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86 minutes
Director: Claire Carré
Year: 2015
Country: Poland, USA

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Five interwoven stories explore the search for meaning and connection in a world with no memory. A devastating global neurological epidemic leaves all who survive with profound amnesia. Those who remain navigate a decaying urban landscape, unable to recall the past or create new memories. Two lovers wake up in bed and in love each morning, but with no memory of each other. A young man is overcome by violent impulses he has no context for. A father and his beautiful daughter retain their identities, but only because they live in a bunker they can never leave. Each finds a way to cope with life in a perpetual present, where meaning must be experienced moment by moment. 

Director’s Statement: Claire Carré 

I wanted to make my first feature film about something that matters to me on a core level, and kept coming back to memory as the corner-stone of my personal identity. Whether affected by a memory disease or healthy, we all forget all the time. That’s part of being human. Embers takes forgetting to a more dramatic extreme to bring the relationship between memory and identity into focus. Sometimes the best way to understand ourselves is to take a step back and make the familiar strange so we can rediscover what makes each of us who we are.

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Sculptures That Lost the Sense of Time 
6 minutes
Director: Luigi Pane, Federico Pepe
Year: 2015
Country: Italy

A meditation on the creative process and the dynamic between artist and work, this film is a collaboration that explores and plays with a series of impossible paradoxes in art. Imagine a sculptor working on a marble figure, which, while being shaped, will develop a life of its own, with its own soul. Now imagine this newborn soul wanting to be part of the artistic process, contributing to the creation of an artwork in which it is itself contained. 

Directors’ Statement: Luigi Pane, Federico Pepe

To what extent can an artist become one with his work? We imagined a sculptor working on a marble figure. Then, his artwork develops a life of its own, and the artist becomes artwork too — but the creative process slowly consumes everything, just as humans become dust. What if the artist would then want to repossess his artwork and make it part of himself again? 

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