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L´HIFF
SEPTEMBER 15-22 / 2023 BARCELONA

LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - BARCELONA (L'HIFF) Sep 15 - 22 / 2023

ONLINE SCREENINGS

"ALWAYS A CRITIC" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Always a Critic Runtime: 2:53 min Country: United States Director: Jonathan Vinson Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: When a tenured professor is interrupted by a persistent student, he is forced to confront not only his work but also his past.

"THE DOOR OF SIN" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: The Door of Sin Runtime: 01:33:28 min Country: Italy Director: Daniele Zinelli Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: A mysterious gate connects parallel universes and countless alternative versions of the same people; people who are meant to meet again in everchanging situations. Thriller, black humour, gore and splatter mix up together to beget an unfair and larger-than-life movie.

"TEETHING PROBLEMS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Teething Problems Country: Denmark Director: Bilal Hussain Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: A couple decides to rob houses in a wheelchair in order to payback an Irish drug dealer who they owe money too.

"THE SILVER BULLET" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: The Silver Bullet Runtime: 9:26 min Country: Australia Director: Gaston Boulanger Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: A comédie noire set in the deep north of Australia. When the heat becomes unbearable our heroine finds a solution with a silver lining.

"OMNIPOTENT RESOLUTION"-LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Omnipotent Resolution Runtime: 9:20 min Country: USA Director: Uniqueness Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: This is a short film of the song, “Omnipotent Resolution”, from the band Uniqueness, with a conceptual theme called, reality in dreamscape.

"CHRONOLOVIE" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Chronolovie Runtime: 7:52 min Country: France Director: Victor Cesca & Clémence Rocand Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: A look, a melody, that's how their love story begins. Suspended above the ocean, the couple progress where music, dance steps, and emotions intermingle. Two souls, one life: this is the story of Chronolovie.

"IN BETWEEN" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: In Between Runtime: 5:00 min Country: USA Director: Anabella Lenzu Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: "In Between", a short film by Anabella Lenzu, exposes the inner dialogue of a woman in her roles as mother and artist. Lenzu shows the struggles, the desires, and the internal contradictions that make visible the vulnerability of the performer.

"FIRST TIME" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: First Time Runtime: 3:50 min Country: United States Director: Scotty Baker Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: A short philosophical debate some 300 years into the future from today.

"SOIL" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Soil Runtime: 11:00 min Country: United States Director: Sam Lembeck Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: A young man tries to grow an oak tree by combining soil, an acorn, and the ashes of his dead father. (Dramedy).

"TO FATHER" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: To Father Runtime: 33:02 min Country: Korea, Republic of Director: Jae-Feel Hwang Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Kyung-ku, who had been raised by his stepfather, falls into debt and moves in with his biological father. But one day, he hears that his stepfather passed away as an unclaimed dead, so he goes to see him.

"2:32 AM" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: 2:32am Runtime: 10:00 min Country: Australia Director: Joshua Allan Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Two strangers connect over shared feelings of aimlessness, loneliness and the desire for genuine friendship.

"NO TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR"-LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: No Time Off For Good Behavior Runtime: 6:55min Country: United States Director: Christopher Riley Nominated: Pending...(Aug 2023) Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: On the day a young black mother will be sent away, she must entrust her infant daughter to the care of her own disapproving mother. Both women struggle to find some small measure of connection at this terrible moment of forced parting.

"APRIL FOOL'S DAY" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: April Fool's Day Runtime: 13:38 min Country: Mexico Director: Luis Arrieta Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: She and Him live together and love each other. He wants to have kids and She is not so sure. Everything changes when He believes She is pregnant. He realizes that maybe having kids with Her is not what he really wants.

"NOMAN" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Noman Runtime: 16:00 min Country: United States Director: Matt Robb Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: To boost her online popularity, Youtuber Amber and her boyfriend Johnny set up an occult ritual for her upcoming livestream. Little did they know, supernatural forces are at play, leading to deadly results.

"WHERE DID THE LOVE GO" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Where Did The Love Go Runtime: 26:24 min Country: Denmark Director: Bilal Hussain Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: A woman suddenly goes missing and the local police have no idea of her whereabouts. Their attention soon turn to a pair of out-of-town suspects, who were involved in the killing of three women a year ago. Will the police be able to find the missing woman before it’s too late?

