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The World According to Shorts (Unrated)

Release Date: July 21st, 2006 (Cinema Village) by New Yorker Films.
The Cast: Claudia Celedón, Boris Quercia, Catalina Saavedra, Kasia Werstak, Daniel Askill, Jordan Askill, Dariusz Maciuk, Marcin Zaluski, Tomasz Szczesniak, Adam Witkowski, D. Néné-Francesca Ribeiro Da Silva, José Luciano Da Silva Araujo, David Michael Williamson.
Directed by Hugo Maza, Daniel Askill, Hans Petter Moland, Adam Guzinski, Jane Malaquias, Andreas Hykade.

BASIC PREMISE: A compilation of six short narrative films from Chile, Australia, Norway, Poland, Brazil and Germany.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This short films program includes a wide variety of genres from satirical comedy to experimental to animation. La Perra, which translated into a rather vulgar word in English, has a bored husband and wife who imagine strange fantasies involving their new maid. Director Hugo Maza blends bizarre satire along with eroticism which turns out to be quite lively and slightly humorous—not laugh-out-loud, though. We Have Decided Not to Die, directed by Daniel Askill, is the most visually entertaining of the six shorts which includes three beautifully-shot and edited segments without dialogue. Then there’s United We Stand, directed by Hans Petter Moland, about a group of old men, who get accidentally get stuck in mud while singing together. They symbolize the Labor Party of Norway and it’s both funny and fascinating to observe other symbolisms as well. Anticrist, directed by Adam Guzinski, is clearly the most dark of the series. A group of young Polish boys play around out in the middle of nowhere—a grim, barren strip of land. One of the boys pretends that he’s the antichrist. It’s not easy to watch, especially toward the end. Old Woman’s Step, directed by Jane Malaquias, tells a simple and sweet story of an elderly woman—full of warmth— who travels from her little village to the city in order to give her son a present. Meanwhile, she tries to sell a chicken to buy him an appropriate gift. Finally, there’s Ring of Fire, a wildly imaginative black-and-white animated film directed by Andreas Hykade. Two cowboys wander off into a strange world of sexual imagery. It combines the genres of western and eroticism while remaining equally unpredictable and crazy.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.



IN A NUTSHELL: An imaginative and unique variety of short films.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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