisciplinary in every sense of the word: music, dance, archival footage, tableaux, opera, and performance art are layered in ethereal piece subverting all boundaries. Focusing on an atemporal night in Boston’s oldest gay bar, the film follows employees and others who haunted the space. Weaving together a tapestry of anecdotes across the bar’s existence, from 1937 until 1998.

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    WDF_1.16.1 – Utopia Sales

    What Doesn’t Float

    Luca Balser

    Seven stories. One city. A disparate group of characters fill out this darkly comedic anthology of New Yorkers at their wits’ end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by an unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego, reflecting our true character, while the rest sink to the bottom.

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    EURIA_20230525_2 – Tamara Garcia

    Zarata Noise

    Tamara García Iglesias

    Everyone uses. You use. I use. Use people. Do you feel superior? Do you think you don't use? But in reality, people don't exist, people are You. He means you. He uses you. How much does private life affect art? Julen uses people. Marian uses her friend June. Using friends to make a film. Money. Maybe a film is not about art or storytelling, maybe it's just another way of power.

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