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A Festival of Short Films

Cinema Talks > 2016 Spring (Season 9)
Cine Club: Wednesday 17 February 2016 (7:00 to 8:30 pm - All are welcome)

Title:   A Festival of Short Films
Duration:  1 hr 44 min (total)

In the 60s, there was a movement based on showing collections of short films in one group. They used to have one theme. For example, Spirits of the Dead consisted of 3 shorts by Roger Vadim, Federico Fellini and Louis Malle each based on a short story by Edgar Alan Poe. Soon after that, the short film became an important genre.

In the past few years, and due to strong commercialization of film production, the short film lost its producers but not its public. The variety of output is massive consisting of animations, cartoons, real life films, short talks, etc. In this session, Karaz w Laimoon is happy to present a large number of such shorts each one taking anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes.   

Here are the films to be shown:

1) Nowhere Line – Voices from Manus Island - Lukas Schrank (Australia) - 2015 - 16 minutes
Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island is an animated short film, which tells the stories of two men, currently detained in Australia’s notorious Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre. In October 2014, director Lukas Schrank made phone contact with the men who were able to tell their stories from within the compound. Their interviews offer a chilling insight into the reality of life for the 2000 people currently being held in Australia’s offshore detention centres Their stories are the voice of the film, guiding the animation through the backstreets of Jakarta, across the sea and deep into the fenced facility of the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.
2) Black Rider - Pepe Danquart (Germany) -  1992 - 11 minutes
This is the story of a young black man who is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar while the other passengers remain silent. But the schwarzfahrer shall eventually have his revenge.

3) The Tale of the Floating World - Alain Escalle (Japan) - 2002 - 25 minutes
The title refers to the Japanese concept of the “Floating World”—a hedonistic, secular world of fleeting pleasures and beauty for its own sake exemplified by geishas and kabuki theater—which flourished in the classical Edo period. “Ukiyo-e” or “pictures of the floating world” were a genre of woodcuttings depicting scenes of Edo-era Japan. The 18th century novelist Asai Ryō wrote a work entitled “Tales of the Floating World” about a Buddhist monk who finds enlightenment through debauchery. Dating back to Impressionism, French artists have had such a longstanding infatuation with Ukiyo-e that it’s given birth to a subgenre of painting known as “Japonisme.”

4) O Velho do Restelo - Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal) - 2014 - 18 minutes
Don Quixote, Luís de Camões, Camilo Castelo Branco and Teixeira de Pascoaes meet in an eternal garden in the middle of a modern city and talk about life.

5) Les Amours Jaunes - Jean Rollin (France) - 1958 - 12 minutes
Cult director Jean Rollin’s first film was this 12-minute, black-and-white short inspired by a poem by Tristan Corbiere. Filmed on weekends in 35mm on an old Maurigraphe camera borrowed from Rollin’s job at a newsreel company, the short contains footage of Rollin’s friends at the cliffs of Dieppe, readings of Corbiere’s poem, and some Fabien Loris drawings. Rollin made a few more shorts and false starts over the next decade before completing his first narrative feature, Le Viol du Vampire, in 1968. (From Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide).
6) The Employment - Santiago Bou Grasso (Argentine) - 2008 - 7 minutes
A man prepares and goes to work in a bizarre world, where the meaning of human workforce is taken to another level.
7) Never Like the First Time - Jonas Odell (Sweden) - 2006 - 15 minutes
Four people share the stories of their first sexual experience in this animated short subject from Swedish filmmaker Jonas Odell. Each vignette features a different look and animation style, and the stories covers a time span from the 1920's to the present day. Each narrator recalls their loss of virginity in a different way, ranging from deeply romantic nostalgia to befuddled disappointment to terror in the face of unexpected violence as their stories play out on screen.
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