Short Cuts Programme 04 (2021)

  • Short Cuts, Animation, Directed by Women, Documentary
  • 1h 40m
  • Belgium, Canada, France, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Palestine, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America

Short films are eligible for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards.

Content advisory: references to racial violence

Playing as part of this programme:

Srikandi

In Vancouver-based director Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto’s spellbinding retelling of an Indonesian myth, a young woman defies conventions to carry on the puppetry traditions of her late father.

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Set in the year 2080, with the Earth ravaged by climate change, director Adeyemi Michael’s stark and powerful science-fiction drama tells the story of a desperate nomad who makes a discovery that leads to an unexpected mission and a chance for solace.

Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit

A young man’s devotion to his motorbike provides an opportunity to deliver an overdue comeuppance to colonial conquerors, in Gabriel Herrera’s playful commentary on the dynamics between man and machine, reality and representation, and past and present.

DUST BATH

A disquieting tale of a humble rooster facing the great questions of existence, this sly animation could only be the product of the highly singular mind of Nova Scotia maverick Seth A Smith.

White Devil

In this bold horror satire by Mariama Diallo and Benjamin Dickinson, a Black woman’s quarantine experience takes a disturbing turn when the dynamic she has with her white partner is impacted by events happening outside their cosy brownstone.

Trumpets in the Sky

What begins as a typically demanding day for a Syrian girl working in Lebanon’s potato fields becomes one that alters her life’s direction, in this richly detailed and continually surprising drama by director Rakan Mayasi.

Nuisance Bear

An unconventional and visually stunning study of the polar bears who draw tourists to Churchill, Manitoba, Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden’s documentary highlights the increasingly narrow and treacherous boundary between human and animal realms.

Together

Albert Shin demonstrates all his directorial prowess and knack for creating stark yet vivid characters with this remarkable drama about two strangers who convene at a seaside motel in South Korea with very particular intentions in mind.

Director - SRIKANDI

Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto

Director - THE FUTURE ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Adeyemi Michael

Director - MOTORCYCLIST’S HAPPINESS WON’T FIT INTO HIS SUIT

Gabriel Herrera

Director - DUST BATH

Seth A Smith

Director - WHITE DEVIL

Mariama Diallo

Director - WHITE DEVIL

Benjamin Dickinson

Director - TRUMPETS IN THE SKY

Rakan Mayasi

Director - NUISANCE BEAR

Jack Weisman

Director - NUISANCE BEAR

Gabriela Osio Vanden

Director - TOGETHER

Albert Shin

Languages

Spanish, No dialogue, English, Korean, Indonesian

Captions

English

Supported by
Ontario Arts Council