Synopsis

SYNOPSIS

Since 2000, The World According to Shorts, a program curated by Jonathan Howell, has exhibited an annual selection of the world's best short films at the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. Qualifications include participation in a major European short film festival (the majority of films have been selected from the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand's prestigious Festival du Court Metrage).

The goal of the program has been to introduce some of the best short films and their directors to U.S. audiences (most are U.S. or New York premieres), thus giving the films a chance for broader exposure, while allowing audiences here the opportunity to witness innovations in the field. Past programs have included premieres of Oscar-nominated shorts, films subsequently selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and work by directors now noted for their feature films, e.g., David MacKenzie (Young Adam) and Hans-Petter Moland (Beautiful Country).

The six films in this program are intended to reflect a diversity of visions in contemporary short filmmaking and include a broad range of styles and genres, from animation to fiction to semi- documentary and experimental. Between them, the films have been honored with numerous awards from all over the world.

La Perra (Dir. Hugo Maza, Chile) In this sexy satire, a couple with an empty life invents a fantasy about the new maid in order to satisfy their sexual obsessions.

We Have Decided Not to Die (Dir. Daniel Askill, Australia) Three rituals. Three figures. Three modern day journeys of transcendence.

United We Stand (Dir. Hans Petter Moland, Norway) Eight old-timers come upon a young woman stuck in a swamp. A short film inspired by Arbeiderpartiet (the Labor Party), and part of the omnibus film Most People Live in China, made up of short films representing each of Norway's political parties.

Antichrist (Dir. Adam Guzinski, Poland) A group of boys play in a barren, seemingly post- apocalyptic landscape. The group's leader believes he is the Antichrist. He goads the others into increasingly daring games until events spiral out of control.

The Old Woman's Step (Dir. Jane Malaquias, Brazil) An old lady travels from the fishermen's village where she lives to the city to sell a chicken so she can buy her grandson a present.

Ring of Fire (Dir. Andreas Hykade, Germany) Two cowboys spend their days in the cool shade of a rock, but at night they make their way to the bazaar of sexual desire. Drifting further and further into the bazaar, they encounter many dangerous and fascinating figures. Replete with outrageous sexual imagery, this tale of innocence lost and ultimately redeemed is accompanied by a lyrical voiceover (in appropriate cowboy drawl) that seems to have only the loosest of connections to the action on-screen.

Germany/Chile/Norway/Australia/Poland/Brazil, 2000
95 min., Unrated
In Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian with English Subtitles
Color



FILMMAKERS

LA PERRA

Written and Directed by
Chief of Production
Director of Photography
Editing
Sound
Art Direction
Music
Associate Producer
Executive Producers

WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE

Written and Directed by
Producers

Director of Photography
Sound
Producers

Director of Photography
Editing
Music
Sound

Production Designer


THE OLD WOMAN'S STEP

Written and Directed by
Producer
Director of Photography
Editing
Sound
Art Direction
Executive Producer

RING OF FIRE

Written and Directed by
Producer
Animation

Artwork Development
Sound Design
Post-Production
Music
Digital Film Recording
Co-production with

Foley Artist
Assistant to the Producer

UNITED WE STAND

Directed by
Producers

Screenplay
Director of Photography
Editing
Sound
Music


HUGO MAZA
EDUARDO CASTRO
MIGUEL JOAN LITTIN MENZ
EDUARDO MAZA
DAVID MIRANDA
FRANCISCA CUESTA
AUREO BAQUEIRO
RICARDO FERNÉNDEZ DE ROTA
HUGO MAZA



DANIEL ASKILL
CHRISTOPHER SEETO
DANIEL ASKILL
DENSON BAKER
DANIEL ASKILL
SAM DIXON
WLODZIMIERZ
TOMASZ PRZADKIEWICZ
MAREK GAJCZAK
JAROSLAW KAMINSKI
ADAM GUZINSKI
EWA BOGUSZ-USIELSKA
MICHAL KOSTERKIEWICZ
MAREK ZAWIERUCHA



JANE MALAQUIAS
CECÍLIA ARAÚJO
ROBERTO IURI
VERÓNICA SÉENZ
NICOLAS HALLET
JOSÉ ADJAFRE
ISABELA CRIBARI



ANDREAS HYKADE
MICHAEL JUNGFLEISCH / GAMBIT
G. HANEY, A. HYKADE,
A. ORTEGA & FRIENDS
SUSANNE REINHARDT
ANGELO D'ANGELICO
GADGET
STEFFEN KAHLES
SPOT SERVICE
STUDIO FILM BILDER
EDDEL BECK & PHIL HUNT
JOO FÜRST
ALEXANDER FUNK



HANS PETTER MOLAND
ØRJAN KARLSEN
YNGVE SÆTHER/MOTYL A.S.
ARE SJAASTAD
GAUTE GUNNARI
SOPHIE HESSELBERG
MORTEN SOLUM
JOHN ERIK KAADA
ANITCHRIST

Written and Directed BY
Producers

Director of Photography
Editing
Music
Sound

Production Designer
ADAM GUZINSKI
WLODZIMIERZ
TOMASZ PRZADKIEWICZ
MAREK GAJCZAK
JAROSLAW KAMINSKI
ADAM GUZINSKI
EWA BOGUSZ-USIELSKA
MICHAL KOSTERKIEWICZ
MAREK ZAWIERUCHA