International Shorts #2

International Shorts #2

International Shorts #2

The films in this diverse program from seven countries explore the roles and mechanisms that trap individuals—be they domesticity, courtesy, body image, bureaucracy, parenthood, or familial loyalty. When the expected is challenged, the world responds. But who is really triggered: the silent or the majority?

International Shorts #2

Nimic

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Germany/UK/USA, 2019, 12m

Matt Dillon stars as a concert cellist followed home by a mysterious woman who mimics his every move in this puzzling new provocation from the internationally acclaimed director of The Lobster (FFF 2016) and The Favourite.

International Shorts #2

Anna

Directed by: Dekel Berenson

Ukraine/UK/Israel, 2019, 15m

In English and Ukrainian with English Subtitles

An aging single mother working in a meat processing plant answers a radio advertisement to meet single American men looking for wives.

International Shorts #2

Micro-Movies: Room Service, The Test, The Visitor

Directed by: Florian Meimberg

Germany, 2019, 1m

In German with English Subtitles

Three films under a minute each—”Room Service,” “The Test,” and “The Visitor”—are compressed narratives revealing layers of storytelling long after they have ended.

International Shorts #2

Are You Hungry?

Directed by: Teemu Niukkanen

Finland, 2019, 12m

In Finnish with English Subtitles

An overprotective mother’s assumptions about her son’s sex life leads to a cascading series of calamities which put him seemingly in danger.

International Shorts #2

A Simple Fucking Gesture

Directed by: Jesse Shamata

Canada, 2020, 8m

A couple in traffic doesn’t get the “thank you” wave they deserve after another driver cuts in. According to its director, “This film was written while in traffic.”

International Shorts #2

Sticker

Directed by: Georgi M. Unkovski

Macedonia, 2019, 19m

In Macedonian with English Subtitles

After unsuccessfully renewing his car registration, a desperate father falls into an increasingly absurd bureaucratic hellscape of corruption, abuse, and mistaken identity.

International Shorts #2

Piggy

Directed by: Carlota Pereda

Spain, 2018, 14m

In Spanish with English Subtitles

A self-conscious teen swimming alone in a skimpy bikini is bullied by three girls who steal her clothes. Then there’s that dead body in the water… Winner of the Russo Brothers AGBO Fellowship at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival.

International Shorts #2

Chubby

Directed by: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli

Canada, 2019, 22m

Notorious FFF alumni Sims-Fewer and Mancinelli (“Slap Happy,” FFF 2018; “Woman in Stall,” FFF 2019) return with this tale of a young girl, haunted by the memory of an unspoken sexual trauma, who awaits her abuser’s arrival at a family Christmas gathering.