The best laid plans go awry in this diverse programme of shorts, which includes a stop-motion exploration of the hardship of labour, a portrait of a young woman’s life turned upside down by a disobedient dog, and Deco Dawson’s award-winning account of the life (real and imagined) of the last Surrealist, Jean Benoît.
- Sunday February 17, 2013 at 9:00PM
An ailing young woman finds her surroundings becoming increasingly unstable as she sits in a quiet diner. The ensuing chaos triggers an ominous sequence of events. Phillip Barker’s incredible talent as a production designer is evident in his sophisticated direction... view more
Jean Benoît, the last official member of the French Surrealist group, receives Deco Dawson’s signature treatment in a biography that fantastically illustrates the artist’s formative (and highly sexual) childhood memories.
An elderly man braves the elements to hew wood with nothing but an axe and a wheelbarrow, in this elegy for nature’s sacrifice to fuel man’s existence. Girard’s patient eye for the overlooked corners of existence defines her aesthetic.
This forlornly funny piece (reminiscent of Aki Kaurismäki’s deadpan comedies) follows a parking-lot attendant whose only friend is his deceased mother’s cat, Duchess IV — that is, until he meets an eccentric young woman who sings telegrams for a living.
A graveside funeral service sets the scene for a disturbing and fascinating piece of storytelling, where gazing beyond the surface reveals the deceased’s former life. Martin Thibaudeau’s careful compositions linger only long enough to provide clues in this sharply structured... view more
This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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