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Curator Statement / Céline Roustan

When I was asked to come up with a selection that would reflect my “preferences and tastes”, I was far from imagining how deeply each one of these films would touch me, and how collectively they reflect what I like most in storytelling. I find female friendships to be incredibly complex and powerful. In “If it ain’t broke”, “Great Istanbul depression” and “Funkele”, the filmmakers explore the strength of that bond with raw sincerity as their protagonists all find themselves at turning points in their lives. A subtle and infectious tension always captures my attention, “Blood Sweat & Tears”, “Outsiders” and “TOOTH” all had me gasping for air, successfully immersing me in their tense atmospheres. I always appreciate a short yet poignant film, “Milk” got its point across effectively with a clever use of animation. With its colorful visual aesthetic “1-1” lightens up the mood with my favorite kind of comedy, awkward situations!   

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About the curator

Céline Roustan has been a curator and champion of short films for half a decade working for the popular website Short of the Week, passionately promoting directors and their respective films. Having worked in the programming departments of a host of international festivals including both the Palm Springs International Film Festival and ShortFest, SXSW, TIFF, she has helped bringing independent films to audiences and guiding filmmakers toward their paths of further success.

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1-1

7 min.

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Blood Sweat & Tears

15 min.

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Funkele

16 min.

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If it Ain’t Broke

25 min.

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Milk

4 min.

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Outsiders

11 min.

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The Great Istanbul Depression

20 min.

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Tooth

8 min.

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