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MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2020 Thursday, October 1

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.

First Thursdays Film Series: On the first Thursday of every month, Gorton screens the latest in independent cinema – from award-winning documentaries, to riveting dramas to artistically excellent cinematic short films. Thank you to Sheffield Foundation for sponsoring the First Thursdays Film Series through the Gorton Producer Program.

 

2020 PROGRAM

SAFE SPACE
Dir. Jake Robb
Australia | 5 min 35 sec
Two detectives craft an intricate interrogation technique to intimidate an apparent witness to police corruption.

THE STICK
Dir. Teppo Airaksinen
Finland | 11 min
Aava has but one wish: to get a dog. Meanwhile, her parent’s marriage is falling apart.

 

EXAM
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.

HEY, GREY
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.

WHITE EYE
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?

STICKER
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.

MAESTRO
Dirs. Florian Babikian, Victor Caire
France | 1 min, 40 sec
A stick-wielding squirrel conducts a nocturnal chorus of opera-loving forest creatures.

THE PRESENT
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?

 

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