It's Only a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
(Various Countries, 93 min)
United States: The genuinely scary animated short, Pleasant Inn, hits all the horror tropes yet manages to surprise in this tale about one woman’s survival against a monstrous visitor. Amara is a gloriously beautiful animated short about a journey set after a cataclysmic celestial event. A backpacking vlogger who specializes in hidden trails and hard-to-reach hikes takes the wrong turn in Psycho Path. Ireland: Set in Victorian London, Abe’s Story tells the animated adventure of an overworked Irish writer who gets an idea for a bloody brilliant novel which eventually becomes known as “Dracula”. Iran: Malakout is an animated tale about a man for whom music is a passion, but love is a masterpiece. Switzerland: Bats in the Night is the story of two brothers who dare one another to enter a creepy abandoned house. Spain: It’s 1977 in Echo, and the Voyager probe leaves for the galaxy. Almost 50 years later, an Alzheimer's patient in Spain who originally helped design the probe begins to receive transmissions. France: In Sentience, an old lady and a robot, both frustrated of their physical conditions, choose to switch their bodies.