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Full Program for April 17th Screening

We’re pretty excited to present the lineup for our next screening, our tenth quarterly presentation of the best in Canadian and international short film. For the first time, we’ll have a Q&A between a director and the actor in his films (who also happens to be a Shorts That Are Not Pants subscriber!). We also present a film whose title might be longer than the film itself. And some bugs. And George Takei’s voice. All of that and a whole lot more awaits you in just a few weeks. Please join us!

Thursday April 17 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from MORE THINGS

MORE THINGS

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2006

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Hamlet

  • Official Selection – One Minute Video and Film Festival (Toronto)
  • Official Selection – Video Minuto PopTV (Italy)
  • Toronto Nuit Blanche 2007
  • Official Selection – World One Minute Expo (China, Brazil, Surinam, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, Mozambique)

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:10


Still from SEASICK

SEASICK

Dir: Eva Cvijanovic
Canada – 2012

A meditative exploration of one’s love of the sea, to the soundtrack of traditional Croatian music.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 3:30


Still from THE MISSING SCARF

THE MISSING SCARF

Dir: Eoin Duffy
Ireland – 2013

Albert the Squirrel makes a startling discovery… an empty space where once his favourite scarf lay. He heads off into the forest only to find everyone else is preoccupied with worries of their own. He helps who he can before moving on but never seems to get any closer to his goal. Ultimately, Albert’s problem is put in perspective by the friends he helped and the problems they faced and overcame together. Narrated by George Takei.

  • Best Animated Short – LA Shortsfest
  • Best Animated Short – Galway International Film Fleadh
  • Nominated for Best Short Film – European Film Awards

Duration: 6:30


Still from THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

Dirs: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland – 2010

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die.

This tragic story was constructed using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animation techniques from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3D models of x-ray CT-scanned insects.

  • Best Experimental Short – CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Venice Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


Still from NOTES ON BLINDNESS

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

Dirs: James Spinney and Peter Middleton
UK – 2014

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind.

In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon its publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’

With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from NASHORN IM GALOPP

NASHORN IM GALOPP (RHINO FULL THROTTLE) – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Erik Schmitt
Germany – 2013

Bruno roams the streets of Berlin with his head full of questions, looking for what’s behind the many facades and surfaces. He is seeking the soul of the city, that little something that others might never notice. He unexpectedly meets an ally.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Shortsfest

Duration: 15:00


Still from SUPERVENUS

SUPERVENUS

Dir: Frédéric Doazan
France – 2013

In real time, a plastic surgeon is creating the new goddess of beauty.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 2:30


Still from DOS CARAS

DOS CARAS (TWO FACE)

Dir: Francisco Bendomir
Argentina – 2013

When Sergio accidentally discovers an old Russian jewel hidden in his girlfriend’s grandmother’s house, he begins planning a heist.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from MARILYN MYLLER

MARILYN MYLLER

Dir: Mikey Please
UK – 2013

Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayth.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival

Duration: 6:00


Still from LA INVIOLABILIDAD...

LA INVIOLABILIDAD DEL DOMICILIO SE BASA EN EL HOMBRE QUE APARECE EMPUÑANDO UN HACHA EN LA PUERTA DE SU CASA (THE INVIOLABILITY OF THE DOMICILE IS BASED ON THE MAN WHO APPEARS WIELDING AN AXE AT THE DOOR OF HIS HOUSE)

Dir: Alex Piperno
Uruguay/Argentina – 2011

In the garden of a villa in the countryside, a series of transactions are carried out involving a man, a woman and a group of subjects with certain convictions.

  • Official Selection – Semaine de la critique (Cannes)

Duration: 6:30


Still from BLACKOUT

BLACKOUT

Dir: Sharron Mirsky
Canada – 2013

Blackout is a short, animated documentary film in which several storytellers share their experience of the 2003 “Northeast Blackout” which affected much of Ontario, and 7 US states. The unexpected effects on the community highlight the best of humanity under adverse conditions. A variety of direct-animation techniques were used to capture the warmth and spontaneity of the events described.

  • Official Selection – TIFF Student Film Showcase
  • Official Selection – DOK Leipzig
  • Official Selection – Athens Animation Festival

Duration: 4:00


Still from ONE MORE THING

ONE MORE THING

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2013

“I concur, Hamlet, but what will befall us when we run out of DVDs?”
-Horatio

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:20


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Closeup: Luminaris

Poster for Luminaris

Buy tickets for our January 13 screening!

Argentinian director Juan Pablo Zaramella has been making short films for a decade, but while he started as a claymation animator, his latest film is an interesting sort of “live action” claymation, in which real actors are animated frame by frame like clay figures. This form of animation, called stop-motion, is painstakingly slow, since each frame must be composed and shot separately. It seems especially difficult when working with live actors, who are not able to hold their positions the way inanimate models can.

Luminaris is the story of a man living in a world controlled and timed by light. Every morning, the inhabitants of that world are woken up and pulled to their jobs by sunlight, as if this was some sort of magnet. The main character has a routine job in a factory that makes electric light bulbs. But he has something else in mind that could change the order of things. The setting of the film is a classic Buenos Aires, revisited from a fantastic point of view. The film uses a collage of styles, combining art deco, tango, surrealism, and neorealism. This mix of influences is directly linked with the history of Buenos Aires: the city and its population themselves are a mix of different cultures.

