This brand new section will remind us that even short films have their classics. Many of them were made by directors that went on to shine in feature cinematography, but there are just as many gems from directors whose names may just not ring a bell with today’s moviegoers. Get ready for a wild ride with six brilliant and completely different directors and their films that are separated by eighty years.
An Andalusian Dog
Luis Buñuel, F, 1929
Shock, hurt and fearlessly open all doors to the irrational – that was the goal of the 1929 film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali that not only terrified viewers, but also, and more importantly, discovered the magical power of film to materialize dreams, visions and desires.
Chris Marker, F, 1962
A prisoner obsessed with a strange childhood memory is selected for a time travel experiment – a desperate attempt of humanity trapped underground after World War III to change its past and tragic events leading to the war. A legendary still image montage that inspired Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys (1995).
The Big Shave
Martin Scorsese, USA, 1968
A young man walks into his bathroom and starts shaving. A simple everyday act that soon changes into a true nightmare. Six minutes where the camera angle, editing rhythm and soundtrack play the main role in bringing together beauty and cruelty to reveal nothing less than the demons hiding inside a man.
Jan Švankmajer, CZ, 1968
A man too curious for his own good gets trapped in an apartment where nothing works according to the laws on nature. His attempt to eat is less than successful because the spoon changes into a strainer, an egg weights literally a ton and the table top is selectively permeable. The bed is no different. A subtle revolt of everyday things.
Peter Greenaway, GB, 1976
Where does text end and film begins? What does it mean to convey a story through film and what happens when you start playing around with what constitutes film and viewer’s experience? What happens when script pages become pictures, when a phone booth becomes the main character and film a game?
Forklift Driver Klaus – The First Day on the Job
J. Wagner - S. Prehn, D, 2000
An educational film for first-time forklift drivers that stops at nothing in its zeal to show honestly many of the common, and even the less common, risks that a forklift operator may face.