a man sitting in a public shower room

Atshushi Hirai, Oyu MLD Films, Film still

The Film Club: STHLM Shorts

Stockholm International Film festival

18.11 2023


Experience the Stockholm International Film Festival at Moderna Museet! In association with the festival, Moderna Museet is hosting the “STHLM Shorts” programme, featuring the arthouse director Pedro Costa’s latest work. See five shorts in the borderland between audiovisual and contemporary art, and listen to the director Atshushi Hirai in a talk on filmmaking after the screening.

Five shorts by film directors Pedro Costa, Nemo Arancibia, Atshushi Hirai, Xiaoxuan Jiang and Ross McClean are featured at Moderna Museet in the course of an afternoon. The screening is followed by a talk with the director Atshushi Hirai.

The films are not subtitled. Sweets are available.

photo of two persons looking out of a kitchen window
Ross McClean, Echo Film Still


The Daughters of Fire (Portugal, 9 min, Portuguese)
by Pedro Costa
A violently beautiful musical triptych in which three sisters are seperated when the Fogo volcano erupts. But they sing: One day we will know why we live and why we suffer.

Cuarto de Hora (Chile, 16 min, Spanish, French, Creole)
by Nemo Arancibia
Alex is a undocumented man from Haiti who lives in Chile but does not speak Spanish. When he is involved in a traffic accident, he needs an interpreter and a passing woman comes to his rescue to assist him during what may be the last 15 minutes of his life.

Oyu (France, 21 min, Japanese)
by Atshushi Hirai
It’s New Year’s Eve and night falls on the small town of Toyama in Japan. A man goes to the bathhouse to retrive something he left behind, but once there, the idea of a bath begins to appeal.

Graveyard of Horses (USA, China, 16 min, Mongolian)
by Xiaoxuan Jiang
A freezing snowstorm on the Mongolian steppe leads a pregnant shepherd and her 8-year-old daughter to places they have never visited before.

Echo (Great Britain, Northern Ireland, 13 min, English)
by Ross McClean
After an operation ten years ago, Allister has damaged vocal cords and difficulty communicating. His unconventional solution reminds us that community can thrive in the most unexpected places.

All films from 2023, except “Graveyard of Horses” (2022).

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Xiaoxuan Jiang, Graveyard of Horses Film Still

The Directors

Pedro Costa

Born in Lisbon, Pedro Costa left his course of studies in History to attend classes taught by the poet and filmmaker António Reis at the Lisbon Film School.

His first film, “O Sangue” (Blood), had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Critics’ Week, in 1989. “Casa de Lava” (Down to Earth), his second feature, shot in Cabo Verde, screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 1994. The following “Ossos” was awarded an Osella d’Oro at the Venice International Film Festival in 1997.

His most recent film, the short “As Filhas do Fogo” (The Daughters of Fire), was presented in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, 2023.

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Pedro Costa Photo: João Pina

Nemo Arancibia

Nemo Arancibia was born in 1991 in Santiago, Chile. At a young age he began working as an actor on television and then as a voice actor, a job he still does today.

In 2011 he began studying film, and quickly became an excellent director among his generation. In 2014 he premiered his first short film “Vaivén” at the Valdivia Film Festival, and internationally at the Montreal World Film Festival, among other festivals.

In February 2018 he premiered his second short film, called “A short film about education”, at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. The film boasts to this date more than fifty selections in festivals in about forty countries around the world and has won about ten awards.

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Nemo Arancibia © Cinemachile

Atshushi Hirai

Born in Toyama, Japan, Atsushi Hirai studied filmmaking in Tokyo and then in France where he settled in 2015 and worked as an assistant director, in particular onon Damien Manivel’s films.

His first film “Return to Toyama” was presented in international competition at Locarno Film Festival. “Oyu” is his second film.

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Atsushi Hirai

Xiaoxuan Jiang

Xiaoxuan Jing is an ethnic Manchurian filmmaker born and raised in Inner Mongolia, China. Her works explore themes of femininity, animals, nature, and mysticism in the Inner Mongolian and global context. In 2020, she received her BFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Her latest narrative short “Graveyard of Horses” (2022) was officially selected for film festivals such as Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival, and won NETPAC Award at the Busan International Short Film Festival. Her first feature film in development, “To Kill A Mongolian Horse”, was officially selected for the Sundance Ignite Fellowship.

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Xiaoxuan Jiang

Ross McClean

Ross McClean is a filmmaker from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied creative documentary in Canada, Hungary, Portugal and Belgium, and graduated from the European documentary directing master’s program Doc Nomads.

On returning home, McClean lectured in Documentary and Film Production at Queeen’s University Belfast whilst creating work about his homeland.

His films have screened in over fifty local and international film festivals. His latest short film, “Echo” (2023), premiered at IDFA, True/False, and Sheffield DocFest.

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Ross McClean
a desk with a clutter of things, and a recorder is centered on the table
Ross McClean, Echo Film Still