November 1-17, 2023
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This special section is available for streaming only. Streaming on Whush.com from November 1 to 17, 2023. Link will become available soon. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
The Sound of Your Voice (United States) by Nathan Shapiro
The Sound of Your Voice is a romantic-thriller that centers around a linguistics student named Benjamin who is adrift in life, unsure of a direction to take his research. But, after stumbling upon a young woman named Ave and offering her a chance to be one of his test subjects, the two begin a nocturnal relationship. Ultimately though, his damaging lifestyle and insecurities turn the fluttering romance into an unhealthy obsession.
Running Time: 01:59:57
Made By Immigrants (United States) by Carlo Gennarelli
An American son of Italian immigrants discovers hidden photos, documents, and letters belonging to his deceased parents. A revelation that prompts him to investigate his genetic roots.
By doing this, a new and surprising world opens up, exposing the complex saga of immigration in America and an unexpected story of true love. Now those distant issues are no longer something that is foreign to him, and, in fact, could prove to be the red thread that has guided his own destiny.
Running Time: 01:46:00
The First Two (Hungary) by Balázs Szövényi-Lux
After an unsuccessful marriage attempt Sasha needs to leave Budapest and her Hungarian boyfriend to continue her studies in the USA. As the day progresses, their special bond makes separating in the morning a difficult choice.
Running Time: 01:23:06
In the Middle of Everywhere (United States) by Panda Landa
In The Middle of Everywhere is a film that explores the power of self-love and acceptance. Inspired by my own journey through a breakup and nonbinary transition, this movie tells the story of a love that transcends all boundaries. It's a film for anyone who has ever felt lost or alone in the world, and it celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. This is a story of hope, transformation, and the enduring power of love.
Running Time: 01:18:00
One hand the other (Germany) by Lenna Fichter, Janis Westphal
Martina is a handicapped person. In order to be able to live her everyday life in her own home, she requires personal assistance. When Sandra starts working for her, the two of them carefully approach each other. In the extreme intimacy between the tenderness of the gestures, it is also the heaviness of the situation that emerges. It is a fragile dance between being near and being distant, that demands a lot from both of them.
Running Time: 01:10:00
Silent Trilogy (Peru) by Daniel Rodriguez-Risco
Silent films are back. In the words of film critic Sebastián Pimentel, Silent Trilogy “conveys a simple but very powerful idea: the idea that from the love of silent cinema one can discover the secret quintessence of moving images. A current of thought unites the three episodes in a coherent way, embodied with few elements which make space, time and movement purely cinematographic modes of expression. Voice is not needed. Yes, there are sounds, music, but not human voices, as in primitive cinema. There are faces, slow or fast movements, despair, fatality, a barely glimpsed horror, desire and fear of freedom. There is also love, perhaps as an illusion, rather than as a reality. Silent Trilogy, like good contemporary movies, is also a puzzle. A puzzle with a missing piece. This is an image that shows its fractures, its voids that should not be filled – that the viewer must fill in his head – because, since Citizen Kane, that fragmented nature is what makes cinema a vertiginous search that does not end, a problem and an enigma that should not be appeased”.
Running Time: 00:40:00
Charming Habits (Lithuania) by Paulius Aničas
Film shows genderless nature of works of art and questions poetry’s existence in language as a sign system. Poet creates something living his time of daydreams, nightmares and writings.
Running Time: 00:20:00
The Strength We Share (United States) by Evan Gardner
12 mothers from across New York State discuss Motherhood in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Running Time: 00:20:00
Pentaclub [The Club of Five] (Italy) by Roberto Strazzarino
The year is 1968. Five teenage boys dream of running a movie theater in which they will not show pro-war films. One summer afternoon Giò, Delfo, Max, Ricky and Paolo learn to become trusted friends, indispensable to one another. A coming-of-age, adventure film about friendship, one with small but large rebellious acts that signal the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.
Running Time: 00:19:59
Shadow Work (United States) by Lorenzo Bradford
Shadow Work explores a St. Louis archive to tend to the dark spaces concealed in our collective past. While recycling materials awash with Black death and dispossession it asks: How can we look without falling in?
Running Time: 00:15:00
A Grim Diagnosis (United States) by Nicole Kemper, Sarah Alison Hodges
A couple seeking help for their rambunctious son receive an unexpected diagnosis - he's a comedian.
Running Time: 00:09:32
Aygol (Germany) by Dimitris Argyriou
Aygol is a young girl who is afraid to accept her sexual Identity, because it is forbidden in her country and she prefers to spend time with her grandma.
Running Time: 00:08:00
Poise (Portugal) by Luís Soares
A sad and restrained man lying on the bed in his empty room. Hesitates, ponder hypotheses in a cycle without deciding, stuck. In exhaustion all anguish equals. Another man is sitting at the window: he looks at him and to the street. Characters in broken situations. The key positions, the suspended sequences, are shown. The man almost decides - and they almost return, inside and out, to them and to the city, time and movement. Infinite dawn.
Running Time: 00:07:00
The Hair On My Body (Australia) by Aleisha Vidya Winslow
Bobzii, a non-binary Japanese-Australian, Naarm/Melbourne based artist, discusses their body hair, gender identity and sexuality and how societies stereotypical views on female and male bodies has influenced the creation of their art.
Running Time: 00:04:05
Archeìo (Switzerland) by Jonathan Moratal
It is very complicated to get rid of your guilt. Stay calm, Archeìo will take care of it.
Running Time: 00:02:20