Winner - Stéphane Thériault for Franciszka (Canada)

1943, a revolt broke out at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Among the resistants, a famous polish ballerina. It is said that she disarmed a cruel SS officer with the simple grace of a ballet movement. Only her story has survived until today. Her name was Franciszka Mann. Trailer

Finalist - Fabio Caldironi for The Noise of the Light (France)

Pablo and Marius make a disturbing discovery about their childhood friend Lou: she appears to be able to synthesise into sound the light she is exposed to. But as she soon becomes an instrument of their musical experiences, her gift turns into a sort of curse. Website | Facebook

Finalist - Pavel Filkov for The Hymns of Muscovy (Russia)

To tell a history though architecture and music, the film matches the styles of Moscow's XXth and XXIst centuries buildings with electronic variations of the Soviet and Russian national anthem. The juxtaposition captures an aesthetic evolution driven by the evolution of ideology.

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