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Next Floor

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.

10 – 15 | 2008 | Canada | Dystopia | Live-Action | Satire

Next Floor is the surreal short film made by  Canadian writer-director Denis Villeneuve that plunges us into an opulent dinner where rich diners gorge themselves on a rich panoply of meats. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of’ abundance. It is a clever social-commentary sprinkled with plenty of satire and no dialogue, an incredibly elaborate allegory that recalls Buñuel’s cinema.

The short, beautifully shot with a special care for the details and some almost stomach-churning food porn sequences, was inspired by an idea of ​​the Canadian writer and producer Phoebe Greenberg, and scored  over 43 international awards including the prestigious ‘Grand Prix Canal +’ for Best Short Film at the ‘47e Semaine Internationale de la critique‘ at Cannes 2008.

It was also presented at the  Capalbio International Short Film Festival 2009, where he took home the award for ‘Best Creative Idea’ awarded by the jury of the IADCI – Italian Art Directors Club.

The director Denis Villeneuve has shortly attracted the attention of international audiences and critics thanks to his films that reveal his unique and powerful cinematic touch. His first feature film, A 32 août sur ​​terre and Maelstrom have been presented at several international festivals with critical acclaim. Film of recent success as a Prisoner, with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Enemy, again with Jake Gyllenhaall, his “actor of trust”,  finally enshrined him as one of the most interesting filmmakers in the contemporary cinema scene.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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