International Shorts 2022

International Shorts 2022

April 7, 12:00 AM – April 30, 11:59 PM

This is a virtual event. All shorts programs will be available between April 1-30, 2021 and all feature films will be available for ten days between April 8-18, 2021.

Featuring international films by a selection of new talents, this year’s lineup includes a reinterpretation of Cocteau's The Human Voice, a psychological drama from Cyprus, and a brilliant Australian coming of age comedy. Curated by Giuseppe Di Caprio.

Before the Eruption

Although a volcanic eruption can occur without any prior signal, volcanoes will most likely issue different types of warnings before the eruption begins. We barely saw it coming.

Directed by Roberto Perez Toldedo 10 m Spanish Spain Drama, Foreign

I am Leo

Wide meadows, romping in the woods and building cabins. Leo (12) spends the autumn holidays with big sister Noémie and cousin Emil on Grandma Marlies' farm. However when Leo is surprised by what Grandma Marlies calls big news, Leo faces an identity crisis.

Directed by Tajo Hurrle 18 m German Germany Drama

Laura's voice

"La voce di Laura" is a tribute to the legendary text "The human voice" by Jean Cocteau. (the last, relase in Venice is directed By Pedro Almodovar and performed by Tilda Swinton) But unlike the other versions (Anna Magnani/Rossellini, Sophia Loren, Simone Signoret, Liv Ulman) in this short the woman, in her last phone call to the person she loves, is not the obvious lover of a married man. In a twist in the middle of the story, we discover that from the top of the phone there is not a man but another woman. And become too an intelligent opportunity to address very topical issues such as rainbow families, same-sex marriages, adoption, stepchild adoption, surrogacy, gestation for others. And this way the short becomes a proof of a famous italian actress by Rosaria De Cicco (wich shooted many films with the famous gay director Ferzan Ozpetek's "Le fate ignoranti" "La finestra di fronte" ...) This intense short ending with an intense 11' sequence shot An exciting short tribute to a text written over a hundred years ago, however, captures the deepest intentions... Cocteau was in fact homosexual and probably this type of staging (about problem between same sex person) is closer in spirit to those brought to the screen by many other famous versions

Directed by Giuseppe Bucci 23 m Italian Italy Foreign, Drama

Av (The Hunt)

The sudden discovery of his son's secret turns Ibrahim's traditional world upside down. Fraught with emotional conflict, he takes his son Ismail on a fateful trip. Cyprus’ first fiction tackling homophobia and patriarchy, told from an intersectional, queer, and feminist perspective.

Directed by Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun 22 m Turkish Cyprus Drama, Foreign


"Open up. Talk to each other. Listen carefully." Easier said than done. In the Austrian Alps, father and son go on a hike and finally try to climb to the top of their emotional world.

Directed by Stefan Langthaler 24 m German Austria Drama, Foreign


After spending life on the sideline, a straight-laced teen decides, with a lot of pressure from her abrasive best friend, to step out of her comfort zone in the hopes of finding connection with the girl she likes.

Directed by Caitlin Royston 16 m English Australia Drama, Comedy, Foreign