Rúnar Rúnarsson / IS, 2019 / 79 min.
This Icelandic ensemble film shows in 56 meticulously edited scenes how the island is getting ready for the Christmas celebrations: with a farm on fire, a mother arguing with her ex-husband, a school choir singing a Christmas carol. Director Rúnar Rúnarsson deftly alternates between the sad and the comic and created a bittersweet portrait of postmodern society.
Set at Christmas time 1989,The Christmas Gift (23') by Romanian director Bogdan Mureșanu is a wrily comic comment on the communist regime and a tribute to familial warmth. Winner of the Grand Prix (International Competition) at the Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand.
ENG or NLD