Short Film

Luis Buñuel – Las Hurdes AKA Land Without Bread (1933)

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Although it is often described as a documentary, Land Without Bread is actually an early parody — some would say a Surrealist parody — of documentary filmmaking. The film focuses on the Las Hurdes region of Spain, the mountainous area around the town La Alberca, and the intense poverty of its occupants. Buñuel, who made the film after reading an ethnographic study (Las Jurdes: étude de géographie humaine (1927)) by Maurice Legendre, took a Surrealist approach to the notion of the anthropological expedition. The result was a travelogue in which a disinterested narrator provides unverifiable, gratuitous, and wildly exaggerated descriptions of the human misery of Las Hurdes. Read More »

Jürgen Böttcher – Rangierer AKA Shunters (1984)

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A shunter’s job is to slow down, link, and unlink train wagons at a central station. The film documents – without any commentary – the working hours of few shunters at the shunting-station Dresden-Friedrichstadt, which was the largest such station in all of the former German Democratic Republic. They work day and night, amidst snow and fog at the railway tracks, speaking only as much as necessary. Read More »

Marcin Wrona – Czlowiek magnes AKA Magnet Man (2001)

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The film is inspired by the director’s unusual family history, which evokes childhood memories marked by specific relationships with parents.

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A true story about the filmmaker’s father, a mesmerist, exorcist, and healer who can help everyone but himself. Told from the point of view of his young son (the filmmaker as a boy), who both adores and abhors his father. Marcin Wrona uses a visually energetic collage technique to create what he calls “tragicomic kitsch,” one with a fantastical sense of Monty Python about it, like a missing Terry Gilliam project. Read More »

Jirí Menzel – Domy z panelu aka Prefabricated Houses (1959)

A student work by Jiří Menzel, filmed during his second year at the FAMU film school. Views of old Prague and its tenement buildings, symbolizing the obsolete past, alternate with shots of construction sites for new prefabricated apartment buildings. In spite of certain unavoidable propagandistic overtones added by the director, it is notable as the beginning of his search for a “dramaturgy of colors.”

An early rare documentary by Jiří Menzel! Read More »

Jack Cutting & Clyde Geronimi – Ugly Duckling (1939)

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A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him. Read More »

Wilfred Jackson – The Ugly Duckling (1931)

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A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen’s chicks. Read More »

Jonathan Gelvan – De lystsyge (2019)

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De lystsyge (THE INDECENT ONES)
LIV (23) lives at a correctional institution for women, where sexuality is considered dangerous. The facility is run by the head nurse JETTE (45), whose utmost task is to teach women proper edicette. Liv dreams of being free and keeps breaking the rules, resulting in her being sent to the HEADMASTER’s (43) office. Here Liv sees an opportunity to challenge the fundamental beliefs of the institution, but how far should she go in order to prove herself? Read More »