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curated by Claudia Praolini

Ubik is an out-of-competition part of the festival, where the works with the most innovative language find their natural spot. Whereas the aim of short films experimenting new ways of expression has always been one of the core criterion for selecting and evaluating all the films competing at Concorto, the Ubik ones push the limit a bit further, in less-charted territories, where the border between cinema and video fades away. It is a kind of cinema which talks about itself, a cinema which turns its eye towards itself, revealing with no shame the mechanisms upon which video-recording is based. A kind of cinema which, conscious of its structures and language, decides to “unveil the trick”, but exactly thanks to this process, turns the viewing into opaque, as if meta-cinema were a lens which works the other way around, capable of blurring the layers of which reality is made and the experience of viewing itself.

Selected films:

(Third Study For) Swedge Of Heaven, Richard Forbes-Hamilton, UK (2020)

Happyness Is A Journey, Ivete Lucas E Patrick Bresnan, USA, Estonia (2021)

Her Violet Kiss, Bill Morrison, USA (2021)

Impersonator, Andrew Norman Wilson, USA (2022)

Saint Jean Baptiste, Jean Baptiste Alazard, France (2020)

Songs For Dying, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Thailand (2021)

St Jude, Pauline Quinonéro, France (2021)