3. Love and Chaos

The short films collected here reflect our deep desire for human connection. Sometimes this comes at a heavy cost, and sometimes things simply go awry. Whatever the outcome, we delve deeply as we join with others and seek to touch another’s heart. The stories here include cautionary tales of Stockholm Syndrome, K-Pop love dreams, betrayal and longing. These characters are all searching for love, whether they know it or not.

Total length: 95 minutes
Rating: M Violence, offensive language, drug references & sexual references.

Motvind (Headwind)

Comedy, 13 mins, Norway

Dir: Jon Vatne
Writ: Anna Lian
Prod: Bente Maalen, Vegard Dahle

On a windswept cliff Birgit fights a battle against wind turbines and against the policeman Trond who has come to remove her. With knitting, chocolate cake and a will of steel, she challenges the policeman to an unexpected duel.

عاشق و دریا (Lover and the Sea)

World Premiere

Drama, 8 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran

Dir/Writ/Prod: Ali Moazen
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A married woman betrayed her husband with a man who suffers sexual dysfunction. The two meet near a stark seaside location for a brief but telling exchange that will alter both their lives forever.

Heart To Heart

Thriller, 14 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ/Prod: Lauren Porteous

A prisoner’s only chance of escape is to become BFFs with the unpredictable woman holding her hostage.


Drama, 12 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Nahyeon Lee
Prod: Julie Zhu

With an unplanned pregnancy and a strained relationship with her mother, life is not the K-pop fantasy Yaejin dreams of.

Andy y las Demás (Andy and the Other Women)

Drama, 17 mins, Spain

Dir/Writ/Prod: Cintia Ballbé

Andy plans to visit her three open relationships on New Year’s Eve. She goes from one place to another to prove to herself that they are all just as important to her.

My Mother’s Girlfriend

Drama, 15 mins, India

Dir/Writ/Prod: Arun Fulara
Writ: Shreyas Choughule, Pratik Kinnarimath
Prod: Neeraj Churi, Sridhar Rangayan, Saagar Gupta, Christoph Thoke, Andreas Lucas

Renuka and Sadiya are two working-class women in love with each other. After a fun-filled day out for Renuka’s birthday, they head home to spend the night together. But unknown to them, Renuka’s son, Mangesh, has uncovered their secret.

Love is a Hand Grenade

Drama, 13 mins, United Kingdom

Dir/Writ: Jessica Benhamou
Prod: Victoria Thorson, Louise Tse, Rosanagh Griffiths

Besties, Gabby and Alexis hook up after a messy night out, forcing them to question the nature of their relationship, sexuality and limits of love.

My Ex Boyfriend

Animation, 3 mins, Sweden

Dir/Writ/Prod: Cissi Efraimsson

A story of two lovers growing apart as one undergoes a strange transformation, forcing the couple to face a dilemma.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sat 9 Oct

5:30 PM
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Tue 12 Oct

6:00 PM
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Fri 15 Oct

8:15 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Sat 9 Oct

6:00 PM
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Mon 11 Oct

6:00 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Wed 13 Oct

6:00 PM
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Fri 15 Oct

8:00 PM
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Tue 19 Oct

6:45 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 15 Jan

7:30 PM