program 4: Pushing Boundaries
“Think outside the box” is an old cliché that asks us to discover and challenge our boundaries of perception and experience. These vivid and imaginative films certainly do that as they push beyond the confines of narrative filmmaking to explore the complexities of the human condition, leaving the viewer wondering why but wanting more.
Total Program Runtime = 80 minutes
Sudd (Out of Erasers)
Directed by Erik Rosenlund
Synopsis: A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work. While struggling to find a cure she also discovers that desperate times require hard choices.
Runtime: 14:59 minutes
Directed by Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc
Synopsis: A metaphorical tale of adversity. A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.
Runtime: 8:40 minutes
House on its Head
Directed by Adam Palenta
Synopsis: This unusual documentary shows the family life of Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967), an architect, set designer and eminent poster artist. The film was made thanks to the private archives of the artist who loved to record his family life, meetings and trips with friends. Graphic works and experimental materials, never published before, complement the documentary material. The film provides not only an interesting perspective on the artist’s everyday life, but also a rare opportunity to find out about the life in communist Poland of the 1950s.
Runtime: 19:00 minutes
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.
Runtime: 11:34 minutes
Directed by Grainger David
Synopsis: The story of a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in a small town and one boy's attempt to understand his mother's death, his grandmother's obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange , and inexplicable plague.
Runtime: 12:19 minutes
Directed by Kyle Armstrong
Synopsis: A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba. The film touches on the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind’s struggle against natural processes of decay. The film features an original score by Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco) a voice-over by Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy, Matewan, Old Joy) and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
Runtime: 12:31 minutes