Best Foreign Short Films 2024

Adult themes and conversations.

Thursday 29 Feb 2024

The Stripe Lecture Theatre, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR

7.00 – 9.30pm

Beyond the Sea

Director: Hippolyte Leibovici
Writers: Hippolyte Leibovici, Flore Krivine
Producer: Laurent Denis, Jonathan Hazan
Cast: Jean-Michel Vovk, Thomas Mustin, Constance Gay, Francisco Schuster, Stéphane Excoffier, Amber Kemp
Belgium, 2023
25:00 minutes

Language: French with English subtitles.
Age Rating: 15 
Synopsis: An extravagant, mesmerising and multi-award winning Begian drama about a drag queen in her sixties who  is about to go on stage for the last time when her estranged son turns up with some revealing news.

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Director: Carlos Gómez-Trigo
Producer: Carlos Gómez-Trigo
Cast: Stephanie  Magnin, Maarten  Dannenberg, Alex  Moreu
Spain, 2023
6.30 minutes.
Language: French with English subtitles
Age Rating: 15
Synopsis: Natural selection says that only those who adapt will survive. What if humans have become stupid? An absurdly comical Spanish drama in French with English subtitles.. 

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The Last Dinner

Director: Marie-Ange Casalta
Writers: Marie-Ange Casalta
Producers: Romuald Boulanger, Marie-Ange Casalta
Key Cast: Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives), François-Xavier Demaison (Coluche), Paul Spera (On the Line), Sabine Crossen
France, 2023
15:300 minutes
Age Rating: 15
Language: English
Synopsis: In this exquisitely acted French tragicomedy, Simon finds out that there is going to be a nuclear attack in 20 minutes, but decides not to tell his friends so they can enjoy the last moments of their lives. But Simon is only human…

I Promise You Paradise

Director: Morad Mostafa
Writers: Morad Mostafa, Sawsan Yusuf
Producer: Sawsan Yusuf
Cast: Keni Marcellino, Kenzy Mohamed
Egypt 2023
25:00 minutes
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Rating: 18
Synopsis: In this powerful, moving and hugely relevant Egyptian drama  a 17 years old African migrant in Egypt, Eissa, is on a quest against time to save his loved ones whatever it takes.


Director: Léa-Jade Horlier
Producer: Idris Lettifi, Moussa Lettifi, Benoit Roland
Cast: Krystal Mejes, Alessandra De Rossi, Dido De La Paz
France 2023
24:00 minutes
Language: English, Tagalog

Age Rating: 18
Synopsis: In this eye-opening and crushingly heartfelt  French drama,  Mary Ann, a twelve-year-old child born from sex tourism in the slums of Angeles City (Manila) is ready to do absolutely anything to find her father.

The Old Young Crow

Director: Liam LoPinto
Producer: Liam LoPinto
Cast: Naoto Shibata, Hassan Shahbazi, Keiko Yamashita, Hitoshi Hinomizu
Japan, 2023
12:00 minutes. 
Langauge: Japanese & Persian with English subtitles
Age Rating: 15
Synopsis: In this multi-award wining, beautiful, astonishingly original and touching Japanese short, an Iranian boy befriends an old Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo, revealing an important secret about life.

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