URBAN HYMNS (Live Action Shorts)
An eclectic mix of new award winning international short films from around the world. Each of the films are told from the perspective of a young protagonist as the characters deal with various social, political and cultural struggles.
1) 16 DECEMBER Dir: Álvaro Gago Díaz / Spain.
Lucía leaves handball training and goes to look for her brother under the lights of a city that she thinks she knows!
2) DAY RELEASE Dir: Martin Winter / Austria & Germany.
Single mother Kathi receives a day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances.
3) HOT CHOCOLATE Dir: David Hay/ New Zealand.
A young woman must somehow deal with the suicide of her flatmate without alerting her 8-year-old sister who is waiting in the car outside.
4) MILA Dir: Andreas Vakalios / Greece.
Based on a true story, “Mila” is a “polaroid picture” of a daughter’s and a father’s last encounter at the hospital.
5) XY Dir: Anna Karín Lárusdóttir / Iceland.
Lísa is struggling with secrets about her body and uncomfortable visits to the doctor until she is finally able to find a compassionate ear in her estranged best friend Brydís who breaks through to Lísa with loving acceptance.
6) ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Dir: Chanelle Eidenbenz / Switzerland.
Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose centre is Elias, a rather unusual companion.
7) THE HOOD Dir: Patricia Vidal Delgado / USA.
A struggling actor visits Compton to research a role as a rapper, and gets an education.
Age Recommendation: 16+ (Strong Language, Threat and Adult Themes)