Shorts: Best of the Fest


  Austria, China, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, United States 94 minutes


Otherworldly. Transcendent. Heartwarming. Insightful. Powerful. These six Hugo Award-winning short films have been selected by our juries as the best of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival.

In “The End of Suffering (a proposal)” (Greece), a young  woman’s anxiety attack becomes an intergalactic dialogue with the universe. A young New Jersey native returns to his hometown in “Gramercy” (United States), where his ongoing battle with depression becomes a poetic exploration of brotherhood and personal struggle. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in “We Have One Heart” (Poland). An essayistic contemplation of the act of desertion within the world of a videogame in “How To Disappear” (Austria). “Tie” (Portgual, France) finds two characters search for missing pieces of themselves in a gloomy, surreal landscape. And “Step Into The River” (China, France) presents a sumptuously-drawn fable about the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

 Chinese, English, French, Greek, Polish with subtitles 


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