Several shorts from Flanders are set to screen at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (4-10 June) this week. Jeff Otte’s Fucking Suburbia, ADRIFT by Frederik Jan Depickere and Nicolas Provost’s Tokyo Giants are selected for international competition. Anouk De Clercq’s experimental short Swan Song enters the No Budget competition. Also screening at the German fest are Perfect Drug, Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis, Mumbler and Stardust.

Fucking SuburbiaReceiving its world premiere in Hamburg is Jeff Otte’s short film Fucking Suburbia, starring Valentijn Dhaenens (The Misfortunates). 32-year-old Noels moved back in with his mom and while she is on a holiday, he’s asked to take care of his demented grandma  along with his 16-year-old brother. Although the brothers don't seem to get along, they have more in common than they think.


Written and directed by Jeff Otte, the short film was shot by Jonathan Wannyn and edited by Tom Denoyette. Senjan Jansen (Pulsar, Bo, With Friends Like These) took care of sound and music. Nico Leunen produced the short film for Cobblersson with the support of a VAF Wildcard, won by Otte in 2008 for his graduation short Sara & Dirk.

Also screening in competition is Frederik Jan Depickere’s ADRIFT, a 9-minute creative documentary about a refugee who aimlessly wanders 150 kilometres above the arctic circle. Produced by Cobra Films, the short already won an award at the Skepto International Film Festival in Italy this year.

Part of Nicolas Provost’s Plot Point trilogy is to be seen in Hamburg as well. The series’ second instalment, Stardust, is selected for Strange Days, a collaborative programme initiated by the festivals of Hamburg, Winterthur and Vienna, which also screens Marc Roels’ short film Mumbler (2007). For Tokyo Giants, playing in the fest’s international competition, Provost takes his hidden camera to the hyperkinetic streets of Tokyo in search for the mystery of reality.

Janet van den Brand’s Berlinale-selected Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis received an invitation for the Mo&Friese Childrens Short Film Festival, organised in cooperation with the Hamburg fest. Toon Aerts’ Perfect Drug and Lars Damoiseaux’ Striker Bob are to be seen in the side section Gory Excesses in the Boiler Room, showcasing short films venting gory fantasies. Finally, Anouk De Clercq’s Swan Song was selected for the No Budget Competition, a long-standing section presenting works accomplished with small resources.

Eurydice Gysel produced Perfect Drug for production outfit Epidemic (22nd of May, Ex Drummer) with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Nicolas Provost’s Stardust and Tokyo Giants received support through the fund as well.

Published on Monday 3 June 2013

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