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Saturday, April 3, 2010

12 noon CALL OF THE NFB FREE!

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A presentation of Short films with
Monique Simard,
Director General of French Program, NFB.

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NFB 70 years

Jean-François Pouliot, 2009, 7:23
Habile et rusé comme un film publicitaire, ONF 70 ans est l’œuvre d’un réalisateur qui maîtrise parfaitement bien son propos et son art. Sans complaisance aucune, avec humour et autodérision, Jean-François Pouliot déconstruit astucieusement la perception souvent passéiste que l’on accole aux productions de l’Office national du film du Canada (ONF). Dans sa facture même, ONF 70 ans rend hommage aux techniques cinématographiques qui font la renommée du producteur et distributeur public canadien. Savamment fabriqué, le film amalgame joyeusement les genres, il fraternise avec l’efficacité du cinéma direct et flirte avec la virtuosité des techniques d’animation. Par la drôlerie et les astuces de sa mise en scène, par son montage serré et endiablé ainsi que par l’actualité percutante des séquences choisies et leur juxtaposition éclairée, le film confirme le rôle essentiel de l’ONF dans le tissu social canadien et mondial.

As clever and sly as any good commercial, NFB 70 Years is the work of a filmmaker in full control of his medium and his message. With humour and self-deprecation – and not a whiff of complacency – Jean-François Pouliot smartly deconstructs the backward-looking perception often attributed to films from the National Film Board (NFB). Even the way the film is made pays homage to the film-making techniques that have earned Canada’s public film producer and distributor its enviable reputation. This artful and skilfully produced mix of genres effectively borrows from direct cinema and flirts with virtuoso animation techniques. With its funny and clever direction, tight yet ingeniously wild and furious editing, brilliantly juxtaposed sequences with powerful relevance to the present, this film confirms the essential role of the NFB within the social fabric of Canada and the world.

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Les négatifs de McLaren / McLaren’s negatives

Marie-Josée St-Pierre, Documentary, 10
Plongée dans l’univers intime du processus de création filmique, cet essai nous entraîne dans les confidences inédites du légendaire animateur canadien Norman McLaren et de sa vision bien personnelle du cinéma.

An intimate look at cinematographic creation, this visual essay shares with us secrets of the legendary Canadian animator Norman McLaren and his personal view of filmmaking.

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Gabrielle
Stéphanie Weber, Drama, 4
Dans un vieux grenier rempli de trésors, une petite fille fait la découverte d’un praxinoscope qui attire son attention. Elle observe avec curiosité les images animées d’une ballerine sur cet objet fascinant qui captive son imagination. Le dessin animé de la danseuse se transforme en véritable danseuse.

In an old attic filled with treasures, a little girl discovers a praxinoscope (that successor to the zoetrope). Captivated, she watches the ballerina on the spinning cylinder of pictures strips…until the ballerina come alive.

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The Delian Mode

Kara Blake, Documentary, 25
Incursion audiovisuelle, dans le parcours de Delia Derbyshire, pionnière de la musique électronique.

An audiovisual foray into the life of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire

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Histoire de pêche / A fishing story
Benoit Desjardins, Documentary, 5:25
Un homme part pour la pêche, laissant derrière lui sa femme inquiète de ne jamais le revoir. Sur la route, il s’arrête dans un quartier sombre et enlève une jeune fille. Cette année, son trophée de pêche sera fort différent.

Every year at springtime a man goes on a fishing trip. He leaves behind his wife who worries that he will never come back. On his way he stops in a dark neighbourhood and kidnaps a young girl. This year, his fishing trophy will be quite different.

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Drux Flux

Theodore Ushev, Animation, 4:47
Film d’animation illustrant l’écrasement de l’homme moderne par le rouleau compresseur de la performance. Entre figuration et abstraction, Drux Flux s’inspire de L’homme unidimensionnel du philosophe Herbert Marcuse. Le cinéaste déconstruit les paysages industriels et met en cause la suprématie de la technique au dépend de l’humanité.

Part figurative, part abstract, Drux Flux is an animated short comprised of fast-flowing images showing modern people crushed by industry. Inspired by One-Dimensional Man, by philosopher Herbert Marcuse, the filmmaker deconstructs industrial scenes and their terrifying geometry to show the inhumanity of progress.

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Nœud cravate/Necktie

Jean-François Lévesque, 2008, Animation, 12:17
Le noeud cravate allie à merveille animation de marionnettes et dessin animé. Le film raconte quinze ans de la vie de Valentin. Employé dévoué à sa tâche, leurré par des patrons imbus de pouvoir, Valentin lutte contre l’absurdité avec toute la force de ses espérances.

A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, The Necktie is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.

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Monique Simard

Director general, French Program, National Film Board of Canada
Since joining the National Film Board in August 2008, Ms. Simard has been supporting socially engaged film and auteur documentary with energy and vision.

