OBERHAUSEN: International Competition 2014

A Million Miles Away  - Jennifer Reeder

Doors 7pm £5 advance (click here) £6.50 on the door

Every year, some 60 works are selected from nearly 4,000 entries to compete in the world’s oldest short film competition. This programme now brings together some of the best and most interesting works featured in the 2014 International Competition. On show are five award-winning international films that revolve around the serious themes of memory, loneliness and isolation but always with some bright, positive highlights. Teboho Edkins, for example, explores in his documentary with a playful twist the complex realities of life on the fringes of Cape Town society, where the spectre of death is always imminent. Maria Kourkouta tries to regain a sense of belonging by combining found footage with poetry and music into a multi-layered collage. And Neeuklidinė Geometrija uses sometimes perplexing but always outstandingly animated images to tell of the apparently finite nature of love. The grand cinema of the short form is here to be discovered in a specially selected programme.

Returning to Aeolus Street France / Greece 2013 14' - Maria Kourkouta 

A found footage film, an audio-visual collage of a journey through modern Greece and through downtown Athens.

Non-Euclidean Geometry Lithuania 2013 11' - Skirmanta Jakaitė / Solveiga Masteikaitė

Where does love go when lovers break apart? Or when they stay together? What becomes of our love after death? Is it really that important or simply inevitable?

A Million Miles Away USA 2014 28' - Jennifer Reeder

An adult woman on the edge of failing and a pack of teenage girls simultaneously experience a supernatural version of coming-of-age. The transformation is equal parts tense and tender.

Exorcize Me Singapore 2013 3' - Ang Sookoon

Exorcize Me addresses coming-of-age anxiety, teenage alienation and the confusing phase between childhood and adulthood.

Gangster Backstage France / South Africa 2013 37'30'' -  Teboho Edkins

A documentary film with gangsters in Cape Town that moves between a casting and an empty theatre space.