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Mental Filmness Film Festival Day 2


Sunday, October 13 3:00-10:00 p.m.

1st Shorts Block (3:00 p.m.-4:20 p.m.)

The Bird (9:03) (dir. Sakari Sankinnen, Finland).

“Matias (12) has once again struggled through one ponderous school day. After school he ran all the way back home, where he could breathe and set his over-compulsive-order free.”

The Club That No One Wants To Belong To (14:00) (Dir. David Grewe, United States)

“This documentary chronicles the life of author Michelle Miller, of San Diego, CA, a middle-aged widow and how she and her family are dealing with the suicide death of her husband John. Miller often refers to herself as ‘The Widow Bitch.’”

Blessed Days (13:00) (Dir. Valentina Casadei, France)

“Adèle, an 85 years old lady, confronts very hardly the loss of her husband, after 63 years of shared life. An unexpected dream will bring Adele to relive the last moments of their life together, at the museum. She will be able to overcome the pain.”

Assisted Suicide (21:30) (Dir. Herb Cremer & Joe Cremer, United States)

“Kristen’s suicide is hindered when her friend Nancy decides to help her.”

Royal Blood (14:33) (Dir. Benjamin Rouse, Canada)

“A privileged young woman tries to find the compassionate higher ground when she is torn between the narcissistic insecurities of her former beauty queen mother, and The Queen, a mentally ill homeless woman who puts on regal airs.”

Break – Until 4:40 p.m.

2nd Shorts Block (4:40 p.m.-5:50 p.m.)

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (14:10) (Dir. Kasey Rae, United States)

“Alfie Zimmer is a suicidal salesman with a notebook full of everyone else's stories. But tonight he's forcing himself to figure out the ending to his own.”

In My Head (9:49) (Dir. Dean Gild, Australia)

“When your head is full of insecurities, fear can rule reality.”

Afterglow (11:48) (Dir. Akira Kamiki, Brazil)

“Afterglow is a sensorial movie about finding the joy of living again. David discovers that his boyfriend Allen is suffering from depression and, on the course of a day, makes him see the beauty and pleasure of the most mundane things.”

I Came From The Future (4:00) (Dir. Dave Lojek, Germany)

“A brooding businessman reads his own suicide note on a roof. He ponders many questions about time travel.”

Dinner Break – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

3rd Shorts Block (7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)

Farewell Happy Fields (15:41) (Dir. Kyle William McDonnell, Australia)

“Featuring original poetry from award-winning author Fiona Wright, Farewell Happy Fields is a sombre, agonisingly-intimate portrait of an artist seeking treatment for their illness through their work.”

D.A.P. Inside Other Places (9:34) (Dir. Luca Angioli, Italy)

“Mr. Pascal is in the waiting room of a doctor waiting to be visited, and this expectation immediately becomes a source of great anxiety, which our protagonist projects towards other people in the room with him. The announcement by the doctor's assistant of a delay by the latter triggers a real panic attack, which turns into a hallucinatory and hypnotic journey in the lives and minds of all the people present in that small room.”

For A Better Life (9:32) (Dir. Yasmin Mistry, United States)

“Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.”

A Son Like Others (19:00) (Dir. Antonio Sequeira, Portugal)

“Dinis is a teenager and like others wants to go to university. But he has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. His mum wants him to have a normal life but she also needs to protect him. Can she do both?”

Nobody But Myself (6:09) (Dir. Kat Dolan, United States)

"Nobody but Myself is a love poem to my depression," says poet Kat Dolan, "She keeps my life interesting and by choosing to accept her for exactly who is, rather than hiding or trying to fight her, I have found happiness in being nobody but myself."

Break/Q & A With Kat Dolan until 8:00 p.m.

Feature at 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia (dir. John Borowski, 90 min.)

“Vincent Castiglia paints in human blood.”

John Borowski Q & A - 9:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.