Cinema 16: European Short Films, Vol. 1

Dir: Various. 2007. Starring: Lynne Ramsay Jr., Sándor Badár, Nathalie Press. Misc. languages, English subtitles. Short Films.
Cinema 16: European Short Films, Vol. 1

16 shorts, 16 stories, 16 tales that prove shorts can have as much power as feature films. What makes these shorts stand out from others is the attention to detail, since shorts tend to be more focused. The styles vary as each work holds its own, and while it is interesting to see famed directors' shorts (often their first or beginning works), the ones that are from lesser-known directors are most refreshing. Yet– watching the works of directors such as Christopher Nolan or Lars Von Trier gives viewers more insight into what their visions were in a more attentive short form.

I was most inspired by "Before Dawn", by Hungarian director Balint Kenyeres. Simply told through its stunning visuals, the story is about refugees hiding in a high wheat field. The premise itself is challenging, and the way it unfolds is powerful and compelling. The cinematography is haunting, as the title may reveal.

The rest are so diverse – ranging from stop animation to experimental to French New Wave homage – it would be impossible to discuss them any further. So now you just have to experience it. The best part is you can watch these shorts in different sittings – and still enjoy each piece's magic.

Complete Directors List:  Christopher Nolan, Juan Solanas, Lars Von Trier, Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay, Roy Andersson, Mathieu Kassovitz, Run Wrake, Nanni Moretti, Balint Kenyeres, Jan Svankmajer, Anders Thomas Jensen, Ridley Scott, Virgil Widrich, Martin McDonagh, Toby MacDonald.

Posted by:
Tiffany Huang
May 12, 2008 3:23pm
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