Cinéfranco 2012: Shorts

by James McNally on March 24, 2012

in Cinéfranco,Film Festivals,Shorts

A few weeks ago, I pre­viewed some of the fea­tures playing at this year’s Cinéfranco fest­ival, which kicked off tonight. Now I want to turn your atten­tion to some of the not­able short films, which screen in two pro­grams this weekend. I will indicate after each film whether it screens in pro­gram I (Saturday March 24, 11am, 62 minutes, fol­lowed by a 45-minute roundtable in English about making a short film) or pro­gram II (Sunday March 25, 11am, 80 minutes). All screen­ings take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Bip Bip (Beep Beep)

Bip Bip (Beep Beep) (Director: Philippe Grégoire, 5 minutes) — Program II

Francis wants to fall asleep beside the woman he loves, but Caroline’s watch goes “beep beep.” This short bursts into life inside a car as Francis reacts to the rhythmic beeping with crazy dance moves which are all the fun­nier for not dis­turbing Caroline’s blissful sleep.

Mauser

Mauser (Directors: Marc-André Girard and Chantale Jean, 11 minutes) — Program II

Ranger, a World War II vet­eran, meets a delivery boy, Simon, who is an avid player of a video game inspired by the Normandy land­ings. Still reliving the war years later, Ranger has no patience for the kid who thinks it’s all so “cool.” When they dis­cover one of Ranger’s “souvenirs,” things take a dark turn. Excellent per­form­ances by the actors give this the feeling of an intense one-act play.

Sheket!

Sheket! (Director: Andrea Cohen-B, 23 minutes) — Program II

Salome is a ten-year-old girl staying with her grand­par­ents. As she waits for her mother to come and pick her up, she observes their hos­tile and often silent rela­tion­ship. There are lots of secrets about their pre­vious life in Tunisia that they refuse to divulge, and unfor­tu­nately, we end up as frus­trated as Salome watching this bitter old couple argue and sulk.

Tinye So

Tinye So (Director: Daouda Coulibaly, 25 minutes) — Program I

In Bambara tra­di­tion, the ancestors are the guard­ians of the truth and guide the living on the path of know­ledge. Today the ancestors watch over the city of Bamako from above and are not pleased. They speak for the last time in the hope that the living listen to them. This short film from Mali has extra res­on­ance right now in light of the very recent mil­itary coup in one of the continent’s oldest demo­cra­cies. Let’s hope people do listen to the ancestors.

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