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BRITISH COUNCIL BEST UK SHORT AWARD NOMINEES
Fri 9 Jan 19:00 ICA CINEMA 1
We kick off proceedings with the shortlist for the British Council Award for Best UK Short film. This is a perfect cross section of new talent that floats LSFFs boat, and what we personally think is pushing boundaries and exciting us in terms of the cinematic arts.
ADELINE FOR LEAVES
Jessica Sarah Rinland 14 mins
Interrogating memory, horticultural,and philosophical elements through her endeavors, 11-‐year-‐old botanical prodigy Adeline’s mission is to propagate the mythical blue-‐flowering Echinopsis Subdenudata.
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Christina Hardinge 7 mins
When faced with death, we rediscover life. A nameless man allows us to experience the world through his eyes and ears, following him on a journey to acceptance. The film is constructed from words and thoughts expressed in interviews with people diagnosed with terminal cancer. These people include the writer/director's father, as well as influential musician Wilko Johnson and Scottish author Iain Banks.
FUCKING, DRIFTING, GRASPING, CITY LIGHTS
Ola Jankowska 19 mins
Two people meeting in dark alleys and closed kebab shops in London. Desperately, urgently. Both married, both successful - they make best companions in severance. A portrait of two characters and a big city that doesn't love them back.
Simon Mesa Soto 16 mins
Leidi lives with her mom and her baby. Her boyfriend, Alexis, hasn't shown up in days. That sunny morning, after she bathed her baby, Leidi was sent by her mother to buy plantains. She meets a guy that tells her he has seen Alexis with another girl. She forgets about bringing home the plantains and embarks on a journey to find him. Leidi won’t return home until she finds the father of her child.
Harald Hutter 12 mins
Léthé follows a man with no apparent destination until a chance encounter with a strange young girl sets in a motion a series of events that will challenge his perception of reality. An invitation to go astray; an invitation to forget one’s self and embark with our vagrant protagonist as he searches to forget his past.
Brynach Day 15 mins
In rural West Wales, Emma, 9, tends to her baby brother while her mother placates her boyfriend. When her older brother's friend takes an interest in Emma, he introduces her to a world she is too young to understand.
Chris Lee & Paul Storrie 7 mins
A lone boy wanders the open landscape of a suburban park. Dressed as his favourite video game hero, he daydreams for adventure but the reality of his uneventful world disappoints him. He follows a strangely familiar man to an old house where he stumbles upon a peculiar truth to his lonely existence...
Rob Leggatt 12 mins
Year 7 takes place in South East London in the summer of 1995. Our heroes are Carl and Shaquille, both 13. Carl is chubby, introverted and scholarly; Shaquille is tall, athletic and older than his years. The boys have been best mates since nursery and they share a love of sweets, music and girls. As they approach the end of their first year of secondary school they find themselves making the change from children to teenagers. Our film shows how this change affects our protagonists, and, ultimately, how the change is too profound for their friendship to survive.