As part of the French Presidency of the EU Council and to mark Europe Day on May 9th, the EUNIC Ireland Network (European Union National Institutes for Culture) in association with Cork International Film Festival is delighted to present a free screening of its 2021 Short Shorts from Europe programme in The Gate Cinema, Cork City at 6.30pm, Monday, May 9th.
Action, animation, drama – expect this and more from Short Shorts – a selection of European short films from the home countries of ten members of EUNIC Ireland. Experience a variety of genres from contemporary, cutting-edge filmmakers with films from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Shorts from Cork International Film Festival, the IFI and Limerick School of Art and Design are also part of the selection.
After the screening, you will be asked to vote for your favourite film using your phone. A full list of shorts is available here.
The British Council Presents: The Chippie (Dir. Louis Norton Selzer)
Drama, Horror – UK – 2020 – 7’ – English
Deon Williams is missing. His mates have their theories on who might be responsible, always bringing it back to the figures of authority who make their lives difficult. But there is one suspect that stands out – the shady proprietor of the rundown chip shop. Deon’s brother, Junior, resolves to go in and find out the truth.
Goethe-Institut Irland Presents: Revolvo (Dir. Francy Fabritz)
Fiction – Germany – 2019 – 8’ – English subtitles
Two women in a car: It seems like they are driving somewhere casually – maybe home or to a café? But more and more we are getting the feeling that they are on a mission. What’s their secret? “Revolvo” is the story of Anette and Carla who fight with courage and humour for more than just their own justice.
Alliance Française / French Embassy Presents: Djekabaara (Dir. Enis Miliaro)
Comedy – France, Mali – 2014 – 5’ – English subtitles
An improbable meeting between a Malian shepherd and a French consultant. Screened during the 66th Cork International Film Festival, 2021.
The Polish Embassy Presents: Story (Dir. Jola Bańkowska)
Animation – Poland – 2019 – 5’ – Without dialogue
Story is a reflection about modern man in the age of omnipresent technology. Looking through stories – a popular function in many social media platforms – we see people who are lonely, lost or already indifferent about the reality surrounding them. Action takes place during one day and it’s told by short, often (auto) ironic scenes, where the virtual world sinks to reality.
The Greek Embassy Presents: W (Dir. Stelios Koupetoris)
Drama – Greece – 2019 – 6’ – English
A teacher is set to do his daily routine classroom at the school he works, during one of the most difficult days to teach.
Culture Ireland Presents: A Cat Called Jam (Dir. Lorraine Lordan)
Comedy, Animation – Ireland – 2020 – 8’ – English
A Cat Called Jam longs for the world to see him as he sees himself but it’s hard when his outside doesn’t match his inside. When he meets a group of mismatched dogs, he wants nothing more than to join their merry band. Can Jam help them see the dog inside and stay true to himself?
Instituto Cervantes Dublin / AECID Presents: Joseba Cruz (Dir. By Aleix Vilardebó)
Documentary – Spain – 2020 – 7’29 –English subtitles
Joseba Cruz is a free soul. Through a road trip to the land of his childhood, Joseba unveils how and why he threw off the shackles of 3 stars restaurants to reinvent the concept of haute cuisine.
The Embassy of Portugal, Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal, Agéncia da Curta Metragem Presents: 3X3 (Dir. Nuno Rocha)
Comedy – Portugal – 2009 – 6’ – Without dialogue
A night watchman spends the time in a basketball court throwing a ball into the basket. He has become an expert. His ego rises when he shows his abilities to a simple cleaning employee. In his office, the guard watches on the surveillance cameras the cleaning guy taking a break and trying to put the ball in the basket.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Presents: Correre (Dir. Nicholas Bertini)
Animation – Italy – 2020 – 3’59” – English subtitles
It takes a steady hand to perform a well-done run. “Correre” (to run) is not only an action but it’s also a word. Handwriting, letters, italics or capital letters are characteristic elements of the style of a run. No one is forced to have good handwriting, but perhaps it’s the only way not to stumble on our own words.
The Austrain Embassy Presents: Apfelmus (Dir. Alexander Gratzer)
Animation – Austria – 2019 – 6’51” – English subtitles
While two birds talk about their existence, a small apple makes its way into the depths of a cave under watchful eyes.
This event is brought to you by the EUNIC Ireland network which is composed of: Alliance Française / French Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, the British Council, the Bulgarian Embassy, Culture Ireland, the Goethe-Institut, the Greek Embassy, the Instituto Cervantes/Spanish Agency for the International Cooperation and Development (AECID), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Polish Embassy, the Embassy of Portugal / Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal / Agência da Curta Metragem, Romanian Embassy and Swiss Embassy; in association with Cork International Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, Pálás Cinema Galway, the Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT) & the Richard Harris International Film Festival.
EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – is the European network of organisations engaging in cultural relations. It advocates a prominent role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU.