Shorts for 2010 短片
In addition to our feature films, we're also going to be showing 24 excellent shorts from around the world, with entries from the United States, France, Israel, Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Austria.
29 min. – Directed by Justin Ambrosino – USA
29 分钟– 导演：Justin Ambrosino – 美国
“It cannot be eight; it has to be Seven Samurai!”
It’s 1953 and beyond the Tokyo Metropolis, deep in the mountains of Gotemba, a jidei-geki (period drama) samurai movie is about to begin production.
By a little persistence and a stroke of good luck a small time actor, Nanshu, gets the chance of a lifetime: a lead role as one of the eight samurai that will save a village from bandits.
After months of training, Nanshu is betting it all that this role will make him the greatest actor in the History of Japan. But little does he know that the Director is having doubts about his choice. And there is only one thing Nanshu didn’t prepare for: being fired.
THE 8TH SAMURAI is a tragic comedy about fate from writer/director Justin Ambrosino that pays homage to the samurai films, Italian Neorealism and the American comedies of the 1950s.
10 min. – Directed by Oded Binnun – France / Israel
29 分钟– 导演：Justin Ambrosino – 美国
A man and a woman are tenderly making love in a one star hotel room. A moment later when they are both dressed up, the idyll that seamed authentic is now gone.
A present-day Adam and Eve story.
28 min. – Directed by Ken Hosono – China / Japan
28 分钟– 导演：细野研 –中国/ 日本
30 years’ story about a woman named “A-CHU” who was born in a small mountain village of Yunnan, China.
After she grew up in a small village, she moved to Beijing for work. Then she moved to Tokyo, got married and delivered a baby son. As a life of A-Chu changed dramatically over these periods, China also went through a rapid and dramatic change.
After so many years after she left her village, she went back to visit home with her son. There, under a patch of blue sky, she shows a memory of her growth in this village that led to existence of herself and her son.
在小乡村里长大后，她前往北京工作。随后又去往东京工作，在那结婚并且有了一个儿子。阿朱的生活在这段时间里发生了很大的变化，中国也迅速的崛起。多年后 当她回到家乡, 她回去看了看自己的儿子。那里有很清澈的蓝天，她回想着那些成长的回忆……
7 min. – Directed by William Jin – South Korea
7 分钟 – 导演：William Jin – 韩国
Buying and moving into a home, a couple's relationship with their Realtor takes an unexpected turn. After reviewing memories recorded into his eyeglasses, the husband secretly peeks into his wife's memory only to find it obstructed. He takes her to the cafe from her memories, to get a confession out of her. The distraught Realtor interrupts the couple and surrenders her eyeglasses so that the husband may finally get the truth he's been searching for.
一对夫妇的关系与他们的房屋租赁 发生了意想不到的变化，重新审视眼镜中的回忆后，丈夫秘密的发现了妻子一直要阻挠的记忆。 在妻子的记忆中，丈夫把她带进咖啡馆，告诉她些什么……
19 分钟 – 导演： Jeff Sousa – 美国
19 min. – Directed by Jeff Sousa – USA
It's opening night and The Hirosaki Players have come all the way from Japan for a one-night-only New York performance. With thirty minutes left before curtain, Kentaro, the aging star of the play, is nowhere to be found. Though his memory is failing, Kentaro refuses to accept that he must have his lines fed to him through an earpiece. Instead, he plots to pare down the lines in the final scene, but meets fierce opposition from the playwright, Tsubasa—Kentaro's son. A struggle ensues between Kentaro, fighting for his pride as an actor, and Tsubasa, striving to have his work recognized by the world. After a bitter tug-of-war, the performance finally begins. But the feud between father and son comes to a head during the last scene of the play, when Tsubasa plays a little trick on his father to show him who's boss…with disastrous results. With both men's pride at stake, there's no telling how the showdown will end.
