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GLORIA MERCER | CANADA | 2020 | 16 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis: In the near future, cities are crowded, nature is sparse, and children attend school in hyper-realistic virtual reality. Marion, a teenage girl escaping a stifling home life, falls in love with another student, but can’t be sure if her feelings are real or if this is part of the simulation.
ZARA ZANDIEH | ALLEMAGNE / GERMANY | 2021 | 18 MIN | V.O. ALLEMANDE & A. S.-T.A / GERMAN & ENGLISH S.-T. EN
Synopsis:Octavia’s Visions is inspired by the Parables of the African-American futurist, author Octavia E. Butler, who died in 2006. Using poetic visual language, Octavia’s Visions interweaves Butler’s worlds with contemporary issues of environmental degradation, far right extremism, and social liberation. This poetic piece expresses a queer utopian imaginary, a longing to create out of the old something new.
MATHEUS FARIAS & ENOCK CARVALHO | BRÉSIL / BRAZIL | 2020 | 20 MIN | V.O. PORTUGAISE S.-T.A. / PORTUGUESE S.-T.EN.
Synopsis:In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.
Red String of Fate (Unmei No Akai Ito)
LOVINA YAVARI & LANCE FERNANDES | CANADA | 2021 | 10 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis: In the year 2090, a robotics engineer tries to bring her fallen lover back to life.
Escaping the Fragile Planet (ΑΠΟΔΡΑΣΗ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΕΥΘΡΑΥΣΤΟ ΠΛΑΝΗΤΗ)
THANASIS TSIMPINIS | GRÈCE / GREECE | 2020 | 17 MIN | V.O. GRECQUE S.-T.A. / GREEK S.-T.EN.
Synopsis:A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city. Their romantic affair will only last for a day. But in a broken world filled with fear, sharing a few intimate moments seems to be enough for them to feel safe, against the upcoming end.
Are you Still Watching
ALEX CARDY, TALI POLICHTUK & KITTY CHRYSTAL | AUSTRALIE / AUSTRALIA | 2021 | 6 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis: Jamie keeps themselves entertained bingeing on queer film and TV during lockdown but mere escapism turns sensual when they start having sexual delusions involving their favourite queer characters. Are You Still Watching? explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.
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