Cinéfranco 2012: 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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