Kinodot Competition 2018

Below is the competition program of the VI Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, which consists of 24 selected films. Please, click on the stills to read the films' synopsises.

The screenings of Kinodot competition will take place on 02-03.06 in Rodina cinema in St. Petersburg. Please, check the schedule in the News page.

A Plastic Bottle's Stair Dance
by áMikhail Basov
2018

A plastic bottle performs a stair dance, hopping up and down, tapping off wild rhythms like a Broadway dancer. (...)

Accelere Chapultepec
by áKaveh Nabatian
2017

A hypnagogic 16mm dance hallucination that stars the enthusiastic traffic cops of Mexico City. Set to music by the filmmaker’s band Bell Orchestre. (...)

Cargo
by áJasmine Ellis
2017

Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what's happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film. (...)

Destination Nowhere
by áPrapat Jiwarangsan
2018

One day in Japan, a young man found out that a place he had thought his only home country rejected him. (...)

Elastic Recurrence
by áJohan Rijpma
2017

From all directions gravity pulls on the shards of a breaking dinner plate. (...)

Film-collage 2 - introduction
by áAnaïs Ibert
2018

Couldn't the impossibility to communicate be compensated by the ability to feel?
Astrid Defrance "Les écritures dramatiques (post)modernes : le traducteur à l'épreuve du sens et des sens" (...)

Flame
by áSami van Ingen
2018

A fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film Silja – Fallen Asleep When Young (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio. (...)

Forest Paths (forget Heidegger)
by áMichiel van Bakel
2017

A warped stroll through a forest.
Animated still photographs reveal movement and light on the forest paths that are otherwise invisible to the human eye.
Van Bakel made a ‘scanner-camera’ that extends human vision to near-infrared light in an other-worldly way.
What’s this thing called vision? What’s the fundamental difference between what a robot discerns, what a flying insect detects or man’s observation? (...)

Gare Paris-Saint-Lazare, 10 avril 2017, 12h03-12h07
by áPablo-Martín Córdoba
2017

Sculpted by time, video forms reveal the dialogue between humans and the architecture that channels their movement. (...)

Hijacked
by áShambhavi Kaul
2017

Airplane space is inhabited by characters for whom ‘escape’, one of the promises of airplane technology, proves elusive. (...)

Katagami
by áMichael Lyons
2016

This stop-motion animation was made by photographing and
re-photographing antique kimono resist-dyeing stencils in positive and
negative. (...)

L'envol
by áPatrick Bokanowski
2018

Choreography of an imaginary journey (...)

Martin Cries
by áJonathan Vinel
2017

Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. (...)

NN
by áPablo Mazzolo
2017

NN: Nomen nescio (Latin for "no name"), a person whose name is unknown.
The film revolves around the specter of thousands of disappeared civilians during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1982), trying to offer a reflection on human subject as anonimity.
The film reanimates frame by frame archival footage from an Argentinian newsreel. (...)

Optimism
by áDeborah Stratman
2018

Draw down the sun. Dig up the gold. (...)

The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find gold in alluvial gravel is part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, smelters, former city officials, and a curious cliff-side mirrored disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot on location in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. (...)

Overland (part one)
by áJames Edmonds
2017

A fragment of memory is briefly evoked. The memory of a boat journey, of traveling as a child. (...)

Please Come Again
by áAlisa Yang
2016

An experimental film essay that narrates the collective and personal memory of three generations of Asian women through the rooms of Japanese love hotels. (...)

Sky Room
by áMarianna Milhorat
2017

Someone is missing. Plants grow, but at what cost? Technology threatens and seduces as humans attempt to solve a mystery through telepathy and mirrors. Stainless steel and broken glass strewn about an intergalactic discotheque. (...)

Song For Billy
by áSirkka-Liisa Konttinen
2017

A meditation on a lost era of coal mining and the regenerative power of the sea through the haunting photographs by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen of England’s post-industrial northern coastline, the vivid re-enacting of the death of a young coal miner Billy by his workmate and the cathartic music of a New York based percussion group So Percussion. (...)

Tangled
by áPille-Riin Jaik
2017

The film deals with falling in love, being in love, trying to remain in love, falling out of love and the aftermath. The relationship pattern that somehow often repeats itself. The beautiful hypnotic aspects, mesmerizing rhythm, fractures in characters, tighter closeness, but with it also growing tension and the hardness of letting go. In a sense it’s a meditation on personality of a love, where the personal decisions that may seem to exist at the start (archive photo, hand sewing, endoscopic closeness of the lense) are rather directed by society’s constraints, learnt family’s behavior patterns, traditional stereotypes and norms (mechanical sound, industrial rhythm, abstract visuals). In this story one could recognize her/his’s possible desires to follow the classic story of romantic love, but also feel it’s rather frequent war-like destructiveness. It is still attractive in love to believe in Moirai thread 1 driven destinies. (...)

What Time Is Love?
by áAnna Franceschini
2017

T.U.V. is a corporation qualified in providing european certificates of suitability to goods and commodities. Its Nuremberg headquarters, where the video has been shot, is specialized in toys and infancy products examinations. (...)

Where is Eva Hipsey?
by áOrla Mc Hardy
2017

Where is Eva Hipsey? is an experimental animated film that blends documentary, fiction and poetry. It is based on a short story written by Justin Spooner. The film seeks to convey the power of sound to store and evoke memory. (...)

XCTRY
by áBill Brown
2018

A pocket-sized travelogue about leaving one hometown and looking for the next one. (...)

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Your father was born a 100 years old, and so was the Nakba
by áRazan AlSalah
2017

This doc-fiction is a (re)construction, a (re)collection of the memory of returning to Haifa. It is an imaginary memory of retuning to Haifa. Razan AlSalah is imagining her grandmother was able to return to Haifa when she was still alive, through Google Streetview, which today is the only way she could see Palestine, the only way Razan can see Palestine. (...)