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Film of the Week: The Market by Hemanth Srinivasan


The Market Hemanth Srinivasan (2017) (India) (9m)

The Market (Sandhai) won the Best Indian Short Film award in the FILMSshort Competition. The Market tells the story of a man selling body organs on the black market, who finds himself the target of his own trade because of his rare blood type. However, he has a plan to meet the demand without harming himself. Set in one location, it is a complex story well-acted by the Tamil-speaking cast.

Goodbye

Tits by Alex Winckler (2013) (UK) (15m)

Anyone hoping for some titillation will be disappointed though, as the titular tits belong to a 13-year-old boy (unless that titillates you). Sam has what is termed gynecomastia, which happens to many boys during puberty. Understandably embarrassed by his condition, Sam goes to great lengths to hide it from others at his school - which is hard to do when the school has its own indoor swimming pool. How will the school bully react?

Feast of Stephen

Bus 44

Dawit by David Jansen (2015) (Germany) (15m) *

Winner of the Best Short Animation Award in the FILMSshort Competition, the dialogue-free Dawit (or Daewit) was also a huge hit on the festival circuit. The baby Dawit lives with his violent father and fearful mother on a small island, before his mother decides his best chance of survival is elsewhere, so puts him in a tiny boat and sends him out to sea. Washed up on a beach, Dawit is brought up by a pack of wolves before humans intervene. But can Daewit live in our human world and can he forget his dark past?


Adam

Thunder Road by Jim Cummings (2016) (USA) (13m)

Cummings plays a grieving cop, Jimmy, who is the only one of three siblings to turn up for his mother's funeral. After delivering a heartfelt though often rambling eulogy, he decides to pay tribute to his mother by dancing to her favourite track: Thunder Road by Bruce Springstein. The result does of course make for uncomfortable viewing. It would be hard to argue that there is a lot of story in this short film, or that it is laugh-out-loud funny, but the monologue and acting really is superb, the awkwardness tangible and its simplicity impressive.


Gnome by Sacha Goedegebure (2016) (Holland/Singapore) (4m) *

Gnome was a hit on the film festival circuit before winning the BEST SHORT SHORT FILM AWARD (under 5 minutes) in the FILMSshort competition. The film explores the idea that no good deed goes unpunished when a kindly gnome decides to help out a hungry caterpillar unable to reach the leaves on a branch outside his treehouse. Having cut down some leaves for the caterpillar, the gnome finds the young creature something of a loud eater. Desperate for some sleep, the gnome must try to find a solution to his noise problem.


The Jigsaw by Al-Safar Bros. (2014) (UK/Portugal) (8m)

The Jigsaw has added FILMSshort's Best BAME Short Film Award to those it garnered on the festival circuit. It is a classic horror with a sting in its tail, in which an ageing loner insists on buying a jigsaw despite there being no picture of what it will be and the shopkeeper warning him it always ends up back in the store. When the elderly gentleman gets it to his remote coastal house, he quickly gets to work on it. However, it soon becomes apparent that there is a reason why the box had no picture on it.

The Shore

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham by Matt Richards (2015) (Aus) (12m)

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham is a truly disturbing short film. The eponymous Willie is languishing in prison having killed a wife and mother. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system allows for his victim's family to demand that Willie have a limb amputated as part of his punishment. Willie can then be used as an example to Australian children not to partake in crime. However, the victim's family can demand the removal of another limb. And another.


Secrets by Phinehas Hodges (2017) (USA) (10m)

A FILMSshort competition finalist, Secrets is a brilliantly acted drama in which a couple reveal increasingly deep secrets. The tone is comical to begin with as they admit to past misdeeds, but their revelations become increasingly personal until the woman admits to harbouring more unsettling secrets. Her boyfriend is unsure how to react to the bombshells, causing an abrupt breakdown in communication. Has the woman's brutal honesty ruined the relationship?

Musafir

Last Call Lenny by Julien Lasseur (2016) (USA) (12m)

Last Call Lenny did very well on the short film festival circuit, and is now a finalist in the FILMSshort competition. It tells the story of Gabe, who has decided to end his life, but needs a little help. Lenny offers his services for people in such a situation. However, the talkative Lenny does not like to make things too simple, and also has to avoid being the one to actually pull the trigger. It seems that Lenny is a disaster looking for somewhere to happen.



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