02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

Short Matters: A European Film Academy Slate

July 9th, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, DokuFest has selected a slate from the European Film Academy selection of the best European shorts competing for the prestigious EFA Short Matters award.

This year’s EFA selection includes powerful and though-provoking films: from the Syrian refugee who acts as a translator along the Turkey-Syria border, a young boy who visits post-communist Poland to a orthodox Muslim woman trying to report family abuse to the police in Copenhagen – these are the faces of today’s Europe, not overblown and contorted, but frightening in their realness.

At this year’s DokuFest you will be able to see the films that were selected by EFA last year, including the winner, Piknik (Croatia, Jure Pavlovic).

The EFA Shorts award is organized in co-operation with fifteen partner festivals each year, at each of which an independent international jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination for European Short Film EFA Short Matters award.

Please find the selected films and a trailer compilation below:

Çevirmen – The Translator (dir. Emre Kayiş)

Yusuf, a Syrian refugee boy who lives in exile in a remote Turkish border town is chosen for his newfound power, but he has to decide how to use it.

Dissonance (dir. Till Nowak)

A musical genius lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He only has one wish: to share his music with his daughter, but her mother won’t allow it.

E.T.E.R.N.I.T. (dir. Giovanni Aloi)

Ali, a Tunisian immigrant in Italy, receives the visa which enables his wife and daughter to join him. But before that, he must make a radical decision.

El Corredor – The Runner (dir. José Luis Montesinos)

Five years ago a company boss closed his business and fired 300 workers. The first day that he goes out to run he meets one of them.

Field Study (dir. Eva Weber)

A documentary about a young, shy student on a field trip to post-communist Poland who very abruptly comes of age when he chooses to withhold the truth.

Fils du loup – Son of the Wolf (dir. Lola Quivoron)

Between the walls of an ancient military fort, Johnny, a young boy, learns how to train and dominate Iron, his first guard dog.

Kung Fury (dir David Sandberg)

Martial artist “Kung Fury” travels in time to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. the “Kung Führer”.

Kuuntele – Listen (dir. Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni)

A young woman in a burqa goes to a Copenhagen police station to report her abusive husband, but the translator won’t convey the true meaning of her words.

Naše telo – Our Body (dir. Dane Komljen)

From here, you can see everything: the sea to the right, the mountains to the left, and the sky in between.

OVER (dir. Jörn Threlfall)

A crime scene, told in reverse order during the course of nine wide shots. What took place in this quiet neighborhood?

Piknik – Picnic (dir. Jure Pavlović)

Sarajevo, rush hour. 15 year-old Emir goes to meet his father Safet on the Igman mountain, in a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late.

Smile, and The World Will Smile Back (dir. The al-Haddad family, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh)

One cold December night, Israeli soldiers come up to the al-Haddad family home. Diaa, the teenage son, reaches for the family’s video camera and starts shooting.

Symbolic Threats (Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke)

Inspired by the two “white American flags” that suddenly appeared on New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, the film debates the societal scope of art in the present day.

This Place We Call Our Home (dir. Thora Lorentzen, Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen)

In this film from Ukraine, «war» is something other than images from the battlefield. Something far away, out of your control, that you worry about.

Washingtonia (dir. Konstantina Kotzamani)

WASHINGTONIA is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness.


(Photo: Still from “Smile, and The World Will Smile Backdirected by The al-Haddad family, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh)