The program of the feature films competition "Youth on the march" of the 25th MIFF "Listapad"

FEATURE FILMS COMPETITION "YOUTH ON THE MARCH"

Lila AVILÉS
THE CHAMBERMAID
Mexico

Young Eve works as a chambermaid in one of Mexico City's most luxurious hotels, an exclusive glass tower inhabited by guests so wealthy she can only imagine their lives through intimate fantasies around the belongings they've left behind. Long, laborious shifts prevent Eve from caring for her son while she helps guests with their own children. Believing her situation will improve if she is promoted to work in the executive suites, she accepts a grueling schedule...

Phuttiphong AROONPHENG
MANTA RAY
Thailand, France, China

Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend’s life – his house, his job and his ex-wife…

Rohena GERA
SIR
India, France

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable…

Ere GOWDA
BALEKEMPA
India

A village bangle seller and his wife cannot conceive a child. The villagers gossip. In this close-knit patriarchal community in South India, hidden desires and relationships find a way to exist. Will the husband's secret ever come out?

LI Xiaofeng
ASH
China

A decade ago, a medical student and a steelworker become pen-friends when they chance upon the same copy of Leo Tolstoy's "Resurrection". Off the page, passion and hatred mingle and two murders are committed, and the two friends part ways. A young police officer starts to investigate, but in vain. A decade later, the young graduate student has become a renowned doctor, and has married his sweetheart. The steelworker returns to the city, bringing with him his handicapped girlfriend. Meanwhile, the police officer can't shake off the unsolved mystery of the murder cases.

João SALAVIZA, Renée NADER MESSORA
THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS
Brazil, Portugal

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. 15 year old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it´s time to organize the funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead´s village. But denying his duty and in order to escape a crucial process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.

Daniel SANDU
ONE STEP BEHIND THE SERAPHIM
Romania

Romania, nowadays. 15-year-old Gabriel wants to become a priest. He is thereby admitted to an Orthodox College. Trying to fit in first but finally realizing the system is totally corrupted and abusive, he is rapidly with 3 other classmates labelled as rebel students by the school board. Caught in the fight for power between an incorruptible but abusive priest and a cunning, crooked and unscrupulous secular teacher, the students learn that lying, stealing, cheating, gambling and betraying are things they have to master in order to urvive in the seminary. What kind of priests will they make after spending several years in this system?

ZSófia SZILÁGYI
ONE DAY
Hungary

Mother of three, Anna is constantly running around – from work to the nursery, to school, to ballet, to fencing class. As if this wasn’t enough, she suspects that her husband is cheating on her. Her issues are hardly unique, but she has simply no time to stop and think them through. They build up relentlessly, threatening to crush her. Carrying on takes more energy than she has left. Will she be able to save what’s fragile and unique in her life?

Sadaf FOROUGHI
AVA
Canada, Iran

Ava’s first visit to the gynaecologist with her mother is a traumatic experience for the 16-year-old young woman. Trauma gives way to anger when Ava discovers her mother’s dishonesty and learn of the rules she broke, when she was the age Ava is now. Bewildered and enraged, Ava attempts and fails suicide at school. To avoid being expelled, she accepts a deal to snitch on her classmates, but a guilty conscience is a heavy burden. Misunderstood by her parents and tormented by school, Ava decides on a third way forward.

Nanako HIROSE
HIS LOST NAME
Japan

A young man is found almost unconscious on a river bank. A middle-aged widower Tetsuro shelters the man who tells nothing but his name “Shin-ichi.” Though baffled by the old man’s eagerness who treats Shin-ichi like his own son by providing a place to live and a job, Shin-ichi starts to feel at ease and tries to confess his past. In the meantime, there is a rumor about an incident a little while ago in the town, and people begin to suspect the stranger.

CAI Chengjie
THE WIDOWED WITCH
China

After losing her house and husband, rural woman Wang Erhao leads a stranded life with her ten-year-old brother-in-law in a modified “recreational vehicle”. She drives this vehicle around different villages, and talks about her unknown past to her little brother-in-law along the way. In order to find a warm place to survive the cold winter, she pretends to be a shaman to rid villagers of evil spirits, and ironically, her juggled deceits often become real. However, she soon loses her power to people’s greed and apathy, and in meager attempts of salvation, her life story eventually ends in tragedy and disillusionment.