Short Film Competition

Programmed by Kenya Márquez and Luis Bernardo Jaime Vázquez

ARGENTINA

María
Argentina, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 13 min
Director: Mónica Lairana
The full weight of someone else’s flesh squashes Maria's inert body.

The Fate of the Fish (La suerte de los peces)
Argentina, 2013
Spanish with English subtitles/ 13:39 min
Director: María Belén Arana
Because of her mother’s depression, Mora and Anna’s home seems to be dead. But little Mora will find her own way to connect with life, an unusual way, perhaps outside of moral sense.

BRAZIL

The Love that dare not speak its name (O Amor que não ousa dizer seu nome)
Brazil, 2013
Portuguese with English subtitles/ 15 min
Director: Bárbara Roma
When Leila and Michela meet, they find in each other's solitude a desire that grows from an unexpected feeling.

Tastes Like Chicken

(A galinha que burlou o sistema)
Brazil, 2012
Portuguese with English subtitles/ 15 min
Director: Quico Meirelles
In a factory farm a chicken has a vision: she becomes aware of the wheels that rule her life and her destiny. Even cloistered among millions of chickens who don't share her anguish, she believes a different life is possible.

The Sad Tale of Little Mr. Jerk-Off (A triste história de Kid-Punhetinha)
Brazil, 2012
Portuguese with English subtitles/ 15 min
Directors: Andradina Azevedo, Dida Andrade
Verônica, who has never been kissed, falls in love with her classmate Victor. After considerable peer pressure, he decides to have sex with her. Two months later, amidst feelings of fear and anguish, the two teenagers visit an abortion clinic.

COLOMBIA

Portraits (Los retratos)
Colombia, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 14 min
Director: Iván D. Gaona
Grandma Paulina wants to prepare chicken creole for her husband, but she’s out of money. In the market, she unintentionally wins a Polaroid camera, which may or may not be more satisfying than lunch.

CUBA

Kendo Monogatari
Cuba, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 15 min
Director: Fabián Suárez
Lesbia runs a hair salon from her house. Mandy, her best friend, wants to leave Cuba illegally to join his true love. She must decide how much she will sacrifice to make her friend’s dream come true.

MEXICO

The Sad House
(La Casa Triste)
Mexico, 2013
Spanish with English subtitles/ 13 min
Director: Sofia Carrillo
The story of a family told through objects found in antique bazaars, thrift shops and flea markets.

South Sea (Mar del Sur)
Mexico/Italy, 2013
Spanish with English subtitles/ 4 min
Director: Luis R. Garza
A platonic love story where memory and oblivion keep away the unresolved desires that remain.

The Other Side (La otra orilla)
Mexico, 2013
Spanish with English subtitles/ 17 min
Director: Natalia Moguel
Two brothers are reunited when their father dies. The contact with the past and the secrets that come to light worsen their long-standing rivalry and place them in a situation that will irrevocably change their lives.

Rain in the Eyes
(Lluvia en los ojos)
Mexico, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 7 min
Director: Rita Basulto
Sofía, a seven-year-old girl, remembers the day she fractured her arm while being chased through the forest; a story full of fantasy that hides a heartrending moment in Sofía’s life.

Two out of Three (Dos de tres)
Mexico, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 12 min
Director: Paulina Rosas
Faced with financial hardship, a young woman accepts an offer from a security guard in exchange for money. This decision leads to devastating consequences.

Underworld (Inframundo)
Mexico, 2012
Spanish with English subtitles/ 10 min
Director: Ana Mary Ramos
The stillness of a landscape accompanies the journey of a man who has turned ruthlessness and death into his way of life.