Film Countries Archives: France

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Two friends in their early twenties look up at a tree in a park at night. One of them drinks from a can.

Geranios [short film]

  Lou Marino

  Chile     21 minutes

Synopsis

Monserrat and her bestie Francia, navigate life in Santiago after Monserrat loses her room in a shared apartment.  This intimate and endearing work of docu-fiction follows the pair as their effortless charisma, deep sarcasm, and fierce dedication carries them through the difficult time.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 6: Comedy – Awkward Laughs program.

  

 Spanish with subtitles 

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A woman sitting on the bathroom floor looks at the black goo on her fingers with disgust

In the Flesh [short film]

  Daphne Gardner

  United States     13 minutes

Synopsis

Tracy just wants a moment of pleasure in her bathroom, but a flood of old memories emerge as a relentless distraction. The pipes burst and spew forth vile, murky water. To her horror, she begins oozing mysterious black goo.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 3: After Dark – Twisted Tales & Shadows of Innocence program.

  

 English 

Content Considerations
Body horror, sexual violence
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A teenage girl notices something under the sheets when she wakes up. Her room is pink, and filled with crosses.

First Blood [short film]

  Olivia Loccisano

  Canada     8 minutes

Synopsis

Following her first period, a teenage girl undergoes a bizarre transformation that ushers in a unique chapter of her adolescence. This unprecedented stage unveils an entirely uncharted dimension of her sensory experience.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 3: After Dark – Twisted Tales & Shadows of Innocence program.

  

 English 

Content Considerations
Body horror
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Chef Ethan Lim and his mother work in the kitchen together.

Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures [short film]

  Dustin Nakao-Haider

  United States     17 minutes

Synopsis

A finely observed portrait of celebrated Chicago chef Ethan Lim as he develops his restaurant, Hermosa, this short doc touches on issues of family, culinary culture, and displacement due to war. Born into  a refugee camp and brought to the US at a young age as his family fled the Khmer Rouge’s violent coup in Cambodia, Lim crafts dishes that feature authentic Cambodian flavors, imagining how the country’s cuisine might have developed had it not been interrupted by civil war.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations program.

  

 Cantonese, English, Khmer with subtitles 

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A group of Jazz musicians record in a studio.

They Shot the Piano Player

  Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal

  Spain, France     103 minutes

Synopsis

In this lively animated music documentary, a New York journalist named Jeff Harris (Jeff Goldblum) goes on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of a young Brazilian jazz pianist, Tenorio Jr., in the 1970s. The film switches back and forth between Harris’ present-day investigations in Brazil and Argentina, where he tracks down and talks to music virtuosos like Gilberto Gil and João Gilberto, and beautifully envisioned memories of the Bossa Nova music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

From the directors of the Oscar-nominated animated feature Chico and Rita, They Shot the Piano Player is both an engaging political murder mystery and a snapshot of the creative freedom and musical innovation that took place during a turning point in Latin American history, just before the continent was engulfed by totalitarian regimes.

 English, Portuguese, Spanish with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Cristina Huete
  •   Fernando Trueba
  •   Arnau Quiles
  •   Jeff Goldblum
  •   Nano Arrieta, Fabien Westerhoff
  •   Fernando Trueba P.C., Les Films d’Ici, Submarine Animanostra

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