The FNC has a lot of interesting short films on display this year. Rather than talking about each one by one, we’ve decided to give a little summary of our favorite picks.
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come To You’s title is longer than the film itself. Director Brandon Cronenberg follows in father David’s footsteps with a psychologically biting piece, with just a touch of body horror. It is artfully gruesome and begs the question, what kind of hell are you in?
Similarly experimenting with colors and smart editing is A Telepathic Film. Shot in two different locations by Toronto-based multimedia artist sisters Joy and Rose Broadbent, it is delicate and meditative with a feminine touch. What does a conveyor belt of groceries have to do with a shovel digging sand? Nothing, except when cleverly juxtaposed. The project is not so much telepathy as it is savvy editing and an eye for matching colors, shapes, and movement.
You want a feel-good film in under 2 minutes? You may want to see Anne Isensee’s I Want (Ich Will). Has anyone ever made you feel bad about the way you are? The way you speak too loud, take up too much space, walk too fast, too slow, laugh too much, dance with abandon and give no f@cks? Yeah, this bubbly, colorful animated short will make you smile.
Anyone who has been in a K-Pop fandom will recognize the intensity of the consumed fangirl. Jerome Yoo’s snarky but cute Idols Never Die brings out not only the dark side of The Korean fangirl syndrome, but also the tender side of the otherwise mismatched friends brought together by a shared interest.
Last but not least, E-ticket is Simon Liu’s meticulously overlayed and spliced-together 35mm archival footage experimental film. It brings to mind current technology, but feels a lot more retro. It’s not recommended for those sensitive to strobing and flashing imagery, but for everyone else, it can either be very annoying or on the contrary, incredible eye candy. Digital era viewers will probably be able to follow the flicker film with less strain than older audiences accustomed to pre-MTV media and instant gratification editing. But what is it about? Difficult to say. Consumption? Media that consumes us and vice versa, perhaps? Especially for more abstract and experimental artists (present reviewer included!), E-ticket has an addictive, entrancing quality. Michael Snow ain’t seen the likes of Simon Liu!
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come To You – October 12th, 2019, 7:15 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Fernand-Seguin, and October 13th, 3 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Principale (shorts collection).
A Telepathic Film – October 11th, 2019, 7:15 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Fernand-Seguin, and October 13th, 1 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Principale (shorts collection).
I Want (Ich Will) – October 13th, 2019, 7 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Principale, and October 18th, 2019, 9:15 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Fernand-Seguin (shorts collection).
Idols Never Die – October 11th, 2019, 7 PM and October 17th, 5:15 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Principale (shorts collection).
E-ticket – October 13th, 2019, 3:15 PM, and October 18th, 2019, 5:15 PM – Cinémathèque: Salle Fernand-Seguin (shorts collection).
Official FNC Site: https://nouveaucinema.ca/en