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THE SWIMSUIT SEASON

Ayman, an overweight boy, is determined to face his insecurities by spending a day in a public pool. But the “swimsuit proof” will be full of little obstacles that will put the boy in trouble.

THE CORNFIELD (LA PARCELLE)

Yves has accepted to plant an experimental cornfield on his farm. This decision allows the couple to be more financially stable. As they have a baby on the way, everything seems to be on the up. That is, until one day, when Yves discovers some strange sap flowing down an ear of corn.

AMARO

When Victor’s four-legged companion Amaro is on the verge of death, he has a morbid idea how to keep his buddy with him.

CASANOVA

After a party, a guy (Antojo Otero) takes a cab with a girl (Daphné Huynh). She invites him to spend the night at her house. It is the simple story of a one-night stand, a moment of life.

THE STORY (EL CUENTO)

In an uncertain world and time there is no longer a future. Not even for the most fittest. But a Woman, a Child and an Old Man will find among themselves a forgotten human strength to endure.

XIAO XIAN

Xiao Xian is in charge of finishing a dress. Her mother has decided that she is going to take care of it that night, and she obeys, as usual. Sheng Xia, her best friend, shows up at her house to convince her to go partying. Xiao Xian accepts, but she cannot imagine what will end up happening that night.

BREAK

In a smoky, Piranesian world, full of incomprehensible machinery and busy mechanical workers, a robot is passionately dedicated to music for the short time granted by the recharge of his jackhammer batteries.

FAN (VENTILATORE)

A man spends his days at home, immersed in his habits, staring at flies and napping. His dreams of revolution are long lost. Time melts his body, but not his memories. The only way to spend his days seems to be writing little poems and thinking about his past. First chapter of a trilogy with poems by Attilio Lolini.

J. KESSELS A.K.A ROAD DUSTER

A writer, Frans, with a writers block is to go on a strange trip to Hamburg with his old pal and favorite character J. KESSELS. To have to fetch a cheating sausage export dealer. But the real reason is Frans is hoping to see his Beebeetje, back, the pinballwizzard princess from the snackbar from his adolescent years.

THE SOURCE

A terrible attack has just struck Paris. Aimed at the entrance of a synagogue, it caused the death of fourteen people, including 8 jews, three policemen, two locals – and the terrorist himself. The police searched the family‘s appartment, located in a poor and shabby neighborhood of the parisian suburbs. Mams, a family friend, accompanies Sarah, the terrorist’s sister, and their mother back home, after they were interrogated by the counter-terrorism unit. Already exhausted by their interrogation, Sarah and her mother find their appartment completely ransacked. The mother  appears to be desperate and distressed in the middle of her unrecognizable sitting room. A long discussion then follows between mother and daughter, which will end in a confession by the mother. She confides to her daughter that she fears what people will now think, especially friends and relatives; that she feels ashamed of bearing her name –  ashamed of her own son. She also gets the impression that the media, who constantly talk about the matter, know her son better than she ever did.  Sarah tries to reassure her, without effect. She tries to stay strong and preserve her mother from any  bad thoughts.    The television is now announcing several silent processions in different french towns, in tribute to the victims. The old woman has an idea that does not please her daughter: why wouldn’t they join in themselves, to demonstrate their good faith and pay tribute to the victims?  She speaks against the french muslims‘ attitude towards these tragic events, which she considers to be way too passive. Her daughter does not agree: they don’t need to justify themselves, they have their own sorrow, their own grief, to deal with.  The mother then remembers her childhood in Algeria, when the jewish and muslim communities would live in peace, for better or worse, in spite of the difficult context. After having left Sarah with her mother, Mams joins his friends. They all grew up with Brahim, the terrorist, but were never really friends with him. Some of them seem a bit detached from what happened. Others are more concerned about their friend’s fate, and his family’s sorrow.  One question arises: are Sarah and her mother entitled to be sad from having lost Brahim in such tragic and shameful conditions? A very heated debate arises, interrupted only by this terrible news brought to them by two youngsters: Sarah and Brahim’s mother has just jumped from the sixth floor. She did not survive the fall. The entire gang races towards the building, where the locals have already formed a circle around the mum’s body. Mams exchanges a glance with Sarah, absolutely distraught by this new tragedy that has struck her life – yet again.