5 Short Films That Should be on Your Radar
French New Wave director Francois Truffaut watched three movies a day, every day of his high school career. While you may not have time for this, you will want to squeeze these five short films into your queue of things to watch this week (once you’re done with getting environmentally woke, that is). From an animated astronaut comedy to a buzzing romance between a fly and a young woman, these shorts form a wide range of the creative, compelling, hilarious, and touching. Whether you want to spice up your commute home with a new vid, or you’ve been seeking some bite-sized film inspiration, here are five short narrative films you should watch.
Black Holes, created by Noodle Studios, is an oddball, fast-paced, animated adult comedy about an astronaut embarking on a mission to Mars. His partner is an intelligent melon, and the twelve-minute short gets increasingly bizarre, playing homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Pleasantly bonkers, this short premiered at Sundance 2017 and is a proof of concept for a potential series. Sold? Support their campaign to fund their first season here.
Her Friend Adam
Shot almost entirely in an apartment bedroom, Ben Petrie’s Her Friend Adam is 16 minutes of one of the most honest boyfriend-girlfriend arguments about jealousy on screen. It won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance by Grace Glowicki at Sundance 2016, and once you watch you’ll know why—her performance is outrageously raw, hitting a peak moment with a mocking fake orgasm scene. This is a great case study of how jealously strains a relationship, or why you should never tell your girlfriend that you think her gay friend secretly wants to sleep with her.
The Young Housefly
The Young Housefly, directed by Laurence Vannicelli, is an unrequited love story between a housefly and a young woman. It is hazily shot from the perspective of an existentialist, poetic housefly, voiced by Alex Karpovksy (who plays the beloved, cranky Ray on “Girls“), who longs to be noticed. Buzzy, whirling, and dreamy, this short film will make you think all the insects in your house could secretly be in love with you. With all its romanticism, you might even like that idea, or at the very least pity houseflies a bit more.
If you loved MOONLIGHT, you’ll want to see director Barry Jenkin’s first student film from 2003, MY JOSEPHINE. Without giving too much away, this is set in a laundromat in a post-9/11 world. Watch as the story unfolds the way their American flags do.
Although Tau Seru (“small yellow field”) is set in a barren Himalayan land unfamiliar to many, director Rodd Rathjen’s story is a universal one—a budding curiosity about what lies beyond the life we know. With no score and more bleating sheep than human dialogue, Tau Seru is quiet and subtle, relying on vast visuals for powerful storytelling. This film, which premiered at Cannes 2013, speaks loudly as a reminder to appreciate quiet, understated content.
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