New Shorts: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films
Sunday, 16 January 2022
Image: Naughty Spot, Jean Costa, 2021
Warm, fierce, and (perhaps) delusional narratives about love emerge in this eclectic programme, embracing the sensuality of touch and the fragility of a romantic declaration. From a journey of self-discovery starting at the counter of a futuristic sex shop, to the underground Corsican gay scene, these films champion the plurality of pleasure and care. Under a blazing sun, a phantasmagoric coming of age romance unfolds weaving tenderness and mystery. This selection features RCA Alumni Inari Sirola (Eating in the Dark) and NFTS Alumni Renee Zhan (Soft Animals).
The Right Words
ADRIAN MOYSE DULLIN
Kenza (15 years-old) and her little brother Mahdi (13 years-old) regularly humiliate one another on social media in cruel ways. Today, as they travel by bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada; a girl that Mahdi loves but that does not know him. Placed under pressure by his sister, Mahdi ends up confessing.
What About Me?
What About Me? is a playful take on the many faces of heartbreak; a manic journey of self-discovery and a force of feminine energy. Inspired by an original concept by knitwear designer, Megan Sharples (Knit Lyf), it follows Sanaa, a heart-broken woman possessed by a destructive being, The Love Monster, who largely narrates the film through an internal monologue.