Shorts: Canada and the World 1

The Great Malaise
A young woman describes herself and her life in glowing terms, but the visual narrative tells a different story: with heart-rending power it illustrates the heavy burden of anxiety carried by this worried overachiever.

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Director:  Catherine Lepage
Producer:  Marc Bertrand
Editor:  Sophie Leblond
Country:  Canada
Province:  QC
Language:  English
Runtime:  5 minutes

Disguised as a girl growing up during the time of one-child policy in China, Yan is confused about his gender identity and struggles with the conservative world around him now. Drifting his dad's old taxi becomes his way of expressing his feelings. Tonight, he goes on a dreamy journey to find his missing sister.

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Director:  Hanxiong Bo
Country:  China
Language:  Mandarin
Subtitle:  English
Runtime:  16 minutes

Paola Makes a Wish
On an ordinary day at work, Paola starts to feel that she is missing out something exciting in her life.

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Director:  Zhannat Alshanova
Country:  Switzerland
Language:  Italian
Subtitle:  English
Runtime:  8 minutes

A lonely janitor must make a choice when a vampire attack leaves him the sole caretaker of an orphaned, and possibly monstrous, infant.

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Director:  Glen Matthews
Country:  Canada
Province:  ON
Language:  English
Runtime:  9 minutes

A young novice at an isolated convent is confronted with the sudden desire to explore her sexual self in the wake of meeting a blue-tongued lizard.

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Director:  Claire van Beek
Country:  New Zealand
Language:  English
Runtime:  19 minutes

Sin Cielo
A young boy in a Mexican border town hustles any way he can to help his family but learns some very cruel realities when the girl he likes gets 'disappeared'. Based on trues stories from La Frontera.

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Director:  Jianna Maarten Saada
Country:  USA
Language:  Spanish
Subtitle:  English
Runtime:  25 minutes

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

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Director:  Yorgos Lanthimos
Country:  Germany, USA, UK
Language:  English
Runtime:  12 minutes