Saturday, April 9th @ 11:40 AM
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PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS by Adrian Rubi Dentzel & Danielle Rub (USA)
Foodies. Scenesters. Paris. Prestige Ingredients captured the elements for the moldable minds of young millenials and ran with it. The adorable Alia Shawkat is as adorable as ever with her natural, breezy cool girl colossus. Throw in some major food porn set in the dream Parisian life (complete with a quizzically chic apartment – Eiffel Tower in sight and all) and you’ve got yourself a perfectly pleasant viewing experience.
GRANNY MUMMY by Nicolas Berry (France)
A woman’s heart is full of secrets. Appeal to her good side by indulging in her secret. Assure her that her secret is safe with you. After all, there is no better way to get a girl to trust you than to render her mysteries harbored long-term at last safely docked. Such a warm feeling, being understood! If you’re feeling peckish, though, put yourself on the fast-track to royally screwing yourself and discover a woman’s terrifying internalized wickedness instead.
ARTIFICIAL by David P. Sañudo (Spain)
Don Quixote meets the Matrix. Artificial is the sci-fi genre’s answer to a test of wits and the consequences that ensue. The short film centers itself in a situation mirroring a conventional job interview of the future like a spoof to the solemn seriousness to it all. The spoof is on us, though; in the future, cutthroat interviews are not to be underestimated.
FORTY DAYS OF PINES by Atieh Attarzadeh Firozabad (Iran)
Director Atieh Attarzadeh Firozabad takes on a journey into the abyss of mental illness and institutional failure in the powerful Forty Days of Pines. Rather than analyze the mental hospital in Tehran, Iran with her outsider’s perspective, she wisely chooses to give her camera to the various patients. As a result we are gifted with a complete picture of life inside this otherwise private universe and we are privy to the daily trials that they face and the wisdom and beauty they are filled with. Their world may be harsh, but in the end the film is cautiously optimistic; as patient and head cinematographer Hasan tells us in the introduction, “life is beautiful, despite all its difficulties.”
Saturday, April 9th @ 1:45 PM
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CAIS SODRÉ FUNK CONNECTION – Offbeat by Richard F. Coelho (Portugal)
Jazzy and obscure, Offbeat is a little Michael Jackson, a little Bruno Mars, a lot of feet moving and wholesome spunky-tude. It is piano-tinged and trumpet overloaded, and shot as if an empty warehouse chock full of Fun House fixtures found their way to the same vacant block party, divey jive themed. Unleash your inner Ray Charles by way of Moulin Rouge and tap dance your way into this spectacle.
THE TYPIST by Kristine Stolakis (USA)
Let’s exclude Donald Trump and Chick-Fil-A in this commentary and talk about progressive thought. In this day and age of furthered progressivity, it’s interesting to think that there was once a time when sexuality was just enough of a pejorative to get you fired in civil service. In The Typist, we hear audio from an interview with a gay Korean War veteran as he reflects on his time discharging outed gay sailors. His voice is not so much guilt as it is melancholic recall for sitting on a secret and feeding its perpetrators enough fuel to slash his own convictions.
AT DAWN by Omri Burstyn (Israel)
Oh, to be young, energetic, in love, and fighting for a cause. Fighting a clashing political system with a hunger for justice is romantic in theory. For At Dawn’s Ali, a Palestinian-Israeli teenager with a bottomless supply of expressive eyes and body language, fitting in with an Israeli peace activist group feels kind of like one big lost cause.
MADAM BLACK by Ivan Barge (New Zealand)
Nice guys: fear no longer! Madam Black will show you that you certainly don’t finish last. In fact, the way to a woman’s heart might lie in your nice guy persona. It certainly does for the adorably kind Marcus of Madam Black. Marcus finds himself in a sticky situation after an incident with some road kill in a loaded situation. But! Even in his circumstance, he shows why push-overs aren’t actually such a bad thing sometimes.
SUGAR by Christian Grier (USA)
Money is a funny thing, isn’t it? It simultaneously complicates and uncomplicates things – makes us do both honorable and outrageous things. Terry of Sugar is well-aware of money’s palliative effects, but the real threat lies in whether he’ll allow the awareness to suffocate his sanity or leave it as water under the bridge the way he always has.
DARIO MARTINI by Maxime Mallet (France)
The saying goes that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Drink away! Your problems are just a squeeze off center. So following suit, Dario Martini will give you milk. Yes, milk. Take that with a very large grain of salt and make more milk. Lots of it.
WOMEN IN SINK by Iris Zaki (United Kingdom)
Director Iris Zika installs a camera above the wash basin of a beauty salon and holds candid conversations with her clients as she shampoos their hair. Her clientele is that of local Haifa women, and with them they speak of life, love, Arab-Jew relations within Israel amongst other things. Just the usual womanly exchange of gossip and chatter complete with a slice of life that is coexistence in a controversy-ridden split society.
Saturday, April 9th @ 3:55 PM
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BESIEGED BREAD by Saudade Kaadan (Syrian Arab Republic)
When two strangers are running from the same people, the quickest solution is to hide together. When a bread smuggler and a Syrian army escapee cross paths, hiding only covers their tracks so far. The two are ultimately playing hooky from their lives in a war-ravaged dystopia, complete with consequences to die for.
DESK by Youjune Kim (South Korea)
Raise your hand if you hate your desk job! Raise your hand if you hate it so much your delirium is in a steadfast chokehold and at the mercy of your dissipating lucidness! The working world has its nightmares but at least Desk gets you and will hold your hand for several minutes.
DENNIS RODMAN’S BIG BAND IN PYONG YANG by Colin Offhand (United Kingdom)
Hey Dennis Rodman – did you actually think that you and the big man up north Kim Jong Un were as tight as peas? It never occurred to you once that you were a buffoon of a pawn in his propaganda chess game? Of course not; it’s all love over there! As you like to say. Basketball is all we need to get Uncle Sam and the hermit country rubbing elbows like Saturday morning pick-up ball buddies. Be right back while we all go break some glass against some walls.
Written by Cooper Hardee and Dara Kim