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Guest Picks: Elisa Sednaoui

The celebrated Italian-Egyptian actress, filmmaker and model recommends her favourite shortfilms and launches our new Guest Picks section.

We are happy to launch our new Guest Picks section: a column where actors and actress, editors, writers, film critics, people from the film industry, talents from publishing and creativity worlds, will select the most exciting, upsetting, moving or thought-provoking short films to showcase to our international audience. This week, we are pleased to present Elisa Sednaoui, our first “guest editor”, who has chosen and commented three beautiful…

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Online Preview: Dulce Dolor (The Sweetest Blow)

Crossing the ambiguity of happiness and desire, a human Piñata discovers what is her true nature.

10 – 15 | 2014 | Drama | Live-Action | Mexico | Pain & Pleasure

Stories are often born from a single visual epiphany,  a suspended moment of astonishment where you can catch the sense of something (or someone), and a director must have the skill to maintain the original intensity in an attempt to develop a plot that solves the “theme” evoked by that random yet powerful image. And this is perhaps what happened…

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Head over Heels

This Oscar-nominated animation is an heartwarming tale of a married couple whose lives have grown in opposite directions.

2012 | 5 - 10 | Love | Romance | Stop Motion | UK

After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown distant from each other, to the point that  they lead their lives in literally opposite ways. Their lives run parallel, she inhabits the roof of their house, and he’s got the floor. As days go by, they ignore each other, until the husband decides to…

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The Brain Hack

Two students create a short-cut to induce hallucinogenic visions of God, and find themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect.

15 – 20 | Conspiracy | Live-Action | Thriller | USA

Neurotheology, technology, science, conspiracy theories, simulation, deception, psychosis, suspense, fear, excitement, mystery, revelation, surprise: rarely a short film manages to hold so many themes, levels, and emotions together. The Brain Hack succeeds in doing so with a compelling and circular story, enriched by stunning visual and sound effects. By large, one of the best shorts in recent years.…

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The Pavement

The city at night, a couple, a gunshot... nothing is what it seems in this innovative and highly suspenseful neo-noir.

0 – 5 | 2014 | Crime | Live-Action | Noir | USA

The pavement, the night, those eyes, the glass, the red, the smoke, those lips, her touch, the pavement… Wait, go back! So begins what seems to be the narration of a night of passion… but the truth will prove to be quite different. The looping and cyclical narrative structure that supports this short, based on…

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