5 min. – Directed by Nikolaus von Uthmann – Germany
5分钟– 导演：Nikolaus von Uthmann – 德国
The cozy and lovable Granny vs the uptight snooty Mrs Messala! Both elderly ladies race for the nicest spot at a duck pond – both at their wheeled zimmerframes. Who will get to the bench first? Nobody wants to give in. They fight it out with all the strength and rage they can muster up. But then something stands in both their ways…
A dark comedic take on the famous Ben Hur chariot race – a pamphlet for the rights of seniors – a right-out laugh for all viewers with a wicked sense of humour.
可爱的老奶奶和傲慢的Messala女士的对抗! 两个老奶奶把比拼场地定在了池塘。谁会拿到第一？ 没人愿意让步！ 他们使出所有的劲儿发泄不满……
13 min. – Directed by Stefan Najib – Germany
13分钟–导演：Stefan Najib – 德国
Yannik, an introverted boy, retreated from the cold family life with his stressed single mother into his shell, a playful fairytale world with princes and monsters.
When mother sends the seven year old for disciplinary reasons to hang up the laundry in the attic, the freshly washed linen metamorphoses into the fantasy monster Kabamir!
To defeat this, Yannik has to overcome his biggest fear, and show he is more but only a small, faraway boy: A brave prince.
Yannik是一个内向的男孩，退缩在冷冰冰的家庭生活之外，将自己紧紧地困在好玩的童话世界，因为那里有王子和怪物。当妈妈规定Yannik要去阁楼洗 衣服，刚洗过的床单变成了幻想怪物Kabamir!为了战胜这一切, Yannik必须克服内心的恐惧,告诉自己：我就是那个战胜内心怪物的小王子！
30 min. – Directed by Tianjiang Ye (叶天江) – China
21 分钟– 导演： David Bitton – 加拿大
21 min. – Directed by David Bitton – Canada
Director David Bitton says of Parking Space:
The first thing I had ever shot on 16mm was in 1999. It was a very rough version of the first scene of this film, where the Odd Man, sitting on the street corner with his reel-to-reel tape recorder, confronts a man who’s simply looking for a parking space. I only managed to shoot half of that scene, using a World War II-era Bolex camera and editing on an old Steenbeck. I used that clip to get into film school, and then promptly forgot about it.
Fast-forward to 2008 – I had written an ambitious short film script, but had not been able to get any funding for it. I realized it had been 5 years since I had shot a film and decided that I needed to badly. That’s when I re-discovered Parking Space. I watched that little half-scene again and despite its many flaws, I saw an energy in it that I found inspiring. It had a dark mood and atmosphere that I wanted to revisit and try to reproduce.
I wrote a new, more mature version of the script, seeing the hunt for a parking space as a way to explore the theme of obsession and what it can lead people to do, often in the name of something very trivial. Within a month of completing the script, I was on set filming.
I was spending my own money, but decided to shoot on Super 16mm rather than HD in order to recapture the feel of the 1999 version. To that same end, I edited the film on 16mm using a Steenbeck and although I did the effects digitally, I tried as much as possible to maintain a classic, optical effect look. My cinematographer and composer both did an especially wonderful job as well bringing that mood I was searching for to higher level.
So after 10 years, it’s finally done and is something I’m extremely proud of. My only hopes are that it connects to you in some way, that is doesn’t come off as too serious, and that most of all you enjoy watching it.
1 分钟– 导演： Melanie Beisswenger – 德国/新加坡
1 min. – Directed by Melanie Beisswenger – Germany / Singapore
A princess on the lookout for Mr. Right is willing to give even the most unlikely candidate a try.
14分钟– 导演：Adam Christian Clark – 中国
14 min. – Directed by Adam Christian Clark – China
While embezzling $14 billion from a Chinese bank for the US government, two Western bankers grab $15 million in cash for themselves. They store it in an upright bass case and wander the streets of Shanghai, waiting for their morning departure. When the more experienced of the two insists they spend their last night partying in a local club, the younger must decide whether to trust his mentor, or make a run for it.
Adam Christian Clark
A graduate of The University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television, Adam Christian Clark pulls story and narrative from unique life perspective. Born on the continent of Antarctica, Clark's parents are former NASA scientists whose romance blossomed during an extended arctic expedition. Impressively, Adam was directing episodes of Big Brother for CBS while still enrolled as an undergraduate at USC. He has been fascinated by China and Chinese culture ever since he lived there for a year while directing a television show.
