Films dripping with realness
Go Short is fiction, animation, and art. But Go Short, above all, tells real stories about real people. And the program of the twelfth edition is packed with films dripping with realness. Sometimes we observe others and sometimes we fight to be seen. At times we see the pure in an intimate, homely setting, another time we crave the reality of the outside world. What the films and film blocks below have in common is that they capture realities and show our humanity.
“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.”
― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Unbelievable, but oh so recognizable
The title of All Cats Are Grey in the Dark (2019) already indicates what kind of message Lasse Linder wanted to convey with this film: all cats are grey in the dark, just like people actually resemble each other very much. It is therefore not surprising that we recognize ourselves in the main character of this film. The main character, Christian, is obsessed with his cats Marmalade and Katjuscha, a male and a female cat. When Katjuscha is pregnant, Christian is completely over the moon. The longer the cat is expecting, the more Christian will pamper and care for her. Christian is his true self, and does not hide this from the camera. Yet as a spectator you cannot help but feel that the intimate relationship between Christian and his animals is a bit uncomfortable to observe.
This feeling is also evoked by the films in the film block ‘Corina and Nikola’s Shorts’, with films by the makers in focus Corina Schwingruber Ilić and Nikola Ilić. This block shows us down to earth humanity, recognizable and comical. Corina and Nikola describe their style as a tragicomedy, with which they depict subjects in an accessible way and ensure that viewers enjoy it. Ultimately, observing others causes us to observe ourselves.
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark:
Unprecedented virtual reality
But not everyone has the ability to observe others. A prison reduces the world of prisoners considerably. This becomes clear in the short virtual reality documentary VR Free (Milad Tangshir, 2019), which examines the nature of the spaces and sounds of the Turin prison by portraying some fragments from the lives of prisoners. In this virtual reality, the sounds around you seem lifelike, and because of the quality and atmosphere of this film, everything feels incredibly real. At the same time, reactions from prisoners are filmed when daily life is shown to them via VR images. A football match, the depths of the ocean, a disco or even their own family members in the park: “Yes, this is freedom” says a prisoner.
We are here too
In addition to cats and prisons, there are many other short films that beautifully portray the reality of our world. Including the reality that we sometimes have to fight for. The film block ‘Stand Your Ground’ shows the struggle to be heard and seen and centers around the core message of every protest: we are there too.
A message that unites people, as can also be seen in the film block ‘Nature Hitting Hard’, about the inequality of climate change. Because the effects of climate change do not affect everybody equally, even though this is a problem for all of us. That is why it is so important that we show our humanity and reality. That is how we come together.
The film block ‘Corina and Nikola’s Shorts’ can be seen on Friday 3 April, the block ‘Stand Your Ground’ on Saturday 4 April, and ‘Nature Hitting Hard’ on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April. The film All Cats Are Grey in the Dark is part of the film block ‘Strong Connections’ and can be seen on Saturday 4 April. VR Free is part of the VR movie block ‘Catching Reality’ and can be experienced on Thursday 2 through Sunday 5 April.