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International Shorts: Morality Plays

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Morals are being challenged on many fronts. The protagonists in this program of short films are all faced with difficult moral choices and they don’t always make the right decisions.


Q&A Oct 3 & Oct 5


This short film program includes the following films:

The Silent Ones
Basile Vuillemin, France/Belgium/Switzerland (20 min)

At the end of an unsuccessful fishing trip, a small trawler’s desperate captain and crew ultimately agree they have to do something risky, but potentially lucrative, to change their fortune.


Solar Eclipse
Alireza Ghasemi, Raha Amirfazli, France/Iran (15 min)

A teen girl and her two friends and are off for an afternoon in the largest park in Teheran to photograph a rare total solar eclipse.


A Moral Man
Paul and Simon Wade, UK (19 min)

A right-to-die evangelist must wrestle with his faith and morality when his latest client turns out to be not what she claimed.


For Real
Ernest Lorek, Poland (19 min)

A young man’s house party takes an unexpected turn when his gangster neighbour breaks into his apartment.


Alaa Algburi, Iraq/Jordan (10 min)

A symbolic examination of how men treat women in most of the Middle East from a young woman’s perspective.


The Lone Wolf
Filipe Melo, Portugal (24 min)

A talk show radio host has chosen emotions as his theme for tonight’s show, which proves surprisingly banal until he gets a call from an old friend.


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Various with English subtitles

Content Warning

Domestic Violence, Gender or Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Violence, Child Abuse

107 min

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Dir. Shinichirō Watanabe
120 min

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Pather Panchali

Dir. Satyajit Ray
125 min

Satyajit Ray's first film opened eyes in the West. It's a naturalistic portrait of the childhood of a Brahman child, Apu, growing up in a village far from twentieth century technology in West Bengal.

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John Coltrane's Blue World: The Mike Allen Trio + Le chat dans le sac

Dir. Gilles Groulx
73 min

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The Night of the Hunter

Dir. Charles Laughton
92 min

One of the strangest and most beguiling movies you'll ever see, from a poetic, nightmarish novel by Davis Grubb, a fable about two children fleeing from a psychotic evangelical preacher (Robert Mitchum). Charles Laughton's only film as director.

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The Battle of Algiers

Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo
135 min

French Colonel Mathieu hunts for Algerian resistance leader Ali la Pointe in Pontecorvo's classic, which draws the battle lines between colonialists and Arab insurrectionists in a pulsating, "fly-on-the-wall" documentary style.

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Dir. Jacques Tati
152 min

Jacques Tati was modernity's clown; technology his banana skin. Here his alter-ego Monsieur Hulot navigates a sterile Paris that seems designed to thwart his every wish.

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