Always on the lookout for new talent, she has also supported emerging filmmakers such as Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and Karina Goma. In 2007, she partnered on Turbulent, one of Quebec’s largest interactive production firms, to create the award-winning Internet site for the Radio-Canada TV program Le Fric Show.

Playing a high profile role in the industry, she was a documentary instructor at the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) and speaks regularly in the media on documentary film and television. She was a board member of several organizations including the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ), where she chaired the documentary section, and Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, of which she was a founding member. She has also been chair of the Cinémathèque québécoise, and was co-founder and vice-chair of Observatoire du documentaire.

 

2pm FACING NORTH

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Mikomiing

Leonard Sumner, Manitoba, 2009, Documentary, 9
Mikomiing is an Anishaabe word for “on the frozen water” a term often used when a commercial fisherman has gone out to check his nets. A day in the life of a fisherman in the First Nation community of Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba.

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Ghost Noise

Marcia Connolly, Ontario, 2010, Documentary, 23
Third generation Inuit Artist, Shuvinai Ashoona lives in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. An intimate portrait film. “Everything’s a ghost noise... It’s good to listen to them but it’s not good to learn it.”

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Å Puste Ut Musikk (Exhaling Music)

Trond Eliassen, Norway, 2009, Documentary, 56
Surrounded by secrecy, the Rognan-composer Fred Jonny Berg, 33, has captured the heart and minds of the international music scene. The self-taught composer is on first name terms with stars such as Sir James Gallway and Vladimir Ashkenazy. “I never compose music”, Berg says, “the tones just float around inside my head. When they get too loud, I have to breathe them out.” This film is a story about a personal war, and about finally recapturing the love for music and life.
Winner of the 2010 Tromso Films From the North Award

2pm YOUTH SCREENING

At SOVA, 3rd and Queen FREE!

zig
Intergalactic Who’s Who: Episodes 1-5

Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher,
Alberta, 2008, Animation, 7:30

This animated short parodying those old Hinterland Who’s Who commercials, gives us a rundown of the peculiar varieties of vegetation that cower on the distant planet of Zig 5.

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Skylight
David Baas, Ontario, 2009, Animation, 4:37
An animated mock documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic, possibly foretelling cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.

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The Toy Movie
Tess Crocker, Yukon Youth, 2009, Animation, 1
A collage of toy pieces by 4 year old Tess.

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For a Fistful of Snow

Julien Ezri, Switzerland, 2009, Animation, 5:42
A long time ago, terror, loathing and power reigned over the wild wild north. The foolishness of the inhabitants led them to battle for anything, even... for a fistful of snow

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Bead Art
Kate Crocker, Yukon Youth, 2009, Animation, 1
A stop-motion design using beads.


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Murphy’s Short’s
Todd Hemker, USA, 2009, Animation, 2
A childhood memory of a boy who is very impressed with himself.

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A Mid-summer’s Dream

Jack Amos, Yukon Youth, 2009, Animation, 2
A puppet play with words and music by Jack Amos.

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The Bellow’s March

Eric Dyer, USA 2009, Animation, 5
Anthropomorphized concertinas play out a Sisyphean cycle of destroy-create-destroy.

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Cheese Louise and Mr. Fungles

Keenan Davis & Oliver Flegel, Yukon Youth, 2009, Animation, 1
There was Mr. Fungles and he met this strange character. And this strange character was named Cheese Louise.

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Magic Cube and Ping-Pong

Lei Lei , China, 2009, 4
The story takes place in the city of Magic Cube, where people’s heads are made of magic cubes. In a Ping Pong tournament, the ping pong ball accidentally falls out the window, and the protagonist starts on a journey to find the ball

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Northern News

Stephanie & Sierra-Storm McIsaac
Yukon Youth, 2009, Documentary, 3:49

A mockumentary made by Yukon Youth to raise awareness about climate change.

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Postalolio

Marv Newland, BC, 2008, Animation, 5
Animated in traditional 2D pencil animation, traced onto blank watercolour postcards, painted and mailed, every frame of Postalolio traveled through the international post. The animated journey of the main character is surrounded by postage stamps, cancellations, and handling marks.

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The Terrible Thing of Alpha-91

Jake Armstrong, USA, 2009, Animation, 6
A space bounty-hunter travels to a lonely planet to kill a terrible monster.

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4 pm MIDDAY MAGIC

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Intergalactic Who’s Who: Episode 1

Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher,
Alberta, 2008, Animation, 1:30

The Pork ‘n’ Being

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Countdown

Jordan Canning, Newfoundland, 2009, Comedy, 9
Pinky, pointer, middle, ring – a pianist loses everything.
Pinky, pointer, middle, thumb – things get worse with every one.

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Champagne Supernova
Fernando Jover, Spain, 2009, Drama, 14
A mature lady has a shocking relationship with a 24-year old boy.

