Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival 2023
Swallow Flying To The South Swallow Flying To The South
Swallow Flying To The South and Fly High
9 - 5 (9-5) (Country: Serbia; Year: 2023; Director: Maša Šarović; Writer: Marko Markovic; Stars: Pavle Cemerikic, Mira Janjetovic, Vladimir Kovacevic, Denis Muric)
An inexperienced copywriter must face the pressures of work and the expectations of his surroundings, which have an increasing impact on his sex life.
Aglaya Merry Christmas! (Aglaya, s Rozhdestvom!) (Country: Russia; Year: 2023; Director: Elizaveta Alexandrovna Dorozhkina)
A medical student wakes up in a coffin after dying from a failed cosmetic injection. Trying to return to her usual life, the girl discovers that no one is happy about her resurrection.
Anarchism At Two O'Clock (As Dúas En Punto) (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Uliane Tatit)
In 1940s Spain, two young seamstress sisters have their lives changed during the Civil War. In resistance to the Franco dictatorship, the anarchists leave their house every day at two o'clock.
Any Place (En Cualquier Lugar) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2023; Director: Minerva Rivera Bolaños)
In a society where children are not heard and traditions are not to be questioned, the peaceful life of a 5-year-old is disturbed by a terrible event that forces her to find a way to recover peace and save her loved ones.
Avt'une (Year: 2023; Director: Anie Grigorian)
A 12-year-old Yezidi boy in Armenia is caught between two worlds: the fairy tale in which he imagines himself and the real world in which he lives.
Bloody Gravel Bloody Gravel
Bloody Gravel and Questbound - Forbidden Ventures Of The Undead Soul
Below The River (Píngjìng De Tuānliú) (Country: China; Year: 2023; Director: Yinze Li)
An online-car-hailing driver who finds a large sum of money, and in the process of finding the owner, he attempts to take the money for himself to buy a new house to alleviate the family conflict caused by overcrowded housing.
Bloody Gravel (Country: Iran; Director: Hojat Hosseini)
Roya and Bashir are in love and because of the restrictions in Afghanistan they are forced to flee. They hope to enter Iran illegally. Roya is pregnant and the child was not planned. What happens at the border puts the people smugglers they have hired to an unexpected test.
Devil's Chanter (Ördögmuzsika) (Country: Hungary; Year: 2023; Director: Kariim Hema)
It is told that a shepherd who stole the devil’s dearest goat transformed it into the first bagpipe that gave forth music without anyone ever touching it. Devil’s Chanter presents the process of this transformation into another kind of being: music.
Die Verlorenen (Country: g; Year: 2023; Director: Simon Baucks)
Exhausted from alcohol abuse, an MMA fighter senses that he can no longer play his role in which the betting mafia pays him to participate in manipulated fights. Meanwhile, a young amphetamine addict cares for her sick mother. When she leaves the house to pick up her gambling sibling, they return to find their mother lifeless.
Fly High (Country: Italy; Year: 2023; Director: Giuseppina Fais, Lorenzo Pappa Monteforte, Kevin Rosso, Yagiz Tunceli; Writer: Yagiz Tunceli)
In a modern metropolitan city, amidst tall skyscrapers and busy streets, the unexpected sight of a man flying undisturbed in the sky disrupts the busy coming and going of people.
9 - 5 9 - 5
9 - 5 and Runaway
Footprints Of Ants (Country: Turkey; Year: 2023; Director: Ümit Güç)
In a tent camp where asylum seekers and local agricultural workers stays together, the anger of the local workers against the refugees increases with the poverty. Two children, Barış and Evin, who are unaware of this anger, disappear one day.
Holy Mother (Awel Mara) (Country: Czech Republic, Egypt; Year: 2022; Director: Hussein Hossam)
On her last day of high school, a talented fashion designer’s longing to embrace her womanhood is ruined by her Muslim father’s strict traditional demands, forcing her to go to extreme measures to secure the rest of her future.
Homeland Of Silence (Country: Slovakia; Year: 2023; Director: Štefánia Lovasová)
Following politically motivated attacks in a small Eastern European village, everyone stops talking to 13-year-old Ivanka, as if she was the one who caused the conflicts. Looking for modesty in people and in relationships, Ivanka discovers the odd feeling of losing her most loved ones.
Invisible Border (Die Unsichtbare Grenze) (Country: Austria; Year: 2023; Director: Mark Siegfried Gerstorfer)
A deportation in Vienna in the middle of the night. Police officer Nancy and her colleague Albert have the task of evicting a family. Together with a police unit, they ambush an Albanian family without a valid residence permit. The situation escalates and the events of the night leave everyone involved traumatized.
