Synesthesia by Terry Timley (2009). A wonderfully surreal short film.
Tomorrow the first public showing of Damião* will take place at 6:30pm in the Teatro Nacional S. João, here in Porto. The short film is a ‘mockumentary’ about the watchman at an abandoned shopping mall. It is an adaptation of the play Damião das Chaves by Pedro Estorninho, who also plays the title character.
I’ve just finished a trailer. The song is Dandy by Carlos Gardel, and, despite what YouTube’s bot police tells me, it is very much in the public domain.
* If you don’t speak portuguese, do us a favor and please pronounce it ‘Damien’.
Now these are short films: A bundle of twenty 5-second films. Many are indeed funny and poignant. But come on: how much ADD do you expect of you viewers to rush things like this?
Joel and Ethan Coen’s World Cinema is the duo’s contribution to Chacun Son Cinema, an omnibus movie made in 2007 to celebrate the 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. I saw the whole thing recently and somehow this short was missing — according to Slashfilm the same happens in the DVD release (perhaps some rights issue got this short pulled after the first screenings?). Anyway, it’s good, so watch it.
Since we’re on the subject of Chacun Son Cinema, I thought most shorts were kind of meh-ish, but there were quite a few wild extremes of quality in there. Youssef Chahine’s and Gus Van Sant’s were embrassingly bad (both great directors signing stuff that I’d be hard pressed to tolerate from 18-year old film students), while Amos Gitai’s, David Lynch’s and Atom Egoyan’s were ‘just’ really bad shorts. On the other hand, there were positively great moments from Nanni Moretti, Lars von Trier, Takeshi Kitano, Elia Suleiman and perhaps my favourite, Aki Kaurismaki’s portrayal of an after-hours cinema at a foundry. Add the Coens to this later lot.