Small Gauge Trauma: Fantasia Film Festival
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Montreals legendary Fantasia International Film Festival is North Americas largest fantasy / horror film event and one of the most influential fantastic film festivals in the world. It is where Hideo Nakatas RINGU was introduced to the West, where Jaume (DARKNESS) Balaguerro first screened THE NAMELESS to an English speaking audience, where Nacho (AFTERMATH) Cerda attained worldwide fandom infamy and was the first festival in North America to show a film by Takashi (AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER) Miike. Since its inception in 1996, Fantasia has been hugely supportive of short films, with their most recent installment showcasing over 100 selections.
Synapse Films and Paradox Entertainment are very proud to present the best short Horror films presented at the Festival since 1996. With almost three hours of short films, this collaboration features a who's who of Horror Directors from around the world. A must have for every horror fan!
From the Contributor
This DVD features 13 short films from many acclaimed directors:
ABUELITOS (aka GRANDFATHER) - 15 min. Directed by Paco Plaza
CHAMBRE JAUNE - 8 min. Directed by Helene Cattet & Brunco Forzani
FLAT - N - FLUFFY - 7 min. Directed by Benoit Boucher
GORGONAS - 15 min. Directed by Salvador Sanz
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS - 20 min. Directed by Miguel Vivas
INFINI (aka INFINITY) - 9 min. Directed by Guillaume Fortin
L'ILYA - 39 min. Directed by Tomoya Sato
LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY - 21 min. Directed by Dennison Ramalho
MISS GREENY - :30 sec. Directed by Tenkwaku Naniwa
RUTA DESTROY! - 15 min. Directed by Diego Abad
THE SEPARATION - 10 min. Directed by Robert Morgan
SISTER LULU - 5 min. Directed by Philip Johny
TEA BREAK - 7 min. Directed by Sam Walker
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The DVD features 13 award winning short films from the Fantasia film festival over the past ten years or so. Every short film on this collection has it's own voice and is unique in some way. My personal favorite was a film entitled "Infini" - I found this one to be very moving. Some other highlights are "Gorgonas" - an animated short, "I'll See You in my Dreams" - a must see for zombie fans, and another personal favorite of mine "Tea Break" - a gorehounds dream, while also being a satire on desenitization (ironic). The last film I will mention is a particularly disturbing short called "Love From Mother Only" which despite what the title may imply, is actually about black magic - a word of caution, I found this short to be extremely unsettling and I have seen a lot of disturbing films. Something about this one has a real creepy feel that gets under your skin if you let it (this may be a good thing for some people, but I'll let you make up your own mind). Nonetheless, it is affective, much like the other films in this collection. I would have spent the money for just these films alone.
If you are a horror fan, a fan of extreme cinema, or a fan of short films in general, then check out this DVD - you won't be disappointed. It is great that Synapse took the time put this collection of short films on DVD, I hope they will continue to show an interest in releasing other collections of short films as it is very difficult to see these types of films outside of the festival circuit.
To celebrate ten years of the Fantasia Film Festival, Mitch Davis picked thirteen of the short films that have run there over the years and worked with Synapse Films to release this little gem of a disc. Small Gauge Trauma presents these thirteen films, with a surprising number of extras.
Perhaps the best of these is The Separation, Robert Morgan's twisted little puppet show (Synapse's description is "Cronenbergian", though I'd liken it more to a weird combination of David Lynch and Jan Svankmajer) about Siamese twins who are separated, but find themselves nervous and insecure when on their own. Japan, of course, turns in a strong showing with L'Ilya, a relatively long (at thirty-nine minutes, the second-longest piece here) movie about a woman whose career consists of chronicling the moments of death of a rash of Japanese suicides, and how that affects both her and her loved ones. I'm only hitting the highlights; many others here are almost as strong.
There are some weak spots, most of which have to do with translation rather than the films themselves (the subtitles on Gorgonas are unintentionally hilarious, and one of these films doesn't seem as if it belongs at all, but those are minor considerations. For the most part, you're getting three hours of great short cinema. You want it. ****