FRIday, 22 OCTObER 2021


This screening session features 4 films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.


LAB111 (cinema 2)

Arie Biemondstraat 111

1054 PD Amsterdam



Reserve your tickets here, or simply show up at the cinema 15 minutes before the start of the screening.


Under current regulations all visitors are required to present a coronavirus entry pass (= a QR code showing you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry). 


Tabu (Austria)

By Olga Kosanovic


Synopsis: A hot summer‘s day, a family, a game - what could possibly go wrong? Running time: 00:03:15


Festivals: Queen Palm IFF (Winner), BARCIFF, 180 Berlin FF, Paris FF, Eastern Europe FF, IE Short FF Madrid, London Shorts, and more.


About the director: Olga Kosanović, born April 1st, 1995 in Austria, is a director and cinematographer. In 2020 she completed her film studies at the HFBK in Hamburg. She is also a graduate of the graphic arts and independent film school "Friedl Kubelka" in Vienna. In addition to her own projects, she is currently employed as a cinematographer at the Burgtheater and as a freelance assistant director in various film productions, while teaching film at the Graphic & Hertha Firnberg School in Vienna.

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Syncope (Iran)

By Toraj Heybati

Synopsis: A 19-year-old boy is married to a 12-year-old girl. At the wedding night the young girl suffers a seizure. The boy does not know how to solve this problem and asks his older brother for help. Running time: 00:13:49


Festivals: Boston Short FF, Queen Palm IFF, Verona IFF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.

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Lullaby (Iran)

By Elham Khazaei

Synopsis: A woman is working in a sewing shop. Against the wishes of her boss, she responds to her cell phone and sings a lullaby from behind the cell phone to calm her baby. Running time: 00:01:40


About the director: Born 1999 in Mazandaran, Iran. Law student at Azad University of Chalous. Elham has been a theater actress for two years, has acted in three plays so far and has also appeared in short films. This is her first experience directing a film. Her main concern is defending women's rights as well as children rights.

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Boy from the blaze (Spain)

By Ignacio Acconcia


Synopsis: Aleixo Paz A.K.A “Boy from the Blaze” is the survivor of a tragic accident that destroyed his life and that of his family. About to turn 18, without a job or an education, he spends his days in the darkness of his room. Consumed by pain and anger, his only hope is writing songs for an imaginary crowd. Inspired by a friend and encouraged by his mother, he will find the strength to go on stage and overcome his fears. Running time: 01:30:00


Festivals: Seminci FF, Viewpoint Documentary FF, Venice Film Week (Winner Best Documentary Feature), Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.


About the director: Ignacio Acconcia (1984) is a Spanish screenwriter and director. He studied film direction at ESCAC and has a Masters in Creative Documentary at UPF. His short films “Putas” (2009) and “Don’t forget about me” (2013) have been at international festivals and won several prizes. He wrote and directed the TV Series “David, mi amigo” and his project “350 Hours” (2012) was selected for the MEDIA workshop 4CORNERS. He was one of the co-director of the film “Demonstration” (2014) by Victor Kossakovsky. “Boy from the blaze” is his first feature documentary.