从中国的银行盗用140亿 美元提供给美国政府后，两个西方银行家得到了1千500万. 他们把这些钱藏起来，在上海的街道上游荡，等待早晨的到来，从而离开这里……在俱乐部花钱后，他要做个决定……
11 分钟–导演：Hans Montelius –瑞典
11 min. – Directed by Hans Montelius – Sweden
Hanna is left alone in a penthouse apartment with a box of dolls that her boy friend has left for her to play with. She hestitates, but tries it out, and she takes her frustrations out on the dolls. And when the boy friend comes back, she's ready for him and the game takes a serious turn.
Hanna 单独呆在一个有玩具娃娃箱的复式公寓里，这是他那朋友留给她玩乐的地方。她是有点犹豫，但是她仍要试试把挫折施加于娃娃。当她男朋友回来的时候，游戏发生 了重大转变……
18 min. – Directed by Randal Kirk – USA
18分钟– 导演：Randal Kirk – 美国
This story captures events transpiring over a few days in the life of a gentle hearted street musician named Robert. Robert lives a solitary existence and finds solace through only two things: first there is his trumpet, which has kept him company since childhood; second there is his increasingly frequent visits with Michael, the young drug dealer who befriends him. Through Michael, Robert gets the only real human connection available in his life. But human connection is not the only thing Robert wants from Michael. Robert must pay a dear price for the brief escape Michael sells and is forced to pawn the very emblem of his soul, the trumpet he has owned since childhood.
这个故事讲述着一个温柔善良的街道歌手Robert的生活。Robert孤独的生存着，但发现两件 事可以使他获得安慰: 第一，他有一个从小就吹奏的小号;第二，那里是他与年轻毒贩好友Michael互访的地方。 通过 Michael, Robert得到了一生中重要的人际关系。但是人际关系并不是Robert唯一想从Michael那里得到的，Robert必须付出代价来获得短暂离开 Michael销售的权利，而且挣扎付出一直自己标志性的灵魂，那就是他从小拥有的小号。
12 分钟 – 导演： Jason LaMotte – 英格兰
12 min. – Directed by Jason LaMotte – England
In The Terms, the struggle between youthful dreams and aged resignation plays out in a timeless and barren landscape. A boy sets fire to his home and unleashes his father's misanthropic malice. The father declares he's going to shoot his son, but gives him a small hope of survival: they negotiate the arrangement under which one shot will be fired. Contingencies are accounted for, yet when the time comes, the shooting has an unanticipated outcome.
The Terms blends a muted palette with its themes of isolation and loneliness, providing a brief glimpse into a microcosm isolated from our world in the literal sense, yet strangely evocative of universal themes of social change, youthful idealism, and cynical despair.
在 影片《条件》中，年轻人梦想和年老人辞职后的冲突展现了独特的视角。一个男孩放火烧了他的家，释放了对他父亲厌世的情绪。父亲决定拍摄他的儿子，但是给了 他一个小小的生存希望……
15分钟 – 导演：Allan Tsao – 美国
15 Min. – Directed by Allan Tsao – USA
James, an American soldier in Iraq, has just become a POW in Fallujah. More than anything, he wants to escape in order to fulfill a promise with his childhood best friend and first love, Emma. Captured alongside him is another American soldier, Misha.
In order to escape his state of confinement, James retreats intermittently to his memories of a young Emma and his late mother.
When Misha is assaulted by two Iraqi soldiers, James decides that he?s the one to save her. As he stages their escape, air strikes from outside the walls throw the prison into a state of panic. James and Misha fight to save their lives, Misha to return to her son, James to find his way back to Emma.
6 Min. – Directed by Ben Blaine – England
6 分钟 – 导演： Ben Blaine – 英格兰
When Tony is told off for stealing a pencil, his ten year-old logic seethes at the injustice. What course of action is open to him other than to inspire a juvenile revolt? With truth, justice and his comrade pupils marching by his side, what can possibly stop him?
