International Shorts: Morality Plays
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.
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.
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.
Various with English subtitles
Domestic Violence, Gender or Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Violence, Child Abuse
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Bradley Cooper's second film as director is a symphonic portrait of the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, with Cooper in the title role and Carey Mulligan as his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. One of the films of the year.
Ansi meets Holappa, and these two lonely souls feel they are meant for each other, but Fate may have other ideas... Aki Kaurismäki crafts a poignant and pertinent comedy which picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes.
Diving in a Drop
Frédéric Swierczynski is one of the best cave divers in the world. Sébastien Devrient, director, is also a mountain guide. The two friends set off to dive solo in the highest lake in the world, on the slopes of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Argentina.
Arthur Erickson's Dyde House
Nestled among the aspen parkland of Alberta, a hidden masterpiece by one of Canada's most celebrated architects has been found. Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House tells the story of an undiscovered piece of history and the architects fighting for its future.
Witnessing the brutal treatment of migrant workers while working at a corn plant in the Richelieu Valley in Quebec, French-to-Spanish translator Ariane (Ariane Castellanos) is forced to decide between risking her job and sticking up for the labourers.
Outcast teen hockey goalie Heather has it rough: she's a closeted lesbian with an alcoholic mum and something far worse than the usual menstrual cycle. This full-blooded creature feature weds the classic werewolf mythos with its own sapphic sensibility.