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  UNICA INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFESSIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Austria 2013)      
Set of 3 DVDs

Every year the UNICA Festival donates a compilation programme of major entries to the IAC Library. It is free with only postal charges to pay. Book from John Bartlett, videolibrary@theiac.org.uk. This year there are three DVDs in the collection each with more than can be shown in a Club evening and I hope the following reviews will help your choice. I have not referred to which film is on which disc since you will probably prefer to select between discs. For convenience, I have given the English titles. Unless stated, there are English subtitles.

GOLD AWARD WINNERS

1. Still from the film.WHITE COLLAR
Jorn Michaely (Germany) Top Youth Award winner.

Social comedy of young man obsessed with putting on a good appearance for an interview, but facing hurdles.

Fiction
14 mins

2. Still from the film.THE CLAY MAN
Aren Vatyan (Armenia) Film School Category

A delightful tale of an old potter who finds renewed hope in the appearance of a young boy from the city.

Fiction
18 mins


3. Still from the film.THE APPLE OF MY EYE
Josecho de Linares (Spain) Film School Category

A beautifully expressed emotional view of the reality of true family love. (Top Film Award winner)

Fiction
14 mins

4. Still from the film.MOMENTOS
Pablo Polledri (Argentina)

A witty and original concept and design as the three ages of man tackle the everyday actions of life.

Animation
6 mins


5. Still from the film.OUR KIND OF PARTY
Jean-Marc Retting (France)

A comedy about when Lucien's quiet night is rapidly deteriorated into a crazy party.

Fiction
16 mins

6. Still from the film.BREAST_FEEDING
Marcus Siebler (Germany)

A courageous but difficult film about the hopelessness of a young woman with her needlessly crying baby. UNESCO Award winner

Fiction
18 mins


SILVER AWARD WINNERS

1. Still from the film.MY PROMENADE LEADS ME OVER THE ABYSS
Doris Dvorak (Austria)

A modern student looks back at the life and works of the eccentric Viennese artist, Egon Schiele.

Documentary
22 mins

2. Still from the film.INTROSPECTION
Jean-Marc Lonfils (Belgium)

Imaginative visualisation of a young girl's difficult choice between joining her friends in college or following her dream to be a professional dancer. (English narration)

Fiction
10 mins


3. Still from the film.UNDER THE BLUE SKY
Martin Salinas (Argentina)

A love song accompanies young girls who giggle as they play with makeup and necklaces. But the revelation is more thought provoking.

Fiction
9 mins

4. Still from the film.LILA
Sebastian Dietsch (Argentina)

An amusing story (with some bad language) about Lila, the football team's lucky mascot. But where is she and will she get to the final on time?

Fiction
16 min


5. Still from the film.THE NAKED HOURS
Igor Bezinovic (Croatia) Film School Category

A slow paced story of a father who has difficulty sharing bad news.

Fiction
20 mins


BRONZE AWARD WINNERS

1. Still from the film.THE DANCE IS OVER, MARIJA!
Natko Stipanicev (Croatia)

A bleak tale of pollution told in beautiful 3D animation

Animation
9 mins

2. Still from the film.I HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED
Franka Stas (Netherlands)

Portrait of a French artist working in papier-mache.

Documentary
20 mins

3. Still from the film.THOSE WHO WALK AGAINST THE WIND
Bastien Clement Simon (France)

'The everyday lot of the destitute.' The homeless are given a quiet voice in this sensitive film.

Documentary/Fiction
11 mins

4. Still from the film.CROSSOVER
Fabian Grodde (Germany)

An imaginative CGI animation with religious overtones as firebugs come face to face with the master spider.

Animation
6 mins

5. Still from the film.STEPS OF LOSS
Joshua Enblom (Sweden)

Imaginative and sesitive exploration of the stages of grief and memories of happier days.

Fiction
7 mins

6. Still from the film.SON OF POVERTY
Nidhal Ben Hessine (Tunisia)

An unusual and confusing mix of styles of photography, art and animation as a mane collects and recycles waste - only French subtitles.

Fiction
11 mins


DIPLOMA OF HONOUR

1. Still from the film.MARIA
Monica Lairana (Argentina)

Hard to take image of a backstreet prostitute's life. (Strong sexual content.)

Fiction
14.mins

2. Still from the film.REFLECTIONS IN POWDER
Gabriel Rizzo (France)

A complex tale as Juan, a drug addict and dealer, tries to understand the animosity felt between his father and his dying uncle.

Fiction
14 mins


WORLD MINUTE MOVIE CUP - TOP FOUR

The UNICA compilation also includes the final four winners in the One-Minute Cup. I will say nothing except to wish you enjoyable viewing. The final winner was the German entry.
1 MERRY CHRISTMAS
Frank Dietrich (Germany)

Fiction
1 min

2. LEISTUNGSDRUCK
Leonhard Walti (Austria)

Fiction
1 min


3. DIALOGUE
Vladimir Iliev (Bulgaria)

Fiction
1 min

4. IN THE PHARMACY
Filmclub Volkermarkt (Austria)
Fiction
1 min

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