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Short Cuts at TIFF '18: The world in short form

Good things come in small packages

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Aug 9, 2018

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the 36 short films that make up the International portion of this year’s Short Cuts programme.

The lineup of provocative, exciting shorts includes 14 World Premieres and works from 32 countries, in 19 different languages, with a strong array of new voices. Of the 36 films in the selection, 18 (54%) were directed or co-directed by women.

“Short Cuts is the place to see films that will not only entertain, but also challenge and inspire, from filmmakers who push the boundaries of their craft,” said Lisa Haller and Jason Anderson, TIFF Short Cuts Programmers. “We are proud to continue showcasing work by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, and this year’s programme has an especially high number of new works from South and East Asia.”

All These Creatures

The Ambassador's Wife

Highlights among the selection of live-action narrative films include Reed Van Dyk’s Interior, a bold follow-up to his recent Academy Award–nominated DeKalb Elementary; A.V. Rockwell's vivid and vital drama Feathers; Héctor Silva Núñez's exceptional exploration of identity in The Foreign Body; and Charles Williams’ All These Creatures, an emotionally wrenching drama that won the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Other short films at the Festival include such fascinating short documentaries as Theresa Traore Dahlberg’s The Ambassador's Wife, an elegant study of a woman who represents the complexities of class, women’s roles, and post-colonialism, and Jayisha Patel’s Circle, a haunting documentary that tells the horrifying story of a young woman caught in a cycle of abuse.

Bavure

Birdie

Amazing animations are also prominent at this year's Festival. Standouts include: Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’ This Magnificent Cake!, a wildly ambitious and original stop-motion marvel that uses stories set in the Belgian Congo in the 19th century to reveal the absurdity and horror of European colonialism in Africa; Anca Damian’s free-flowing yet astoundingly intricate The Call; and Donato Sansone’s Bavure, a bravura display of eye-popping, mind-bending, and body-morphing ingenuity.

Canadian titles screening as part of the Short Cuts programme were announced on August 1 as part of the Canadian press conference. Highlights from the selection include new works by Amanda Strong, Caroline Monnet, Guy Maddin, and Sofia Bohdanowicz.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Ticket packages are now on sale.

Circle

Feathers

International titles screening as part of the Short Cuts programme include:

A New Year (Akhali Tseli) | George Sikharulidze, Georgia
World Premiere

A Wedding Day (Un jour de mariage) | Elias Belkeddar, Algeria/France
North American Premiere

All Inclusive | Corina Schwingruber Ilić, Switzerland
North American Premiere

All These Creatures | Charles Williams, Australia
North American Premiere

The Ambassador's Wife | Theresa Traore Dahlberg, Burkina Faso/Sweden
Canadian Premiere

Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets | Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia
World Premiere

Bavure | Donato Sansone, France
World Premiere

Birdie | Shelly Lauman, Australia
International Premiere

The Call (Telefonul) | Anca Damian, Romania
North American Premiere

Circle | Jayisha Patel, United Kingdom/Canada/India
North American Premiere

The Foreign Body (El Destetado)

Interior (Interiør)

Dodgy Dave | Charlotte Regan, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Dulce | Guille Isa, Angello Faccini, Colombia/USA
International Premiere

Everything calms down (Todo se calma) | Virginia Scaro, Argentina
World Premiere

Facing North (Bukiikakkono) | Tukei Muhumuza, USA/Uganda
World Premiere

The Fall (La Chute) | Boris Labbé, France
North American Premiere

Feathers | A.V. Rockwell, USA
World Premiere

The Field | Sandhya Suri, France/United Kingdom/India
Canadian Premiere

The Foreign Body (El Destetado) | Héctor Silva Núñez, Venezuela/France
World Premiere

Fuck You | Anette Sidor, Sweden
North American Premiere

Guaxuma | Nara Normande, France/Brazil
North American Premiere

Reneepoptosis

The Call

Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias) | Jacqueline Lentzou, Greece
North American Premiere

The Imminent Immanent (Baga't Diri Tuhay Ta't Pamahungpahung) | Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines/Singapore/Italy
World Premiere

Interior (Interiør) | Reed Van Dyk, Norway/USA
World Premiere

Judgement | Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, Philippines
North American Premiere

L'été et tout le reste | Sven Bresser, Netherlands
North American Premiere

Lou | Clara Balzary, USA
World Premiere

Old Thing (Ha'Alte-Zachen) | Roni Bahat, Israel
International Premiere

The Orphan (O Órfão) | Carolina Markowicz, Brazil
North American Premiere

Reneepoptosis | Renee Zhan, Japan/USA
North American Premiere

Shadow Cut | Lucy Suess, New Zealand
North American Premiere

This Magnificent Cake! (Ce Magnifique Gâteau!)

To Plant a Flag

Shinaab: Part II | Lyle Corbine Jr., USA
World Premiere

This Magnificent Cake! (Ce Magnifique Gâteau!) | Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels, Belgium/France/Netherlands
Canadian Premiere

To Plant a Flag | Bobbie Peers, Norway/Iceland
World Premiere

Umbra (Tariki) | Saeed Jafarian, Iran
North American Premiere

Viktoría | Brúsi Ólason, Iceland
International Premiere

Winners Bitch | Sam Gurry, USA
World Premiere

Fuck You

The Imminent Immanent (Baga't Diri Tuhay Ta't Pamahungpahung)

Previously announced Canadian titles screening as part of the Short Cuts programme include:

7A | Zachary Russell, Canada
World Premiere

Accidence | Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada
North American Premiere

Animal Behaviour | Alison Snowden, David Fine, Canada
North American Premiere

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) | Amanda Strong, Canada
World Premiere

Brotherhood (Ikhwène) | Meryam Joobeurn, Tunisia/Canada
World Premiere

Caroni | Ian Harnarine, Canada/Trinidad and Tobago/USA
World Premiere

Dziadzio | Aaron Ries, Canada
World Premiere

Emptying the Tank | Caroline Monnet, Canada
World Premiere

EXIT | Claire Edmondson, Canada/USA
World Premiere

Fauve | Jérémy Comte, Canada
Toronto Premiere

GIRLFRIENDS (AMIES) | Marie Davignon, Canada
World Premiere

Glitter's Wild Women | Roney, Canada
World Premiere

Good Boy | Fantavious Fritz, Canada
World Premiere

If This Isn't Love (Si ce n'est pas de l'amour) | Luiza Cocora, Canada
World Premiere

Little Waves (Les petites vagues) | Ariane Louis-Seize, Canada
World Premiere

My Boy (Mon Boy) | Sarah Pellerin, Canada
World Premiere

Norman Norman | Sophy Romvari, Canada
World Premiere

Paseo | Matthew Hannam, Canada
World Premiere

The Subject (Le sujet) | Patrick Bouchard, Canada
Toronto Premiere

Veslemøy's Song | Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada
North American Premiere

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