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Awards 2008

Award for Best Animated Film:

Nominations:

Pushkin, Director: Trevor Hardy
Raubbau / Depletion, Director: Christian Schleisiek
The Roboteers / Memories of a Dreamer, Directors: Karl Maddix and Adam Cook

Winner: The Roboteers

Award for Best Documentary Film:

Nominations:

Bomb Harvest, Director: Kim Mordaunt
The Caravan of Manuscripts, Directors: Lidia Peralta Garcia
Memorias de un Soador / Memories of a Dreamer, Director: Alisson Larrea

Winner: Memorias de un Soador

Award for Best Short Film:

Nominations:

Bloodline, Director: Rupert Bryan
El Mesengero / The Messenger, Director: Roberto Rossi
Hold on, Director: Damien Roussineau

Winner: Bloodline

Award for Best Feature Film:

Nominations:

The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary / La Controvertida historia de Maria la Sanguinaria, Director: Chris Barnard
Karma: Crime, Passion, Reincarnation, Director: M R Shahjahan
Fraternalmente / Fraternally, Director: Javier Gorleri

Winner: Karma: Crime, Passion, Reincarnation

Award for 24 hour Film Challenge:

Nominations, Audience Award†, Jury Award*:

*Cam Murders, by Team Express
†*Death Dancers, by Team Frankenstein
†*A Perfect Mess, by Lanning / Wilkins
†Sex in the Bathroom, by Trash bin films

Winner: Death Dancers (Jury vote & audience choice)
Winner: A Perfect Mess (Jury runner up)

Shorts 2008

Porque Hay Cosasquenuncase Olvidan (Because there are things you never forget)

Country: Spain
Language: Italian (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 13 min
Director: Lucas Figueroa

www.porquehaycosasquenuncaseolvidan.com

Naples (Italy), 1950. Four friends are playing soccer out on the street when their ball is accidentally kicked into the evil old lady’s yard. They’ll never play with their ball again ? and for that the revenge will be deadly.

Hold on

Country: France
Language: English, Spanish, French (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 12 min
Director: Damien Roussineau
New York. In the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Max hears a baby laughing. Nobody around. It comes from a garbage can…

Made in Japan

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 5 min
Director: Ciro Altabás
“My mother admitted that the man who I thought was my father was not my father”

A Million Pounds Don’t Come For Free

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2007
Length: 8 min
Director: Samuel Dore
Cast: Tom Bonington, Andy Bainbridge, Roberto Gomez Martin, Hal Draper, Lewis Barfoot
The story of a down-on-his-luck Deaf crook who has stolen £1million from the wrong people and two violent criminals using whatever methods to try and find out where he has hidden the money but with a large amount of money waiting to be found we see how far people will go…

Fereshtegan Dar Khak Mimirand / Angels Die in the Soil

Country: Iran/Iraq
Language:
Year: 2008
Length: 30 min
Director: Babak Amini
Cast: Donya Ghobadi, Pedram seifoori

Trailer

An Iraqi-Kurdish girl earns a living for her ill father by selling Iranian soldiers’ bones remained from the Iran-Iraq war. One day she comes across terrorists incident involving an American soldier on her way back home. She involves herself in the incident by trying to help him.

Baby Love

Country: Portugal
Language: No dialogues
Year: 2007
Length: 1 min
Director: Miguel Estima
Cast: Miguel Estima
A young priest’s erotic dream. When he wakes up is confronted with a reality not pleasant.

Basura / Rubbish

Country: SPAIN
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 15 min
Director: Leandro Solari

http://www.cecc.es/

Ernesto works at an abattoir. Despite the company of his wife, Mercedes he feels very much alone in life. The loss of their son at the hands of the Death Squads that kill whit impunity even orphan children scrounging on the streets, will affect them for ever and lead their lives to radical changes.

Moresure / Bitten

Country: France
Language: french (English subtitles)
Year: 2006
Length: 13 min
Director: David Morley
Cast: Luz Mando, Frederic Maranber, Didier Menin, Edith Le Merdy
It’s dark times, authorities have requested confinement. One night a young woman is pursued by an armed man, but she manages to take refuge with a couple on their isolated farm. The farmer steps outside to face the attacker but doesn’t quite get the reception he’s expecting.

