December 04, 2020 to December 06, 2020

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The Donbass children This is a movie about the Donbas war, first-person stories. You will hear the stories of so-called "ordinary people". These people suffered from irrational from a military point of view strikes on civilian targets. They are victims of someone's desire to wage war on their territory at all costs. There are no author's comments in this movie and no censoring of the thoughts of the local people. This film was made especially for spectators in Europe, who do not know what is happening in Eastern Ukraine. The purpose of the film is to arouse interest in the ongoing six-year armed conflict and to make people to start to think about the responsibility of each of us for peace in Europe. 1:00:00 Bulgaria   Best Documentary
Falling in Love: A Coming of Age Selfie Film A young teen talks to 'you' via Selfies on her smart phone. In these conversations the girl shares her loneliness moving, loosing her best friend, her beginning friendships with new kids, and her realization that she has fallen in love again. When Rob invites her to the school dance there is a crisis which upsets her terribly. At the very end of the film the crisis is resolved in a way that helps her emotionally and makes her stronger. This film is based on my book, Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen. However, the addition of her Selfie recordings to the 'you' is not in the book and opens the door to many other issues that kids face in today's world. Is she keeping a diary or reaching out to a friend, a stranger? Are we in the audience the 'you'? The film has lent itself to great discussion, laughs, sighs and questions. 0:14:24 United States   Best Smartphone Film
Dubliner The film "Dubliner", 2019 (Ireland/Russia/France/Italy) is a tribute to Stephen Keenan, Irish freediver who set a few national records in freediving and was considered among the best safety divers on the planet. Stephen Keenan had a fatal blackout on the 22nd of July 2017 in the Blue hole, Dahab, Egypt, while providing the safety for Alessia Zecchini, the World champion in freediving and saved her life. The story of Stephen Keenan was covered in the most of Irish and some of the uk papers in late July 2017. This film is a docufiction, it combines few of my dreams on my friend Stephen as well as documentary/interviews with Stephen's family and friends filmed in Ireland, Egypt, Italy and Vietnam. 1:03:52 Russian Federation Best Cinematography
Whistler in Venice In 1879 derided by critics and facing bankruptcy in London, America's finest 19th century painter, James Whistler, goes to Venice to resurrect his career. 0:10:00 Switzerland Best Short
Mornings of the World Eunchae is a high school student. When her mom leaves for a long business trip, her grandmother comes to take care of her. 0:51:02 Korea, Republic of   Best Feature
C O L O R An enchanting escapade through the color wheel using imaginative imagery and of course, color! 0:05:00 United States   Best Animation Film
Kay A girl named as Kay got an old stylish guitar as a keepsake of her father. Beyond time and space, she starts a travel, having the guitar, to find what he wanted truly to leave to her 0:23:00 Japan Best Director
Ishtar Speaks When a woman meets the ancient Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, in her dream, she embarks upon a jounrney to complete a lethal mission. 23:08:25 United States Twitter: Ishtarspeaksfi1 Best Experimental Film
The Heartbeat Of Life Francesco, a Sicilian artisan drum maker, is following his dreams by making goatskin tambourines. The goat feeds on the earth, Francesco says, and returns to the earth in a new form; the drum. When Francesco creates an instrument, a true ritual is taking place, because he is giving back a voice to something that lived, died and then returns to life. He looks at the goats as children, all with different personalities. They must scatter. They need to go far away because they must learn to be on their own. Our lives vibrate to a primordial rhythm even before we have ears in the mother’s womb, that’s how we all are connected with the drum. Peppe, a percussionist and traditional music researcher, was first introduced to drums at age 10. His grandmother had drums hanging on the walls in her house. She would regularly take them down and start banging them with a technique all her own.. Today, he teaches the Sicilian tambourine because he believes it to truly be an identity factor of Sicily, particularly Southern Italy . According to methods of the Sicilian Greek philosopher Empedocles, Peppe continues that method playing onomatopoeic sounds taking his cues from the ancient Sicilian dialect. His mission is to keep alive the link between these almost lost worlds. 0:14:00 United States
Best Cultural Film
Eerie Fairy Tales An anthology of bizarre, fantastic and spooky tales from the past, present and future, dealing with curses, witches, perfect crime and unexplained mysteries. 1:34:05 Estonia Best Horror Film
The Kennedy Incident During his trip in pre-war Europe, the 21-year old future president John F Kennedy is involved in a bittersweet love triangle with two very different young women: a call girl and a spy. 1:45:30 Estonia   Official Selection
Twiceborn Satoru receives a message from the spiritual world and realizes he has a mission to lead humankind to happiness. While he has contact with the spiritual world, Satoru becomes a successful businessman who everyone envies as an elite employee. He publishes “Spiritual Message” books one after another and to enlighten the world. One day, spirits tell him an overwhelming mission. Satoru tries to rise up to fulfill his mission, but his decision is shaken by the devil’s temptation. In solitude, Satoru chooses to live his mission, leaves everything behind, and steps out onto the stage of Tokyo dome…   Japan
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"Behind the Name SHAKESPEARE: Power, Lust, Scorn & Scandal" WHO CREATED THE GREATEST WORK OF IAMBIC THUNDER IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE? “Behind the Name SHAKESPEARE: Power, Lust, Scorn & Scandal” answers that question in this fun yet important film. It is a costume-filled journey into literary history’s greatest mystery: Who really wrote the works of Shakespeare? This charming documentary is clearly a labor of love, which one can feel in every scene. The world needs it and bravo to Christina di Marlo for doing it!" -- Don Rubin, Professor Emeritus, York University Editor, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre. VENICE FILM AWARDS REVIEW, 11/11/2020 "BEHIND THE NAME SHAKESPEARE is an extraordinary one-woman show/documentary. The exceptional Robin Phillips guides us through the exciting investigation about who is really behind the most important plays in the whole world and therefore behind the name of William Shakespeare… Robin Phillips puts all her talent as an author, actress, and storyteller, playing sort of comedian detective (a brilliant choice that makes us remain glued to the screen for the whole duration of the film) but contextualized in the era we are referring to. She transforms herself several times, she steps out and gets back into the narration with delicacy and without ever being out of tune. And as a consequence of this, it's not difficult to get involved in the typical atmosphere of the sixteenth century, also thanks to the beautiful costumes designed by Phillips herself, who also worked on the music ("Best Sound Design," Venice Film Awards) hairstyles, make-up, and artistic direction. The documentary is full of information, anecdotes, details, and spins around two centuries, between literature, history, and art. 1:39:00 United States   Official Selection
Macao's first October The film tells the touching story of Du LAN, principal of Hao Gong Middle School, raising the first five-star red flag in Macao. 1:19:00 China     Best Director
The Weak Two people walking across the desert are lost in a sandstorm. One of them suffers heatstroke and has difficulty moving. Drinking water is about to run out.As time passes, people with heatstroke become suspicious and collapse.How could he save himself? 0:15:00 China     Best Short Film Director