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2011 — 47th Chicago Film Festival

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Shorts 2: Pen & Paper Shorts 2: Pen & Paper

A stunning panorama of new animated shorts from around the world.
An accident changes Dinki's life in the gorgeous BIRDBOY (Spain). A striking blend of animation styles are used in FLOWERS FOR JUPITER (USA). A seductive alternative cityscape is presented in the stylish HELLVILLE (France). A poodle puppy terrorizes the henpecked Carlos in EL MACHO (UK). One man's obsession with the passing of time is explored in black and white stop-motion in THE EAGLEMAN STAG (UK). Animator Bill Plympton invited multiple animators to remake his Oscar® award-winning short Guard Dog, and GUARD DOG GLOBAL JAM (USA) is the eye-popping result! THE GALLERY (Poland) is a satirical parable on modern consumer habits. A young boy learns some life lessons in THE RENTER (USA). TRAUMDEUTUNG (UK) explores our fascination with dreams. HEAVY HEADS (Denmark) is a minimalist black comedy. BRIDE CAN (Iran) uses cutouts in a witty commentary on the role of women in Iranian society. Oscar has to leave something behind in the melancholy, beautifully hand drawn BELLY (UK).

87 min

Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem1 Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem1

Zombies, ghosts, murderers and more go on the rampage in this miniature showcase of terror.
Thirty years after a zombie epidemic the undead are used for cheap labor in the stylish THE UNLIVING (Sweden). A mysterious vagrant is hiding in an empty house in the menacing GHOST (South Korea). There's a new addition to the family in the form of a benign severed head in the darkly comedic CROPPED (Australia). A little boy and a yeti-like monster go on a disturbing adventure in DREAM OF 1ST OF APRIL 1999 (France). A gruesome scene unfolds in a peaceful home by the sea in BEATING HEARTS (USA). A young mother's mental state deteriorates rapidly in the nightmarish FOAL (Austria) and an army of mutant flies is unleashed in an orgy of bloodlust in FRIEND OF FLIES (Sweden).

100 min

Shorts 4: In n' Out Shorts 4: In n' Out

A series of provocative shorts exploring sex and relationships in unique and hilarious ways.
An elderly couple's dinner repartee takes an unexpected and hilarious turn in PASS THE SALT, PLEASE (USA). The pleasures and perils of going back for more are explored in EX-SEX (USA). An old man has a dirty secret in GRANDPA'S WET DREAM (USA/JAPAN). Wallace and Gromit meets Shortbus when a Claymation couple decides to spice up their sex life in VENUS (Denmark). A plucky actress prepares for a challenging new role in METHOD (USA). Bert's barely clad neighbor comes to borrow some sugar and things go horribly wrong in SUGAR (The Netherlands).

63 min

Shorts 5: When Worlds Collide Shorts 5: When Worlds Collide

Unsettling, surprising and off-kilter encounters abound in these eight compelling and carefully crafted films. A 17-year-old boy experiences some surprises during his first day on the job in MEATHEAD (New Zealand). A father and son share an awkward moment at a wedding in THE SHIRT (Germany). A piece of chewing gum, a dog collar, a stain on the wall in the shape of Australia, and a crooked traffic light all play a part in THE RUNAWAY (Spain). An old woman convinces herself that she will die as soon as she has sold her last minute of cell phone time in MINUTO 200 (Colombia). Perceptions of reality are explored on a one-take journey in 720 DEGREES (Bangladesh). A young girl’s sexual awakening swelters in the heat of a long summer’s day in NARKIS (Israel). Two brothers who run an unusual carwash business have some problems on their hands in KRASS (Iceland). An unseen tension lurks in a seemingly everyday situation in THE STRANGE ONES (USA).

83 min

Shorts 6: A Question of Timing Shorts 6: A Question of Timing

A selection of international shorts which encompass the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in-between. Three eager bank robbers go over the big plan before robbing a bank in the hilarious THE HEIST (UK). In OSTRICH’S FLIGHT (Brazil) a struggling businessman tries a novel money making approach. An impromptu Cyndi Lauper sing-a-long is about more than just a song in TIME AFTER TIME (USA). Rocky is a little boy with a lot of love to give in THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF ROCKY (Belgium). The turmoil at the end of a relationship is explored with sensitivity and simplicity in THE SHOWER (Chile). A surprising encounter takes place at an indoor playground in the Neil LaBute penned AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL (USA). Randomness, existence and the order, or disorder, of things, is explored in the beautiful hybrid animation JUST THAT SORT OF A DAY (India).

75 min

Shorts 7: Truth Be Told Shorts 7: Truth Be Told

Original documentary shorts that have won international acclaim for their fresh approaches and sensitive storytelling. FLYING ANNE (The Netherlands) is a sensitive portrayal of a beautiful young girl suffering from Tourette Syndrome. GRANDMOTHERS (UK) uses mixed media animation to render the tragic story of one woman's experience of the Argentine revolution. In CARETAKER FOR THE LORD (UK), we are privy to the everyday goings on and discontent amongst an aging and steadily declining church community in Scotland. THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (Canada) is a fitting and humorous homage to the people and events surrounding an oddly significant landmark. GOODBYE MANDIMA (Switzerland) is a moving account of childhood memories of growing up in Zaire. In BITTER LEMON (Bangladesh), we experience the point of view of a traffic policeman in the chaotic streets of Dhaka.

67 min

Vazquez, Alberto

BirdBoy BirdBoy

A terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki's life forever. Now Dinki's fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest, lost in his fantasies... a beautiful, haunting tale told with stark, stylized animation based on a graphic novel.

Spanish, with subtitles, 13 min

Veiel, Andres

If Not Us, Who If Not Us, Who

Literature has the power to change the world, or so university students Bernward Vesper and Gudrun Ensslin believe. Gudrun soon discovers that words are not enough and, seduced by one of Andreas Baader’s more direct and violent approaches to change, joins forces with him as co-founder of the Red Faction Army. This stirring political drama takes audiences back to a tumultuous time in history when ideologies clashed, love was made, bombs were exploded and bullets fired.

German with subtitles, 124 min

Verbeek, David

Club Zeus Club Zeus

First rule of Club Zeus: women feel what they want to feel. This Shanghai male host club caters to the emotional (and sexual) needs of its professional clientele and Leonardo, its youngest host, understands those needs perfectly. But his mentor and “big brother” Sly wants a better future for Leonardo and is willing to pay any price to free him from his duties. Shot in just ten days, Club Zeus is a visually striking exploration of the need for companionship in this digital age.

Mandarin with subtitles, 75 min

von Trier, Lars

Melancholia Melancholia

The title of Lars von Trier's anticipated new film describes both the state of mind of newlywed Justine (Kirsten Dunst) as well as the name of the planet on a collision course to Earth. Featuring standout performances by an all-star cast featuring Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard, and John Hurt, Melancholia is a hauntingly beautiful, dreamlike and eerie portrait of a family confronting the prelude to the end of the world.

125 min

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