Tony 被别人告诉笔被偷了，他十岁的独特思维方式展现出了魅力。一系列的行动展现出远远超出对抗小偷有的魅力。 由实际情况出发，加之他的正义感和立场，什么会可能阻止他呢？
22 Min. – Directed by Ron Krauss – USA
22 分钟 – 导演：Ron Krauss – 美国
AMEXICA is the story of a young boy from Mexico that is taken from his family and sold by an underground human trafficking organization against his will. A pair of grifters transport him to Los Angeles where they portray him as their son, scamming innocent people in staged automobile accidents. The story takes a dramatic turn as the boy decides to take his fate in his own hands, forever changing the lives of the people around him.
A different take on the outlook of human trafficking shown from the interaction between the captors and the victim's point of view and how it affects us all.
AMEXICA 讲述了一个来自墨西哥的小男孩的故事，他被地下人口贩卖组织卖了出去，他要阻止这一切。该片从绑匪和受害者的独特视角重新审视贩卖人口，给我们社会中的同 类人带来了很大的反响。
17 Min. – Directed by Maria Tornberg – USA
17 分钟- 导演：Maria Tornberg – 美国
At the age of sixteen I had an experience, while staying at a hotel in Valencia (Spain), that has lived with me ever since. As I turned on light in the bathroom it flickered for a couple of seconds. What I saw in the mirror during those seconds was my thirty-year-old self, an older face. It was an optical illusion, of course, yet I couldn’t stop wondering where I would be then…well, now.
I am also inspired by the theory that time is a compounded mass and that the past and the future co-exists. “The Empty Space In Between’ taps into that idea and the film moves effortlessly though time and space.
Cassandra exists in the emptiness between two certainties; the past and the future, life and death. She finds herself in the darkness of her mind and she decides to live there, to be connected and alive, just for a moment, even if it's destructive, even if in the end it means death.
10 Min. – Directed by Alfonso Camarero – Spain
10 分钟 – 导演：Alfonso Camarero –西班牙
A gynecologist is working at her hospital as everyday. But the next patient…. is a boy! Naturally the gynecologist throw out the joker. But he returns with the coordinator (the gynecologist's boss), who orders the gynecologist that she must attend her (meaning the patient)! It's not a joke, it's a conspiracy! But the troubles of the gynecologist are just beginning…
这名妇科医 生每天在医院默默工作着，但是下一位病人竟然是个男孩。 医生觉得这很滑稽。但男孩回来后却带来了医生的老板，现在看来，这不是个笑话，这是一场阴谋！但是医生的霉运才刚刚开始……
17 分钟- 导演：Ryo Shiina – 美国
17 Min. – Directed by Ryo Shiina – USA
Andy, a self-absorbed bratty teenager, is forced to work at the struggling Chinese antique shop owned by Kuo, a close family friend. Although he is rebellious and unwilling at first, Andy's attitude slowly changes as he begins to understand Kuo and the struggles he is faced with.
16 Min. – Directed by Philipp Wolter – USA
16 分钟- 导演：Philipp Wolter – 美国
“The Bridge” tells the story of a Korean man, disconnected from his daughter through the loss of his wife, who mysteriously finds himself returning to the same spot as he crosses the bridge to get home from work.
Only his awareness and empathy eventually lead him back to his daughter.
12 分钟- 导演：Daniel Taylor – 英国（苏格兰）
12 Min. – Directed by Daniel Taylor – United Kingdom (Scotland)
A surreal comedy about a professor humiliating himself in a number of attempts to impress a younger attractive female student.
5 Min. – Directed by Angel Yanakiev – England
5 分钟 – 导演：Angel Yanakiev –英格兰
A surreal comedy about insomnia, misanthropic instincts and the bizarre generosity of strangers.
12 分钟-导演：Christoph Rainer –奥地利
12 Min. – Directed by Christoph Rainer – Austria
Two brothers locked in the blackness of the basement. The father persists an anonymous threat from the Off. The both boys try tensely to reconstruct the progression; thereby the bounds become blurred between dream and reality, light and shadow, live and death.