|FRENCH SHORT FILMS|
compiled by Maeva Aubert and Andrew P. Crane.
filmmaking continues to grow and change, away from the endless meditations and toiling
about "amour." This program takes us to such far-flung locations as India,
Brazil, Japan and Armenia, and ranges from documentaries to more established narratives
and even experimental styles of storytelling. Viva La France!
Frederic Pelles "Des Morceaux De Ma Femme" ("Some Pieces Of My Wife") (10 min.) This Cannes selection deals with the emotional fallout when a mans longtime wife passes away. Thomas Sipps "ACD" (13 min.) A documentary about a stationary store owner in Paris who uses the windows in his shop as a public portal into his imagination. David Fouriers "Lollipop" (24 min.) A naked neon girl watches over a small family whose lives together are strained and distant. Natasha De Betaks "Kaal" (10 min.) A documentary on the time-honored Indian tradition of passing down professions from generation to generation. Pascal Laethiers "Accidents" (5 min.) A whimsical tale of differing accounts of the same car accidents. Sandra Koguts "La Et Ca" ("Here and There") (26 min.) Living on the outskirts of Rio, a girl named TB tries to decide which direction her life will take. A fascinating look at the "everyday" Rio de Janeiro.
Rachel Tillostons "As I Was Falling" (1:30 min.) A funny, literal story of the title! Christophe Loizillons "Les Mains" ("The Hands") (20 min.) This Clermont-Ferrand Film Fest award-winner tells five peoples stories through the use of their hands. Faouzi Bensaidis "Le Mur" ("The Wall") (10 min.) A wall takes the brunt of mens frustations and fears in this Cannes award-winner. The director co-wrote Andre Techines ANGELS TERMINUS. Hugues Poulains "Tokyo in Bolex" (3 min.) The first in a series of "Bolex" films: here the director trains his camera on Tokyo, focusing on the famous, surreal fish market. Danielle Arbids "Le Passeur" ("The Ferryman") (13 min.) Beautiful, heart-tugging look at those who "ferry" the dead from their adopted land to their homeland. Serge Avedikians "Lux Aeterna" (11 min.) A haunting look at the aftermath of the massive 1988 earthquake in Armenia. Fred Cavayes "D" (23 min.) An older man who ignores his wife watches a young couple as their life begins to mirror his own. Olivier L. Brunets "Le Marriage De Fanny" ("Fannys Wedding") (17 min.) This evocative film conveys Fannys memories of the new husband who was taken from her during the war.