Stories We Tell

This programme is 95 minutes and is a part of the International Competition.

Thu 22/10 | 20:30 Reginateatern
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Alice's Four Stories

In this film, Myriam Jacob-Allard explores a story which, because of its persistence, is part of the family lore. This story, told countless times by her grandmother, is an implausible tale of the time when she was a child and a hurricane worthy of The Wizard of Oz picked her up and sent her flying.

Canada, 2019, 5, Direction: Myriam Jacob-Allard, Production: Myriam Jacob-Allard.
Myriam Jacob-Allard is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, performance, craft and installation. Drawing on collected testimonials and stories as well as on country-western iconography, songs and myths, Myriam Jacob-Allard’s work reflects on matrilineal transmission, memory and forgetfulness.

Our Hearts Beat Like War

With his eyes in a fantasy book and his ears to the horrific testimony of an Eritrean refugee, 9-year-old Sinai falls asleep at his mother’s workplace, and his mind drifts away.

Israel, 2020, 15, Direction: Elinor Nechemya, Production: Omer Harel, Elinor Nechemya.
Elinor Nechemya was born in Jerusalem and studied film at Tel-Aviv’s Minshar School of Art. These days Elinor is writing her debut feature film. She participated in the 2016 Berlinale Script Station and was part of the 2018 Locarno Filmmakers Academy.


Composed of short vignettes in different techniques and materialities, this personal essay film approaches trauma-related memory loss via reflections on light outside the visible spectrum – on what is felt but never seen. Carefully shifting between planetary macro scales, physical phenomena and accounts of subject formation, the artist’s voice considers violence and its workings.

Germany, 2020, 12, Direction: Vika Kirchenbauer, Production: Vika Kirchenbauer.
Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer and music producer based in Berlin. In her work she explores opacity in relation to representation of the ʻotheredʼ and discusses the role of emotions in contemporary art, labour and politics. With particular focus on affective subject formation, she examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility, and considers the ways in which subjects are implicated in and situated within institutional power structures.

Tiger and Ox

The life of a single mother and her daughter showing what divorce means to women in the Korean patriarchal society.

South Korea, 2019, 8, Direction: Seunghee Kim, Production: Seunghee Kim.
Seunghee Kim has pursued her career as an animation filmmaker since 2014. Her first film Mirror in Mind and second film SimSim (The Realm of Deepest Knowing) won awards and was screened at numerous international film festivals. 

I ran from it and was still in it

The film poetically interweaves personal family memories with original and found footage to offer a more complex portrait of familial loss and separation. Kae wades through deep emotions surrounding the death of his father and the sudden relocation of his children, repurposing intimate family scenes from his personal archive by pairing them with online media from a variety of sources.

United States, 2020, 11, Direction: Darol Olu Kae
Darol Olu Kae is an artist and filmmaker from and based in Los Angeles. His films combine narrative, documentary and experimental modes to explore themes such as filiation, tradition and the Black art form that has been labeled ‘jazz’. His collaborative and research-based work is often inspired by community histories and the intuitive connections linking past, present and future.

Nha Mila

After 14 years away from her homeland, Salomé is forced to return to Cape Verde to see her dying brother. During her stopover at Lisbon airport, the cleaning lady, Águeda, recognizes Salomé as “Mila”, her childhood friend. She invites her to spend the stopover at her home. The neighbourhood transports her on a spiritual journey, whose destination unfurls a painful bond with her homeland.

Portugal, Switzerland, 2020, 19, Direction: Denise Fernandes, Production: Sandro Aguilar, Elda Guidinetti, Luis Urbano.
Denise Fernandes was born in Lisbon to Cape Verdean parents and raised in Switzerland. She studied filmmaking at the International School of Film and TV in Cuba and is currently working on her first feature film.

The Unseen River

Stories told along the river: a woman reunites with her ex-lover at a hydroelectric plant; meanwhile, a young man travels downstream to a temple in search of a cure for his insomnia.

Vietnam, Laos, 2020, 23, Direction: Phạm Ngọc Lân, Production: Ngô Đài Trang, Trần Thị Bích Ngọc, Phạm Ngọc Lân.
Phạm Ngọc Lân is a Vietnamese film director with a background in urban planning and architecture. Lan’s debut short film “The Story of Ones” (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums. Currently, Lan is developing his first feature film Cu Li Never Cries.

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