This week, the films in competition at the next edition of the Cannes Film Festival have been announced, including the short films.This year, the selection committee received 4,550 short films – 1,000 more than in 2014 – from over 100 countries.
The 2015 Short Film Competition comprises nine films (seven works of fiction and two animations), mostly from Asia and Europe, with one representative from Latin America and one from Oceania.
These films are all in the running for the 2015 Short Film Palme d’Or, to be awarded by Abderrahmane Sissako, President of the Jury, at the official prize-giving ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes on 24 May.
SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION:
WAVES ’98, Dir: Ely DAGHER, 14’, Lebanon, Qatar
Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the depths of the city. Immersed in a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he eventually loses his way and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home.
THE GUESTS (Les invitées), Dir: Shane DANIELSEN, 10’, Australia
Eastern Europe. Anna has recently moved with her husband Philip to a new city, where she is left at home looking after their six-month-old baby. The new country’s language and culture are alien to her; she feels lonely and isolated. One night, while awaiting Philip’s return, there is a buzz at the front door. She opens it, thinking it’s him—but is confronted instead by a quartet of locals, claiming they have arrived for a housewarming party … Has Philip not told her they were coming? Confused, Anna lets them in. And then, almost at once, more guests arrive. And a nightmare begins…
SALI (Mardi / Tuesday), Dir: Ziya DEMIREL, 12’, Turkey, France
LE REPAS DOMINICAL, Dir: Céline DEVAUX, 13’, France
It’s Sunday. During lunch, John observes his family members. He asks questions without listening to the answers, it’s normal, it’s Sunday lunch.
LOVE IS BLIND, Dir: Dan HODGSON, 6’, UK
This short is a comedy that takes a fresh look at a love triangle.
AVE MARIA, Dir: Basil KHALIL, 14’, Palestine, France, Germany
The silent routine of five nuns living in the desert of the West Bank is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath begins.
COPAIN, Dir: Jan ROOSENS, Raf ROOSENS, 14’, Belgium
Free is a teenager stuck between his conservative, wealthy family and his lower-class friends. He manages to keep the two worlds separated, until he falls in love…
PATRIOT, Dir: Eva RILEY, 14’, UK
Against the backdrop of simmering racial tensions within her rural English town, the eleven-year-old Hannah has her life changed forever when she meets a boy from a mysterious and forbidden world.
IMPERFECT PRESENT, Dir: Iair SAID, 15’, Argentine
It’s Martin birthday. A confused gift will make him reflect and consider how others see him.