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MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2020 Part of the First Thursdays series
The 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will take place across six continents between September 24 and October 31, 2020!
This year’s Final Nine selections use drama, comedy and animation to address an astonishing number of themes, ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the Department of Motor Vehicles no matter the country. The directorial voices are both male and female from countries large and small, often inspired by personal and sometimes harrowing, experience. This year’s Final Nine screening also is a rare instance when gripping dramas from Iran, Israel, and the State of Palestine are featured in the same program.
Dir. Jake Robb
Australia | 5 min 35 sec
Two detectives craft an intricate interrogation technique to intimidate an apparent witness to police corruption.
Dir. Teppo Airaksinen
Finland | 11 min
Aava has but one wish: to get a dog. Meanwhile, her parent’s marriage is falling apart.
Dir. Sonia K. Hadad
Iran | 15 min
A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.
Dir. Nikita Khozyainov
Russia | 13 min, 50 sec
At death’s door, a thriving businessman meets his old dog Grey, which he heartlessly threw out on the street many years ago.
Dir. Nikita Khozyainov
Russia | 13 min, 50 sec
A man finds his stolen bicycle, but now it belongs to a stranger. How much of himself will he lose to get it back?
Dir. Georgi M Unkovski
North Macedonia | 18 min, 45 sec
After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his automobile registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.
TWO LITTLE BOYS
Dir. Farbod Khoshtinat
USA | 13 min, 12 sec
A boy’s secret love for his closeted bully drives him into an unconventional road to confession and its consequences.
Dirs. Florian Babikian, Victor Caire
France | 1 min, 40 sec
A stick-wielding squirrel conducts a nocturnal chorus of opera-loving forest creatures.
Dir. Farah Nabulsi
Palestine | 24 min
On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy can it be to go shopping?
The John and Nancy Hughes Theater is a proud member NATO – the National Alliance of Theater Owners. NATO recently launched the “CinemaSafe” campaign, a program promoting protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theaters. Gorton is proud to join more than 33,000 screens nationwide who have committed to implementing expert-backed, industry-specific health and safety protocols, including, but not limited to:
– Instituting a building mask policy
– Enforcing social distancing in our common areas
– Reducing capacity in our theater (50 seats of the 309 seat theater)
– Enhancing building cleaning, and providing hand sanitizer stations
– Modifying concessions (including the elimination of communal food options)
The CinemaSafe puts the health and safety of our patrons and staff at the core of our film presentations. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Gorton’s Director of Film, Rebecca Fons (email@example.com) with any questions. We’ll see you at the movies – safely!
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