45th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – Asian Presence 2022

Twelve Asian short films were selected for the International Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France). The festival will take place from January 27 – February 4, 2023.

A Lost Astronaut and a City of Footprints by Khue Vu Nguyen Nam – Vietnam | 2022 – 15 minutes

An executive trapped in his own nightmares. In those dreams, he becomes a woman, the wife of a colleague. In those dreams, the belongings of the deceased astronaut are handed over to the wife. The woman and her bureaucracy, the executive and his recurring nightmares. How can one escapes?

Burning by Hao Tang – Taiwan | 2022 – 12 minutes
Synopsis not available

Further and Further Away by Polen Ly – Cambodia | 2022 – 24 minutes

Before a young indigenous Bunong woman and her brother move to the capital, she visits their old village that has since been lost to the development of a hydroelectric dam. (SGIFF 2022)

Cut by Min-zun Son – South Korea | 2022 – 17 minutes

Eunah is being tortured to death by someone in a factory. Her last cries fill the air. Director Junseok abruptly yells, “cut.” Right then, it starts to rain. They hear it but they don’t see it. Delusion or reality, who can tell?​ (BISFF 2022)

Holy Cowboys by Varun Chopra – India, USA | 2021 – 25 minutes

A Hindu teen and his friends tread the world of retributive justice of a ‘cow protection’ vigilante group to end consumption of beef, exploring what it means to be a savior of the holy cow in modern day India. (LAAPFF 2022)

The House of Loss by Jinkyu Jeon – South Korea, Japan | 2022 – 10 minutes

The elderly at the nursing home have their heads shaved. The protagonist who works there looks at them but can’t read their expressions. However, from one instance, he finds himself looking closely at their faces. (SIFF 2022)

Hills and Mountains by Salar Pashtoonyar – Afghanistan, Canada | 2022 – 8 minutes

Shooting on location in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, director Salar Pashtoonyar uses a thought-provoking yet powerfully humane hybrid of documentary and fiction to delve deep into the experience of a woman forced to the edge of her society. (MUBI)

Nowhere Float by Fan Zhang – China | 2022 – 29 minutes
Synopsis not available

Please Hold the Line by Ce Ding Tan – Malaysia | 2022 – 19 minutes

Teenaged Xin Ru works as a scam call operator, scamming people into sending money to her company. When she gets pregnant, she must do whatever it takes to earn the money for an abortion before her controlling father finds out. (TGHFF 2022)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Alvin Lee – Singapore | 2022 – 20 minutes

After a mix-up sends the wrong body to cremation, a darkly humorous series of events plays out between the undertaker and three siblings at their father’s wake. (SGIFF 2022)

Summer Rain by Shao Tzu Lin – Taiwan | 2021 – 15 minutes

Synopsis not available

The Trapped Pig by Binghan Lin – China | 2022 – 16 minutes

Wuhan truck driver XIAO Hongbin heads home for the Chinese New Year with a precious boar, but a quarantine order looms large. (MulanIFF 2022)

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