August 15, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Wednesday With Goddard’ Explains the Meaning of Life in 5 Minutes (Video)

Wednesday with Goddard Shortlist Film Festival

Nicolas Menard’s animated short succinctly captures an existential crisis People spend their entire lives searching for what the main character of Nicolas Menard’s “Wednesday With Goddard” found in a single afternoon. But Menard, a London-based artist and…

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August 14, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Close Ties’ Finds Intimacy in a Small Space (Video)

Zofia Kowalewska’s film examines an elderly couple’s relationship What makes Polish documentarian Zofia Kowalewska’s “Close Ties” so compellingly intimate isn’t in how it covers a husband and wife’s interactions, or even the length of their…

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August 12, 2017

ShortList 2017: How Incarceration Doc ‘Alone’ Highlights ‘Universal Importance of Love’ (Video)

Short film follows Alone Watts, who becomes a single mother overnight when her partner is jailed Filmmaker Garrett Bradley explores the impact of a husband’s incarceration on a single mother in her documentary short film,…

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August 12, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Lucia, Before and After’ Reveals the Woman Behind an Abortion (Video)

LUCIA TALKS

“It’s a very personal experience and it’s very different for everyone,” director Anu Valia tells TheWrap In 24 hours, Lucia of the short film “Lucia, Before and After” can finally get an abortion. She’s driven…

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August 12, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘American Paradise’ Tells a Funny But Timely Story of Race in America (Video)

Director Joe Talbot even adds a nod to Donald Trump in his comic short, which he says “spoke to something terrible that is happening in the country”. Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise” tells an absurd and…

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August 11, 2017

ShortList2017: ‘The Silence’ Is Haunting Tale of Grief Lost in Translation (Video)

Young Fatma refuses to share a diagnosis with her mother in directors Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s short With her ability to speak other languages and navigate the modern world, teenager Fatma has to do…

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August 10, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Broken’ Animates the Horror of a Women’s Prison (Video)

Short film draws from accounts of women who had been held in East Germany’s fortress prison at Hoheneck The first time Volker Schlecht heard the stories of women who’d been held in East Germany’s fortress…

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August 10, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Chekhov’ Is Real, Hyper-Personal Film (Video)

Jack Dunphy makes a short film out of a secretly-recorded call: “I had an idea that the conversation would take some sort of turn” Chekhov from Jack Dunphy on Vimeo. For Jack Dunphy, making movies…

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August 10, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘Promise’ Captures Rural China Through Bond Between Boy and Pig (Video)

Director Tian Xie tells TheWrap his film is a window into the harsh realities of poverty At the surface, Tian Xie’s “Promise” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” seem similar. Both films depict a child’s relationship with…

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August 10, 2017

ShortList 2017: ‘What Tears Us Apart’ Is ‘Rare’ Tale of Child With More Than Two Parents (Video)

What Tears Us Apart

“As a one child born in China, I have been very sensitive to the topic of abandonment and adoption,” Wei Hu tells TheWrap About two families who meet for the first time, Wei Hu’s “What…

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