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MMSD 2021 JULY: On The Rocks

ON THE ROCKS
Programmer: Angelique MULLER
Program duration: 01:02:00

Programmer’s note:
Malta, might be one of the smallest European countries, it has nevertheless managed to make a name for itself in the world of cinema. Indeed, the Mediterranean archipelago home to the largest water tank studio in Europe has been servicing the film industry for close to 100 years; welcoming productions such as Alan Parker’s Midnight Express, Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy, Steven Spielberg’s Munich to name a few…

However, indigenous productions are still in their infancy with an average of 2 feature films and 5 short films made each year.

Angelique Muller has curated the short film selection of the Valletta Film festival from 2015 to 2019. The program she has put together for this month Minikino is infused metaphorical images and socio-political satire which she hopes fellow islanders will likewise relate to.

Download catalog program here


SCREENING SCHEDULE
FREE ENTRY / PLEASE COME EARLY / COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS APPLIED

MASH Denpasar
Friday, 27 August 2021, 19:00 WITA
jl. Pulau Madura no.3, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
map: https://minikino.org/mashdenpasar

Rescheduled to Friday, 27 August 2021 – 19:00 WITA (UTC+8)
@MASH Denpasar Art House Cinema
due to the Bali’s lockdown and restrictions.

Register now at https://minikino.org/mmsd-aug
(max. 20 audience limit applied. You have to be COV19 vaccinated (at least 1st shot) &/ Show antigen test result
And committed to follow all the safety & health protocols during the screening)

Alliance Francaise Bali
Saturday, 24 July, 19.00 WITA (CANCELLED DUE TO BALI’S LOCKDOWN)
Jl. Raya Puputan I No.13A, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
maps: https://minikino.org/AFBali

Rumah Film Sang Karsa, Buleleng
Sunday, 25 July, 17.00 WITA (CANCELLED DUE TO BALI’S LOCKDOWN)
km 13.2, Jl. Seririt, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
map: https://minikino.org/sangkarsa

Tempakultura
Sunday, 25 Juli 2021, 19:00 WITA (CANCELLED DUE TO BALI’S LOCKDOWN)
Jl. Dukuh Indah, Kerobokan, Bali
maps: https://g.page/tempakultura

Uma Seminyak
Saturday, 31 July 2021, 19:00 WITA (CANCELLED DUE TO BALI’S LOCKDOWN)
Jl. Kayu Cendana No. 1 Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
map: https://minikino.org/umaseminyak


CUT IT OUT
Inez Kristina (director & writer) / 00:07:00 / Denmark / 2021
Tara is being guided to defuse a bomb in a school, which leads her into a surrealistic situation she has to escape from.

Inez Kristina Baldacchino is a Director and Visual Artist from Malta. She graduated from The Animation Workshop in early 2021 and is finishing off a 6-issue comic series called ‘MIBDUL’.

Her focus is mainly on directing, experimenting, and exploring storytelling in a variety of different mediums and styles.


RAGEL TAL-KLIEB (The Dog Man)
Samuel Sultana (director) & Stephanie Sant (writer) / 00:16:00 / Malta / 2018
After spending his life controlled by an over-bearing wife, a widowed old man gives in to his desires, adopts dozens of dogs and ultimately is consumed by his own obsessions.

Samuel Sultana’s debut short film is a dark drama based on a short story by celebrated Maltese author Oliver Friggieri. Samuel came across this story whilst a teenager and the graphic nature of the protagonist’s spiral stayed with him over the years.

www.shadeena.com


MR TEDDY IS ANGRY
Fabrizio Ellul (director) / 00:04:00 / Malta / 2021
A Giant Teddy Appears in the Valletta Harbour. Media goes into a frenzy. Soon havoc follows.