Bloodline

Country: ENGLAND
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 12 min
Director: Rupert Bryan
Writer: Alan Wightman
Cast: Christopher Cazenove (Dynasty, Judge John Deed, A Knights Tale) Melanie Gutteridge (The Bill) Moonie King Laurentiu Possa.

http://www.mphfilm.com/

London. Today. After taking a group of bloodthirsty tourists on a macabre and visceral Jack The Ripper Murder Walk, tour guide and expert in Ripperology, Peter Draycott (Cazenove) is approached by one of the group, writer Laura Turner (Gutteridge) Who tells him that she has almost completed a book that will finally reveal the Rippers true identity. When he dismisses her book, albeit in a charming manner, as yet one more un-provable Ripper theory, Laura decides to follow Peter through the back streets of the East End to the hidden place where he does his research. Confronting Peter in his lair with her theory regarding why the Ripper was never caught, Laura is suddenly and shockingly caught up in a chilling, blood-soaked climax?

Captive

Country: UK
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 9mins 20 secs
Director: Gus Alvarez
Cast: David Cann, Jonathan Rhodes, Anthony Tyler, Derek Horsham, Dan Poole, Pedro Theye, Joanna King

Trailer

A man is held captive, threatened and mentally tortured by his captors. An anxious boardroom gathers to watch the resulting hostage tape; the tension mounts as it draws to its inevitable, traumatic conclusion… But events are even more sinister than they initially appear.

The Cleaner

Country: UK
Language: English & Russian
Year: 2007
Length: 13 min
Director: Noel Kearns
Cast: Yuri Stepanaov, Rad Lazar, Dan Robb, Lawrence McGrandles, Gemma Robinson, June O’Donovan, Ms Choat, Shaban Arafi, Simon Rhodes

http://www.maitlandimrose.com/

Stefan is an emigrant night-cleaner at a London hospital, who is called upon to translate for an injured foreign man who has been rushed into Accident & Emergency. But Stefan recognises the patient as a brutal warlord from their former war-torn homeland. Now, will he help save the man’s life or take the ultimate revenge?

Peutas / Doors

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 10 min
Director: Roberto Go
Ismael’s life changes completely when, one night, his grandfather reads him the tale Ali Baba and the forty thieves, also revealing him that the magic spell works?

A l’epreuve des fleurs / Flowerproof

Country: France
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 15 min
Director: Artemio Benki
Judith and Carl are in a relationship with each other. One morning, Judith receives flowers. She receives them again the following day, the next day, and so on. Carl begins to have doubts… Following the rhythm of the flowers deliveries, their relationship falls down…

Meat Market

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2007
Length: 20.54
Director: Mark Withers
Cast: Joanna Curtis David Corden Sarah Ashton James Atkinson

Trailer

An actress attends an audition only to be insulted and interrogated by the male casting director. Preparing to walk out, the girl is confronted by his friendlier female colleague who pacifies the situation, temporarily…

Safe Zone

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2007
Length: 16 min
Director: Carlo Ortu
Cast: Ian Attfield, Colin Holt, Michael Gilroy, Caroline Parker,Amy Enticknap
A soldier returns from the war in Afghanistan and finds the peace he wants is hard to find. Seeking refuge, solace and safety in the English countryside he finds himself harassed by an increasingly threatening individual.

Slapping Christie

Country: Australia
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 15 min
Director: Mitchell Forrester
Cast: Sam Herde, Suzie Stapleton, Jonathan Katz
What would you do if your ex-lover started sleeping with your housemate?

Sucker

Country: UK
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 12:30
Director: Keir Black
The man with the most boring job in the world is desperate to break the monotony – but excitement comes in a form he’d never have wanted…

It happened / Sucedo

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 12 min
Director: David Chernovetzk
Miriam must go to the town where her uncle died to bury him following the Jewish traditions.

La Ultima Vez / The last time

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish / no dialogue
Year: 2007
Length: 13 min
Director: Jorge Amaya
Lorenzo, a shy photographer, is obsessed by the beautifull woman living in front of (outside) his window. She is obsessed by Marilyn Monroe. Death will unite their obsessions.

