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El juego

Benjamín Naishtat France, 2010

With his third feature film, Rojo, having just premiered in Toronto, we are delighted to present one of Benjamin Naishtat’s first films, a short selected in Cannes! Set in an atmospheric jungle, El Juego raises questions about the banality of violence, alluding to Argentina’s troubled past.

Where Is the Jungle?

Iván Castiñeiras Gallego France, 2015

By exploring an ambiguous space in time, set in the Amazon, Iván Castiñeiras Gallego meditates on the border between modernity and tradition, and the relations between native and Westernized cultures. Where is the Jungle? is an intellectually stimulating and formally surprising experience.

Traveling on One Leg

Alexandru Petru Bădeliţă France, 2015

Based on Herta Müller’s eponymous novel, this film explores the psychological crevasses of a young woman’s mind. By using both astonishing cinematography, shot entirely in 4:3 aspect ratio, and cutout animation, the protagonist’s emotions and imagination are evocatively illustrated.

Le Park

Randa Maroufi France, 2015

Selected at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and later a prizewinner at Rotterdam, this is an experimental wander through an abandoned theme park (Casablanca’s Arab League Park) — intriguingly juxtaposing footage of children at play with their lives online.

What Makes Me Take the Train

Pierre Mazingarbe France, 2013

From emerging French filmmaker Pierre Mazingarbe, this reinterpretation of the Orpheus & Eurydice myth moves and manoeuvres between the contemporary and classical, revisiting a story endlessly rewritten and rendering it here in oneiric imagery and austere black-and-white.

The Burn

René Ballesteros Chile, 2010

An autobiographical diary-documentary from director Rene Ballesteros and his sister, made 26 years after the disappearance of their mother upon the strange discovery of a series of her paperback books. A riveting central mystery that gradually reveals both family and national history.

A Radiant Life

Meryll Hardt France, 2013

Meryll Hardt’s impressive and Tati-esque short documentary has an architectural slant, its inorganic setting built from solid colors, oppressively clean-cut lines and rigid edges. Not quite ruin-porn, it provocatively theorizes modernity (that is, the 1950s) as a nightmare of geometry.

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