Sundance ’17 | Animated Shorts

The Bald Future / France
(Director and screenwriter: Paul Cabon)
— Being a bald man sucks. Knowing you’ll become one is worse.

Black Holes / U.S.A., France
(Directors and screenwriters: David Nicolas, Laurent Nicolas)
— Dave is about to lead the first mission to Mars when he’s teamed up with a sentient melon, who claims to be the reincarnation of a fashion designer, upstaging his big moment and driving him to the brink of madness.

Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck / Germany
(Directors: Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl, Screenwriters: Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch)
— This animated documentary about Hoheneck, the main women’s prison in former East Germany, is based on original interviews with former inmates. It’s a film about political imprisonment, forced labor and enormous profits on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit / U.S.A.
(Director: Drew Christie, Screenwriters: Drew Christie, Bill Flanagan)
— This is the story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written, animated in the style of a pop-up book.

How’s your prostate? / France
(Directors: Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset, Screenwriters: Jeanne Paturle, Cécile Rousset, Cécile Mille)
— One friend tells the other about the very strange time when, beside a swimming pool, she learned about her father’s prostate, his erectile function, and his nighttime fantasies.

It’s a Date / U.S.A.
(Director and screenwriter: Zachary Zezima)
— This film explores miscommunication, perceptions, and vulnerability in the modern world. Everyone is an alien at first.

Jonas and the Sea / Netherlands
(Director: Marlies Van der Wel, Screenwriters: Ruben Picavet, Marlies Van der Wel)
— Jonas has dreamed of living in the sea all his life, but it’s impossible. Or is it?

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The Laughing Spider / Japan
(Director: Keiichi Tanaami)
— The early childhood memory of aerial attacks leaves a lasting impression, with strong stimulus and disquiet.

LOVE / France, Hungary
(Director and screenwriter: Réka Bucsi)
— Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the changing atmosphere on one planet caused by a meteoric impact in a distant solar system. Inhabitants on this pulsing planet become one with each other, in various ways, in this three-chapter exploration of affection.

Nighthawk / Slovenia, Croatia
(Director: Špela Čadež, Screenwriters: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež)
— Attempting to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, a police patrol soon realizes that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up.

Nutag — Homeland / Canada
(Director and screenwriter: Alisi Telengut)
— This hand-painted visual poem explores the ideas of diaspora, homeland and the mass deportations of the Kalmyk people during World War II.

Summer Camp Island / U.S.A., South Korea
(Director and screenwriter: Julia Pott)
— Oscar and his best friend, Hedgehog, just got dropped off at summer camp. Once the parents leave the island, the strangeness lurking beneath the surface is revealed—aliens exist, horses become unicorns and there are monsters under the bed.

Trumpet Man / Hong Kong
(Director and screenwriter: Emily Wong)
— A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado; her instinct creates a man called Soul. Passion swings both, and an uncertain madness strikes Soul heavily. Seeds of passion breed conflict among five men, eventually leading Soul to a deeper understanding of life.

Victor & Isolina / U.S.A.
(Director: William Caballero)
— Creatively visualized through 3D printing, two elderly Latinos embark on a resonating he said/she said account of the events that led them to live separately after more than 50 quirky and stressful years together.

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