El Mesengero / The Messenger

Country: SPAIN
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles?)
Year: 2008
Length: 8 min
Director: Roberto Rossi
An old man’s quiet stroll is interrupted by a series of occurrences. An unknown woman saves him from being run over by a car. An encounter with an old friend whom he hasn’t seen in twenty years triggers an avalanche of events that lead to his own self discovery in a way that he never imagined – and discovers that love prevails …

Tomorrow’s Forecast

Country: UK
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles?)
Year: 2007
Length: 14:42
Director: David Hewit
Cast: James Hillier, Cathy Howse, Remi Wilson
Darren can’t remember what happened. Images fire through his mind and he is unable to piece them together. Through a conversation with his mysterious friend, he slowly recalls moments of his recent past leading up to his memory loss. He is then faced with a decision that will challenge his personal, professional and moral future.

Trip

Country: UK
Language: English
Year:
Length: 15 min
Director: Harry Wootliff

www.yippfilms.com/drama/trip

A father wants to reconnect with his kids. In his frustration he is no longer capable of rational thought. Trip is an emotionally charged tale about a dad who tries to do the right thing by his two daughters but chooses the worst way to go about it.

Animations 2008

Pushkin

Country: UK
Language: no dialogue
Year: 2007
Length: 5 min
Director: Trevor Hardy

www.foolhardyfilms.com

Poor Mrs Dombilard has lost her cat, ‘Pushkin’. Will she ever see him again? Where is her little darling?

Sun in the night time

Country: UK
Language: no dialogue
Year: 2007
Length: 3 min
Director: Anne Wilkins

Trailer

A mother hopelessly waits for her lost son to return, whilst her young daughter plays with a strange imaginary friend.

Cabaret Kadne

Country: Spain
Language: no dialogue
Year: 2008
Length: 5 min
Director: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Otto and Lola, two cabaret artists, fill their lives with their passion: acting.

Khoda

Country: Scotland
Language: English
Year: 2008
Length: 5 min
Director: Reza Dolatabadi

Trailer

What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film that would meet high personal standards. Khoda is a psychological thriller; a student project which was seen as a ?mission impossible? by many people but eventually proved possible!

Raubbau / Depletion

Country: Germany
Language: no dialogue
Year: 2008
Length: 5 min
Director: Christian Schleisiek
A funny but profound metaphor for the naive egoism in everyone, which enriches and wrecks us the same time.

Tanhaai / Solitude

Country: Iran
Language: no dialogue
Year: 2008
Length: 10 min
Director: Mehrdad Sheikhan
A stone colossus has lived a lonely life on his barren planet for thousands of years. Worn out by his solitude he decides to change his fate.

The Roboteers

Country: Spain/UK
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 7 min
Director: Karl Maddix and Adam Cook
v/o: Ellis Ware Joshua Tomar Noah Scammon Peter Ware

Trailer

In a Land ruled by a tyrannical King and his Royal Robot Army, only Eric – courageous leader of the Roboteers – can save the day.

Documentaries 2008

Bomb Harvest

Country: Australia
Language: English and Lao (with English subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 88 min
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Lemur Films, Bondi, Sydney

Trailer

Laos: the most bombed country, per capita, on the planet. Australian bomb disposal specialist Laith Stevens has to train a new young big bomb team to deal with bombs left from the US Secret War, but meanwhile, the local children are out hunting for bomb scrap metal. This timely story is terrifying and yet filled with eccentric characters and moments of humour, vividly depicting the consequences of war and the incredible bravery of those trying to clear up the mess.

The Caravan of Manuscripts

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (with English subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 50 min
Director: Lidia Peralta Garcia

www.cedecom.es

From the 8th to the 15th centuries, during the period of al-Andalus, the Islamic Spain, a huge amount of scientific books was produced. When the Muslims left Spain, many of them took their manuscripts with them. Today we can find them in family libraries all along the Route of the Caravans, in Morrocco, Mauritania and Mali. From Toledo to Timbuktu this documentary film follows the tracks of the manuscripts from al-Andalus. The main characther, Ismael Diadié Haidara, the owner of the Andalusian Library of Timbuktu (Mali) has spent many years to recover the manuscripts of his ancestors, who lived in al-Andalus.

