The Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur kicks off
by Laurence Boyce
- The Swiss city of Winterthur will once again see a cavalcade of short films and events descend upon it as the Internationale Kurzfilmtage begins
The Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur offers audiences and industry a chance to see short films from across the world with a view to showcasing the directors who will make their mark on cinema in years to come (alongside a few who already have) as well as highlighting the styles and thematic preoccupations that a new generation of filmmakers are currently pursuing.
The core of the festival is its three competitions. The International Competition is a diverse selection of brand-new shorts and amongst discoveries to be made will include the French-Thai co-production Blue (Thailand/France, 2018) from former Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul which has the blend of the mysterious and disconcerting that has become the director’s trademark. Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli provides the opposite with his loud and brash A Place We Call Reality (Norway, 2018). Based on the director’s Hollywood experience while making the feature film Drib [+see also:
film profile], the film plays with the boundaries of documentary and is a slyly satirical piece of work. Amongst many other highlights, there are festival favourites such as Prisoner of Society (Georgia, 2018) - Rati Tsiteladze’s powerful EFA nominated documentary about the prejudice faced by a young transgender woman – and La Chute [The Fall] (France, 2018), Boris Labbé’s stunning animated riff on Dante’s Inferno that comes to the festival with numerous award wins from across the circuit.
The festival’s Swiss competition will provide a chance to see a number of domestic shorts including All Inclusive by Corina Schwingruber Ilić, a visually stunning documentary that has also been building momentum since it premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The Youth Competition looks to inspire a new generation of film audiences.
Whilst looking to the future, Winterthur also contextualises the past with a number of retrospectives. The festival’s Main Focus will be “This Is Britain”, an examination of the way in which the UK has reflected itself on screen over the past few decades. The focus will be taking in movements such as Free Cinema, work from directors including Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay and Andrea Arnold and topics from female perspectives to Brexit. The festival will also have a focus on films from Georgia and the Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom.
The festival’s Industry Section will provide local and international industry with the chance to network and take part in a number of panel discussions. These will include a keynote speech from British producer Samm Haillay who will make a plea for gender equality in the short film world, and events examining the roles of feature films within the world of shorts and an exploration into the idea that filmmakers are losing the language of cinema.
With Winterthur announced as a new European Film Academy nominating festival from 2019, the festival’s reputation continues to grow as it solidifies its place as one the most important and exciting short film events for the latter half of the year.
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur will run from 6-11 November. For more information on the festival competitions click here.
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