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Hamilton Film Festival
Staircase Theatre 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 0C3
Scales (Jessica Lea Fleming / Canada / 8m)
Scales is an otherworldly interpretation of missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada. When Ayeeiahchia', a mystical water-creature from Lake Huron, is captured by Jones, a psychopathic hunter and recluse, it seems her fate is sealed. With help from the spirits of victims past, she must use the power of her voice to disarm her captor before it's too late.
Forest of Echoes (Luz Olivares Capelle / Germany / 30m)
A teenager, Christina, loses her friends in the forest. Looking for them she finds the bodies of three drowned kids on the shore of a lagoon. On summer holiday, deep in the woods, three kids, cousins, are playing around a lake when they find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Games, lies and rituals unfolding into a circular time in which death loses its ultimacy. What is real and what is a mirage? Who is dreaming and who is being dreamed?
Suffer (Filip Terlecki / Canada / 14m)
An ageing teacher confined to a hospital for the criminally insane reveals the sinister plot that provoked her violent actions.
Demonoid 1971 ( Juan F. Moctezuma II, Mexico / 16)
A group of friends camps in the jungles of Mexico (shot on location in Las Pozas in San Luis Potosí, México) but the vacation turns to horror when one by one members of the group goes missing. When Julian (Jorge Karlóz) discovers it's his own girlfriend, Erika (Gabi Mayorga, star of «Las Fieras 1969»), killing people off he can't believe it; he's right it's the demon, Itzpapalotl, possessing the innocent Erika. Now those left living with the help of an Aztec priest (Antonio Monroi of «Apocalypto») must perform the ancient Aztec new fire ceremony in order to save Erika, their own lives and all of humanity, but it all depends on whether or not Julian truly loves Erika.
Baby's Crying (Bob Pipe / UK / 2m)
It's night, the baby's crying… but not all is as it seems…
Alfred J. Hemlock (Edward Lyons / Australia / 14)
When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock
Fun ( Greg Kovacs / Canada / 3m)
Anna and Ellery discover different interpretations of the word “fun”.
The Swelling ( Tom Bewilogua / Germany / 15m)
In the near future. Surveillance is omnipresent. Cameras and drones belong to the common cityscape like traffic lights. The sky is gray and environment seems dead. Here “X-33“ lives in a rundown apartment complex, where strange things occur. A peculiarand pulsing bulgelike object in the wall follows him permanently at every turn. Increasingly “X-33“ falls into a nightmarish paranoia. Is his follower real? And if so, will he get rid of him?