Monstra Festival

Short Films

Short Films

Short Film Competition 1
Short Film Competition 2
Short Film Competition 3
Short Film Competition 4
Short Film Competition 5
Short Film Competition 1
The Monkey
Country: Portugal, Spain , Year: 2020 , Duration: 13 mins.
Sinopsys:
In 1588, a castaway from the Invincible Armada, sent from Portugal by Felipe II to conquer England, is captured in an Irish beach. Found guilty in court, he is then hanged to die. Everything seemed normal under the rule of war and hate among humans. But the prisoner, you see, is a monkey.
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Director: Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti, Xosé Zapata Writer: Xosé Zapata Production: Sardinha em Lata , Xosé Zapata, Lightbox
Revolykus
Country: Germany , Year: 2020 , Duration: 12 mins.
Sinopsys:
Several years ago I immigrated to Germany. Here, I live in a small old house. which urgently needs a modernization and that theoretically, protects me from wind, rain and cold.
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Director: Victor Orozco Ramirez Writer: Victor Orozco Ramirez Production: Victor Orozco Ramirez
Everything you asked for
Country: Israel , Year: 2019 , Duration: 4 mins.
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Angry Dogs
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
When sleeping dogs awaken rationality quickly disappears.
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Director: Shaun Clar Writer: Shaun Clark Sound Design: David Pringle
Mild Madness, Lasting Lunacy
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 18 mins.
Sinopsys:
This walk in the daily life of several psychiatric institutions, allows us to meet extraordinary people who let us enter their privacy.
Credits:
Director: Marine Laclotte Writer: Marine Laclotte Sound Design: Camille Erder, Flavien Van Azefeld, Adam Wolny Animator: Mathilde Parquet, Lisa Matuzak , Marine Laclotte
Crumbs
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
A couple argument happening in a surrealistic world where anything is possible!A short stopmotion pixilated film shot on 8mm film.
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Director: Robot Chocolate (Gabriela Plackova, Robert Hloz)
The Wings
Country: Estonia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 13 mins.
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Apfelmus
Country: Austria , Year: 2019 , Duration: 7 mins.
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While two birds talk about their existence, a small apple makes its way into the depths of a caveunder watchful eyes.
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Director: Alexander Gratzer
Wade
Country: India , Year: 2019 , Duration: 11 mins.
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In a version of Kolkata, India rendered unlivable by sea level rise, things take a dark turn when a family of climate change refugees are ambushed by a tiger on the flooded streets.
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Director: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya , Kalp Sanghvi Writer: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya , Kalp Sanghvi Music: Troy Vasanth Sound Design: Troy Vasanth Animator: Anwaar Alam, Gaurav Wakankar, Shaheen Sheriff, Nikunj Patel, Kalp Sanghvi, Upamanyu Bhattacharyya , Arkapriya Koley, Amalendu Kaushik, Ashil Shaji,Yamini Sujan, Addayta Biswas, Arindam K Dutta , Saksham Arora
Short Film Competition 2
Pishto's Birthday
Country: Russia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 11 mins.
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The Stork
Country: Estonia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 16 mins.
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While smoking on the balcony, Citizen Stork is struck by a moment of clarity, in which he realises that he is not a person, but rather a bird. At the same time, a man and a woman are eating lunch. When a cuckoo jumps out of the clock, the man leaves the apartment in a hurry. The woman and the stork meet…
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Director: Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak Writer: Morten Tšinakov Production: Kalev Tamm Music: Morten Tšinakov Sound Design: Horret Kuus Animator: Tarmo Vaarmets, Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak
Prince in a Pastry Shop
Country: Poland , Year: 2020 , Duration: 16 mins.
Sinopsys:
"Prince in a Pastry Shop" is a seemingly humorous story about happiness. Because "with happiness there are only troubles," says the Not-So-Little Prince, and he multiplies the examples of these troubles. His interlocutor is Prickly Pear, the embodiment of carefree, light-heartedness, simple joy of life, but at the same time a lively, intelligent mind that can make the Prince take a step back in his conversation. This philosophical parable about a couple eating cakes in a cafe touches upon fundamental issues that are close to everyone - the elusiveness of happiness, the fact that we are not always able to perceive it, let alone experience it as fully as possible.
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Director: Katarzyna Agopsowicz Writer: Marek Bieńczyk, Katarzyna Agopsowicz Production: Ewelina Gordziejuk
See Me
Country: Netherlands , Year: 2020 , Duration: 8 mins.
