WHOLE WIDE WORLD Competition set II (104′, 16+)
Camera Café, ul. Lipowa 14 lok. 11
director: Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter
Iceland, 2023, 5’13’’
At a busy downtown café, a woman zones out during a business meeting. When a seagull hits the window, the woman tries to ignore the event but is unable to shake it off as she notices the seagull is still alive but greatly suffering. She heads outside to euthanize the bird. Some children watch and yell at her for trying to kill the seagull. She eventually twists the bird’s neck. While she buries the bird in a nearby flower bed, her colleagues and the customers stare at her.
AT LITTLE WHEELIE THREE DAYS AGO
director: Andrew Stephen Lee
director of photography: Andrew Crighton
USA, 2022, 18’
When a soul-shaking viral video shudders through town, a jobless father struggles to keep hold of his existence.
CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
director: Sam Manacsa
director of photography: Martika Ramirez-Escobar
Philippines, 2023, 17’
Mila struggles as she remains unpaid at work and a love interest becomes a source of comfort through his constant phone calls. But a promise of hope may also lead to tragedy and sad love songs.
director: Lloyd Lee Choi
director of photography: Norm Li
USA, Canada, 2022, 15’10’’
Lu is a Chinese immigrant living day to day on tips from his job as a delivery worker. He supports his wife and ailing mother as they desperately try to make ends meet in the unforgiving city. One night, his bicycle, and in essence his livelihood, are stolen from him. He’s forced to embark on a desperate journey to reclaim his bike or shatter the fragile life in America he’s built.
AND THE WIND WEEPS
director: Aulona Selmani
Switzerland, 2023, 24’45’’
Daut, a survivor of a massacre where his son was killed, has been rehearsing a letter for 20 years on what he will say if Hague ever calls him to testify for the horrors he has seen that day.
The burden of memories gets heavier when his brother dies of an illness, making Daut the only last survivor to remember the event. His mind starts to fail him. Will the dead forgive him?
SUR LA TOMBE DE MON PERE
ON MY FATHER’S GRAVE
director: Jawahine Zentar
France, 2022, 23’59’’
A car drives to a Moroccan village. On board, Maïne and her family surround the father’s coffin. Tomorrow, the men will bury him and the women will wait at home. But the young girl takes a very dim view on it and intends to lead with her father to his final resting place.