Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2022 - Network Round Features

Friday 11th November - Friday 18th November


Dir. Rafal Zlak
Logline: A seasoned gangster is a debt collector for the underworld who tracks marks with gambling debts. One unexpectedly dies, the other escapes. Big Slick, his boss texts him the Rent-a-Man ad so he decides on a conniving plan where our story begins. Jackie the gangster, and Dillon the Rent-a-Man, play a stylistically subtle yet dangerous game of cat-and-mouse while hiking Valley of Fire State Park outside Las Vegas until an ultimate future-changing twist!


Dir. Terence Gross
Logline: Il Santuario is a retreat centre nestled in the Tuscan hills. Run and staffed by a group of misfits, it hosts groups seeking spiritual growth, weight-loss, detox and escape from reality. Its six hundred year old walls bear witness to the entire emotional spectrum from desire to insanity that comes with the territory of spiritual seeking.


Perceived Reality
Dir. Gijs Besseling
Logline: Perceived Reality is a diptych exploring the construction of identity. A film about how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, about daring to let go of your self-image in order to move on.
The first half is about a young woman who, in search of appreciation and validation, loses herself in the image she creates in the world of social media. In the other half a man travels back to his childhood in 1999 Tblisi, Georgia, discovering familiar places but also hidden memories…


Dir. Charlotte Feldmann
Logline: After many years of estrangement, Lars visits his father’s home unannounced. He hopes for a discussion, to which his father evades. In order to be heard, Lars sees no other way but to tell his father a bitter lie.


Shackleton's Cabin
Dir. Shane Brennan
Logline: Ernest Shackleton died in his cabin in 1922 while on board The Quest, which was to be his final expedition. One hundred years later that same cabin has ended up in the hands of an esteemed historical object conservator called Sven Habermann, waiting to be restored to its former glory.

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