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When nobody sees you, you seem to disappear. Only when you fall, you seem to belong, just for a little while.
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Director: Patty Stenger, Yvonne Kroese Writer: Patty Stenger Production: Chris Stenger, Noortje Wilschut, Floor Onrust Music: Rens Machielse, Willem Schneider Sound Design: Rens Machielse, Willem Schneider Animator: Happy Ship (Bastiaan Hooimeijer (TD & Lead), Marlon Regien, Gabriela Kodzhabasheva, Aaron Pol , Dirk Balding, Judith Mollema, Martin Venema)
The Walk
Country: Canada , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
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Women of all ages emerge from the shadows and together, walk toward a light. Guided by their instincts, they will face and transcend their own limits.
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Director: Yoakim Bélanger Writer: Yoakim Bélanger Production: Yoakim Bélanger, Jean-Martin Gagnon Sound Design: Olivier Calvert, Ben Bouchard, Yoakim Bélanger
Sogni al campo
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 9 mins.
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A boy looks for his cat along a river. He will not find it. He’s about to die, and has moved away from everything to find intimacy. The child arrives at the doors of time, where the dead disappear, and the living let them go. The child is afraid, he enters a forest of symbols and memories. He grows up. His illusions of children dissolve and mingle with the landscape.
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Director: Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri Writer: Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri Music: Massimo Volume, Stefano Sasso Sound Design: Stefano Sasso in collaboration with Valentina Vallorani Animator: Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri
Poise
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
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Lying on the bed of a small room, a man is in a stalemate, unable to decide. Time is suspended within and outside of him, in the minimalist room and in the geometric city. In between this another man observes, side by side with some red dried flowers. Inaction. Pushed by disgust and despair, a very brief glimpse of an exit seems to unroll: between cycles of analysis and broken sequences, the possibility of mistake.
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Director: Luís Soares Writer: Cátia Salgueiro, Luís Soares Production: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Sound Design: António Porém Pires
A Menina Parada
Country: Portugal , Year: 2021 , Duration: 9 mins.
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Short Film Competition 3
Betty
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 14 mins.
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An animator tries to make sense of a failed relationship.
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Director: Will Anderson Writer: Will Anderson Music: Music - Richard Luke, Violin - Amira Bedrush-McDonald Sound Design: Keith DUNCAN Animator: Will Anderson
Flamingo
Country: Macao , Year: 2019 , Duration: 8 mins.
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I have this dream about driving an uncontrollable vehicle for three and a half years.Each time it changes a little, I want to capture these emotions, in order to read the message behind it.
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Director: Kawo a.k.a. Sushijojo Production: Milan Delvecchio Music: Nosap Pason Animator: Kawo a.k.a Sushijojo
Carrousel
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 10 mins.
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Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park.One day she is attacked by intruders.Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization
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Director: Jasmine Elsen Writer: Jasmine Elsen Music: Vahe Grigorjan Sound Design: Vahe Grigorjan Animator: Jasmine Elsen / Annechien Strouven / Gitte Teuwen / Jeroen Ceulebrouck , Sofie Vandenabeele / Sofie Vermeir / Flore Van Holderbeke, Martina Svojikova / Martin Smatana
Magnética
Country: Brazil , Year: 2020 , Duration: 16 mins.
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In a city of drawn characters, we witness the arrival of an entity composed of unknown materiality. With a mysterious presence and its exotic allegories, it starts to enchant people, awakening their most insane senses.
Credits:
Director: Marco Arruda Writer: Marco Arruda Production: Gabriela Montezi , Otto Guerra Music: Valmor Pedretti Sound Design: Valmor Pedretti Animator: Marco Arruda, Vinicius Machado, Pilar Prado, Tobias Fuhr, José Maia, Louise Kanefuku , Wesley Rodrigues, Kyoko Yamashita, Josemi Bezerra, Lais Tissiani, Anttonio Pereira
Genius Loci
Country: France , Year: 2019 , Duration: 15 mins.
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One night, Reine, a young loner, sees within the urban chaos a mystical onenessthat seems alive, like some sort of guide
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Director: Adrien Mérigeau Writer: Adrien Mérigeau, Nicolas Pleskof Production: Amaury Ovise Music: Théo Merigeau, Lê Quan Ninh Sound Design: Julien Rabin, Laurent Sassi Animator: Céline Devaux, Camille Chao, Lisa Matuszak, Camille Monnier, Hefang Wei, Chenghua Yang , Hippolyte Cupillard, Vaïana Gauthier, Rui Chang, Alan Holly
Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic
Country: Denmark , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
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An animated extravaganza of plastic collected from beaches, roadsides, attics and junk shops. This is an elegy to a love affair that has gone sour, a fond farewell to that most beautiful material that has enslaved our planet – plastic. This six minute experimental film is a development of Paul Bush’s pioneering technique of animated photographs and stop frame animation of objects.
