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Showing at the Varsity

Shorts Program

Short, 93 minutes total of all movies below

Thu 6:40 PM , Fri 9:40 PM , Sat 3:40 PM

Short films are happy being short&

they don&

t have a complex and they aren&

t trying to be longer than they should be. They tell a complete story in just the right length of time. Come step inside this world of short films that showcases a Turkish village, a Spanish fable, an immigration story, the Israel/Palestine border, a Dublin home, and the mind of Ryan Larkin&

subject of Ryan, the 2005 Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Short.

Ryan: 14 minutes

One of the pioneers of Canadian animation, Oscar ® nominee, arrogant, an artist unable to create, fallen angel, shy, broken, Ryan is an animated tribute to Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada, Larkin produced some of the most influential films of his time. Including the Academy Award ® Nominated Walking. Today, he lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown Montreal. How could such an artistic genius follow this path? In Ryan, we hear the voice of Ryan Larkin and the people who have known him, but these voices speak through strange, twisted, broken, and disembodied 3D generated characters. 2005 Academy Award® Winner for Best Animated Short Film.

Victoria Para Chino: 14 minutes

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Director Fukunaga employs a very effective use of a claustrophobic setting in this tale based on a botched attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexican border with about 90 illegal immigrants in 2003. &

Victoria&

works especially well with close-up shots of the passengers dripping sweat off their faces in cramped quarters.

Powerful scenes include the immigrants clawing violently to get some air in the trailer and a man&

s fear for his son&

s life.

West Bank Story: 22 minutes

This is one of the funniest and best films at the festival. It takes violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and turns it into an all-out musical war between two competing fast food chains, the Hummus Hut and the Kosher King.

Director Sandel also does a bang-up job of spoofing &

West Side Story,&

with great choreography by Ramon del Barrio. Ben Newmark and Noureen DeWulf are great in the lead roles.

What's Love Doing in the Mountains?: 28 minutes

Directed by Yunus Emre Firat

There is some very expert shots of the landscape in this tale about how far one man go to prove his love.

Young Hasan must carry a sack of salt up the mountains to find the &

yellow beauty&

and win the hand of a farmer&

s daughter. Along the way, he faces danger and questions about his resolve.

Fine acting from the cast, as well as a good message about making your own choices in life.

The Legend of the Scarecrow (La Leyenda del Espantapájaros): 11 minutes Spain

Heartbreaking, tragic and sweet all at once, &

Scarecrow&

is a magnificent fairy tale told with amazing surrealistic animation. A poor scarecrow lives without friends, and can&

t understand why crows flee from him with fear. The scarecrow then tries to change his life, in a plot that is both sad and endearing.

Based on a Spanish folk tale.

Undressing My Mother: 5 minutes, Ireland

&

Undressing My Mother&

is one of the braver films at this year&

s festival. It shows a very personal look at a Dublin woman, who recalls her life&

s memories through feelings and sensations in her body. The camera lingers on her anatomy as she recalls her life through memories connected with her body parts.

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