Things turn out differently, and sometimes, it hits you hard. How the story begins and how it trails off, how parties evolve and a date night ends, how binaries are resisted and bodies take shape, how life unfolds and death comes home. Images go wild, and a voice echoes relentlessly: heard you tonight. Or hurt you? It’s opening night, and these six films are there to stay.
Length: 92 min
Son of Sodom
In August 2017, I chose Camilo Najar —known as Son of Sodom in the social networks, to be the main character of my first feature film. That casting delved around his life, his sexuality, the future he saw for himself, and drugs. A week later, aged 21, he died from a heroin overdose. Who was Son of Sodom?
Ladies, Gentlemen and Everyone in Between
A short essay film attempting to formally combine day-to-day props and itineraries in Beirut. These elements, whether formally gendered or transformed into something that is, all become part of a personal narrative where I am made aware of my gender. This experiment challenges the notion of the binary as I navigate through the city as both male, female, and neither.
In a Brazilian village infested with piranhas, Nanã and Mel are fast growing into adolescence as they dream of ways of protecting themselves against a seemingly inescapable violence. When a mysterious body appears tangled in a fisherman’s net, the two girls begin to learn what might be their ultimate protection.
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean reflects on the experience of not being able to see the world with depth perception. Made up of micro- events from “satisfying video” that swarm on the internet, the abstract narrative unfolds through an appropriation way by referring to trance and minimal music. It’s about a desire for groundless waves, blended with today’s inexorable entropy of our information societies.