Film and Discussion EuroAsia Shorts 2019: All Countries and USA

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Fri, 06/07/2019

Embassy of Italy

3000 Whitehaven St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

EuroAsia Shorts proudly presents an annual week of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States, screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. Every night includes a cultural Q&A and discussion with experts, and several nights include special reception events! Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.

This Year's Theme: Youth

The theme for EuroAsia Shorts 2019 is Youth. Few things are as universal as youth, although how we experience it varies greatly. It can be full of hardship, hard lessons, mentors, monsters, love, dreams, or all of the above. The experience can also be just as vivid and lasting for a wide-eyed child, a young adult coming of age, digital natives navigating social media, international students, millennials facing a changing global workforce, and even those who simply remain young at heart. Regardless of place or generation, the emotional impact of our youth needs no translation.

For a full overview of the festival, visit the EuroAsia Shorts website (see at right).
All Countries and USA
Brief discussions following each evening’s screenings will compare and contrast the films and the topics with several panelists. All films are subtitled in English, unless otherwise noted.

Agnès Bun – Agence France-Presse correspondent
Lisa Thrasher – Entertainment lawyer, producer, filmmaker

International reception following the discussion.

Sudden Rain
South Korea, 2016, 6 min.
Director: Jisu Kwon

Eun-taek's dream comes true on his way home from school: a puppy in a box on the sidewalk. But Mom will have something to say about this...

A Perfect Me, A Perfect You
Austria, 2018, 5 min.
Director: Dina Bukva

This is a story for everyone who is using social media. A story for everyone whose feed is dominated by images showing a life which can never live up to reality. The size-zero blogger who is eating burgers and donuts every day. This is a story about lives that are ruled by images. It is a story of jealousy and judgment. A story about a perfect me and a perfect you.

Good Night
Japan, 2018, 6 min.
Director: Makiko Nanke

For these twin boys, a little sibling rivalry is an everyday occurrence. And no matter how minor the infraction, as far as they’re concerned, each quibble is like an act of war. It’s easy to imagine that for them, every single day is as thrilling as an action movie playing out in their heads. They’re fighting with all they’ve got… and even in dreams, the battle rages on. Our story peeks in on these two boys and we have a chance to look on as they grow.

Conosci qualcuno? (Do You Know Someone?)
Italy, 2016, 6 min. 
Director: Daniel Bondi

How difficult is it for young people to stand out? Conosce qualcuno? (Do you know someone?) analyzes a world made of nepotism, networking, and absurdities, with the purpose of making people smile and think at the same time. In a studio, due to a case of mistaken identity, a rookie screenwriter and a producer start a conversation that will bring them to a grotesque and unexpected ending. The short movie is based on true story.

Hot Dog
Germany, 2018, 8 min.
Director: Alma Buddecke, Marleen Valin

Hannah hasn’t always been happy about the existence of her "Hoo-Ha". She talks about the love-hate relationship she is in with her vagina. She tells us about rashes after shaving her pubic area, and the day she discovered that her playstation controller could satisfy her desires.

Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan (The First Day of School)
Philippines, 2016, 5 min.
Director: Ar-jen Manlapig

A 10-year old boy from a family struggling in poverty wakes up to what seems to be an exciting day. Having only his dreams and determination in his pocket, he goes his way for the first day of school.

Un dia en el parque
Spain, 2017, 7 min.
Director: Diego Porral

A monologue by a grandfather who explains to his grandkid how things used to be - or maybe how they are now.
* Winner of the short film contest among the EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival organizers!

Indonesia, 2018, 6 min.
Director: Destian Rendra

Danny spends too much time on photography, instead of at business school. His dad gets angry and throws his photography school acceptance letter, and his scholarship to the school, into the trash - without Danny's permission.

Le Skate Moderne
France, 2014, 7 min.
Director: Antoine Besse

Somewhere between fiction and documentary, this video contemplatively follows a group of skateboarder farmers into the remotest parts of the French countryside.

The Story of Characters
China, 2017, 7 min.
Director: Chenchen Zhang, Weiran Zhang

The Story of Characters is an animated short film based on Chinese folklore that tells the story of the Lisu people and their written characters. Their written characters were recorded on a piece of deer leather and were then devoured by a mysterious beast.  A twelve-year-old child set out on an adventure with his puppy, only to find much more than he was looking for. The pair found out the truth about who the mysterious beast really was.

USA, 2017, 6 min.
Director: Shanrica Evans

Struggling to articulate her gender dysphoria, recently-mute Casey is badgered into going to a party with her best friend, Ryan. While walking to the party, the two friends witness the physical assault of a transgender woman. Ryan and Casey's friendship is tested when Casey must decide if she wants to stay with the woman or leave before the cops arrive.