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A Cinematic voyage through foxes, swans, hounds, and more

Exploring emotions, identity, and timeless bonds in a kaleidoscope of short films

An enchanting evening of cinematic magic as we unveiled a program screening that brought together a collection of captivating short films from students from different corners of the world at Peja, through the third screening of the Students Competition at Anibars 14th edition. Each movie on this remarkable lineup promised to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, leaving them spellbound and touched by the power of storytelling. Without further ado, let’s delve into the unique and unforgettable cinematic experiences that awaited viewers:

 

Fox Tossing | Directed by Zénó Mira | Produced by József Fülöp

 

In “Fox Tossing,” the audience was transported to a picturesque garden party held in the grounds of a baroque castle. Amidst the aristocratic atmosphere and refined company, a parallel world unfolded in another part of the garden. Cages rattled, ropes rustled, and the whining of foxes echoed through the air, weaving a thought-provoking tale of tradition, juxtapositions, and the hidden complexities of life.

 

The Harbourmaster | Directed by Mia Ludvigsen Henriksen and Konrad Hjemli

 

In this heartfelt Norwegian creation, “The Harbourmaster” narrated the journey of its titular swan from a beloved small-town icon to an unexpected fugitive. Through seven minutes and seventeen seconds of pure emotional intensity, the film took the audience on a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the fragile nature of fame.

 

Hound | Directed by Lauri Ketonen | Written by Lauri Ketonen | Produced by Mimmi Nahi

 

Set in a dark and abandoned city, “Hound” unraveled the gripping story of a young child struggling to survive. Her only companion was a huge dog, offering solace amidst the desolation. The duo embarked on a perilous journey for sustenance while trying to escape a lurking and ominous threat. The film presented a thrilling and heartwarming tale of resilience and the unbreakable bond between human and animal.

 

Goodbye, Drama! | Directed by Ji-hye MIN

 

From the Republic of Korea came “Goodbye, Drama!” – a poetic exploration of love, solitude, and emotional independence. This soul-stirring film delved into the life of a woman reflecting on her past, where strong familial bonds once flourished. Amidst contemplative experiences, the protagonist underwent a journey of self-discovery, paving the way for powerful, heartfelt revelations.

CRAB DAY | Directed by Ross Stringer | Written by Aleksandra Sykulak | Produced by Bartosz Stanislawek

 

On a tiny island in the middle of the sea, a twelve-year-old boy and his father resided within a close-knit coastal community. Set on Crab Day, the town’s most cherished celebration, this British masterpiece encapsulated themes of heritage, belonging, and the timeless connection between generations. Through its breathtaking visuals and heartwarming narrative, “CRAB DAY” left a lasting impression.

 

The Nighthawk Is Not a Hawk | Directed by WANG Junjie | Produced by FUYAMA Taruto

 

In this stunning cross-cultural creation from China and Japan, “The Nighthawk Is Not a Hawk” presented an intriguing tale centered around identity and acceptance. The Nighthawk, an ugly bird, found himself embroiled in a battle with the majestic Hawk, who accused him of theft. This mesmerizing film examines self-perception and the discovery of true worth, making the audience question the boundaries of beauty and belonging.

Leonora Aliu

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