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Manifesto Film Festival Programs

May 25 - Selected Features and Shorts

Filmmaker Focus I

Slawomir Milewski
Experimental Showcase
Friday May 25 10:00
Time with Q & A: 1hr 30min
Cinema of the Dam'd at 301 Overtoom
€5 Buy Tickets

Slawomir Milewski is a London-based Polish artist and filmmaker, born in 1979. He completed his Master degree at University of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. He was awarded a scholarship by Universite Rennes 2 in Rennes, France.

His films has been presented and awarded at numerous festivals and exhibitions in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Slawomir Will Be In Attendance for a Q & A
*Alumni Filmmaker

Nostalgia for Existing Without Delay
Poland 2018
1hr 5min
In the film the author wonders about the aspects of the fact that people use to postpone their lives for later - which put characters into absurd situations or states in which they become their own caricatures. Following Georges Bataille’s assumption – to whom the film work is in some way dedicated – the summit of any sense is a nonsense. In this way non-sense is not anti-sense but it appears to have its own value which ‘Nostalgia for existing without delay’ joyfully advocates.

Venus worshipped by 4 legendary lovers
Poland 2016
4min 25s
Erotically provocative.

Conventions in western art favor portraits that position the face slightly off center to avoid disturbing symmetrical compositions.
Poland/UK 2016
1min 15s
Carbon dioxide from burning fuels causes global warming, a process capable of changing the world's climate significantly. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased steadily over the past 150 years, and so has the average global temperature.

This is a movie about it. No, this is not a movie about it. And, most of all, this is not a movie at all.

Filmmaker Focus II

James Quinn
Experimental Showcase
Friday May 25 11:45
Time with Q&A: 2hr 30min with intermission
Cinema of the Dam'd at 301 Overtoom
€5 Buy Tickets

James Quinn will be Attending the Screening
James Quinn is an Austrian writer, director, photographer and founder of Sodom & Chimera Productions, focusing mostly on films of the experimental, bizarre and unconventional. He was born in Linz, Austria on November 27, 1995. James has made a number of short films and music videos far, including the award winning experimental horror short The Law of Sodom, the more recent art-house horror The Temple of Lilith', and the controversial satanic art-house short Sulphur for Leviathan. With Flesh of the Void, he created his first feature, shot entirely on Super 8 and 16mm, depicting a horrifying vision of what dying could feel like if it were the most horrible thing one could experience. James and Sodom & Chimera Productions have gone entirely analog since Flesh of the Void, shooting on film exclusively, both, Super 8 and 16mm, as well as 35mm.
*Alumni Filmmaker

Flesh of the Void
Austria 2017
1hr 16min
Flesh of the Void is a terribly disturbing experimental horror film visualizing what it could feel like if death truly were the most horrible thing one could ever experience. Shot entirely on Super 8 and 16mm, it is intended as a trip through the deepest fears of human beings, exploring its subject in a highly grotesque, violent and extreme manner.

13:00-13:30 Intermission...feel free to grab a drink at the bar and chat with the director!

13:30- 14:00 Shorts:

Sulphur for Leviathan
Austria/USA 2017
13min 28s
The story of Sulphur for Leviathan revolves around a nun, who suddenly finds herself progressively fantasizing about things that shouldn't be in her head, increasingly having to face her own doings of blasphemy, all leading up to something demonically dark and sinister. Portrayed in a surreal manner both in color and black and white, with a heavy focus on elegant cinematography, the film tells a satanic tale of unfulfilled desires, lust, blasphemy and existential dread, packed in a controversial and disturbing, but calm and poetic experience that is heavily inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky, with a touch of satanism.

Trinity of Decay
Austria 2016
13min 46s
A woman faces demons of her mind, battling against a man with a plague doctor mask, while roaming the dark of forest landscapes at night.

14:00-14:30 Discussion meet and greet Director

Best of the Fest I - Shorts

Friday, May 25 14:00
1hr 32min
€10 Buy Tickets

The World in Your Window*
Dir. Zoe McIntosh
New Zealand 2017
15min View Trailer

French (Le Bleu Blanc Rouge de mes Cheveux)*
Dir. Josza Anjembe
France 2017

Behind the Walls*
Dir. Hyun Lories
Belgium 2016

The Inksect*
Dir. Pablo Calvillo
Mexico 2016
9min View Trailer

Watu Wote (All of Us)*
Dir. Katja Benrath
Germany/Kenya 2017

Best of the Fest II - Shorts

Friday, May 25 15:45
1hr 28min
€10 Buy Tickets

Into the Blue*
Dir. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
Croatia / Slovenia / Sweden 2017
22min 8s View Trailer

Two Whales (Dos Ballenas)*
Dir. Diego Cruz Cilveti
Mexico 2017

Calamity *
Dir. Séverine De Streyker, Maxime Feyers
Belgium 2017

A New Home*
Dir. Ziga Virc
Slovenia 2016

They Charge For the Sun*
Dir. Terence Nance
USA 2017