12. – 16. OKTOBER 2022


Opening | Festivaleröffnung #22

12.Oktober 19.00 Uhr | Puschkinsaal

International Short Film Programme on Emotions

Online: available from 12 to 22 October

Film overview


Director: Tessa Moult-Milewska

Animation | Great Britain | 2022 | 09:30 min


Curiosa tells the story of the incredibly curious Mary, who visits her boyfriend's flat for the first time and discovers that it contains no personal belongings. After being refused an explanation, she climbs into his head.

The Recess

Director: Navid Nikkhah Azad

Short | Spain | 2021 | 11:40 min


17-year-old Sahar is desperate to see her favourite football team play for the championship. As she is not allowed to go to the sporting events as a woman, Sahar disguises herself as a boy with the help of her friends. Things take a tragic turn when Sahar's disguise is revealed. Inspired by true events, "The Recess" explores gender oppression in Iranian society.

How My Grandmother Became A Chair

Director: Nicolas Fattouh

Animation | Lebanon | 2020 | 09:55 min


An ageing grandmother loses her five senses, one by one, until she finally becomes a wooden chair. During her transformation, she discovers that her housekeeper is not the wild animal she once thought her to be, but the caring and loyal family member she sadly lacked. A poignant story about illness and growing old that uses imagination and metaphors to show the difficult and painful process of saying goodbye.


Director: Juan Manuel Montilla “Langui”

Short | Spain | 2021 | 15:00 min


Santiago is a father with cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for him to walk. Every day he picks up his son Diego from school and they make their way back, but today will be different: Diego, now a teenager, and Santiago, who still sees his son as a child, will have a conversation full of hurtful truths and moving silences.

Stained Skin

Director: Adam Graf, Mandy Peterat

Short | Germany| 2021 | 09:17 min


In the halls of a dystopian textile factory, two young female workers briefly escape from their harsh reality into the fantasy of a fairy tale.

Shiny New World

Director: Jan van Gorkum

Short | Netherlands | 2021 | 08:43 min


Fifty-year-old Barry is a special kind of cleaner: he cleans crime scenes where demons have wrought destruction. While filming an image film about his work, Barry's actually normal working day gets a little out of hand.

In the Upper Room

Director: Alexander Gratzer

Animation | Hungary | 2022 | 08:09 min


Every year, a young mole visits his blind grandfather who lives deep underground in a cosily furnished cave. As the two grow older, their relationship becomes more intense and important questions arise.