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International Competition I

Festivalul Internațional de Film NexT, Ediția a 12-a

International Competition I Festivalul Internațional de Film NexT, Ediția a 12-a

SHMAMA/ SHMAMA (Israel, 2017, 26’) Director: Miki Polonski

Leah works as a maid in the hotel during the day, while Meital, her daughter, sings at the hotel’s lobby at night. They live trapped in their relationship, surrounded by the Dead Sea.


MANIVALD/ MANIVALD (Estonia, 2017, 13’) Director: Chintis Lundgren

Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.


FARPÕES, BALDIOS/ BARBS, WASTELANDS (Portugal, 2017, 25’) Director: Marta Mateus

In the end of the 19th century, the peasants in Portugal started a courageous struggle for better work conditions. After generations of starving misery, the Carnation Revolution sowed the promise of an Agrarian Reform. Mostly in the Alentejo region, these rural workers occupied the huge properties where they were once submitted to the power of their Masters. Perhaps the lost seed of other fruits... It is said in Alentejo, when something is lost, those who are looking should start to walk back to the beginning. We must pray and ask Saint Lucy to clear our vision, so we can see and look better. The protagonists of this film, Resistants of this struggle, many of them illiterate, working since childhood, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.


KAUKAZAS/ CAUCASUS/ (Lithuania, 2018, 14’) Director: Laurynas Bareiša

Tekle (27), with her daughter Ema (9), comes back from abroad to visit Dalia (60), Tekle’s mother. Ema goes outside to walk her grandmother’s dog. Immediately after discovering that Ema went outside alone, Dalia starts searching for her. Dalia fears that something terrible might have happened to Ema.


NA LI/ DOWN THERE (China, France, 2018, 10’15’’) Director: Zhengfan Yang

A blissful night is unexpectedly interrupted by the sound from downstairs. Different reactions are triggered, as well as the relentless indifference.

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