The Encounters Retrospective – 20 films from 20 years

ZYKLON PORTRAIT

DIR: ELIDA SCHOGT
CANADA 1999
13 MINS
A clinical look at how the Nazis transformed Zyklon B gas from pesticide to genocidal weapon gives way to the enormity of one family’s loss. This powerful film finds shape and form for the unspeakable, un-showable memories.

Documentary/ Experimental

HELGOLAND

DIR: KARIN WESTERLUND
DENMARK 2000
12 MINS
When the sun shines, it’s bathing weather – even in February or March. Undaunted by the icy water, the film’s director gave into the temptation, climbing down into the waters with a camera mounted on her head. Documentary

DREAMS & DESIRES - FAMILY TIES

DIR: JOANNA QUINN
UNITED KINGDOM 2006
9 MINS 50 SECS
Beryl acquires a digital video camera and becomes obsessed with filmmaking, using it to keep a video diary of her friend Mandy's wedding, with disastrous and hilarious consequences.
Animation

DOG

DIR: SUZIE TEMPLETON
UNITED KINGDOM 2000
5 MINS 41 SECS
A young boy longs for reassurance about how his mother died. To protect each other, he and his father hold their agony inside, where it festers. Animation

ŘEČI, ŘEČI, ŘEČI (WORDS WORDS WORDS)

DIR: MICHAELA PAVLATOVA
CZECH REPUBLIC 1991
7 MINS 40 SECS
Pavlatova visualizes words that people use lavishly in their everyday life. Animation

EVERYDAY SOMETHING

DIR: CAROL MORLEY
UNITED KINGDOM 2001
14 MINS
Drawing on Carol’s extensive collection of newspaper cuttings, this film explores ideas of boredom and mundanity and is a poetic rendering of everyday life. Documentary

SOFT

DIR: SIMON ELLIS
UNITED KINGDOM 2006
14 MINS
A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation, at the worst possible time.
Fiction

BLIGHT

DIR: JOHN SMITH
UNITED KINGDOM 1996
14 MINS
Blight revolves around the building of the M11 link road in East London. A stunning collaboration between filmmaker John Smith and composer Jocelyn Pook, the soundtrack does aurally what the editing does visually creating a powerful and passionate film. Experimental

FATHER AND DAUGHTER

DIR: MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT
NETHERLANDS/UK 2000
8 MINS 30 SECS
A father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide Dutch landscape live through their seasons so the girls lives through hers. She becomes a young woman, has a family and in time she becomes old, yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father. Animation

UNCLE

DIR: ADAM ELLIOT
AUSTRALIA 1996
6 MINS
The biography of a humble man, his lemon tree, his Chihuahua and his crumpets. This claymation animation is an exceptional first film which manages to be incredibly droll and poignant. Animation

SEPTEMBER

DIR: ESTHER MAY CAMPBELL
UNITED KINGDOM 2008
21 MINS
In an in-between world of flyovers, grass verges and dead-ends, Marvin is not going anywhere. In this forgotten corner arrives an adolescent, changing his world forever. Drama

EL CERCO

DIR: RICARDO ISCAR & NACHO MARŤIN
SPAIN 2006
12 MINS
Every year thousands of tuna fish migrate to the Mediterranean Sea. Men chase them in a ritual of blood and death: three hundred tuna fish are trapped into a ring of nets. Images of nature abused and overwhelmed.
Documentary

THE PEARCE SISTERS

DIR: LUIS COOK
UNITED KINGDOM 2006
8 MINS
A bleak tale of love, loneliness, guts, gore, nudity, violence, smoking and cups of tea. Animation

BOB'S BIRTHDAY

DIR: DAVID FINE & ALISON SNOWDEN
CANADA/UK 1993
12 MINS 18 SECS
Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honor is turning 40! Oscar winner. Animation

I HEAR YOU SCREAM

DIR: PABLO LAMAR
PARAGUAY 2008
13 MINS
The man; the hill; the shack.

Experimental

HANOI WARSAW

DIR: KATARZYNA KLIMKIEWICZ
POLAND 2009
30 MINS
A young Vietnamese woman, Mai Anh, illegally enters Poland through the green border with Ukraine. Now she only has to reach Warsaw, where she is to join her boyfriend and start her dream life. Drama

JOMEO AND RULIET

DIR: ALNOOR DEWISH
UNITED KINGDOM 1999
4 MINS
A modern micro retelling of the old balcony scene.Drama

CHRISTMAS WITH DAD

DIR: CONOR MCCORMACK
UNITED KINGDOM 2008
11 MINS 43 SECS

AJ is just 22-years-old but already a father of seven. His tough appearance conceals a sensitive young man living through some of the defining moments in his life.
Documentary

HONG KONG

DIR: GERARD HOLTHUIS
NETHERLANDS 1999
13 MINS

Poetic film recording Boeings landing and taking off amid the skyscrapers in the heart of Hong Kong at Kai Tak airport, which closed in 1998.
Experimental

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