RESULTS OF THE JUNE-SEPTEMBER PRESELECTION COMPETITION
Official selection for the 2022 Dumbo Film Festival
Director: Juan Ignacio Sabatini
Writers: Pablo Paredes, Juan Ignacio Sabatini, Enrique Videla
Producers: Rocío Gort, Ignacio Rey, Juan Pablo Sallato, Alejandro Wise
Cast: Cristián Carvajal, Juan Martín Gravina, Mario Horton, Daniela Ramírez, Gastón Salgado
Fifteen years into Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, a group of men and women led by Ramiro and Tamara set out to kill the tyrant.
Director: Jim Bernfield
Producers: Jim Bernfield and Steven Meyer
Cast: Niall Buggy, Mary Beth Coudal, Dan Moran, John Christopher Jones, Joe Grifasi, Byron Jennings, Ruth Kreshka, Carolyn McCormick
ME TO PLAY
Two actors with Parkinson’s disease put up Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” the play where Beckett said, “there’s nothing funnier than unhappiness.” Opening their lives and exposing their craft in documentary, these actors prove it.
Director: Taha Long
Writer: Taha Long
Producers: Taha Long and Jen Kim
Cast: Robert Lee Leng, Nana Ponceleon, Isaac Nevria, Hannah Andreson
In the dead of night, a lonely cop searching for his missing cat and an immigrant driver make an unlikely connection.
Directors: Lucas Elliot Eberl, Edgar Morais
Writers: Whitney Able, Lucas Elliot Eberl, Edgar Morais
Producers: Whitney Able
Cast: Whitney Able, John Patrick Amedori, Caitlyn Folley, Escher Holloway, Paul James, Edgar Morais
WE WON’T FORGET
A woman’s frustrations boil to the surface while hosting a party for her friends, culminating in a public freakout that turns into collective hysteria.
Director: Irina Storozhenko
Writer: Wilandrea Blair
Producer: Katherine D. May
Cast: Reis Alexander, Marc Hills, Trew Mullen
Extremely shy and always in the background, transgender teenager Serena signs up to audition for the female lead role in Romeo & Juliet, which unleashes a torrent of teasing, bullying and sabotage. However, she never gives up.
Directors/Writers: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy
Producers: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy, COO-COO Production
Cast: Le Binh Giang, Huong Phung, Trung Tran, Vu Chau Khanh Vy
LIVE IN CLOUD-CUCKOO LAND
A modern tale of Kafka in Vietnam – a country in the middle of a transformation. The film feels like a piece of cultural news with daily events: a wedding, traffic congestion, a robbery, a mystical metamorphosis and a love story.
Director/Writer/Producer: Paavo Hanninen
I THINK I’M DYING
In the aftermath of a disastrous first date, two people re-connect during quarantine.
Director: Michèle Stephenson
Producer: Joe Brewster
Young Elena and her family stand to lose their legal residency in the Dominican Republic if they don’t manage to get their documents in time. Negotiating a mountain of opaque bureaucratic processes and a racist, hostile society around, Elena becomes the face of the struggle to remain in a country built on the labor of her father and forefathers.
Directors: Philip Lauri, Steven Oliver
Producer: Philip Lauri
Protests in the streets. Environmental crises. A madman in the White House. Welcome to 1970. In a quiet pocket of Oregon, a utopian community of hippies, midwives and self-taught builders reflects on being one of the last idyllic and uncompromised places in America.
Director: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
By recoding archival footage and intertwining it with contemporary images, Kapita exposes patterns of extraction and burial to decode colonial representations—and exploitation—of central African land and people.
Directors/Writers: Conrad Veit, Charlotte Maria Kätzl
Producer: Conrad Veit
Cast: Charlotte Maria Kätzl
Conrad Veit and Charlotte Maria Kätzl stage an animal documentary set in stone quarries in which hybrid creatures deconstruct all boundaries between humans and animals and masculinity and femininity. The film transports viewers on a journey to the early days of silent films that reveals itself as a utopian vision in which all forms of life are equal.
Director/Writer/Producer: Martin Venier
Cast: Sarah Kofler
A CIRCLE LINE TRAIN
Seduced by the social pressure of sucsess, the aspiring and disciplined young woman Zarah tries her best to make her way in the city of london. Trapped in the treadmill of societal values, Zarah decides to take control of her own life and attempts to escape the hectic city life.
Director: Arvid Eriksson
Writers: Arvid Eriksson, Louise Wallace
Producer: Arvid Eriksson, Nikhil Madhan
Cast: Donna Brookbanks
On a sweltering day at the pools, monotony conspires to take us on an ethereal journey. A bored front desk attendant reads the acknowledgments of a paperback while dreamily observing the swimmers.
Directors/Writers: Sandrine Stoïanov, Jean-Charles Finck
Producers: Caïmans Productions
Cast: Sandrine Stoyanov, Jean-Charles Finck, Camille Condemi
LE MONDE EN SOI
While preparing for her first exhibition, a young painter commits so passionately to her creations that she loses touch with reality and descends into hallucinatory chaos. Confined in a clinic, she progressively rebuilds herself through painting and the daily observation of a squirrel under her wind.
Producer: Raynee Divjak
Cast: Cayla Hailwood, Zachary Poole, Rahcel Davis, Raynee Divjak, Tegan Andrews, Rymalena
Desperate to escape her reality, a young woman discovers a program that immerses her in her own subconscious through a myriad of virtual personas.
Directir: Jana Kattan
Producer: Jesse Rist
Cast: Clara Cornish, Declan Crutchfield, Henry McLaughlin, Mortan Harris, Zeina Abu-Zayed
In the occupied territory of modern-day Palestine known as the West Bank young Leila wakes up before dawn every morning to try to get to school on time. Her obstacle is the notorious checkpoint she must cross everyday to get to her school.