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NEW SHORTS #10 SURREAL WORLDS
Sun 12 Jan 12:30 Curzon Soho
A powerful selection of short films that will bend the mind, amaze and astound with stunning imagery and twisted stories. Watch out for Ben Whishaw going crazy on the streets of East London in Beat, Stephen Mangan experiencing a strange case of deja vu in L’Assenza, and Steven Berkoff as narrator of the award-winning The Boy With A Camera For A Face.
Aneil Karia 12 mins
Beat documents a day in the life of a man who appears to be walking a paper-thin line between profound joy and complete hopelessness. This film is about the sprawling chaos and oppressive loneliness that can coexist in the city, and a man who finds his withdrawal from the world challenged by a visceral force.
Andrew Cumming 13 mins
In a tiny dwelling cut off from the outside world, a young mother tries to cope with the dual responsibility of raising her son and protecting him from their only visitor – the man who keeps them prisoner.
BOY WITH A CAMERA FOR A FACE, THE
Spencer Brown 14 mins
A coming of age tale about a boy born with a camera instead of a head, addressing the impossibility of both living life and documenting it. Magical, humorous, romantic and ultimately heartbreaking, the film is an epic story told in 14 minutes about the way we live today.
Ewan Stewart 9 mins
Another day unfolds in a woman's life, as she cooks and cleans for her uncommunicative husband and sullen grown-up children. Late in the afternoon, she has an unusual visitor.
Jonathan Romney 20 mins
A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from 1961.
Philip Bloom 4 mins
It's late in a historic underground chamber. The lights aren't working and in the depths of the darkness a woman's torch dies. A glimmer of light comes from the seemingly empty space and reveals itself as a divine wash of dancing purple bearing a silent whisper for the woman's eyes only.
Tommie Geraedts 7 mins
When a lonely young woman in London faces a growing loss of identity, the only thing she can cling onto is her devotion to her snake and plants. Mysteriously her plant shows her that there is enlightenment to be found sipping through the cracks of consciousness. She decides to see how deep the rabbit hole goes and aligns back with her true self.
James W, Griffiths 7 mins
A prisoner makes a fantastical discovery when thrown into a cell with a terse and unsettling inmate; but in an audacious endeavour to escape his captors, he unearths a malevolent trick and the secrets of the cell are fully revealed.
Alexander Thomas 17 mins
Tom is an insomniac, trapped in his incessant inner monologue. He goes on midnight walks through the deserted town, but he can’t quite shake the feeling that he’s being followed...Is it in his mind, or is there someone out there?
Paul Barritt 12 mins
A short film about the violence of little boys and little men. Based upon a real event in the directors childhood, the film follows six naughty boys toward their eventual carrying out of an act of violence. This explodes into a visual investigation of the war machine the boys inevitably, instantaneously become.