HAPPINESS

Heels down, on your feet / Yuko Kamei / Japan / 2004 / 3′04 / 4:3

The protagonist is a full-time office worker who practices dancing at night. Both are important aspects of her life, and neither activity compromises the other. The artist asked her to dress in her office uniform and follow her choreography by dancing outside in the open air. Heels down, On Your Feet is an upbeat expression of freedom and happiness.

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Fehérkék / Rita Bakacs / Hungary-Germany / 2008 / 1′47 / 4:3

I can blow the clouds away so that you can glimpse the sky. The word “fehérkék” has two meanings in Hungarian: “fehér” means white and “kék” means blue. Thus the first meaning is “white-blue”. But “fehérkék” is also the plural of “fehérke”, the diminutive of “fehér”. And so the second meaning is “small white parts”. Féhérkék is an amusing allusion to the way in which happiness can be conjured up with simple means.

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Hello Antenna / Veronika Samartseva & Samo (Anna Bergmann) / Germany / 2008 / 4’40 / 16:9

Hello Antenna is the story of Susie, her mother, the Royal Family and shopping. A musical animation with lots of aeroplanes, moments of happiness and a giant explosion.

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Xiao FuXiao Fu / Sookoon Ang / Singapore / 2009 / 7’27 / 4:3

Xiao Fu writes postcards to her pen pal while hanging out with her younger brother. The physical distance between the young girl and her mysterious pen pal is made more poignant by the carefully interwoven, cute voice-overs, 8 mm home-video footage and an eclectic soundtrack. The film expresses love through companionship and communication.

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CutCut / Wattanapume Laisuwanchai / Thailand / 2012 / 2′ / 16:9 / 4:3

Cut is an excerpt from an experimental music video. It illustrates feelings and souvenirs of a love gone wrong through scratches on photographic portraits. The inspiration came from the pain expressed in the song’s lyrics that relate to the director’s personal story.

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Out loud / Stéphane Gérard / France / 2011 / 5′ / 4:3

Virtual lives allow people to mold themselves into as many new identities as they want. In the end, no one really knows who is behind any of them anymore. However, this other reality hasn’t completely taken over humanity, and sometimes there is still authentic, loud and colourful laughter behind the ordinary “lol”.

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Le Fleuve / Muriel Toulemonde / France / 2001 / 10’50 / 4:3

In the summer, the inhabitants of Bern enjoy themselves by drifting along the Aar River before the eddies become too dangerous. Throughout the afternoon, they walk up the river shore and start again. The sound is inspired by the movement of a wheel that through its rotation transports the laughters of the swimmers.

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You and me / Karsten Krause / Germany / 2009 / 4’/ 4:3

A woman is walking towards her husband’s camera through four decades. A love story on small gauge film accompanied by the voice of another woman, reading a poem by e.e. cummings. Touching, easy and poetic.

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Schaukeln / Steffi Stangl (Camera Christine Herdin) / Germany / 2005 / 3’37 / 4:3

Between a balcony and a living room hangs a swing. The artist takes to the skies and moves like a pendular between the inside and outside. After a while she becomes static and the world passes around.

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Liberty Kids / Moira Tierney / Ireland / 2006 / 5’40 / 4:3

During a super 8 workshop, children filmed and recorded the images and audio of their choice; the filmmaker assembled their material into the finished film. The Liberties is a low-income area of Dublin’s inner city and St. Audoen’s is a public school with meager resources – but one energetic teacher hosted the workshop, which took place during her regular classroom hours.

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A short film about laughter / Nuria Gómez Garrido & Denis D. Lüthi / Germany / 2007 / 10’11 / 4:3

Every two weeks the clowns visit the old people’s home. A tragic and amusing interaction begins…

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Frontière / Isabelle Levenez / France / 2009 / 5’14 / 4:3

Frontière depicts a static and emotionless shot of people immersed in a steam bath, enveloped in silence. The bodies shrouded in steam convey a feeling of quiet happiness.

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