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Schermata 2015-04-09 alle 17.55.25

Junkyard

A man is stabbed in the subway. In the last seconds before he dies, a teenage friendship flashes before his eyes.

15 – 20 | 2012 | Animation | Drama | Friendship | Netherlands

This animation by Dutch animator Hisko Hulsing has won 22 awards in many festivals across the world, and not by chance. It’s not only visually striking – impressive drawings and mixed techniques to achieve them (120 oil painted frames, 25,000 drawings in 2D and 3D) – but also has an unusually strong narrative for a short, although it…

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Schermata 2015-04-13 alle 16.28.36

Guest Picks #2: Babak Jalali

The talented Iranian-British director reccomends three short films that have mostly inspired his own filmmaking.

This week we are pleased to present three  very inspirational”picks” selected by 36-year-old Iranian born-London based director Babak Jalali, three short films that somehow mirror his minimalistic filming style and story-telling sensibility at the service of a “politically-tuned” cinema, not lacking of a certain dark humour, focused in deep characters capable to express great existential themes. Babak Jalali was born in 1978 in Northern…

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Funnel

Funnel

His car has broken down, a guy spend a whole day on the phone while looking for a funnel.

2014 | 5 - 10 | Comedy | Friendship | Live-Action | USA

Andre Hyland, the author of this surreal short, is what in Italy we’d lovingly call a “successful dick”, which is not only his natural “attitude”, but his peculiar signature. Let’s just say he’s not a totally improvised “dick”, though. Hyland is actually a live-performer, a comedian, an author and a self-taught filmmaker, his films and…

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Autobiographical Scene Number 6882

A group of friends watches as one of them attempts to jump into the water from a bridge.

2005 | 5 - 10 | Drama | Human Nature | Live-Action | Sweden

(from Jeffrey Bowers via Vice)  A group of friends are walking across a bridge, discussing the finer aspects of alcohol, when they begin cajoling each other into jumping off the bridge into the river, approximately 100 feet below. It’s all laughs and good times even as a group member named Martin, decides to go for it. The scene unfolds…

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world of glory

World of Glory (Opening Scene)

A plain, ordinary man tells us about his work as a real-estate broker, his dead father, his ordinary home and so on in a naturalistic voice, lacking any emotions.

10 – 15 | 1990 | Drama | Live-Action | Sweden | War | world war

(by Adam Nayman via Reverse Shot)  Note: Roy Andersson’s World of Glory is avaiable online without permission. It is officially avaiable on the Cinema 16: European Short Films disc “The opening scene of World of Glory is a reconstruction of events during the Second World War and of the total brutality which marked “ethnic cleansings”. That term did not exist then, it…

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