New Shorts: Changing States
Sunday, 23 January 2022
Image: Easter Eggs, Nicolas Keppens, 2021
The characters in these films find themselves in emotional transit, navigating new terrain in their lives. Drawing upon the maelstrom of emotions that accompany great change, the films employ a visual language of celebration, confusion, dread and anticipation. A young man struggles to reconcile the terse relationship with his father before he leaves for a military tour. A teenage friendship oscillates between abusive and compelling. A young woman makes a decision that confounds her boyfriend. These distilled moments gesture to grander, and sometimes life-altering changes.
Curated by Varun Raman
At Dawn: Good Manners To Look Good
Anthony Gopaul is experiencing a hypnotic and surreal happening as he sits alone in his living room. He relives disappointments, cravings, and ecstasy whilst starring at his surroundings. As he faces hallucinations, visions of masculinity and spirituality flood his home. Viewers witness explorations of the surreal and otherness set against the backdrop of a South London residence.
everyone has my jacket.
“One of us has to change” takes a whole other meaning in
this short animation about fashion, gender dysphoria and
acceptance; as we follow a singular protagonist narrating
an internal struggle when a brown corduroy jacket makes
its way into his closet.
THE LAST DAY OF PATRIARCHY
Nina is pregnant by Jakub. Today, he introduces her to his family. They’re all gathered in the hospital at the bedside of his grandfather. Just as the young lady tries to put on a brave face, she is faced with the surprising reaction of the dying relative: he wants to see her breasts. This sparks a debate to which she is not invited – should the patriarch’s last vow be satisfied?