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Somebody Dies

ALT | International Shorts

From the title you might think that this program of short films could be a collection of little thrillers with people dying in crazy, wild, or unusual ways, but you would be wrong - though there is one short that matches those criteria. Death is the simple common denominator here, occurring either during the film or within the previous day in all eight shorts. It’s not what you might expect; many of the films are more a reflection of the effects of death on the living, the survivors. Death can force difficult choices, cause emotional upheaval, and bring on a more philosophical understanding of our own lives. Why even the wild thriller in the program throws in a philosophical theory to tie it all together. There are some stunningly beautiful and heartbreaking shorts in this collection, films that range from animation to magic realism - with some old men singing and a man on a leash thrown in for good measure.

Amparo's Offerings

Director: Leonel Chee / Mexico, 2018, 5 min.
Elderly Amparo prepares a ritual meal and an altar to honour her late champion-wrestler husband at a special dinner in her house filled with memories. more...


Director: Mathieu Mégemont / France, 2018, 23 min.
On a rural road, a reporter - racing to cover an accident where a man hit a dog - hits a dog and finds himself trapped in a sensational story even he could not concoct. more...


Director: Marcello Cotugno / Italy, 2018, 16 min.
A young man’s late-night arrival in a sombre apartment the day after his father’s death is soon interrupted by a series of unexpected visitors. more...


Director: Clifford Miu / Taiwan, 2018, 14 min.
While visiting his failing grandfather at the hospital, 11-year-old Chris sees his mother and uncles making a painful and difficult decision. more...

In the Shadow of the Guacari

Director: Greg Méndez / Colombia, 2018, 15 min.
In the midst of a large wetlands, a town crier brings the news that dead bodies have washed up on the banks of the river; one is Abraham’s dear friend Ciro. more...

Long-Legged Nuria

Director: Frank Vera Jiménez / Ecuador, 2019, 18 min.
On a warm evening, a daughter tells her elderly blind mother stories as they lie in a hammock, the wind blowing the curtains in the pale candle light… Is it all a strange dream? more...


Director: Xindi Lou / USA, 2019, 4 min.
A coroner’s-office photographer must suppress his grief when he realizes the body of a badly beaten drag queen being examined is his boyfriend. more...

Song Sparrow

Director: Farzaneh Omidvarnia / Iran/Denmark, 2019, 12 min.
A group of refugees in search of a better life pay a smuggler to take them across the border in the back of a refrigerated meat truck to a safe country… more...
Director Various
Country of Origin: Various
Year: 2019
Running Time: 107 mins


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