Synopsis

This Festival Stop Motion Montreal program includes nine short films dealing with various themes such as family relationships, mental health, superstitions, rights of passage and also presents more abstract films.

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Program 4: Films in competition
Running time: 62 min


0) Festival intro video, 0:00, 2020

 


1) Getting Started, William Crook, 2:01, 2019, Switzerland / U.K., No dial

Film category: Emerging Talent
This film starts at: 01:01

The person and the project get mixed up in this short experimental celebration. Feeling frenetic, frustrated, ecstatic, distracted, it's all part of getting started.

ABOUT: William Crook: http://www.williamjcrook.com/#bestof

 


2) Mój dziwny starszy brat | My Strange Elder Brother, Julia Orlik, 12:36, 2018, Poland, VO in Poland with En subtitles
Film category: Emerging Talent
This film starts at: 3:03

A movie about the relationship between a young woman who really wants to succeed in her career and her eccentric brother. They are complete opposites. She is a workaholic and despite the fact that this way of living doesn’t make her happy, she believes this is the only right way to go. Her brother and his eccentric behaviour really makes her crazy and also is the cause of many uncomfortable situations at her workplace. He really wants to persuade her to change her life, but she has enough of his indiscretion and feels ashamed. Unfortunately, after one of their many arguments they break off their contacts with each other.

ABOUT: Julia Orlik: http://www.polishshorts.pl/en/editor/4054/julia_orlik

 


3) Hypocondrie vol.1, Renaud Plante & Matthieu Goyer, 3:00,  2018, Canada, VOF
Film category: Independent film
This film starts at: 15:35

Étienne Archambault lives in a modest apartment with his girlfriend. More concerned with reflection than physical activity, he is completely convinced that his life could change at any time, that it is only a matter of time before he becomes seriously ill. Stephen is a hypochondriac.

ABOUT: Renaud Plante & Matthieu Goyer: http://www.lesfilmsdelampoule.com/

 


4) 硬 币  | The Coin, Siqi Song , 6:42, 2019, China / U.S.A., VO in Chinese with En subtitles
Film category: Emerging Talent
This film starts at: 18:36

In Chinese new year holidays, finding the coin inside the dumplings means having a blessed year ahead. A young woman loses a jar full of the lucky coins she has been collecting growing up, on her journey to a new country. Her new life begins with a search to find the coin.

ABOUT: Siqi Song : http://songsiqi.com/thecoin/



5) Free to Roam, Gianluca Maruotti, 3:44, 2018, Italy, VOE
Film category: Independent film
This film starts at: 25:19

In a small village people live their lives in a dull way, hiding their faces, emotions and individualities wearing a box over their heads. Two little kids will show them a different way to live.

ABOUT: Gianluca Maruotti: https://gianlucamaruotti.com/

 


6) Kaikke herkät jutut  | All tender things, Tatu Pohjavirta, 13:00, 2020, Finland, no dial
Film category: Professional film
This film starts at: 29:07

A story about six characters gathered around a campfire. When the flames starts to fade the fire needs to be fed. Books are sufficient at first, but as the night grows darker, the fire demands more sacrifices.

ABOUT: Tatu Pohjavirta: https://www.pohjavirta.art/ 

 


7) Säen | Sowing | Sororal, Maryna Miliushchanka, 7:24, 2018, Germany, no dial
Film category: Emerging Talent
This film starts at: 42:07

Ukrainian desert. A girl, whose only treasure is a painted Easter egg is shocked, as her grandmother puts a freshly slaughtered chicken on the table. Confronted with death for the first time, she leaves the house, questioning her quiet life, only to face a new tragedy that will force her to give up her treasures. An allegorical journey to self transformation and growing up.

ABOUT: Maryna Miliushchanka: https://sowing-film.com/



8) Hangend, Mathieu Georis, 2:48, 2019, Belgium, no dial

Film category: Emerging Talent
This film starts at: 49:26

Snap ! Why are the branches snapping ?

ABOUT: Mathieu Georis: https://vimeo.com/mathieugeoris

 


9) Alan the Infinite, Mikey Please & Dan Ojari, 10:00, 2019, U.K., VOE

Film category: Professional film
This film starts at: 52:16

It’s Alan’s first day at Lamin’8, on the internship of his dreams. Will he prove himself and win the much-coveted Summer Placement - the first stop aboard the Train of Life, on the way to becoming a Real Adult? Perhaps. Beneath the polyester floorboards of Lamin’8, something mysterious is afoot. And the dancing apple of chaos is about to roll into their neat little lives.

ABOUT: Mikey Please & Dan Ojari: http://www.parabellastudios.com/

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