"INVICTUS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Invictus Runtime: 15:00 min Country: Spain Director: KEVEN GONZALEZ Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Felipe's life is abruptly interrupted when he suffers a stroke. He was marking exams for his university students one day and he suddenly finds himself disabled in a hospital bed: unable to speak, walk, sit up or use his right arm. His neurorehabilitation begins at the ICOT Ciudad de Telde Hospital, but he is very frustrated and is not making any progress in his rehabilitation. Its team of professionals is committed to his treatment, but something within him must change in order to get better. Thanks to the support of his therapists, one day something awakens within him and he manages to overcome his stroke.

"LOOSEN UP" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Loosen Up: The Short Runtime: 7:45 min Country: United States Director: Maddy Murphy, Evan Macedo Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: 18 year old Charlie is eager to get to college where she can finally escape her overbearing parents and put her obsession with self-pleasure to rest using a more socially accepted pleasure. Unfortunately, it's there that she discovers sex isn't quite as easy as it looks. Feeling more like a freak than ever before, Charlie must come to terms with an unexpected diagnosis: vaginismus.

"INVISIBLE CORPS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Invisible Corps Runtime: 56:46 min Country: United States Director: Chris Schueler Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Who protects the health of the citizens of the United States? This program explains the evolution of the Public Health Service and the PHS Commissioned Corps. Although invisible, they touch millions of lives every day: from fluoridated water to an America free of malaria. Narrated by Ali MacGraw, the program examines the importance of public health and how the USPHS Commissioned Corps role in health care, research and disaster relief keeps our country safe and healthy.

"LAST TRIAL -A STAR WARS COLLATERAL STORY" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Last Trial - A Star Wars Collateral Story Runtime: 11:48 min Country: Spain Director: Marino Darés Nominated: Pending...(Aug 2023) Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: 18 years after the great Jedi purge and the rise of the galactic empire, a lost padawan acting as a rebel spy and a rookie stormtrooper face the hardest and most important trial of their lives whilst surrounded by a storm of smoke, fire and thousands of blaster bolts. Last Trial is a nonprofit unofficial Star Wars fanfilm shot in El Teide, Canary Islands with the collaboration of the official administration of the Teide national park and the Star Wars fan group Fuerza Imperial de Tenerife. It is not intended for commercial use and it is not associated in any way to Disney or Lucasfilm.This fanfilm has not been premiered and it is not open to the public on the internet.

"TOKYO REFLECTXIONS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Tokyo Reflect(x)ions Runtime: 3:45 min Country: France Director: Maxime Contour Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Poetic visit of an uninhabited Tokyo, where people and their spirit are only present in any type of reflection.

"EVERLASTING HAPPINESS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Everlasting Happiness Runtime: 11:28 min Country: Australia Director: Deborah White Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: 'The tongue-in-cheek antics of spiritual anarchists fighting for a utopian desire in a battle against the pathology of the post-truth world.' For Everlasting Happiness (2022), anarchist philosophy provides a stepping-stone to explore the utopian idea of love as a political concept— with an overarching theme of love of the most distant. This is not a sentimental notion but a robust love with a revolutionary power. The performance-based video depicts a tongue-in-cheek fantasy of mystical anarchists battling against the facade of the post-truth world. Viewing the actions of love as a deployment of force, this work intertwines supernatural wonder with the spectacle of war. Featuring fictitious characters that defy the rational world, the playful and vibrant video is infused with flower power and animal warriors that open the heart to hope and joy. The fantasy and self-deprecating humour serve to shift perspective and disrupt conditioned patterns of thinking. Inspired by the transformative power of love, the work envisions a battle for a utopian non-place of the imagination.

"BAD CHILD" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Bad Child Runtime: 13:17 min Country: USA Director: Nicole Emilíana Mendez Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (L'HIFF Awards) Synopsis: Bad Child is a short documentary about childhood sexual abuse. The film focuses on the outcomes of one survivor while expert interviews place emphasis on the importance of parental support. Multiple layers of images, sounds, and animation overstimulate the viewer, effectively conveying the complexity of living with trauma.

"WELCOME TO CANDY´S" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Welcome to Candy's Runtime: 13:37 min Country: France Director: Sabine Crossen Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Like in a fairy tale, it only took one glance for Etienne to fall head over heels in love with Candy. When she invites him home for a drink, he discovers that this pretty influencer with a vivid imagination, did not invite him just by chance. But is Etienne ready to play Candy's strange little game?

"SAMPHA" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Sampha Runtime: 20:21 min Country: United Kingdom Director: Nathaniel Bertram, Ethosheia Hylton Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: SAMPHA from CITY MYTHS – an urban horror In what seems to be ordinary suburbia people’s day to day lives and relationships become intertwined when supernatural forces give them what they want…for a PRICE!

