Short Cuts Programme 03 (2021)

  • Short Cuts, Animation, Directed by Women
  • 1h 40m
  • Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Pakistan, Senegal, United Kingdom, United States of America

Short films are eligible for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards.

Playing as part of this programme:

Some Still Search

Unique for its power and restraint, director Nesaru Tchaas’s drama about a family torn apart by an ICE raid gains even more force thanks to the incredible performances by its largely non-professional cast, many of them immigrants facing the same threats as the people they play.

Bhai

Amid the bustle of Karachi on Pakistan’s Independence Day, the tumultuous events portrayed in Hamza Bangash’s bracing, tension-filled drama widen the gulf of understanding between two brothers.

Anxious Body

In the latest by one of Japan’s most inventive animators, Yoriko Mizushiri combines unpredictable physical forms, surprising geometries, and unexpected textures and sound to craft an uncommonly tactile and wholly unique creation.

ASTEL

While helping tend her family’s herd of cows in a northern region of Senegal, a 13-year-old girl faces changes that threaten her tight bond with her father in this vividly realized directorial debut by screenwriter and filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy.

You and Me, Before and After

Remarkable for its mix of acerbic humour and raw emotion, and for the stellar performances by Yael Stone and Emily Barclay, Madeleine Gottlieb’s film reveals the sometimes painful history and complex array of feelings that bond two sisters as they share a very special experience.

Little Bird

Mi’kmaw filmmaker and actor Tim Myles pays a deeply moving yet often humorous tribute to his mother and his heritage, in this semi-autobiographical story of a young man fleeing his late mother’s wake as he attempts to come to terms with his new reality.

I Gotta Look Good for the Apocalypse

Making ingenious use of images found online and further blurring the divides between our competing realities, Turkish animator Ayce Kartal has crafted a surreal, dystopic, yet ultimately poignant vision of life under lockdown.

Shark

Completing the trilogy of wickedly dark comedy shorts that began with Spider and Bear, Nash Edgerton finds a perfect match in Rose Byrne as Sofie, a woman who loves pranks just as much as Jack, Edgerton’s onscreen alter ego. Alas, the couple’s quest to outdo each other may lead to the most outrageous calamity of all.

Director - SOME STILL SEARCH

Nesaru Tchaas

Director - BHAI

Hamza Bangash

Director - ANXIOUS BODY

Yoriko Mizushiri

Director - ASTEL

Ramata-Toulaye Sy

Director - YOU AND ME, BEFORE AND AFTER

Madeleine Gottlieb

Director - LITTLE BIRD

Tim Myles

Director - I GOTTA LOOK GOOD FOR THE APOCALYPSE

Ayçe Kartal

Director - SHARK

Nash Edgerton

Languages

Spanish, No dialogue, English, Urdu, Pulaar

Captions

English

Supported by
Ontario Arts Council
Screening supported by
Japan Foundation