Movievalley 2020 Finalists – International Fiction
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BLESS ME, FATHER

Dir: Boubkar Benzabat
Country: France
Runtime: 11’30”

Synopsis
A man goes to the church in order to confess his last sin to an exasperated young priest.


BRIDESMAID

Dir: Tzu-Ting Shen
Country: Taiwan
Runtime: 14’28”

Synopsis
Jean, who is neutral in appearance, is forced to go home and put on her bridesmaid dress for the coming of her sister’s wedding. But things go differently when Jean and her girlfriend meet her drunk father at the stir-fried food restaurant that night.


BROKEN ROOTS

Dir: Alberto Gross
Country: Spain
Runtime: 12’20”

Synopsis
A family breaks apart. The day Marcos and his little brother have to choose whom of their parents they want to live with, Marcos will try to convince Sergio to go with their Dad.


BUG

Dir: Gonzalo Martell
Country: Spain
Runtime: 3’30”

Synopsis
A woman walks distracted the usual way back home until something catches your attention. This fortuitous detour will take him, almost without realizing it, to feed a collective obsessive behavior.


DRIVING LESSONS

Dir: Marziyeh Riahi
Country: Iran
Runtime: 12’48”

Synopsis
According to the laws of Iran, Bahareh must have her traditional, chauvinistic husband accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone.


FIRSTBORN

Dir: Luciano Romano
Country: Argentina
Runtime: 5’00”

Synopsis
Mariana, a trans girl, decides to donate blood to her father for an imminent operation; but the reunion in the hospital between father and daughter will not be as expected.


HUNGER

Dir: Katyayan Shivpuri
Country: India
Runtime: 8’26”

Synopsis
Inspired by true events, Hunger is about a homeless man and his love for food.
He is a pauper in life but at heart, he is a connoisseur of “gourmet” food. He does not eat to live. He lives to eat…and eat well!


INCOGNITO

Dir: Maxim Rozhkov
Country: Russia
Runtime: 14’55”

Synopsis
A young athlete has got an accident and loses his leg. To return to the sport he needs good prosthesis, but it costs a lot. Armed with a toy gun he robs lonely passersby, trying to gather up the required amount. Each collision brings new challenges, but he’s still far from his goal.


INDEX

Dir: Nicolas Kolovos
Country: Svezia
Runtime: 12’00”

Synopsis
Dana is on the run with his family. The boat that will smuggle them to Europe is ready for departure but his son, Alan, refuses to leave the truck. Dana discovers that Alan is stuck with his index finger in the truck body. The panic rises at Dana and in his desperation, he is faced with a terrible choice.


INTERSTICE

Dir: Oskar Willers
Country: Sweden
Runtime: 11’21”

Synopsis
When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn.


JUDOKA

Dir: Daniel Belenguer
Country: Spain
Runtime: 8’02”

Synopsis
Javi, a 13-year-old boy assaults another kid in his judo training. His teacher punishes him and he finds help from the most unexpected person: his troubled father.


KILT

Dir: Rakel Ström
Country: France
Runtime:  13’33”

Synopsis

Like lots of guys, Philippe is hairy. Like lots of guys, Philippe is going bald. Like lots of guys, Philippe would like to turn into a woman sometimes….Today, Philippe has decided to become a brand new man!


KNIFE

Dir: Rafał Kaczmarek
Country: Poland
Runtime: 2’00”


LUSSEVAKA

Dir: Johanna Sutherland
Country: Sweden
Runtime: 8’30”

Synopsis
At a bustling Christmas dinner party, a young girl, ignored and patronized by the adult conversation around her, forms an unspoken bond with an equally excluded elderly lady across the table. Stirring supernatural forces they find their own means of escaping the gathering they’re been dragged along to. A magical tale of silent solidarity in a fleeting connection between kindred spirits generations apart.


MANNKIN

Dir: Moritz Melms, Pablo Mattarocci
Country: Germania
Runtime: 10’51”

Synopsis
An old man. A young girl. A cabin at the edge of town and a longing.