Memorias de un Soador / Memories of a Dreamer

Country: Canada
Language: English (with Spanish subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 50 min
Director: Alisson Larrea
Enfoque Productions Inc.
Cast: Felix Mora
“Memories of a dreamer” is a first hand account of the hardship suffered by a political prisoner of Chile’s cruel 1973 and inhumane dictatorship. More than 30 years after, Felix Mora relives the shocking details of the human rights abuses he suffered, his escape from the dictatorship, and the challenges he faced as an exile in Italy and Canada. Exile was meant to silence those who fought the regime. For Felix, exile became a catalyst to fight for freedom and democracy. Escaping to Italy first, he then settled in Canada and resumed the struggle for freedom in his country. Through this journey, Felix looks for the answer to the struggle that has been his life: Can he ever repatriate to his birthplace and belong to Chile again, or has this experience changed him to a point of no return? Archival footage, dramatization and personal narratives bring to light an emotionally jolting and inspirational film where terror and injustice are overcome by courage and determination. The film also challenges the assumption that refugees cannot participate in their homeland’s struggles from abroad and still build successful lives in their adopted countries. It is also a testament to the lives of many Chilean exiles.

The Calling

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2006-7
Length: 50 min
Director: Stuart Kershaw

http://www.inthedarkproductions.co.uk/

The mark of an immature man is that he wishes to die for an unworthy cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wishes to live humbly for a worthy one. Wilhelm Stekel The Calling is an exploration of man’s lust for adventure and the extraordinary places it can lead him.From the monotony of western living to the magnetic attraction of the warfront, filmmaker Sam Fazackerley follows the young men willing to risk all in order to realise their heroic desires and examines how youthful notions of sacrifice can be exploited by mass movements. Fazackerley explores why the jarhead marine is indoctrinated like the Islamist suicide-bomber. How the wandering hermit shapes himself a new vision of the world from his isolation in the wild; and the parallels between these opposing quests for understanding. As he moves closer to understanding his private motivations, Fazackerley must suspend balanced rationale like the radicals around him, if he is to understand the priceless gift of belonging.

The Elephant In The Room

Country: UK
Language: English
Year: 2008
Length: 95 min
Director: Dean Puckett
The Elephant in the Room is a documentary following British filmmaker Dean Puckett through his journey into the 9/11 Truth Movement: a global movement of conspiracy theorists who believe that the official explanation about what happened on 9/11 is totally or partially inaccurate. The filmmakers travel from middle England, across Europe and to New York for the six year anniversary of the attacks, where the film takes one final twist as we are introduced to the 9/11 first responders who are suffering from various grave health difficulties due to the toxic dust that they breathed in, whilst trying to help their country during the weeks after this tragic event. Told with a personal hands on approach that avoids advancing any one position, the film asks the question: are these crazy conspiracy theorists? Or is 9/11 Truth a credible political movement?

El laberinto marroque / The Moroccan Labyrinth

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish, Arab, Berber, French (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 53 min
Director:Julio Sánchez Veiga
Cast: Omar Omar Benis; Amar Nboukhar Haj Selam, Mouth Benaissa … Maria Rosa de Madariaga, Gustau Nerin, Sebastian Balfour, Gabriel Jackson, Andree Bachoud etc.

Trailer

Fascism plunges its roots into colonialism. For Spain, the domination of Northern Africa implied a long and absurd war that profoundly contributed to the polarization of society. For the inhabitants of the colonial territory, the military occupation provided them with a motivation to unite and fight a common enemy. This documentary explores the reasons and consequences of a colonial conflict whose epilogue was the Spanish Civil War. A war that swept up thousands of indigenous Moroccans. Those who historically had been the traditional enemies of Spain, became the firm allies of the Francoist fraction, and they went to kill and to die in a conflict that was never their own.

Features 2008

Black Forest Gateau

Country: Spain
Language: English ( Spanish Subtitles?)
Year: 2008
Length: 104 min
Director: Mike Naylor
Cast: Lynn Halliday Steve Tomlinson Colin Pollard Dorothy Clarke Gloria Harding Trevor Cooper Ken Stevens

http://wrinklyfilm.com
Trailer

Set on the mediterranean coast, a group of retired Brits are spending their winter months, reminiscing and putting the World to right. Inspired by a recent news item about a blundered post office robbery, they begin to think that they could plan the perfect heist…

Kai as buvau partizanas / When I was a partisan

Country: Lithuania
Language: (English Subtitles)
Year: 2008
Length: 60 min
Director: Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Cast: Gediminas Storpirstis Algimantas Masiulis Ruta Staliliunaite Vincentas Ramelis

Trailer

Involving Soviet occupation and Lithuania’s partisan battles after WWII. These events are linked to the current times. The movie is seen through the eyes of a modern person who was never directly a part of those complicated times but who, somehow, lands in the postwar era via memories. The lead role is a theater actor [Storpirstis] performing in a play about partisans entitled Bunker. While performing he falls through a crack in time, into certain circumstances, visions and hallucinations and into a past period. Within it he sees himself as a boy who has landed into the whirlwind of war, into the partisan resistance. He comprehends the principle that God knows no time and that the past can be consciously seen as well as made right.

