Friday, October 24, 2008
So the verdict for the Cortcircuito 5th Annual Latino Short Film Festival is thumbs up for the most part. Free and a reception with empanadas and drinks too...The films span all spanish speaking countries and the festival lasts three days...I think Year of the Pig was my favorite...Shoutout to Steve...
Tonight's PROGRAM 2008
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7:00 PM
XOCHIQUETZAL, LA CASA DE LAS FLORES BELLAS
Cuba / Documentary / 25 min. / 2007
Directed by Marcela Zamora
Produced by Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños –EITCV
A group of middle aged women share the same past and shelter live in the Xochiquetzal Home. The human side of aged prostitutes who have always been regarded as sexual objects and not as women.
Awards: Best Short Documentary at Santiago Alvarez Film Festival
AWARD WINNING SHORT FILMS….
AN INVITATION TO DINE WITH COMRADE STALIN / CONVITE PARA JANTAR COM O CAMARADA STÁLIN
Brazil - Argentina / Fiction / 9 min. / 2007
Directed & Written by Ricardo Júnior Alves
Produced by Universidad del Cine - Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Between dreams and death, Olga and Marily await a dinner guest.
Awards: Best Short and Best photography at Brasilia Film Festival. Best Experimental Short at Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival.
Spain / Fiction / B&W / 5 min. / 2007
Directed and written by Telmo Esnal
The city taxi drivers have followed a course on kindness. If you do not make the grade, you will not arrive at your destination.
Awards: Special Award at Cinemad Madrid; Best Fiction at Black & White Film Festival, France; Best Short Film at Festival del Cinema di Brescello, Italy
Ecuador - Cuba / Fiction / 10 min. / 2007
Directed by Renata Duque Lasio
Produced by Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
Havana, 1992. In a Cuba beset by ideological change, Andres, a professor of Russian, sees his world fall apart. He will pay emotionally for not being able to adjust.
Awards: Special Mention at Havana Film Festival, Cuba and Festival de Cine Pobre de Gibara.
FLASH LESSON / LECCIÓN RELÁMPAGO
Mexico / Fiction-Comedy-Satire / 9 min. / 2007
Written & Directed by Alejandro Lubezski
A satire based on Pygmalion and Galatea's myth. Miguel, a famous artist, meets Sofia, a children's books publisher, at a gallery. She goes to his studio to take a flash lesson that will change her life.
Awards: Best Mexican Short Film, Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey; Official World Competition at 31 Festival des Films du Monde. Montréal, Canada.
IN THE NET / SAREAN
Spain / Documentary / 4 min. / 2006
Directed by Asier Altuna
Sarean (In the Net) is a short documentary about fishing in the Northern Seas.
Awards: Best short at Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico; 2nd Prize at Brescello Film Festival, Italy; Best Screenplay at Santa Cruz de la Sierra Film & Video Festival, Bolivia
Colombia / Animation / HD / 13 min. / 2007
Directed by Juan M. Betancourt & Juan Diaz
Written by Juan M. Betancourt & Juan Diaz
Federico Guillermo, a 7 year-old boy, gets grounded for making a mess in the living room and not wearing his orthopedic shoes. Being unable to take them off, he decides to run away from home.
Awards: Best Short Film at Fantasporto Film Festival, Portugal; Best Experimental Short at Los Angeles Short Film Festival; Best short at Cartagena Film Festival, Colombia, Third Prize at FantAsia Film Festival, Quebec.
HEZURBELTZAK, A COMMON GRAVE / HEZURBELTZAK, UNA FOSA COMÚN
Spain/ Animation / 4:30 min. / 2007
Directed by Izibene Oñederra
The Basque word hezurbeltzak does not appear in dictionaries. It is a non-existing word used to describe socially invisible groups. Its literal translation would be "black bones".
Awards: Special Jury Mention at Animadrid; Best Opera Prima at Zagreb Internal. Film Festival, Croacia; Best Music at Stuttgart Festival for Animated Films, Germany
YEAR OF THE PIG / EL AÑO DEL CERDO
Cuba – Puerto Rico / Fiction / 12 min. / 2007
Directed by Claudia Calderon
Chang Rodríguez, a delivery boy from Havana's Chinatown, is tired of his routine and seeks for anything that'll change his life. Without knowing it, he becomes an instrument of destiny every 12 years, on the Year of the Pig.
Awards: Best Short at Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Best Short Film at Viart, Venezuela; Best Short Film at San Juan Film Festival
Spain / Fiction / 3 min. / 2007
Directed & Written by David Pantaleon
Produced by Los De Lito Films
A summer terrace unexpectedly becomes the four walls in which a pair of fighting-cocks fight for their lives to win the grand prize. Outcomes are often unexpected...
Awards: 1st Prize Best Shortfilm Festival del Sol 2008; 1st Prize Canarias Rueda La Palma 2007 Regional Juventud Award 2007 Canarias Rueda Canarias en Corto Award 35 mm.
THE GIANTS, ALCIBIADES AND THE STONE FORREST / LOS GIGANTES, ALCIBIADES Y EL BOSQUE DE PIEDRA
Peru / Documentary / 13 min. / 2006
Directed by Micky de la Barra
Alcibíades, like his forefathers, was born four thousand two hundred meters high up in the Peruvian sierra. This rock forest is considered the most extensive and highest geological forest in the world. He tells us about his life as forest and rock guard.
Awards: Best Young Director at Filmocorto 20007 XI Festival de cine de Lima. Best Short Film at San Francisco Videofest 2007. Best Documentary at Inkafest, 2007
MADE IN JAPAN
Spain / Fiction / 5 min. / 2008
Directed by Ciro Altabas
Written by Iñigo Diaz-Guardamino & Ciro Altabas
A man misses an appointment with his girlfriend. His excuse: "My mother admitted that the man who I thought was my father was not my father."
Awards: Best Short at Houston International Film & Video Festival; Special Jury Mention at Festival Montevideo Fantastico; Special Jury Mention at Kimera Film Festival, Italy
RUNNING TIME: 114 MIN
RECEPTION SPONSORED BY EMPANADAS CAFE