TIFF 2017: Short Cuts

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1. A Drowning Man (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

6.9
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Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.

Director: Mahdi Fleifel | Stars: Atef Alshafei, Jalal Qaniry, Thymios Koukios, Rebih El-Saleous

Votes: 18

2. Xiao cheng er yue (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

7.8
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In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing refuses to go gentle into this good night.

Director: Yang Qiu | Stars: Shuxian Li, Zhongwei Sun, Yaning Ding, Yun Xu

Votes: 20

3. Airport (2017)

11 min | Animation, Short

8.7
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Individual identities disappear and arise in transit space. Everything is in constant motion, and everyone potentially suspicious.

Director: Michaela Müller | Stars: Gordana Kovacic, Eva Perrotta

Votes: 22

4. Blue Christmas (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

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On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife's worsening psychosis at home.

Director: Charlotte Wells | Stars: Jamie Robson, Michelle Duncan, Lewis McGowan, Deborah Arnott

5. Bonbone (2017)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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A Palestinian couple resorts to an unusual way to conceive as the husband is detained in an Israeli jail where visits are restricted.

Director: Rakan Mayasi | Stars: Rana Alamuddin, Saleh Bakri

6. Catastrophe (2017)

2 min | Animation, Short

7.2
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When a pet bird keels over in its cage, suspicion naturally falls on the cat in the apartment.

Director: Jamille van Wijngaarden | Stars: Ricky Weissman, Wimie Wilhelm

Votes: 12

7. Charles (I) (2017)

10 min | Animation, Short

5.5
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Charles is different, a boy with grown-up problems. At home he has to care for his mother who appears to be ill, and at school he is bullied. Longing for a normal family life, he escapes into a parallel world filled with frogs.

Director: Dominic-Étienne Simard

Votes: 6

8. Crème de Menthe (2017)

22 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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A young woman returns to her home town after the death of her father. As a single daughter, she must empty the house of her father, who was a compulsive accumulator (or hoarder). She will ... See full summary »

Directors: David Philippe Gagné, Jean Marc E. Roy | Stars: Charlotte Aubin, Macha Limonchik

Votes: 24

9. Damiana (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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Deep inside the jungle, a group of teenage girls are being kept under supervision. Despite abandonment and hostility, Damiana hopes she can get in touch with her father.

Director: Andrés Ramírez Pulido | Stars: Magaly Lopez, Yaneth Sanchez

Votes: 8

10. Água Mole (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.2
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The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion.

Directors: Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires

Votes: 6

11. Everlasting MOM (2017)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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A daughter's fantasy of her mother, elusively portrayed at her own magical house and garden. The mother's image and voice are deconstructed and assembled again into an intergenerational ... See full summary »

Director: Elinor Nechemya | Star: Meira Nechemya

12. Fifteen (2017)

11 min | Short, Drama

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On a hot summer day, a taciturn teen boy makes his way through the hustle of Cairo - with a baby in tow. His arrival at a hospital reveals the turmoil beneath his muted expression.

Director: Sameh Alaa | Stars: Ahmed el Amir, Ahmed Abd el Razek

13. Five Minutes (2017)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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A progressive elementary school's "parenting class" takes an unexpected dramatic turn.

Director: Justine Bateman | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Rob Benedict, Bre Blair, Steve Agee

14. For Nonna Anna (2017)

13 min | Short, Drama

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In this raw and graceful testimony of intersectional womanhood, a trans girl has to care for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her - but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

Director: Luis De Filippis | Stars: Maya Henry, Jacqueline Tarne, Anna Pecchia, Remy Barone

15. Grandmother (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

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A First Nations boy struggles to deal with the death of his grandmother, but finds a connection with her through an old VHS camcorder.

Director: Trevor Mack

16. homer_b (2017)

3 min | Short, Horror

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The VHS footage of this video, found in a storage locker, depicts a disturbing and surrealist look at the real life 'Krusty The Clown Show'.

Directors: Milos Mitrovic, Conor Sweeney

17. Je n'ai pas tué Jesse James (2017)

16 min | Short, Western

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A world-weary and reluctant bank robber is torn between loyalties on the eve of his partner's next big job.

Director: Sophie Beaulieu | Stars: Patrick d'Assumçao, Eric Guerin, Tchéky Karyo, Florence Thomassin

18. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (2017)

13 min | Short

6.1
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Previously dedicated to her job at a soon-to-close gas station, the subject devotes her last night of employment to some questionable acts, thereby reflecting the increasingly anarchic nature of the society around her.

Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad | Stars: Angeli Bayani, Grace Naval, Ross Pesigan, Ogie Tiglao

Votes: 15

19. Latched (2017)

17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.3
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An obsessive choreographer on a creative retreat with her toddler awakens a fairy corpse with disturbing intentions

Director: Justin Harding | Stars: Alana Elmer, Bowen Harding, Peter Higginson, Jarrett Siddall

Votes: 13

20. Lira's Forest (2017)

Short, Drama, Fantasy

5.6
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As the end of her life approaches, an old woman encounters a strange spirit from a nearby forest.

Director: Connor Jessup | Stars: Patricia Hamilton, Gabriel Varga-Watt

Votes: 10

21. Long Distance Relationship (2017)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

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A brief story of a guy who's obsessed about having sex with ETs.

Director: Carolina Markowicz | Star: Matías Singer

22. Lower Heaven (2017)

21 min | Short, Drama

8.8
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Tehran 2017, three days in life of two young undocumented Afghani brothers, recently immigrated to Iran, who see their destiny take a turn just as a better life seems to open up to them.

Director: Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi | Stars: Mirollah Hosseini, Zarif Najibollah

Votes: 6

23. Magic Moments (2017)

20 min | Short

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Largely left on their own due to their parents' jobs in other cities, a sensitive teenager and her kid sister must rely on themselves if they hope to glean anything from the life lessons they encounter.

Director: Martina Buchelová | Stars: Mia Sofia Arpásová, Michaela Kostková, Andrea Kvasnovská, Zvonko Lakcevic

24. Marlon (II) (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama, Family

6.6
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Marlon, 14 years old, is visiting her mother in jail for the first time since her imprisonment. The young girl, protected by her family and relatives, stubbornly believes that her mother is still her childhood heroine...

Director: Jessica Palud | Stars: Flavie Delangle, Jonathan Couzinié, Anne Suarez, Brigitte Boutard

Votes: 7

25. Midnight Confession (2017)

Short, Comedy

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West Berlin, 1989. Manny Jumpcannon prowls his dingy apartment, phoning various degenerates from his past. He's hoping for some uncertain vindication but the ensuing conversations only reveal his own sordid history of deceit.

Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos | Stars: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, August Diehl, Breeda Wool, Anna Cordell

26. Milk (III) (2017)

15 min | Short, Comedy

8.0
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Modern family runs a perfect house and lives ideal life until one day they notice a cow in the middle of their kitchen.

Director: Daria Vlasova | Stars: Yaroslava Bazaeva, Maria Bolonkina, Vitaly Khodin, Gleb Orlov

Votes: 5

27. Mon amour mon ami (2017)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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An Italian woman begins to doubt the sincerity of the feelings of her fiancé, a Moroccan immigrant, days before their wedding.

Director: Adriano Valerio

28. Madre (2017)

19 min | Short, Drama

7.8
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While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who's on holiday in France with his father. Every parent's nightmare ensues.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Marta Nieto, Blanca Apilánez, Álvaro Balas, Miriam Correa

Votes: 26

29. Möbius (2013)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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An FSB officer falls in love with his agent, an American woman, who works as a trader in a Russian bank.

Director: Eric Rochant | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Cécile De France, Tim Roth, Émilie Dequenne

Votes: 4,287

30. Pre-Drink (2017)

23 min | Short, Drama

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Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.

Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire | Stars: Pascale Drevillon, Alex Trahan

31. Preparation (2017)

16 min | Short, Drama

6.4
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Three women in one house. A family in three generations tries to accustom itself to the imminent death of one of its members.

Director: Sofia Georgovassili | Stars: Ivonni Maltezou, Nancy Sideri, Maria Skoula

Votes: 9

32. Push it (2017)

8 min | Short, Drama, Family

5.1
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PUSH IT is a film about never being able to win, even though you're the best. Hedda tries to approach Adam in every way she can, but everything she does turns out wrong. But Adam gets to ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Thelin | Stars: Geneth Gurmu, Jeremiah Jeppsson, Per Lasson

Votes: 10

33. Roadside Attraction (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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Palm Beach International Airport's newest snowbird has become one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.

Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

34. Rupture (II) (2017)

19 min | Short, Drama | Completed

Rupture follows the journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find a public pool in their new city on a hot summer day.

