Amsterdam Lift-Off 2017 – Shorts programme 1

Shorts programme 1

Wednesday 4th October, 6.45 - 9.00pm
@ LAB111 Film & Food Arie Biemondstraat 111, 1054 PD Amsterdam, Netherlands


Still Waters
Dir. Coban Beutelstetter
France | 20 mins
After many years away, Alexandre decides to go back to his family house in the valley near a lake. He goes in search of the peace he once felt there as a child. But he is unprepared for the painful memories that haunt him on his return.


Dir. ShihChieh Chiu
Taiwan | 7 mins
This is the story of a teenager who discovers the strange and terrifying reality behind fundamentalism. Warped into an ultra-religious environment from a young age, his surroundings force him to adhere to a rigid and sometimes irrational world-view. He eventually succumbs to the madness, and lives consumed by guilt while devouring every crumb of false hope thrown at him from his religious community. One day he gathers the courage to leave his faith behind, and sees that human existence is actually a more nuanced experience than the black and white reality in which he grew up in.


Dir. Pierre Van de Kerckhove
Beligium | 15 mins
Louise, aged 68, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and lives in a nursing home. Her daily life is riddled with sadness because her son Daniel is no longer visiting her, discouraged by his mother's memory lapses. The arrival of a new patient in the home (Leo, 82), who is also suffering from Alzheimer's disease, will upset Louise's life ... but also that of Daniel!


Bad Sheriff
Dir. Ben Bernschneider
Germany | 15 mins
A killer comes into a bar... What sounds like a joke isn't funny at all for an ex-police alumni turned vigilante-killer who planned to pick up his girl and then leave town forever.


This is Civilization
Dir. Jennifer Smart
USA | 10 mins
In 1957, an American diplomat newly stationed in Beirut decides to document his life in the Middle East. Sixty years and 18,000 photographs later, his images inspire a group of young people to share stories and confront misperceptions about their Middle Eastern heritage.


Strange Loving - Changes
Dir. Brendon Groenewald
South Africa | 4 mins
Its the early hours of a summer morning in cape town, where we meet two young hearts filled with ambition, desire, dreams of grander and living like every moment like its their last. After dancing the night away in celebration because earlier that afternoon they hacked into a the largest mainframes and downloading all the access codes to one of the biggest corporations database. Our story begins with them driving to a remote location where they will pull off the next biggest hack of the century.


Lucky Boy
Dir. Etienne Leung
Japan | 8 mins
A short documentary, that explores a young single father’s inspiration as a baker in the countryside of Gunma, Japan.


Farewell Fire
Dir. Scott Armstrong
Canada | 7 mins
A woman troubled by a dark secret feels alienated from her tribe and so sets off on her own journey in search for answers. Though she tries to leave something behind, it finds its way back to her. Can she escape this horrible feeling?


Dust & Dirt
Dir. Chris Stanford
USA | 5 mins
Mason Massey dreams of one day making it to the top level of racing but with a lack of big money sponsorship he knows that it is going to be a long, hard road.


All or Nothing
Dir. Alexander Kaiser Lauritzen
Denmark | 23 mins
A personal and inspiring story about a woman's life long fight against the regime of Cuba. Being a young woman when the Communist Revolution happened in 1959, Berta has spent her entire life fighting for her beliefs, rights and principles. Berta and her adult son, Sami, have been separated from the society, and are now forced to live in an abandoned and destroyed building without electricity or water. Powerless to a regime where it is impossible to rebel, the bond between mother and son is the only thing keeping them alive. It's all or nothing.

After each film there will be a 2 minute break, during which we invite the audience to complete score cards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audiences response.

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