6. Tangled Worlds

We all exist in our own universe, but sometimes we are thrust into the worlds of others. We can become tangled in the lives and moralities of the people we meet along our path. The short films collected here take our characters into unexpected situations where they don’t know what to expect, what is real, or where home is any more.

Total length: 82 minutes
Rating: M Violence


Drama, 14 mins, Czech Republic/France

Dir/Writ: Jan Vejnar
Prod: Kamila Dohnalová, Olivier Berlemont, Emilie Dubois
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A dishevelled man follows a group of workers looking for day-work in an industrial area. Soon, he’s stripped of his clothes and identity, dressed in a military uniform and armed. His determination not to fall behind the others is tested by a series of increasingly unsettling events.


Drama, 12 mins, United States

Dir/Writ: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writ: Efthimis Filippou
Prod: Rekorder, Superprime, Merman, Droga5

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway that has unexpected, far-reaching ramifications for his life.


Art, 12 mins, Italy

Dir/Writ/Prod: Giuseppe Alessio Nuzzo
Prod: Eduardo Angeloni, Rai Cinema

On the waterfront and in the ancient centre of Naples, there is a crossroads of culture and colour. Here many social and economic groups collide in hope and despair, and a child’s eyes are witnesses to her father’s fate.

Career by Wax Chattels

Music video, 4 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Dylan Pharazyn
Prod: Emma Mortimer

In this vivid music video, a sound recordist ventures into a haunted swamp to make field recordings, disturbing dark forces in her wake.


Animation, 8 mins, Iran, Islamic Republic

Dir/Writ: Maliheh Gholamzadeh
Prod: Seyed Javad Hosseini Nezhad
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

This moving animation visually illustrates the way people who have left their homes and loved ones behind, through war and displacement, carry with them a quilt stitched of threads connecting them to their past.


World Premiere

Drama, 14 mins, Germany

Dir/Writ: Zamarin Wahdat
Prod: Joy Jorgensen, Rafael Langenscheidt
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A young girl is hiding in her father’s truck. When he discovers her, he is forced to continue his workday with her along for the ride. This touching story of father–daughter bonding explores the plight of Afghani migrants who have settled in Germany, where they face mistrust and integration difficulties.


Comedy, 17 mins, Switzerland

Dir/Writ: Kevin Haefelin
Prod: Youmi Haefelin-Roch
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A Japanese trumpet player on a cultural pilgrimage to discover New York City jazz experiences a hell of a night after getting lost in Brooklyn.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Tue 6 Oct

6:00 PM
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Sun 11 Oct

5:30 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Sun 18 Oct

6:30 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Tue 13 Oct

4:30 PM
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Sun 18 Oct

6:30 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Wed 20 Jan

7:30 PM