Fabrizio Ellul has over 12 years of experience working in the visual arts, communication and education. He founded Filfla Studio in 2020 as a vehicle to tell stories in different formats. Filfla Studio’s first story ‘Filfla’ – a self funded short animation (2019) – won the Kinemastik International Short Film Festival Audience Award.It was followed up by ‘The Sarangu – A Maltese folktale’ (a graphic novel – 2022) and ‘Mr Teddy is Angry’ a short animation ( 2021).

https://www.facebook.com/filfla.studio


SHEEP
Thomas Georgi (director & writer) / 00:11:00 / Malta / 2018
A German documentary film-crew follows, for one day, a Maltese police officer at his post in the Maltese sun, where he guards a group of illegal sheep. The fictional story takes place in Malta, whereas the real situation it is.

After completing a four-year acting program and first engagements (among others at Schauspiel Köln) in Cologne, Thomas co-founded the Berlin theatre ensemble „Portfolio Inc.“ in Berlin, for developing and premiering original material at various Berlin theaters. The performances have been hosted in various cities around Germany and the group was nominated for the Friedrich Luft-award, among others.

Besides performing various parts in film and on TV, he also worked as author and presenter’s-coach for the german remake of a succesful Dutch TV-format. This introduced him to the creative productional work in film. SHEEP is Thomas Georgiadis’ directing debut in film.

https://www.facebook.com/sheepthefilm


TOXICITY
Angelique Muller (director & writer) / 00:11:00 / Malta / 2018
The EU lottery – dreams of Eldorado, tax evasion… or plain suicide? In a place where things, ironically, come to die, best friends become worst enemies.

French National, Angelique Muller was born in Clermont-Ferrand (63). She studied Communications and Film studies at the University of Malta. Her graduation short film Ward Sixty6 won the grand prize at the Tangier film festival in 2006 and earned her a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in screenwriting at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She carried on training as an assistant director at the CEFPF in Paris and has been working between France and Malta ever since. In 2015 she joined the Film Grain Foundation and curated various selections of the Valletta Film Festival. Angélique had just completed her new short film Johnny Johnny produced by Bizibi (Paris) and Dimanche Soir (Clermont-Ferrand) with the support ARTE France, the Corsican Collectivity, The French National Film Fund (CNC) and Studio Off-courts. She is currently in post-production of her first documentary project Amateurs produced by Triade Films (Paris) which follows the struggles of an amateur theatre troop to keep culture alive in rural France.

https://www.facebook.com/angelique.muller.927


HALLINI HANINI (Let me be, dear)
Samira Damato (director & writer) / 00:14:00 / Malta / 2020
Malta, 1964. A family is thrown into financial and emotional turmoil as British influence starts to dwindle on the island of Malta. To protect her mother from her father’s temper, Mariella, a mischievous little girl, plots to get rid of him.

Samira Damato (DE/MT – 1990), is an Amsterdam-based filmmaker and curator. Graudate with a BA in Fine Art from the KABK (NL), MA in Lens-based media from the Piet Zwart Institute (NL), and an MA in Film theory and visual culture from the University of Antwerp (BE). She has completed 2 short films with support of the Malta Film Commission, ‘Ziemel’ (2016) and ‘Hallini Hanini’ (2020). From 2018-2021 she was a curator for the World Press Photo Foundation, and functioned as the Digital Storytelling Exhibitions lead. She is currently employed with the Studio Roosegaarde (NL).

https://hallinihanini.com/


ABOUT THE PROGRAMMER

French National, Angelique Muller was born in Clermont-Ferrand (63). She studied Communications and Film studies at the University of Malta. Her graduation short film Ward Sixty6 won the grand prize at the Tangier film festival in 2006 and earned her a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in screenwriting at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She carried on training as an assistant director at the CEFPF in Paris and has been working between France and Malta ever since. In 2015 she joined the Film Grain Foundation and curated various selections of the Valletta Film Festival.

Angélique had just completed her new short film Johnny Johnny produced by Bizibi (Paris) and Dimanche Soir (Clermont-Ferrand) with the support ARTE France, the Corsican Collectivity, The French National Film Fund (CNC) and Studio Off-courts. She is currently in post-production of her first documentary project Amateurs produced by Triade Films (Paris) which follows the struggles of an amateur theatre troop to keep culture alive in rural France.

IG: @angangeangelangelique
https://www.facebook.com/angelique.muller.927

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