Shorts
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Nattflykt
(Into the Night), Finland 1999
Directed by Klaus Häro, 29 mins.

Two chronically-ill teens manage to find sanctuary within the hospital walls that keep them so frequently. Kinder Jury Special Mention Award for short film. English subtitles.
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Tilbage Til Byen (Going Back Home), Denmark/Sweden1999
by Michael W. Horsten, 18 mins.
Directed by Michael W. Horsten who was nominated for
an Academy Award this year for Ties and Nico which he wrote.

Alice is a city girl through and through but when her family moves out of Amsterdam, she has to make the huge transition to the country. She eventually accepts the friendship of Inger-Marie, a funny country girl, and they attempt to return to the city. Exquisitely photographed and written, the contrasting 9-ish year-old characters are delightful to watch in their contrasting settings.
English subtitles.
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Pugalo (The Scarecrow), Russia 1999
by Alexander Kott, 15 mins.

Sensually filmed, a simple story of a boy's imaginative play with a scarecrow he's built on a barren hilltop where he lives with his grandfather. No dialogue, just pure rich black and white photography.
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The Breakfast
, Ireland 1998
by Peter Sheridan, 18 mins.

Curly Mulligan is a pupil at a Catholic boarding school where his daily duty is to take the head teacher his breakfast. Curly's delivery makes his mouth water in comparison to the gruel he is fed, so he has developed an irreverent system for getting a little of what he wants.
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The Calling
, Australia 1998
by Lisa Chambers, 11 mins.

Madeline wants desperately to become a ballet dancer but everyone thinks that she has received the calling to become a nun. She embarks to sabotage her angelic image. It's a hilarious story for all, especially those who have had intimate experience with Catholic school.