International Shorts: Nothing Comes Easy
Image: Mira, VIFF 2023
In this program of short films our protagonists discover that sorting out their lives can be much more difficult to achieve than they realized.
This short film program includes the following films:
Far From the Tree
Emma Marková, Czech Republic (23 min)
A woman and her teen daughter live in a small dead end city where both women are trying to break out of their miserable circumstances.
Samuel Lucas Allen, Australia (19 min)
A teenage boy caught in a web of lies is pulled in different directions as he tries to juggle anti-Semitism, his queerness and an orthodox Jewish father.
Santiago Lago, Argentina (27 min)
The night shift clerk at a sex hotel, suffering from narcolepsy, is faced with a night when things are unusually busy and housekeeping finds a gun in room 6.
Sahra Asadollahi, Iran (27 min)
A woman who has never acted in film before goes for an audition that becomes a test of more than just her acting ability.
Eva Louise Hall, USA (12 min)
A struggling accordionist busker gets more than she bargained for when her desire to get noticed attracts the attention of a mysterious and enticing competitor.
Various with English subtitles
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Cinema Salon: The Godfather, Part II
Coppola's majesterial sequel enriches and expands on the themes of the first film. Robert De Niro is the young Vito Corleone in flashbacks. Al Pacino tries to fill his father's shoes at the head of the family. Guest: Federico Fuoco.
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Orlando, My Political Biography
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the transgressive novel is used as a framework to investigate the very real contemporary struggles of trans and non-binary people. Winner of the Teddy Award and Encounters Jury Prize at Berlin Film Festival.
A TV star (Natalie Portman) spends several days studying her next real life subject, Gracie (Julianne Moore), who became a tabloid sensation 20 years before, when she had an affair with a seventh grade student -- who is now her husband.