Uncongeal
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Scarlet Short’s ‘Uncogeal is a visually striking exploration of queer and non-binary identities. This experimental short film is characterized by its abstract narrative and innovative use of multimedia elements to convey its themes. The film opens with distant, obscured frames of a figure, creating a sense of detachment and marginalization. This visual choice effectively represents the experience of being on the fringes of mainstream society. As the film progresses, the mood shifts dramatically with the music transitioning to a darker tone, aligning with the moment the figure swims underwater ..read more
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Unterrotenstein
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Sophia Schiller’s ‘Unterrotenstein’ dives into the purity and complexity of childhood, captured with an almost voyeuristic intimacy. At the heart of this German short is Moni, portrayed with startling authenticity by Thea Fleig. She navigates life’s moments, from the playful to the serious, in a countryside house brimming with family and friends. Schiller’s narrative choice to remain observational rather than prescriptive is a key to the film’s success, allowing the audience to experience Moni’s world as she does – raw, unfiltered, and achingly real. Jason Stewart’s cinematography is exception ..read more
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Go West
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In Gabriel Boyer’s ‘Go West’, we follow Vincent (Jérémy Zocca), a man with grand dreams of leaving France behind for the promise of America. As Vincent traverses the rural French landscape on foot, his journey takes an unexpected turn when he pilfers some food from Joseph (Karim Boudjahfa), an auto-station worker. The chase that ensues shifts gears when Vincent, exhausted and out of breath, ends up caring for Joseph, sparking an unlikely and poignant friendship. Though the film’s plot may seem a bit far-fetched, it’s precisely this audacious narrative that allows its genuine message of hope an ..read more
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What Men Do For Love
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Sai Karan Talwar’s ‘What Men Do For Love’ is a gripping, one-shot real-time film that explores the fragile psyche of a heartbroken man, Charles (Jerome Wright), who takes the younger, more physically appealing Martin (Morgan Scriven) hostage after discovering an affair with his wife. The stark contrast between the aging Charles and the prime-of-life Martin forms the crux of the narrative, setting the stage for a tension-filled confrontation. Filmed in striking black and white, Joshua Carrington Birch’s cinematography stands out as a marvel. The continuous shot technique, maintained throughout ..read more
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Checkmate
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1d ago
In Abhijit Shehri’s short drama ‘Checkmate’, Josiah Sweetnam delivers a mesmerizing performance in dual roles that explore the tangled web of guilt and grief. Sweetnam embodies James, a young man tormented by the tragic death of his mother, and Nick, his cocky, imaginary friend who serves as both his antagonist and alter ego. The film opens with James in therapy, where his internal struggle is laid bare. Olivia Ware, as his therapist, provides a stoic anchor against the storm of emotions roiling within James. The narrative cleverly unfolds around a game of chess, where Nick scrutinizes and bel ..read more
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Fair
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1d ago
Elle Rinaldi and Amira Stone’s short documentary ‘Fair’ is a heartwarming ode to the quintessential country fairground. The film, set in Connecticut, offers a nostalgic journey through a myriad of events and activities, evoking childhood memories of cow shows, motorbike stunts, and enchanting fairground rides. It’s a place where communities come together, embracing a delightful assortment of experiences. The documentary’s strength lies in its ability to capture the fair’s magical, almost timeless essence. The cinematography by Sam Smith is well conveyed, skillfully immersing viewers in the fai ..read more
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Artificial Existence
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2d ago
In ‘Artificial Existence’, John D. Marshall crafts a gripping Sci-Fi short that pulls us into a future where artificial intelligence reigns supreme and genuine human connection is an afterthought. Sé Marie Volk delivers a powerful performance as Evelyn, an architect of this synthetic world who finds herself disillusioned by the very reality she helped design. Her struggle to reconnect with her children, who are entangled in this dystopian web, echoes a poignant truth: “everything is interconnected, yet everyone is disconnected”. Marshall’s narrative blends philosophical introspection with a fu ..read more
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Pardon the Intrusion
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2d ago
In Louise C Galizia’s heartwarming short film, ‘Pardon the Intrusion’, we find a tender exploration of loneliness and unexpected companionship. With a script by Harry Chadwick, this British gem paints a touching portrait of Betty (Sara Kestelman), an elderly woman whose world is defined by solitude and the fleeting presence of carers. Her life is a quiet cadence of days and nights until an uninvited guest disrupts her fragile peace. Grace Chadwick plays Grace, a young woman who breaks into Betty’s home in a manner that’s both invasive and oddly familiar. What starts as an intrusion soon blosso ..read more
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Sous les écailles
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2d ago
Colombe Rubini’s ‘Sous les écailles’ (‘Under the Fish Scales’) is a French-language Swiss drama that dives into the mundane yet emotionally turbulent life of Max, portrayed with subtle brilliance by Guillaume Chauvin. Max’s world revolves around his father’s fishmongery business, a life seemingly set in stone until the arrival of Zoé, a trainee played by Philippine Delaire. Initially resistant to help her, Max finds his life unraveling and reassembling in unexpected ways as his feelings for Zoé deepen. The film’s strength lies in its ability to capture the raw, unvarnished essence of its chara ..read more
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Still Working
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2d ago
In Julietta Korbel’s poignant short drama film ‘Still Working’, we embark on a melancholic journey of industrial change, following the story of Pavel (Beat Wittwer), the last standing employee at a once bustling factory. The factory, now a neglected and abandoned relic, symbolizes a painful nostalgia deeply rooted in Pavel’s soul. As the security guard, he clings to the factory’s history, keeping the electricity running as a way to keep its spirit alive. Pavel’s quiet, almost reverent dedication is beautifully captured through Carlos Tapia González’s breathtaking cinematography, lending the fi ..read more
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