Powerful International Drama

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The New Renaissance Film Festival, London, will be screening some breathtaking indie dramas from around the world.

Here is a look at some of our International nominees for Best Narrative Short 2016.


3000 (AUS)


When Leon’s best friend Ari shares tragic news about his battle with cancer, unemployed and desperate to help, Leon secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for more cancer treatments. Against the backdrop of contemporary Athens, Greece, Leon’s actions to save his best friend have irreversible consequences.

Shot in black and white, “3000” stars Panos Natsis who makes his debut performance as Leon. The idea was conceived in Melbourne by Australian writer/director Antonis Tsonis and producers Tia Spanos Tsonis and Panagiotis Fafoutis. The drama comments on a topic poignant to them all.

Antonis says:

“In 3000 I want to acknowledge contemporary Athens, where a world focus has come to rest. Athens is now being pushed to a limit, a ground zero that begs for a re-examination of our judgments over ordinary people in their time of need.” 

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Laika Stardust (IT)


“Laika Stardust” is an original science-fiction drama set in the household of an upper class Italian family. Each family member is captivated by their use of technology, almost to the point of obsession. When the boy becomes seriously ill, his mother begins to unravel and we discover the hidden truth behind her heartbreak…

Two years in the making, “Laika Stardust” is directed and produced by Antonin Bobò  – a pseudonym – and stars Tiziana Bozzacco who gives a convincing and emotional performance as the mother.

This experimental film is not to be missed.

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Minh Tâm (FR)


At the age of 33, Minh Tâm has given up on love. Devoted to the education of her autistic son, overwhelmed by a domineering mother, she uses men just to escape briefly from daily life. Until the day she meets Olivier, who causes her to question her certainties.

Writer / Director Vincent Maury grew up in Paris where he developed a love for cinema. He is inspired by strong-willed characters and emotions, and chooses his projects with this perspective in mind.

“Minh Tâm” is no exception, and Leanna Chea gives a powerful and poignant performance in the title role.

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Situational (USA)


After being prescribed his third antidepressant, Charlie returns home only to have his Craigslist roommate Miles toilet flush his pills and kidnap him to see a sunrise over the ocean. Tension mounts as the fast talking road trip drives us to the bottom of Charlie’s pain and to the impending sunrise on the coast, where life could begin or end, literally… And then there are chinchillas.

“Situational” marks Scott Simonsen’s debut as a director (as well as producer and editor… and location scout and and wardrobe and crafts services…). He is a Winner of the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Fellowship and an active member of the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America).

The film stars Matt Devine (Charlie) and Michael Gazin (Miles). Both give phenomenal performances in this dialogue-rich drama.

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The Dark Side (IT)


Dr. Stanne, a child psychiatrist, is called to assess a unique and troubled case: a patient accused of murder following some of his ‘Patrols’, during which he dressed as a famous character from a comic boo

Not for the squeamish, “The Dark Side” is an exceptional psychological thriller which delivers on every front. It was recently in the official selection of Nastri Argento 2016, one of the most important Italian awards.

incenzo Alfieri, drew inspiration from psychological studies in the 60’s and 70’s on the long-term effects of television on the American population, and The Aurora massacre that took place in 2012, in the town of Aurora (Colorado). One night a former medical student dressed in a riot suit, opened fire in a movie theatre during the screening of the premiere of the movie the “Dark Knight.” The attack killed 12 people and wounded 58.


 The New Renaissance Film Festival takes place at the Courthouse Hotel, London W1, on August 20, 2016. Click here for details.

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