Squish (Sprötch)

Nominated for

Best Short Film

Directed by

Xavier Seron

20' • Belgium • 2020

Language: 

French

FLO has to go to Marrakech for work. So, it’s TOM who takes care of SAM, their 5-year-old son. Flo left him a list of tasks to complete during his absence. Despite this, Tom forgot Sam’s guitar course. From his ryad, Flo calls to blame him. Tom hates being caught. He picks up Sam. The car comes out of the garage at full speed. SPROTCH. Tom just crushed something...

Director's Bio: After studying law, Xavier joined the IAD (Belgium). Early, he had a predilection for black humour and a tendency to shoot in black and white. In 2005, Nothing insoluble, his graduation film was selected at the Venice Mostra. He directed The crab with Christophe Hermans and wrote With the Dust by Jacques Molitor (Locarno selection). In 2014, he directed Dreamcatchers with Cédric Bourgeois, a documentary about Belgian wrestlers. From 2011, he made several short films with Méryl Fortunat-Rossi: Moonshine, The Black Bear (230 selections including Clermont-Ferrand as well as forty awards including a Silver Méliès and the Magritte for best short fiction film) or The Plumber (22 prizes including, once again, the Magritte for best short fiction film). He collaborates in the writing of shorts such as Kapitalistis by Pablo Munoz Gomes (awarded in many festivals, especially in Locarno) or Vihta by François Bierry (Special Jury Prize in Clermont-Ferrand). In 2016, Xavier completes Death by Death (Je me tue à le dire), his first feature fiction film. This black comedy is selected at the Karlovy Vary Festival, at the Montreal FNC in the Temps Ø section or at Sitges. He won several awards, including the New Voices/New Visions Award at the Palm Springs Festival, the Best Director Award in Odessa, and the Magritte Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (awarded to Jean-Jacques Rausin). In 2017, the FIFIGROT (Groland festival) dedicates a first retrospective.