THE TEST

Dir: Florian Meimberg
Country: Germany
Runtime: 0’48”


MURGA

Dir: Katyayan Shivpuri
Country: India
Runtime: 2’55”

Synopsis
Murga is a public service film about the environment and the earth’s future narrated through the point of view of a child in a fun and quirky way.


MY GENERATION

Dir: Thanh Ingle Lai
Country: France
Runtime: 2’00”

Synopsis
Time flies. Enjoy life when you can.


NOW WE’RE EVEN

Dir: Andrea del Pilar, Arenas Rojas
Country: Colombia
Runtime: 10’00”

Synopsis
Marina and her daughter Carolina plan to have a picnic by the river after earning her salary as a scythe operator at Don Tertuliano’s La Fortuna farm. Unlike her colleagues, Marina doesn’t receive a fair and equitable payment for her work. Without another alternative, she cancels her plans with Carolina and decides to work during her day off.
On her way back home, Carolina meets Claudia and Marcela, two friends from the village. Together they draw up a plan to settle accounts with Don Tertuliano and enjoy a picnic by the river.


PRISONER AND JAILER

Dir: Muhannad Lamin
Country: Libia
Runtime: 15’00”

Synopsis

“Prisoner and Jailer” tells the story of two contrasting Libyans: a key official in the former regime and one of the most prominent figures of the post-revolutionary period in Libya. Through these two characters, we discover the circumstances surrounding one of the most influential events in modern Libyan history: The Abu Salim Prison Massacre.


REFUGE

Dir: Juan Antonio Moreno
Country: Spain
Runtime: 15’00”

Synopsis
Destiny doesn’t want to go back and leaves with the help of his friend Paulina while everyone is asleep. In the middle of the night, they escape from fear until they find their shelter.


SELF DEVOURING

Dir: Mahmood Sharifiasl
Country: Iran
Runtime: 13’08”

Synopsis
A father with Drug dealing has caused her daughter to have a defective birth. Now he is trying to Treat her with Drug dealing.


SHELTER

Dir: Aboozar Heidari
Country: Iran
Runtime: 1’51”

Synopsis
A child, cold and alone, on the borders of two unknown countries, is interrogated by a border immigration officer. The officer is trying to identify the child’s country of origin, what happens next will make you re-examine how you think of identity forever.


SONRISITA

Dir: Samir Bouallegue
Country: France
Runtime: 7’42”

Synopsis
A man separated from his wife decides to return. He discovers that his ex-wife is no longer alone.


THE AMERICAN BULL

Dir: Fatemeh Tousi
Country: Iran
Runtime: 14’41”

Synopsis
In a border village between Iran and Iraq, a group of villagers is doing animal husbandry. Saheb, the teenage boy who owns the only male American bull, is heavily dependent on his bull and earns money by its servicing for breeding.


THE GRAFFITI

Dir: Aurélien Laplace
Country: France
Runtime: 9’30”

Synopsis
Stupor in the city: this morning, someone sprayed graffiti on the wall of a historical monument! The main people concerned, the Mayor and Dr. Robin will have to explain…


THE TOUCH

Dir: Magdalena Kusmierczyk
Country: Poland
Runtime: 15’00”

Synopsis
Young fairy Katia cleans houses of evil energy using various magical techniques. One day he goes with his boyfriend, and at the same time a business partner, to a home where he gets a remarkable job – healing a 10-year-old Frank who suffers from leukemia.


THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE

Dir: Felipe Espinosa
Country: Spain
Runtime: 13’00”

Synopsis
Lucia receives terrible news after her children have gone to school: a stranger tells her that has one of her daughters held and she has to pay for her life. For a few minutes, Lucia will live a real horror.


TRANSLUCENT

Dir: Lucia Guerra
Country: Spain
Runtime: 11’00”

Synopsis
Translucent shows, from the point of view of the personal experience, the reality of living with an eating disorder, through different moments in the life of Isabel, our main character.

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