‘2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour': Film Review

Short-subject highlights from this year’s Sundance fest embody a deservedly renouned viral video and a directing entrance of Kristen Stewart.

Kristen Stewart’s directing entrance competence be a biggest pull in this year’s furloughed package of Sundance-alum brief films. But as common with these anthologies, a genuine stars are infrequently filmmakers we didn’t know we came to see. A sundry module trimming from disobedient animation to a viral-video gem, a display expected contains an Oscar contender or two; supporters of shorts-in-cinemas efforts will be happy to have bought a ticket.

Stewart’s Come Swim is by a far-reaching domain a many self-consciously catchy entrance here, an expressionistic collage full of drowning imagery and whispered voiceover conversations. Is it a dream? A pre-death vision? A crazy break? What’s transparent is a visible and listened lushness and a high ambitions of a maker.

Easier to follow though likewise existential is And a Whole Sky Fit in a Dead Cow’s Eye, a 19-minute Chilean story about a rancher whose whole tiny flock of cattle has simply forsaken dead. That same day, his mom gets a caller who seems, calmly, to meant her no good; she tries to foil him a approach a impression in an aged folk story might, though fails — or does she? Haunting imagery in a final stage turns a tables beautifully.

Two on a list are radically well-produced gags: Peter Huang’s 5 Films About Technology is as beguiling for a stylish interstitial graphics as for a comic-nightmare demeanour during porn and a Internet of Things; Pussy, an charcterised brief from Poland, watches as a immature woman’s delight of her possess physique takes an intensely weird, cute-scary-cute turn.

Anu Valla’s Lucia, Before and After and Marshall Tyler’s Night Shift both denote a amicable demur though apropos preachy. The former, whose clever regard of considerate sum creates it feel like a good brief story, watches a Texan continue a 24-hour watchful duration legally compulsory before she can have an abortion. In a latter, Tunde Adebimpe is a male progressing his grace in what, hit wood, is a lowest indicate in his life. This one contains a many appreciative warn of a whole program, though is medium adequate not to make a large understanding of it.

Then there’s that viral video. You competence already have listened of Sweden’s Ten Meter Tower, in that Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson set adult mikes and cameras to observe bland swimmers who stand adult to a high-dive height and try to remonstrate themselves to jump. You competence have thought, “ugh, because do people keep forwarding me videos we never watch?” You’ll be happy to get a second possibility on a large screen, as this surprisingly funny, winning and frightful brief finds an unobtrusive and expressive approach to uncover how comparison we humans are. All that, and a jubilant slo-mo backflip, accompanied by Ode to Joy.


Distributor: Sundance Film Festival

Directors: Peter Huang, Francisca Alegria, Kristen Stewart, Anu Valia, Marshall Tyler, Renata Gasiorowska, Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson

Venue: IFC Center

In English, Spanish, and Swedish

95 minutes



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