Director: Yassmina Karajah | Stars: Assad al Arid, Salam al Marzouqi, Hussein al Ahmad, Wazeera al Ahmad

35. Shinaab (2017)

8 min | Short

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An Anishinaabe man is restless and isolated in the city of Minneapolis, haunted by an ominous sense that he doesn't belong. A portrayal of Indigenous people's dislocation and alienation on their own land.

Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. | Stars: John Edel, Brian P. Joyce, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Tyson Lietz

36. Signature (2017)

13 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing "his hope" in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya.

Director: Kei Chikaura | Stars: Tim Ellrich, Yulai Lu, Laurence Midori Ohta

Votes: 7

37. Stephen Hawking knows the future (2016)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy | Post-production

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Over a Chinese food picnic at the beach, Stephen Hawking and Kanye West discuss Dance moves, Drake and the art of Divination.

Director: Sol Friedman

38. Still Water Runs Deep (2017)

16 min | Short

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A portrait of a man confined by his convictions about paternal duty, a father's steely resolve to run his household with a firm hand is tested when his estranged son goes missing.

Director: Abbesi Akhamie

39. The Burden (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama

9.7
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The script follows the emotional and spiritual downward spiral of a modern man breaking down under the pressures of everyday life.

Director: Zoran Pribicevic | Stars: Ivana Boban, Ivan Bosnjak, Ivan Cuic, Petar Cvirn

Votes: 16

40. The Crying Conch (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama

5.1
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A man is drawn into the footsteps of the historic Haitian slave leader; Mackandal. Following a man trapped in a curse which started centuries ago, this modern fable folds accounts of the ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Toi | Stars: Zidor Montal, Ebby Angel Louis, Lovena Dieudonné, Jean Claude Exantus

Votes: 9

41. La Mort, Père & Fils (2017)

11 min | Animation, Short

7.2
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Death is re-imagined as a devoted family man whose son doesn't entirely understand his family's role in the grand scheme of things. As Dad tends to his duties, the boy performs a series of ... See full summary »

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Denis Walgenwitz

Votes: 5

42. The Drop In (2017)

Short, Action, Drama

6.8
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A hairdresser has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop in appointment.

Director: Naledi Jackson | Stars: Mouna Traoré, Olunike Adeliyi

Votes: 6

43. The President's Visit (2017)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark in an everlasting struggle at cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town.

Director: Cyril Aris | Stars: Mounia Akl, Nicolas Daniel, William Farhat, Sihame Haddad

44. Together Alone (2017)

16 min | Short, Drama

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Débora is 11 years old and is deaf. Facundo, her brother, is 18 and doesn't want her to grow up. Together, they have fun setting cars on fire while their father is away, until one day things slip out of control.

Director: Mateo Bendesky

45. La casa del árbol (2017)

16 min | Short

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A fiery young couple may be as hot for each other as they are ill-suited. An astute look at the stormy passions and knotty intensity that make some relationships alluring to the point of being unbearable.

Director: Juan Sebastián Quebrada | Stars: Luna Acosta, Juan Lugo Quebrada

46. Waiting (I) (2017)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Drama | Completed

Two friends wait on a train platform late at night for a train that isn't coming. While waiting, their idle conversation turns into something more revealing.

Director: Ryan Chapman | Stars: Jared Limbu, Brittany Brannon

47. Waiting for Hassana (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Short

8.2
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In 2014, 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria -- by dawn, nearly all had disappeared and their school was burnt. Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.

Director: Ifunanya Maduka

Votes: 12

48. We Forgot to Break Up (2017)

16 min | Short, Drama, Music | Post-production

Evan Strocker returns to face the band he created and led to superstardom to seek permission for a tell-all memoir, but his band mates force him to confront the ultimate cost of ambition.

Director: Chandler Levack | Stars: Cara Gee, Dov Tiefenbach, Mark Rendall, Steven McCarthy

49. We Love Moses (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama

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When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.

Director: Dionne Edwards | Stars: Juwon Adedokun, Kaiya Alfred, Vanessa Babirye, Keziah Campbell-Golding

50. Kötü Kiz (2017)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

6.2
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S., 8 years old, is a little Turkish girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. While she is looking back on the good old days in her grand parents village ... See full summary »

Director: Ayçe Kartal

Votes: 16