A Band of Thieves
Inspired by Bonnie & Clyde, naughty Josie and boy next door Ryan go on a crime spree through the outskirts of a Texan town, with an actual bank robbery as their ultimate goal. Acted with much gusto, this retro designed comedy-cum-gangster film pastiche, borrows from Tarantino as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Director Fidel Ruiz-Healy
A young woman takes revenge. Mini-thriller, filmed with a limited amount of takes, is shockingly realistic. As the director brings the familiar run of events in a revenge film back to their essence, Ramona transcends the pitfalls of nihilism, giving this short an almost abstract quality. Please note: not suitable for weak stomachs!
Director Andrei Cretulescu
Moonkup: Les noces d’hémophile
Humanity has lost the war against the vampires. Part of the peace treaty was an agreement that women would give their monthly cup of blood to the vampires for nourishment. Ambitious short blends feminism with politics. Lead actress Bénédicte Choisnet is very funny as the protagonist who manipulates everything and everyone.
Director Pierre Mazingarbe
After his father’s death, a hunter is left alone. When an intruder appears on his property, there’s only one thing he can do. Because that’s what his father taught him. Partly thanks to a stunning background of Brazilian mountains, this simple premise reaches the same epic dimensions as a classic western.
Directors Rafael Duarte & Taísa Ennes Marques
Sophie had a traumatic experience as a teenager when her brother pushed her into the water and a fish swam into her bikini. As an adult, she goes to see alternative aquaphobia therapist Eric, aka Aquaman. Witty, original fantasy is convincing because the protagonist keeps behaving sensibly and logically in increasingly bizarre circumstances.
Director Jean-Baptiste Saurel