Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 - Network Round Features

Monday 15th November - Monday 22nd November


Dir. Joseph Burch
Logline: When tragedy strikes her isolated ranch family, Kate is forced to confront her trauma or be consumed by the creature it has created.


Dirs. Lorenzo Emilio Valmontone, Thomas Szczepanski
Logline: AYA (“the wind”) is the very simple story of two bruised and battered characters struggling to survive amidst hope and fatality.
Lost in poverty on the outskirts of Calais, the towers of the ZUP Beau-Marais stand tall. In one of them, in flat no. 15, Lydie generously hosts Zimako, an undocumented migrant from Togo. Lydie is a big-hearted 50-year-old trying to rebuild her life after a complicated 30-year long marriage, while Zimako is a resourceful, clever fellow with a quick mind who dreams of Hollywood.
At a crossroads in their lives, between an uncertain future, a restricted present and an all-too- present past, they reveal themselves.
Through the prism of these two characters, humanity is sketched out, with its paradoxes, its greatness and weaknesses.
Against the backdrop of the migration crisis and obvious social distress, Zimako and Lydie question both the society in which we live and our identity.


Beautiful Struggle
Dirs. Julie Anna George, Macha Tsarenkov
Logline: Beautiful Struggle is a self-funded first feature documentary film directed by Macha Tsarenkov and Julie-Anna George. The film was shot between November 2017 and October 2019 in New York City. Great trips are always linked to the intimate. Is it a common place that loneliness is stronger in big cities?


The Evening Word
Dir. Theodore Gimeno
Logline: Pierre Desmondes is getting ready to leave his student apartment and go back home to family for the summer. On the morning of the departure, he packs up his bags, does the dishes and tidies up the place...but his mind is already elsewhere.


The Making of a Man
Dir. Lo Dagerman
Logline: Lo wants to find out what led her father, legendary Swedish writer Stig Dagerman (who died when she was three) to pen a searing, brutal play about toxic masculinity.

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