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SHORTS 7: a clown’s smirk in the skull of a baboon

Saturday May 16

5:00pm

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Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy

25 min., 16mm, 2014, Germany

“A film based on fragments of the story “La Gente Perra” by the Colombian writer Gomati D. Wahn (1923 -1993). The story, which takes place 3000 years in the future, tells of the character of The Admiral as he searches for the land of the Dog People and the riches that it hides. However, as is typical of Wahn’s style, the story is assembled out of altered existing texts, in this case, historic accounts of the conquest of what was once known as the New World.” – Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy

 

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Konstantina Kotzamani

24 min., Video, 2014, Greece

“Washingtonia starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree whose heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because its heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.” – Konstantina Kotzamani

 

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Gabriel Abrantes

32 min., Video, 2013, France

 “This dark comedy depicts the current military conflict in Afghanistan with slapstick comedy. Giselle, the current French ambassadress to Afghanistan, and her daughter Cleo, a volunteer for Bibliotequaires sans frontieres, visit a Kuchi nomad camp with the intention of negotiating the tribe’s disarmament. While they are caught up in the absurd and complex negotiations a female warlord Bibi Ayesha and her half-witted son Mal Faq’tar approach the camp with the intent of kidnapping the nomad princess Cher. By the time they arrive, Cleo has been offered and is wearing Cher’s traditional Kuchi dress, leading them to kidnap the wrong person. Still unaware of the switch, they transport Cleo back to their hideout where Mal Faq’tar is pressured into consummating his relationship. Cleo wakes while Mal Faq’tar is kissing her and, having been neglected love the majority of her life, actually enjoys and motivates their lovemaking. In the end Cleo and Mal Faq’tar are united, her mother with the nomad leader, and Cher with a crashed predator drone. Their love ends up annihilating all the aggression of this violent conflict, as well as good common sense.” – Gabriel Abrantes