Will You Look at Me
2022–2023 / Portugal, France, China / 3 competition shorts
With English and Lithuanian subtitles, 70 min
September 17, 2023, 3.00 PM
Skalvija, A. Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius
October 13, 2023, 9.00 PM
Emma, A. Mickevičiaus g. 35, Kaunas
(free entrance, mingle before and after)
2022 / Portugal / drama
Director: Rita Barbosa
Cast: Márcia Breia, Daniel Pizamiglio
Portuguese, with English and Lithuanian subtitles, 16 min
One day, an old water pipe caused a ceiling leak. On this ceiling, toxic mushrooms of the order Polyporales would grow. Sitting on the toilet, the lady of this house looks up and observes that magical and mysterious fungus, which is not an animal, nor a plant. The mushroom is the future, she thought.
2023 / France / documentary
Director: Lucie Demange
French, with English and Lithuanian subtitles, 29 min
It’s the holidays. I invited my friends George and Louv to my mother’s place. The atmosphere is tense: she doesn’t accept that I’m not the feminine daughter she always dreamed of having. She doesn’t deprive herself of saying it out loud.
In addition, she is in the middle of her breakup with my stepfather. The holidays are going to be hectic.
Will You Look at Me
Dang wo wang xiang ni de shi hou
2022 / China / documentary
Director: Shuli Huang
Chinese, with English and Lithuanian subtitles, 20 min
As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search for himself, a long due conversation with his mother dives the two of them into a quest for acceptance and love.
“From New York City to my hometown Wenzhou, bidding farewell to my lover and moving back with my parents, I don’t feel at home anywhere anymore.
“Will You Look At Me”, in which I point the camera at my family and myself, is a personal essay on fear, silence, and love. Through the camera lens, my distant gaze seems to be given justification and courage.
As I was filming my mother, I wondered what it was like to be in her womb, before I was born, when we were the closest and connected, in the water.”