Restrospective of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival
Following last year’s success of 160,000 spectators and with almost 8,000 films submitted this year, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is getting geared up for its 40th anniversary, which will take place from 2 to 10 February 2018.
Clermont is the most important event dedicated to short films only, the essential meeting place for producers and spectators: professionals, youngsters and school children (35.000 are expected to attend this year), all film lovers, keen enthusiasts or merely curious individuals. Audiences will have a choice of 600 films, across all sections, and as usual there will be three competitions (national, international and Lab). It is also the first “short film market” with more than 3,500 professionals.
This is the magic of short films: the array of emotions, the freedom they enjoy, and the scope for innovation without any other contingency than concision.
>>> THURSDAY | 9.11.2017 | 20:45 – 22:30
dir.: Stéphan Castang
15’ / Canal +, Pascale Faure, Takami Productions, Michel Tavares, Takami Productions, Karine Blanc / Francja 2016
The year is 2050. Doctors have been replaced by a machine called Sherlock, a kind of super-scanner that not only diagnoses but also heals depending on the patients’ means. Doctors have now become financial advisers who sell health insurance and solutions that are more or less drastic.
DIE BESONDEREN FÄHIGKEITEN DES HERRN MAHLER
dir.: Paul Philipp
29′ / Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion, Moritz Helmes / Niemcy 2017
East Germany, 1987: special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assign him to solve the case of 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who has been missing for weeks, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West.
dir.: Donato Sansone
4’/ Autour de Minuit, Nicolas Schmerkin / Francja 2016
An artistically improvised diary of the two months from 15 September to 15 November 2015 drawn from the international news in the French paper “Libération”, including the abrupt intrusion of the tragic events that occurred in Paris on 13 November.
dir.: Marc Raymond Wilkins
21’/ Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Joël Louis Jent / Szwajcaria 2016
Jonas and Silvia are enjoying a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. But far away from land, they discover an overloaded refugee boat, close to sinking. They call the coast guards but lose sight of the boat. In the early morning, they find themselves drifting through an ocean of dead bodies.
I WANT PLUTO TO BE A PLANET AGAIN
dir.: Marie Amachoukeli, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka
12′ / Autour de Minuit, Nicolas Schmerkin / Francja 2016
A trans-humanist romance in the near future. A young boy of modest origins, Marcus, an H-, falls madly in love with an H+.
dir.: Gunhild Enger, Jenni Toivoniemi
14′ / Ape & Bjorn AS, Isak Eymundsson, Kjellson & Wik, Marie Kjellson, Tuffi Films, Elli Toivoniemi / Szwecja, Finlandia, Norwegia 2016
Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland to decide on an art piece to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise. Instead of a sculpture, the commissioned artist presents his idea of a “Nordic Dance”.
WORKING WITH ANIMALS
dir.: Marc Reisbig
4’/ Phantomfilm AS, Marc Reisbig / Norwegia 2016
A documentary film director tries to control something that is inherently uncontrollable, wild animals.