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The Last Page

Kevin Acevedo, USA, 2008, Comedy, 21
A tortured author struggles to overcaome writer’s block and is propelled into a bizarre series of events.

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No Way Through

Alexandra Monro & Sheila Menon, UK, 2009, Drama, 7:11
Imagine if London was controlled by the military and you had to go through specific checkpoints to go to school, go to work, visit your friends or go to the hospital.

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Brilliant

Marilyn Bright , Alberta, 2009, Documentary, 5
Barry challenges everyone around him with his cheeky English wit all through one rollicking weekend in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Blinded in a horrific workplace accident, he survived years of depression and isolation to find new joy in nature and outdoor sports.

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Doppelgänger

Óscar de Julián, Spain, 2009, Documentary, 20
Óscar de Julián discovered that there is ANOTHER Óscar de Julián. From that moment on, their lives will be intertwined. Both stories blend together. In the end, you will not be able to understand one story without the other.

4pm FIRST EYES

at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Front Street next to the SS Keno
FREE

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Dancer of the Grass

Melanie Jackson, Canada, 2009, Animation, 2
Spectacular stop-motion breathes life into an enchanting traditional dance.

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Geh eenjit di’ tr’iheetl’yaa

Mary Jane Moses, Yukon, 2009, Documentary, 6:42
This film is about my Gwich’in culture. rabbit snaring is a traditional skill learnt as a child. The film incorporates my culture, language and way of life which still continues today.

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Shi Shi Etko

Kate Kroll, BC, 2009, Drama, 9
Shi-shi-etko follows a six year-old Native girl in her last four days before she is taken to residential school. Each day she spends with a family member, each of whom reminds her of the importance of remembering who she is.

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Pom Poms and Bells
Erika Tizya-Ttramm, Yukon, 2010, Documentary, 5:51
A film about dogsleds in Old Crow, Yukon and how it has changed over time. A female musher shares her experiences and we see that change is a natural process but the necessity of getting out on the land remains the same.

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Tungijuq

Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël, Nunavut, 2009, Drama, 7
A thought-provoking meditation on the seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life for Inuit. Starring internationally renowned throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and Cannes-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner), Tungijuq is an expression of the organic and indisputable reality of hunting in Inuit culture.

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Poi Dogs

Joel Moffett, USA, 2009, Comedy, 12
Poi Dogs is the story of two local Hawaiin teenagers who take a small step towards love by moving beyond their desires to act cool.

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Survival

Dorothy Frost, Yukon, 2010, Documentary, 5:33
Survival, when did it become my responsibility? A Gwich'in woman's story, a journey of strength, love and beauty for her children and grandchildren. Just in Case!

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Twisted Sage

Terry Haines, BC, 2009, Documentary, 3:35
Water, sage and fire become vessels of release for a son saying his last farewell to his father.

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Tsi tkahéhtayen (The Garden)

Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Canada, 2009, Drama, 12
A mystical gardener harvests fruits from the earth that defy everyone’s expectations.

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Mikomiing
Leonard Sumner, Manitoba, 2009, Documentary, 9
Mikomiing is an Anishaabe word for “on the frozen water” a term often used when a commercial fisherman has gone out to check his nets. A day in the life of a fisherman in the First Nation community of Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba.


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Keao (The Light)

Emily Anne Kaliko Spenser, USA, 2008, Drama, 10
Ancient and modern rituals of Hawaiian culture are challenged when a young woman reflects on their purpose in this visually stunning and poignant piece about the misappropriation of tradition.

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Jacob

Dena Curtis, Austalia, 2008, Drama, 12
Gina and Max’s life is turned upside down when baby Jacob arrives.

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7pm AT THE CONFLUENCE

zig
Intergalactic Who’s Who: Episode 2

Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher
Alberta, 2008, Animation, 1:30

The Praepredatorprae


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True Beauty This Night

Peter Besson, USA, 2009, Comedy, 10
Last night, Rhett Somers met the love of his life. Now all he has to do is convince her she’s the one. Not an easy feat considering how they met...


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Apart

Richard Martin, BC, 2009, Experimental, 8
Images captured through a rain washed windshield are at once peaceful yet unsettling. The point of view is detached from the world and life that passes by. Strangely in harmony yet yearning to be apart.

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Jogging Apocalypse

Paul Antaya, Quebec, 2009, Experimental, 0:26
While jogging, a man ends up with the fate of the universe in his hands.

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Happy Pills

Tanya Lemke, Ontario, 2009 , Drama, 8
A power struggle between an embittered father and his dutiful daughter ends with a potent lesson in honesty and trust.

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The Empress
Lyle Pisio, Alberta, 2009. Animation, 8:25
Loneliness, desire, love, hesitation, miscommunication, fear and loss and a touch of alcoholism for comic relief.

