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Happy New Year, Jim

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Andrea Gatopoulos / Short Narrative / Italy / 2022 / 10 min / Colour / In English / Arabic subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


It’s New Year’s Eve. Friends Jim and Morten are playing online video games all night long, like every day. But something’s not sitting well with Morten tonight. He’s become uncomfortable with the realism of the digital world and the preprogrammed destinies of characters in their games. These persistent thoughts set off a fascinating series of questions to a bewildered Jim about the ethics of artificial intelligence, the direction of technological advancement and ultimately, an existential crisis about the nature of reality itself.

About the Director

Andrea Gatopoulos is a film producer, director and distributor. His films have been featured in more than 120 festivals worldwide, including Venice SIC@SIC, Camerimage, Rotterdam IFFR, In the Palace, Drama, Cyprus, and Rome Film Festival. In 2020 he worked alongside Werner Herzog for his film Accelerator in Leticia, Colombia, in which he developed the filmed correspondence 'Letters to Herzog'. His last short film, 'Happy New Year, Jim.', premiered at Cannes Film Festival during Directors' Fortnight.


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