In The Nation Of Car Lovers (Country: Nepal, Slovenia; Year: 2023; Director: Sagar Gahatraj)
In an alternative reality, the machine Civilizer is artificially transforming industrial farm animals into humans who are trained to serve the societies of the world. The new workers are made to believe that with enough chips they can earn their freedom and human rights. A naïve and self-determined worker, Elvis, is sent to a carwash centre, only to watch his human boss taking away most of his earnings at the end of each day.
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Country: Bulgaria; Year: 2023; Director: Alexandar Tomov)
A black comedy, based on a true story, about a homeless and alcoholic mother and son and the one night of their life in which the mother commits an absurd and tragicomic crime.
Morning Commute (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: George Grey)
A man is waiting for his train on a bench while he is trying to impress a woman sitting on the opposite side of the platform, by finding very creative and unusual solutions for his courtship.
Not For Sale (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Miriam, Alejandro Sánchez Porras)
A corner shop owner and her employees concoct a fake art sale in order to scam the ruthless CEO of the supermarket chain that drove them out of business.
On The Edge (Au Bord Du Délire) (Country: Colombia, France; Year: 2023; Director: María Claudia Blanco)
A disagreement between two passengers in a subway carriage quickly escalates into hostility. The protagonists of this public clash are three complete strangers whose lives have been pushed to the verge of delirium by the Covid-19 health crisis.
Pererug (Country: Russia; Year: 2023; Director: Mikhail Boreysha Philippovich)
Three hunters unknowingly kill a mystic creature in the forest. On return back home, they discover they now have a magic ability to kill or heal people. This superpower becomes a curse when they learn the price they have to pay for a chance to play God.
Questbound - Forbidden Ventures Of The Undead Soul (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2023; Director: Marlén Ríos-Farjat, Alexander Bierling, Owen Buckley)
When a brave knight arrives at a castle to try to overthrow an aged, skeletal king, the king, mistaking his intentions, begins to flirt with him.
Remember Our Sister (Eonnileul Gieoghae) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Hayoung Jo)
In the 1980s, a young woman works alongside her sister in a South Korean village which was created only to entertain US soldiers, and gradually comes to reflect on how strange the situation is.
Returning South (Volver Al Sur) (Country: Mexico, Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Sofía Ayala)
Father is dead. Daughter and son carry his corpse south of the border. Despite the risk this journey entails, they set out to bury him at the place that used to be home. A migrant family story.
Runaway (Country: Georgia, Russia; Year: 2023; Director: Salome Kintsurashvili; Writer: Salome Kintsurashvili; Stars: Sandro Baidarashvili, Solomon Darsaniya, Ekaterina Perekrest, Mariam Qantaria)
Ten-year-old Gigi lives with his family in the back of a small Georgian café that they own and run in a Moscow suburb. Gigi’s life takes a drastic turn when his father is pressured into sheltering a stranger who turns out to be a criminal on the run.
See You Yesterday (Country: Philippines; Year: 2023; Director: Ethan Dela Cruz)
A man tries to hide in dreams as a terrible secret threatens to tear his family apart.
Swallow Flying To The South (Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Mochi Lin; Writer: Mochi Lin)
Spring 1976, 5-year-old Swallow is abandoned at a public boarding preschool in central Beijing. When the persimmons are ripe, Swallow masters how to cry, but doesn't forget how to fly.
Tear Off (Country: France; Year: 2022; Director: Clément Del Negro; Stars: Charlotte Fargier, Héloïse Neveu, Camille Souchard, Nalini Bashin, Mikko Petremand, Matthias Bourgeuil)
A young bee must outgrow her condition if she wants to survive the destructive hornet who has invaded her hive.
The White Lady (Biala Dama) (Country: Poland; Year: 2023; Director: Maria Magdalena Jeziorowska)
Teresa works as a wedding photographer and her work is not fulfilling her anymore. After all these years, she feels burnt out. That night, Teresa is a little bit late for the wedding of Sara and Marek and this fact doesn’t please the mother of the groom. The next thing she knows, she's caught up in a police investigation.
Winter Bloom (Rozkwit Zimowy) (Country: Poland; Year: 2023; Director: Ivan Krupenikov)
The world is destroyed by an ecological catastrophe. An old mercenary, experiencing severe health problems, looks for a way to retire and finally gets a job that would grant him that - simply escorting a girl from A to B. in the process he will uncover a secret which will change his perspective on the world.
Yuta (Country: Brazil; Year: 2023; Director: Matheus Malburg)
Matias and Franco, two Argentinians who are passionate about football, travel to Brazil to follow the team they love: Chacarita Juniors. After suffering violence and police abuse, they both decide to strike back at the aggressors, even if it means the end of their lives.

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