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Director: Paul Bush Writer: Paul Bush Production: Lana Tankosa Nikolic and Paul Bush Music: Andy Cowton Sound Design: Andy Cowton Animator: Paul Bush, Philip Piaget, Christophe Peladan, Shinobu Soejima
Table
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 10 mins.
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A large group of people gather around a table for a meal. It is not clear whether they are family or friends. Food is served under a noisy atmosphere. Throughout the meal we discovered the various figures of the group, listened to their conversations and we can guess the connections between them. Toasts are made and congratulations are sung. At some point there are already those who sleep, who read, who date. The environment is increasingly fragmented. In the end there is only dirty dishes and silence.
Credits:
Director: João Fazenda Writer: João Fazenda Production: Humberto Santana Music: Philippe Lenzini Sound Design: Philippe Lenzini , Olivier Blanc Animator: André Ferrão, Osvaldo Medina, Pedro Brito
Short Film Competition 4
Mother didn't know
Country: Norway , Year: 2020 , Duration: 11 mins.
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This is a poetic fable about a young depressed girl. Someone who wants to be invisible, cares for her and helps by sacrificing a Robin with a broken wing.
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Director: Anita Killi Writer: Marianne Bundgaard Nielsen, Anita Killi Music: Zbigniew Preisner Sound Design: Håkon Lammetun Animator: Jens Jonathan Gulliksen
Ecorce
Country: Switzerland , Year: 2020 , Duration: 15 mins.
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A cracked material looking like bark… Time seems to have stopped around the Villa, when suddenly a silhouette passes. Inside the building we discover weakened bodies, auxiliary nurses and a black cat. Between an episode of «The Young and the Restless» and a yogurt, we watch the time go by, slowly, repetitively. Only crucifixes, radios, and puppets, kept as relics in the rooms, appear to resist time. Then all of a sudden, there is a loud crash…
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Director: Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney Production: DOK MOBILE – Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi Music: Julien Gobet Sound Design: Florian Pittet Animator: Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey, Valentine Moser
The Passerby
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 16 mins.
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On a summer day, the paths of two boys unexpectedly cross.
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Director: Pieter Coudyzer Writer: Pieter Coudyzer Production: Geert Van Goethem, Linda Sterckx Music: Ruben De Gheselle Sound Design: Senjan Jansen Animator: Stefan Vermeulen, Geertjan Tillmans, Pieter Vanluffelen
A little too much
Country: United States , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
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In an imaginary space a woman let go of herself and overcame fearing her own greatness. She discovers her body, she embraces her emotions, and learns to own all the parts that make her HER.
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Director: Martina Scarpelli Writer: Martina Scarpelli Music: Kai Animator: Denis Chapon, Flóra Anna Buda, Heidi Holmeå Christiansen, Martina Scarpelli
Precious
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 14 mins.
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The Last Day
Country: Bulgaria , Year: 2019 , Duration: 5 mins.
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A woman burdened with memories of the past days and frustrated by the lack of loved ones seeks tranquility in the confused world around her.
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Director: Dalibor Rajninger Writer: Maria Doneva Production: Vessela Dantcheva Music: Dalibor Rajninger, BigBanda Soundscapers Animator: Dalibor Rajninger
Community Heroes: Sara Ali
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
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Sara is 24 years old, a computer engineer and lives in Almada. At the height of the Covid 19 pandemic, Sara describes what changed in her life. Outside, people no longer go for a stroll and cars cannot be seen. The living room now doubles as an office and as a cinema. Being able to be together with her family has become a challenge that is difficult to achieve. But, as with her academic degree that was very male dominated, or with matters of religion, Sara believes in the strength of character and creativity to adapt to the most unexpected situations. Community Heroes is part of ReThink, an EU sponsored campaign against religious discrimination.
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Director: Pedro Serrazina Sound Design: Daniel Guerreiro Animator: Rita Marques, Luana Ramos, Mariana Soares
Apocalypse is Under the Blanket
Country: Canada , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
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An animated film painted on emergency thermal safety blankets, featuring the state of emergency declarations of Trump, Macron, Putin, Merkel and many others.
