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The best of the 2014 Oberhausen short film competition, where 60 works were selected from over 4,000 entries to compete. For the ninth time the festival is sending films on a world tour, and this selection features five award-winners revolving around the themes of memory, loneliness and isolation. For the second day in its showcase of films, the Tyneside are screening some more of the official competition selections.

Epistrofi Stin Odo Aiolu (Maria Kourkouta, France/Greece 2013, 14 mins) is a combination of found-footage, poetry and music to create an audio-visual collage, journeying through modern Greece and downtown Athens.

Neeuklidiné Geometrija (Skirmanta Jakaitė/Solveiga Masteikaitė, Lithuania, 2013, 11 mins) ponders the importance and inevitability of love, where love goes, and what becomes of it after death.

A Million Miles Away (Jennifer Reeder, USA, 2014, 28 mins) listens in on the bedroom conversations of teenagers in a tender, tense, supernatural coming-of-age, as a failing adult woman and a group of teenage girls simultaneously transform.

Exorcise Me (Ang Sookoon, Singapore, 2013, 3 mins) tackles coming-of-age and teenage alienation and anxiety, as the search for an identity and a relationship to the world collapse in the face of an uncomfortable transition to adulthood.

Gangster Backstage (Teboho Edkins, France/South Africa, 2013, 37 mins) is a documentary film featuring Cape Town gangsters that moves between a casting and an empty theatre space.

It’s another chance to see some of the world’s finest short films from a variety of different countries.

The Oberhausen: International Competition Selection 2014 screens at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Tuesday 24th March.

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