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International Competition 3: Mother's Love

18 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
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A fifty year old woman gives birth to her twenty-second child, whilst a Chinese mother attempts to reconnect with the French adult she gave away as a baby, and three brothers quarrel over the recreation of a childhood photo. Featuring What Tears Us Apart, the latest film from Hu Wei (Butter Lamp – winner of GSFF14 Audience Award) and a stunning Polish animation about a woman taking control of her somnambulist existence.

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What Tears Us Apart

After a long separation, an encounter. Two families. One child.

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  • Director Hu Weï
  • Country France
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 19 min
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When the whole family confronts her 14-year-old daughter of a suspected pregnancy, a 50-year-old woman gives birth to her 22nd child.

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  • Director Jaime Jr. Habac
  • Country Philippines
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 11 min
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Impossible Figures and Other Stories II

The protagonist of the film is a woman who trips and falls, while rushing around the house. She gets up, only to discover, that her home has unusual features – it is built from paradoxes, filled with illusions and covered with patterns.

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  • Director Marta Pajek
  • Country Poland
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 15 min
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Perfect Darkness

Gus and his pregnant girlfriend Anna are on holiday. During their nightly walk to a spot near the water, Anna makes a confession. Can the couple, amidst the wildness of nature and under a full moon, overcome the conflict? Will they reach their idyllic spot? Perfect Darkness is a short about the nature of love.

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  • Director Maaike Neuville
  • Country Belgium
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 14 min
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The Bathtub

Brothers Georg, Alexander and Niklas, are preparing an original present for their mother. But the idea to re-enact an old bathtub picture from their childhood is way too stupid for the oldest one. Little by little they bare all, exposing three brothers who have grown apart along the line.

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  • Director Tim Ellrich
  • Country Germany, Austria
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 13 min
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h45m
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