Fraternalmente / Fraternally

Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 86 min
Director: Javier Gorleri
Cast: Jorgelina Vera Rodrigo Pedreira Fabian Forte Alcia Vidal Dalila Romero
After many years of estrangement Juan Carlos returns to his old family house to settle down with his siblings, Violeta and Fabián, and gets them involved in his criminal plan. Things get complicated due to their inexperience and the foolishness of the improvised crime.

Karma Police

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2008
Length: 101 min
Director: John Venable
Cast: John Wesley Shipp, Chamblee Ferguson, David Sullivan, Nicole Leigh

http://www.karmapolicemovie.com/
Trailer

The world’s largest secret organization, the Karma Police, recruit do-gooder Charles West as their newest agent. The Karma Police help to ensure that good people are rewarded and not-so-good people are punished. Charles joins the Karma Police, but his motivation for doing so falls into the not-so-good category. As Charles begins doling out rewards and punishments, his involvement with the Karma Police becomes incredibly personal in more ways than one. He is responsible for judging the decisions/actions of others, but in the end, he should have been judging his own.

Karma: Crime, Passion, Reincarnation

Country: India
Language: English
Year: 2008
Length: 97 min
Director: M R Shahjahan
Script writer: Amit Mehra & Vivek Singhania
Cast: Alma saraci, Carlucci Weyant, Vijayendra S Ghatge, Claudia Ciesla, Shanda Renee & DJ Perry

Trailer

The moment Anna alights from the train that brings them to the small town, she unwittingly becomes the medium of events including visions of a murder that took place in the woods surrounding Vik’s father’s home thirty years ago. Even though Anna had never set foot in Ooty, let alone India before, she seems very familiar with the surroundings and even some people. Anna begins to question some people who then see her as a threat. The nightmares occur more frequently and with more specificity. Vik resolves to help Anna and when it is discovered that a murder had indeed taken place thirty years ago, together they try to solve the mystery. The spirit of Linda, raped and murdered thirty years ago, reincarnated as Anna, leads Anna and Vik to the discovery of the identity of the murderer.

South Of Pico

Country: USA/Austria
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 84 min
Director: Ernst Gossner
Cast: Kip Pardue, Gina Torres, Henry Simmons, Christina Hendricks
An emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set present day in Los Angeles, a chauffeur, a waitress, a doctor and a young boy each deal with life’s daily challenges, only to find themselves at the scene of an accident the moment it happens. Riding on emotional overload, the balance of life rests in their hands. The film explores raw emotion and the human condition with brutal honesty. Filled with moments of joy, anticipation, regret and sorrow, South of Pico will take you on a journey to the core of your own soul.

El Cuento de las dos orillas / Tale of the two shores

Country Spain
Language: Español (English Subtitles)
Year: 2007
Length: 68 min
Director: Jesus Armesto Martin
Cast: Javier Ruibal Enrique Morente Maria Sanz Ben Yessef Rafael Sanmartin Gabriel Moreno

http://www.almutafilm.net/
Trailer

A silent present ashamed to be heard and a forbidden history coincide in the same space: the two shores of the strait of Gibraltar. Oblivion falls over both. And for each one, one Spain. One Spain that lies, and another that marginalizes. In the centre, the sea of lost memories.

The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary / La Controvertida historia de Maria la Sanguinaria

Country: UK
Language: English (Spanish Subtitles (tape))
Year: 2008
Length: 104 min
Director: Chris Barnard

www.thetwistedtale.com

The story of Mary I of England, daughter of Henry VIII, who came triumphantly to the throne in 1553 but died 5 years later, in misery and widely hated. They called her “Bloody Mary” for the burning of the Protestants, but was she really such a villain?

Nobody / Ninguno

Country: Canada
Language: English
Year: 2007
Length: 88 min
Director: Shawn Linden
Cast: Costas Mandylor, Ed O’Ross

www.nobodymovie.com
Trailer

In a film- noir nightmare, a shadowy assassin is pursued through the frozen streets of an empty city by an assailant who seems to be around every corner…

Catalogue 2008

Please click here to download the 2008 Marbella International Film Festival catalogue in .pdf format.