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The film was inspired by an instrumental tango piece called “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain) composed by Osmar Maderna in the 1940s. Director Juan Pablo Zaramella explains:

I first became acquainted with this piece of music as a child, because my elders used to listen to it. I had always liked this piece but, as an adult, it gradually dawned on me that this music could be like a score of a film that had never been made. In 2008 I was granted a creativity residency by Abbaye de Fontevraud, in France. I decided to take this opportunity to develop this project. Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short appeared: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.

The film took more than two years to make, mainly due to the unpredictability of weather conditions and especially the movement of the sun, which changed the shadows on the locations every day. “Both the speed and the intensity of sunlight changed during the shooting of a take, so we had to modify the time-lapse frequency and the exposure of the photographs all the time,” explains Sergio Piñeyro, director of photography.

The long months of work paid off; the film was recently named to the Oscar® shortlist for Best Animated Short Film. From this list of ten films, three to five will receive official nominations for the Academy Award® in late January.

Full Program for our January Screening

I’m happy to share the full program for our January 13 screening with you today. We’ll be showing two NFB animated shorts before the Future Shorts pop up festival slate. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more information about each film individually, but for now, here’s the overview. If you like what you see, why not save $2 and get your advance tickets now?


CMYK

Dir: Marv Newland
Canada – 2011

CMYK is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Director Marv Newland and animator Kunal Sen meticulously assembled multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork. Coloured dots pulsate chaotically, crosshairs roll languidly and primary shapes dance compellingly, while the music by composer Lisa Miller and the Quatuor Bozzini quartet is equally spontaneous. The result: an unrestrained riot of colour and energy.

Duration: 7:13


WILD LIFE

Dir: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
Canada – 2011

In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. This animated short is about the beauty of the prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

  • Winner of Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at International Animation Festival, Ottawa
  • Winner of Best Canadian Short at Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax

Duration: 13:30


THE EAGLEMAN STAG

Dir: Michael Please
United Kingdom – 2010

The Eagleman Stag is a unique 9-minute stop-motion animated film which depicts a man’s haunting obsession with the passage of time and his unorthodox relationship with a beetle. Directed by Michael Please, the production was a highly ambition final year film for Please while studying at the Royal College of Art – it is based on a story he previously wrote entitled “The Life and Time of Peter Eagleman.” Orchestral music was integral to this film and composed in tandem with the animation process.
 

  • Winner of Best Short Animation at BAFTA
  • Winner of Special Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival

Duration: 08:55


GOD OF LOVE

Dir: Luke Matheny
United States – 2010

Matheny, who wrote, directed and starred in this 19-minute inventive comedy about love-inducing darts won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2011. A recent film student graduate of New York University, Matheny produced God of Love as his thesis film project while enrolled in NYU’s MFA program. At the Oscars, he was hailed for one of the best acceptance speeches of the evening and thanked his mother for her contribution to the movie.
 

  • Oscar Winner in 2011 for Live Action Short Film

Duration: 18:38


DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY

Dir: Ariel Kleiman
Australia – 2010

Filmed on an old decommissioned military submarine with 35mm cameras, Deeper Than Yesterday tells the story of a Russian crew who suffer a rather savage form of cabin fever. Director Ariel Kleiman, a graduate of the VCA at the University of Melbourne, recently said, “the more uncomfortable I feel making a film, the better it will be.” Jurors have compared the film to “The Lower Depths,” Maxim Gorky’s best-known play – very Russian with long periods of isolation and madness.
 

  • Winner of International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 19:52


INCIDENT BY A BANK

Dir: Ruben Östlund
Sweden – 2009

A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery: a single take where roughly 100 people meticulously recreate an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. Directed by Ruben Östlund, who witnessed these events first hand along with his producer Erik Hemmendorff while on the way to the Swedish Film Insititute. The film questions how robberies really happen, and what they might, or should, look like. “Making Incident by a Bank is a way to correct the false images of robberies we see almost daily in action movies made in Hollywood,” says Östlund.

  • Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale

Duration: 11:54


LUMINARIS

Dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina – 2011

Inspired by the Argentinian instrumental tango piece entitled “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain), “Luminaris” tells the story of a man living in a world controlled and timed by light. Each day, inhabitants of this fictional world awake and are pulled, as if by some otherworldly force, to their jobs by sunlight. Combining pixilation and stop motion techniques, the surrealist short pairs styles reminiscent of art deco with black cinema. Zaramella explains, “Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short was born: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.”

  • Winner of Audience Award at Annecy International Animation Festival

Duration: 6:17


THE EXTERNAL WORLD

Dir: David O’Reilly
Germany/Ireland – 2010

A boy learns to play the piano in this rather dark but occasionally humorous meditation on the anxieties and fears of a modern civilized society. Created as a lo-fi animation, “The External World” is a surreal seventeen-minute collection of vignettes which borrows themes from pop culture, cinema and videogames – classic and contemporary. Some have heralded this short as “a unique reconstruction of the universe” while O’Reilly recently noted in an interview, “I like creating experimental films that have an emotional function.”

  • Winner of Best Animation Award at Tampere Film Festival

Duration: 16:56


We screen at the NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) on Friday January 13, 2012 at 7pm. Grab your tickets now!