MONSTRA Festival




12 March | CINEMA SÃO JORGE | 21:45
All films will be screened in Original Version and subtitled in Portuguese and English

not quite normal

Country: GERMANY Year: 2023 Duration: 6 mins.
The animated short film recounts an interview on experiences with self-harm told from a personal perspective. It offers insight into the protagonist's thoughts and feelings but does not shy away from exploring the different reactions of the people around them.
Direction: Iris Maier
Writers: Iris Maier
Production: Iris Maier
Animation: Iris Maier
Sound: Iris Maier, Luis Schöffend

The Meatseller

Country: ITALY Year: 2023 Duration: 17 mins.
The Meatseller is the true story of Selinna Ajamikoko, a young Nigerian woman who dreams to of becoming a meatseller like her mom. In order to achieve her dream, she begins her voyage towards Italy, an experience full of atrocity and inhumanity. This animated journey, led by Selinna’s own voice, guides us through the quest for identity that characterizes every human being.
Direction: Margherita Giusti
Production: Luca Guadagnino
Animation: Elisa Bonandin, Carlotta Vacchetti, Milena Tipaldo, Giulia Landi, Camilla Pannone, Estelle Bray, Margherita Giusti
Music: Enrico Ascoli
Sound: Enrico Ascoli


Country: AUSTRALIA, IRELAND Year: 2023 Duration: 8 mins.
For almost half a century, Don Ritchie would approach people contemplating suicide at the edge of a cliff, just 100 feet from his home, his palms facing up.
Direction: Alec Green, Finbar Watson
Writers: Alec Green, Finbar Watson
Production: Alec Green, Finbar Watson, Alan Holly, Carla Vulpiani, Finnegan McGrath, Max Ohman, Lenard Cassimatis, Geordan Bates, Max King, Alex Mayo
Animation: Mikai Geronimo, Josh O'Caoimh, Deither Kirby Jay, Rory Byrne, Alan Holly
Music: Stephen Roach, Luke Skaggs (Songs of Water)
Sound: Alex Francis (SOUNFIRM)
Distribution: Varicoloured

Where I live

Country: AUSTRIA Year: 2022 Duration: 11 mins.
In Where I Live, Susi Jirkuff traces a person’s sudden descent, not only narratively, but also visually, image by image. Right at the start, the protagonist says, “I’ve been living one floor below since yesterday.” But no one around her reacts to this extraordinary situation. In Jirkuff’s animation, based on a story by Ilse Aichinger (1921–2016), the parts of the house develop a life of their own. Along with the handrail and the wallpaper, even the white drawing surfaces are affected: Jirkuff’s charcoal strokes and the coal dust from Aichinger’s text, color them gray (after all, coal is stored in the cellar where the narrating voice ultimately ends up).
Direction: Susi Jirkuff
Writers: Susi Jirkuff
Animation: Susi Jirkuff
Sound: Michael Schreiber
Distribution: sixpackfilm

Discussions animées entre entendeurs de voix

Country: FRANCE Year: 2022 Duration: 12 mins.
Instead of the term schizophrenia, they prefer the term voice hearser. Twice a month, they meet around Virginia, who leads a discussion group for people suffering this illness, considered incurable.
Direction: Tristan Thil
Writers: Tristan Thil
Production: Cinéphage Productions, 12//24 Films
Animation: Cecile Milazzo, Marjorie Caup
Music: Thomas Schmidt
Sound: Kevin Le Quellec, Tristan Thil, Sebastien Crueghe
Distribution: MIYU Distribution


Country: CANADA Year: 2023 Duration: 15 mins.
Every week, Raquel (41), a Brazilian immigrant, visits her friend Madeleine (107) in her retirement home in Montreal and tries to convince her to get out of the house. The senior woman refuses: she has nothing else to do outside. Raquel doesn't give up and finds a way to bring Madeleine with her on a road trip to the sea. The result is a journey that plays with reality and fiction and brings a reflection on life, death and the certainty that there is always something to learn along the way.
Direction: Raquel Sancinetti
Writers: Raquel Sancinetti
Production: Raquel Sancinetti
Animation: Raquel Sancinetti
Music: Sacha Ratcliffe
Sound: Sacha Ratcliffe
Distribution: La Distributrice de Films