"CAMILLE" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Camille Runtime: 11:35 min Country: France Director: Emeric Gallego Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Two women with the name Camille both learned the text and imagine the character the same way for a role. A role that reminds them why they would have liked to be an actress and why this environment is difficult. This short film denounces false castings ... The two Camilles are interpreted in order by Adèle Gotkovsky and Charlotte Arnould

"ARIANE" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Ariane Runtime: 7:00 min Country: France Director: Emeric Gallego Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Ariane gets lost in the metro, wandering in her thoughts and her memories of a first romantic encounter ...

"THE BIRDS OF JADE ROCK" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: The Birds of Jade Rock Runtime: 20:00 min Country: United States Director: Ryan Fenson-Hood
Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Based on a true story, only a selfless surrender and the mystical relic, hidden on a looming island, can give this group of daring young girls a chance to save the life of a sister.

This heartfelt tale, stars an all-female cast of actors who were never shown the script. They filmed the scenes in chronological “story order”. They were always in the moment, never knowing what would happen next, bravely improvising one scene at a time as they experienced the unfolding of the story.

"KREISLERIANA" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Kreisleriana Runtime: 6:50 min Country: Germany Director: Simon Kluth Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: In our performance driven and competitive world, Hanna, a young entrepreneur, and Johnny, an aged actor, are confronted with gender and age discrimination. But instead of submitting to the game, they fight it and make their own rules.

"SYLVIE L´A FAIT" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Sylvie L'a Fait Runtime: 23:00 min Country: Belgium Director: ORVILLE ADRIEN   Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: In hell, labor is inexpensive, and the multinationals of the living world have found a profitable way to subcontract unpleasant tasks. Séverine, dead for 30 years, works in the customer service department of a large e-commerce company with the hypothetical promise of going to heaven if she works hard. Her only daily pleasure is to follow her son's orders as they are placed and to see him grow up through the purchases he makes. One day, her son dies in his turn but leaves for heaven. The contact is lost. Séverine will do everything she can to skip the steps in a company dehumanized by its hierarchy and get her ticket to heaven.

"FIGHT OR FLIGHT" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Fight or Flight Runtime: 7:28 min Country: New Zealand Director: Michelle Mae Cameron Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: A beautifully crafted, partly-animated doco series about resilience and anxiety, “Fight or Flight” interviewed 12 young people about their challenges with anxiety or depression. Each episode takes a deep dive into their most difficult moment in life and how they found freedom. From postpartum depression and masculinity to abusive relationships and family breakdowns, each participant brings incredible wisdom and humanity to the table.

"PRIMA NOI" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Prima Noi Runtime: 14:25 min Country: Italy Director: Benjamin Jr. Vasquez Barcellano Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: A disturbed man fearlessly voices his opinions and reacts as driven by personal values. His moral compass guides his behavior. Will it provide guidance in making an ethical decision in an unexpected life-changing situation?

"BAJO LA SOMBRA DEL CIPRES" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Bajo la sombra del ciprés Runtime: 15:10 min Country: Spain Director: Raquel Durán Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Julio must deal with his feelings due to the terminal illness that his sister is going through.

"CAMINOS" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Caminos Runtime: 12:09 min Country: Spain Director: ??? Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Caminos is the internal conflict of a neighborhood boy when choosing where he wants to focus his life.

"VINE" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Vine Runtime: 17:13 min Country: Spain Director: Lluís Bogunyà Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Carlos has a sex addiction and will put their relationship to the test when she has to go away for a few days.

"BULLICIO DE AMOR" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: Bullicio de amor Runtime: 07:21 min Country: Spain Director: Lluís Bogunyà Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Carlos has a sex addiction and will put their relationship to the test when she has to go away for a few days.

"POR DENTRO" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: POR DENTRO Runtime: 10:37 min Country: Spain Director: Darío García y Giu Puigvert Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Martín, son of a humble family, discovers a hidden gift for music, but because of the circumstances in which he lives, he has to choose between if and his job.

"THE WASHING MACHINE" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: THE WASHING MACHINE Runtime: 06:33 min Country: SPAIN Director: DIANE MALHERBE Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis:

"REPLAY" - LOVE & HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Title: REPLAY Runtime: 17:37 min Country: SPAIN Director: YANN GIL Awards Night: September 22, 2023 - Gala 19:00h (LHIFF Awards) Synopsis: Héctor, a teenager passionate about music, loses his hearing after an accident. Because of this, he distances himself from his music-loving friends because he feels that they no longer share anything, but he will discover that friendship is what really unites them.

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