FESTIVAL SHORTS COLLECTION
EL GRAN ZAMBINI aka THE GREAT ZAMBINI
Directed by Igor Legarreta and Emilio Perez
Spain - Live Action - 15 minutes
The remains of an ancient circus can still be seen on the outskirts of a big city, as we follow the story of an aging circus performer and the troubled relationship he has with his young son.
MANN IM MOND aka MAN IN THE MOON
Directed by Chris Stenner and Arvid Uibel
Germany - Animated - 7 minutes
A little man who lives on the moon spends his days working on his dirt garden, keeping himself busy, and longing for company. When in 1969 the first manned mission to land on the moon is started, his dream is about to come true. One day he notices a light heading his way from the large blue planet that fills his vista, and he runs out to greet his new guests, only to get a big surprise in return.
LA LECON DE DANSE aka THE DANCE LESSON
Directed by Philippe Prouff
France - Live Action - 5 minutes
This film is dedicated to all the people who want to impress others with revolutionary dance training. You will no longer have an excuse not to move your body to the sound of digital beats. Two left feet? No rhythm? No problem. One man breaks it down in this hilarious instructional dance class.
Directed by Rupert Jones
Great Btitain - Live Action - 14 minutes
When events at work prove too stressful for Douglas Knott, an over-worked, under-appreciated employee, he decides to make his boss and co-workers notice him-by his absence. He decides to throw a "sickie". Unfortunately, his attempts to enjoy a day off are soon sabotaged by the insidious voice of his conscience, literally!
DIAMONDS IN A BUCKET
Directed by Sherry White
Canada - Live Action - 21 minutes
Vivian won't admit she's been a doormat all her life. Harold won't admit his songs are garbage. Vivian wants a man, any man, who'll look after her. Harold wants a woman to adore him and fix his tea. When they meet, they are destined to have a sad, pathetic relationship. That is, until Harold's thirty-year old daughter shows up and ruins everything.
MIGRATION ASSISTEE aka AIDED MIGRATION
Directed by Pauline Pinson
France - Animated 3D - 5 minutes
Finally, it's time for Sureau (a migratory bird) to go on his long awaited journey, the big trip, the love season! Yet whilst he anxiously gets ready to leave, Sureau is diagnosed with a nitrogen allergy. From now on, he will have to fly by plane, alongside the other cripples.
Directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Canada - Live Action - 8 minutes
No Bikini introduces us to a young girl who defies sexual convention during her summer swim class, all beginning with an ill-fitted bathing suit. Filled with humor, this film is less about defining one's gender than it is about discovering personal strength.
A HALF MAN
Directed by Firas Momani
Canada - Stop Motion Animation - 5 minutes
A whole man contained in half a body struggles to maintain his daily routine and provide for the child in his care.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
A nice collection of shorts this month. The most notables are "No Bikini" and "The Dance Lesson". "The Dance Lesson" was picked because it has caused me to laugh out loud. Now, I can think up a few dance moves! "No Bikini" is an interesting and amusing short. Why cover up pre-puberty children if they didn't "feel naked" from the waist up? Good point, but our culture insist on "covering up". Unfortunately, there are a couple of shorts that didn't resonate with me. I consider "Diamond in a Bucket" boring. I didn't know what hit me after I watched "Aided Migration". I just didn't know what the heck that was all about. Maybe I'd better check out Dakar and do some bird watching. Special mention goes to "Man in the Moon". I'm fast becoming a fan of FilmAkademie from Germany, thanks to Film Movement. Film Movement also have other FilmAkademie's shorts, "Das Rad" and last month's short, "The Raft". Kudos!! Let's make this an "annual tradition" as Film Movement mentioned in the description on the DVD cover!
Gene in San Diego - Customer Review
Great collection of shorts. My favorite by far was THE GREAT ZAMBINI. This gets a 5star rating. I'd also include MIGRATION ASSISTEE and THE DANCE LESSON in this rating, with the others at 4 stars, except one clip. A HALF MAN was a bit disturbing. It may appeal to some folks, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Thank you for putting this together.