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Thursday February 22: Recent Irish Shorts

Our first curated monthly screening is a partnership with the Toronto Irish Film Festival, which unspools its 8th edition from March 2-4th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Festival co-director John Galway joins us to introduce their 2018 lineup and to present some great recent Irish short films. Lower prices will be in effect and all tickets must be bought at the Carlton box office. Special thanks to Network Ireland Television, the Irish Film Board, and Eibh Collins for their generous help in assembling this programme.

Thursday February 22nd at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks and craic!)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from Boogaloo & Graham

BOOGALOO & GRAHAM

Dir: Michael Lennox
UK – 2014

Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Duration: 14:00


Still from Strangers in the Night

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Dir: Conor McMahon
Ireland – 2015

Two lonely people find the love that they were searching for. Well, one lonely person and one banshee.

Duration: 12:00


Still from The Nation Holds Its Breath

THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH

Dir: Kev Cahill
Ireland – 2016

On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father-to-be is torn between a) standing at his wife’s side to hold her hand and witness the miracle of childbirth, or b) witnessing the miracle of the national team reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Duration: 20:00


Still from Noreen

NOREEN

Dir: Domhnall Gleeson
Ireland – 2011

Two policemen learn life lessons on a house-call in rural Ireland. Frank is young and heartbroken. Con is middle-aged and weary. They’re both alone. They’re both idiots. Written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson, and starring his brother Brian Gleeson and father Brendan Gleeson.

Duration: 18:00


Still from Analogue People in a Digital Age

ANALOGUE PEOPLE IN A DIGITAL AGE

Dirs: Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth
Ireland – 2013

On the day that Ireland’s analogue television network is replaced by a digital signal, eight men in a bar battle to survive in the new world, the TV in the corner a harbinger of this technological future

Duration: 13:00


Still from Breakfast Wine

BREAKFAST WINE

Dir: Ian FitzGibbon
Ireland – 2013

They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two? Starring Dylan Moran (Black Books).

Duration: 12:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Full Program for April 13 Screening

Spring is here (maybe) and we’ve got a great lineup of (mostly) funny films to brighten your April. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday April 13th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from ANIME

ANIME

Dir: Arnaud Brisebois
Canada – 2016

We showed Arnaud Brisebois’ first short film Trotteur way back in April 2012, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back in 2017. Anime follows two young people through a post-apocalyptic cityscape as they scavenge for food and shelter. Brisebois’ sense of visual style is stronger than ever.

Duration: 12:00


Still from THE COMMITTEE

THE COMMITTEE

Dirs: Gunhild Enger and Jenni Toivoniemi
Norway/Finland/Sweden – 2016

Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland to decide on an art piece, which is to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise.

  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from SECOND TO NONE

SECOND TO NONE – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Vincent Gallagher
Ireland – 2016

Frederick Butterfield is tired of always being runner up. When he becomes the world’s second oldest person, he hatches a plan to claim first place.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


Still from TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

Dirs: Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck
Sweden – 2016

A ten meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 16:00


Still from AUDIBLE STATIC

AUDIBLE STATIC

Dir: Sai Selvarajan
USA – 2016

Thaddeus is a teenager in love. Love comes with panic. Silence. Racing thoughts, but no words. Just, audible static. In the last days of analogue, Thaddeus finds a way to cheat the system.

Duration: 11:00


Still from 3 WAY (NOT CALLING)

3-WAY (NOT CALLING)

Dir: Molly McGlynn
Canada – 2016

A couple decide to spice up their sex life with a threesome. Now where can they find the willing third?

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 11:00


Still from A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

Dir: Gabriel Abrantes
France/Portugal/UK – 2016

A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous “Princess X,” a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


It just might be shorts weather again, so we’ll show you ours if you’ll show us yours! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Full Program for October 8 Screening

My favourite season is here! It may not be shorts weather anymore but we’re still celebrating short film. We’re wrapping up our fourth great season of Shorts That Are Not Pants and we hope you’ll join us!

Thursday October 8 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from Force of Habits

FORCE OF HABITS

Dir: Lu Davidson
New Zealand – 2014

A short film to show how simple new habits can have a positive effect on Climate Change – a daunting and intimidating issue.

Duration: 4:00


Still from O Negative

O NEGATIVE

Dir: Steven McCarthy
Canada – 2015

A young woman and the man who cares for her race to find shelter in a roadside motel so they can feed her addiction, in this intriguing, wordless story about desire and dependency.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from Awakenings

AWAKENINGS

Dir: Bhargav Saikia
India – 2015

The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.

Duration: 13:00


Still from X

X

Dir: Max Hattler
UK – 2012

The unknown X becomes a whole symphony of shapes… In a kinetic energetic otherworld where everything is by itself yet can intersect with each other, cross-action seems the best way to solve an unknown equation.

  • Staff Pick – Vimeo

Duration: 6:00


Still from Myrna the Monster

MYRNA THE MONSTER – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Ian Samuels
USA – 2014

A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 14:30


Still from At the Door

AT THE DOOR

Dir: Miriam Bliese
Germany – 2013

The most painful thing about a separation is the fact that you remain so close to each other.

  • Official Selection – Palm Springs International Shortsfest

Duration: 5:00


Still from Two Seas

TWO SEAS

Dir: Orlando Cubitt
UK – 2014

Denied the future she dreams of, a teenage girl runs away to sea.

  • Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from Somewhere Down the Line

SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE

Dir: Julien Regnard
Ireland – 2014

A man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.

  • Winner (Best Animation) – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Winner (Best Animation) – Irish Film and Television Awards
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Galway Film Fleadh

Duration: 10:00


Join us as we wrap up our 2015 season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

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


Join us as we continue our third season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are $10, door tickets are $12, and subscriptions are just $50 for the rest of the year.

Closeup: The Missing Scarf

Poster for The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf is part of our April 17th lineup. Get your advance tickets now and we’ll see you there!

It seems only right that on this St. Patrick’s Day we should feature Irish filmmaker Eoin Duffy‘s work. I became familiar with him about a year ago when I saw his beautifully haunting short On Departure. Created in the aftermath of a family tragedy, that film was all at once an expression of grief, an attempt to come to terms with loss, and a tribute to a departed loved one. Not bad for five minutes of very minimalistic animation.

Albert the Squirrel

In his latest film, The Missing Scarf (created directly after On Departure), Duffy continues to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. In this case, the plotline seems trivial, even silly, but the themes are heavy indeed. Albert the squirrel has misplaced his favourite scarf, and he approaches his other friends in the forest for help in finding it. But each of them has worries of their own, and he never seems to get any closer to finding his scarf. Confronting some of life’s greatest fears, which always seem to grow when life seems uncertain, Duffy makes a powerful statement while again using nothing but simple lines and cartoon-like characters.

The decision to cast George Takei as the narrator is a brilliant one. Takei’s sense of whimsy fits the film’s content perfectly, and I can picture him in the recording booth reading his lines with one eyebrow cheekily raised. The “child’s storybook” style of narration could lull the viewer into thinking this is a much simpler film than it is, but Takei’s presence should tip off the more perceptive audience members.

Eoin Duffy
Filmmaker Eoin Duffy

The film took about 7 months to complete using the open source 3D modelling software Blender 3D. It was funded by the Irish Film Board in conjunction with RTE (Ireland’s national television broadcaster) and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Duffy now lives and works in Vancouver, which makes it even more satisfying for us to be showing his work here in Toronto. Get your ticket and join us on April 17th for The Missing Scarf and more.