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Steel Homes

Eva Weber, UK, 2009, Documentary, 10
Steel Homes takes the viewer inside the world of a self storage warehouse, uncovering the hidden treasures and secrets behind the locked doors.

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Jacob

Dena Curtis, Austalia, 2008, Drama, 12
Gina and Max’s life is turned upside down when baby Jacob arrives.

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Beware of Bear

Victoria Vellopoulou, Greece, 2009, Comedy, 19:25
Angelos, photographer for a nature magazine, arrives in a remote village in Epirus to do a story. He finds out that a wild beast, a bear, roams the surrounding woods and has already killed one person. As Angelos wanders in the woods he discovers things that maybe he shouldn’t have…

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The Spine

Chris Landreth, Ontario, 2009, Animation, 11
Academy Award®-winner Chris Landreth employs his signature style to tell the story of Dan and Mary and their broken marriage. Through a co-dependent couples’ support group, they dig deep to rediscover their history and the ties that brought them together in the first place.

9:30 pm INTO THE NIGHT

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Intergalactic Who’s Who: Episode 3

Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher
Alberta, 2008, Animation, 1:30

The legendary EMZee 10273 (and counting)

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Saagidhwin

Shaynah Decontie, Quebec, 2009, Documentary, 5
A young woman is questioning about love and listens the to the advice of an elder.

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Postalolio
Marv Newland, BC, 2008, Animation, 5
Animated in traditional 2D pencil animation, traced onto blank watercolour postcards, painted and mailed, every frame of Postalolio traveled through the international post. The animated journey of the main character is surrounded by postage stamps, cancellations, and handling marks.

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Cara o cruz (Heads or tails)
Jacob Echeverria, Spain, 2009, Drama, 11
One day in the life of the two teenagers on the outskirts of Madrid who, to escape the boredom, play heads or tails to see who will carry out the next piece of mischief.

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I Am So Proud Of You
Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 2008, Animation, 22
The second chapter of a planned three-part story about the character Bill, continues the dark and philosophical humor of the first film, Everything Will Be OK. In this chapter, Bill’s slow recovery is haunted by his troubled family history. Epic filmmaking.

parking
Parking
Jorge Molina, Spain, 2009, Drama, 11
An executive goes to get his car… when he discovers that someone else has beaten him to it.

twist
Twisted Sage
Terry Haines, BC, 2009, Documentary, 3:35
Water, sage and fire become vessels of release for a son saying his last farewell to his father.

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Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica
Cam Christiansen, Alberta, 2009, Experimental, 6
Written by Dave Bidini and featuring an original song by the Rheostatics, Five Hole is a swirling animated trip through hockey’s erotic behind-the-scenes world. Cam Christiansen uses his signature stylized animation, developed through motion capture and video mapping, to create a vibrant and bold musical sketch.

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Junko’s Shamisen
Solomon Friedman, Ontario, 2009, Drama, 13
A young Japanese orphan, and her mystical friend, exact poetic justice on a malevolent samurai lord.

chick
Chick (Laska)

Michal Socha, Poland, 2008, Animation, 5
A humorous true-life story about male-female relations. Infatuation and its consequences are depicted in a ironic way: meeting a guy, dancing, having fun, a sexual act.

11:30 pm BEYOND THE AURORA

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Chevonne of the Yukon

A live performance by Dawson City’s own Queen of the Night.

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Mak the Horny Mac-Daddy

Ian Miller, USA, 2009, Animation, 1:07
Mak is a horny guy and nothing will get in the way of his goals.

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Deadspiel
Jay Molloy, Canada, 2008, Comedy, 8
This film transcends the confines of its genre to tell a tale of hope and acceptance and remind us all of the simple beauty of a rock sliding down a sheet of bumpy ice.


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Among Friends

Geoffrey Uloth, Quebec, 2009, Drama, 15
A dinner party of three couples careens into uncharted territory when the hosts make a shocking proposal. Tensions mount as the evening threatens to tear apart the bonds of their friendships and puts each marriage to the test.

dance
Dancer of the Grass
Melanie Jackson, Canada, 2009, Animation, 2
Spectacular stop-motion breathes life into an enchanting traditional dance.

enemy
Territorio Enemigo
Rodrigo Plaza, Spain, 2009, Drama, 11
A soldier fleeing the battlefield gets lost in a forest. Hungry and unarmed, he runs into an enemy soldier and between them a macabre game of life and death begins.

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The Island
Trevor Anderson, Alberta, 2009, Experimental, 6
The filmmaker considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received.

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Awkward
Kelly Ann Benz, BC, 2009, Comedy, 7
A dinner party conversation takes an unexpected turn in this study of social decorum.

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Martina y la Luna
Javier Loarte, Spain, 2009, Drama, 12
Martina dreams of another life, away from the bakery where her father has kept her trapped ever since she was born.

 

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