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Director: Theodore Ushev
Short Film Competition 5
Altötting
Country: Portugal, Germany, Canada , Year: 2020 , Duration: 11 mins.
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“You know, when I was a boy, I fell in love with the Virgin Mary. It happened in a little Bavarian town called Altötting.” Mesmerizing, haunting, and deeply personal, Altötting is a coming-of-age story about love, faith, mortality, and shattered illusions.
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Director: Andreas Hykade Writer: Andreas Hykade Production: Abi Feijó, CICLOPE FILMES Merc Bertrand, Julie Roy, ONF/NFB Thomas Meyer-Hermann, STUDIO FILM BILDER Music: Daniel Scott Sound Design: Olivier Calvert Animator: Andreas Hykade
Co-ognition
Country: Poland , Year: 2020 , Duration: 6 mins.
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The protagonist goes for a crazy run within his own consciousness trying to recognize consecutive versions of himself. What will happen when his egos finally meet? In an abstract way, this animation shows the process of personality development employing the visual play with a black line and the free merging of consecutive images.
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Director: Prezemyslaw Świada 
Chloé Van Herzeele
Country: France , Year: 2019 , Duration: 17 mins.
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Chloé, an old lady, organizes screenings in an underground space. She shows a journalist her galleries where her collection of silver films is stored. Through the descent, we dive with her in her altered world.
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Director: Anne-Sophie Girault, Clémence Bourchereau  Writer: Anne-Sophie Girault, Clémence Bouchereau Music: Thomas Diaz Sound Design: Pierre Sauze Animator: Anne-Sophie Girault, Clémence Bouchereau
MITCH-MATCH series episode 06
Country: Hungary , Year: 2020 , Duration: 2 mins.
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There’s only one matchstick left in the box. This stick, this ordinary thing is the protagonist of MITCH-MATCH series. The character embarks on a journey in every episode and always returns to the box. This ordinary thing is an opportunity of endless playful and imaginative adventures what evoke everyone’s fantasy world.
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Director: Géza M. Tóth Writer: Géza M. Tóth Production: Géza M. Tóth Music: Bertalan Baglyas Sound Design: Bertalan Baglyas Animator: Péter Vácz
Collapsing Mies
Country: Austria , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
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The German American architect Mies van der Rohe numbers among the most important representatives of classical modernism. His bold structures of glass and steel such as The New Gallery in Berlin have permanently changed the world of architecture.Artist Claudia Larcher animates photographs of works by the influential architect in her Collapsing Mies. Vertical grid and frame structures in front of a black ground slowly but steadily slide into view.
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Director: Claudia Larcher Music: Alexander J. Eberhard
My Exercise
Country: Japan , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
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A boy is doing exercises with his dog.A game version will be available in the spring of 2020.myex.jp
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Director: Atsushi Wada Production: Nobuaki Doi Music: Masumi Takino Animator: Masumi Takino
Wampui
Country: Netherlands, Germany , Year: 2020 , Duration: 18 mins.
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The life of a large pike in a quiet citypark pond. Animated wildlifedocumentary based on a short story by Anton Koolhaas (1912-1992)
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Director: Maarten Isaäk de Heer Production: Menetekel Film, Valk Productions, Lukas Thiele
We Have Everything
Country: Chile, Germany , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
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A bag, a house and what happens inside: goodbyes and beginnings, secret messages, time, superstitions, promises, tastes and prototypes.
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Director: Francisca Villela Production: Francisca Villela Music: Francisca Villela Sound Design: Francisca Villela
Average Happiness
Country: Switzerland , Year: 2019 , Duration: 7 mins.
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During a PowerPoint presentation, statistical diagrams are breaking free from the strait-jacket of their coordinates. A trip into the sensual world of statistics begins. Pie charts are melting, arrow diagrams twisting, scatter plots, bar graphs and stock market curves join in a collective climax.
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Director: Maja Gehrig Writer: Maja Gehrig Sound Design: Christoph Benz, Jingle Jungle Animator: Maja Gehrig, Stefan Holaus
Tie
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 11 mins.
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Under a gloomy sun, two characters with symmetrical handicaps look for adaptation. Durante um dia anoitecido, dois personagens procuram adaptar-se.
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Director: Alexandra Ramires (Xá) Writer: Alexandra Ramires (Xá) , Regina Guimarães Production: David Doutel, Rodrigo Areias, Bando à Parte Laurence Reymond, Providences Music: Nicolas Tricot Sound Design: Jérôme Petit