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Lonely romantics lost in limbo, in a program of comedies, dramas, documentaries and more about the brilliant anguish of new love and the bittersweet taste of love lost.
Sometimes love stories are the saddest stories of them all. Perhaps we are all aimless, lost souls, reaching out across a vast wasteland in search a true connection, grasping at anything to make us feel less alone. In this selection of short films—comedies, drama, documentaries and animation—lovers pass each other like ships in the night, or more specifically, like science fiction characters caught in a wrinkle of the space/time continuum.
In the first half of our program, love is budding but fraught with peril: an older couple decides to live together for the first time after four years of marriage, a recently engaged man realizes he doesn’t know his fiancée nearly as well as he thought he did, and two convicted criminals try to maintain a romance after one of them has been released.
But when we return, the best days of our love are behind us (or one unique case, tragically in front of us but out of reach). A badly disenchanted R&B singer serenades us with a tearful ballad, a broken-hearted bear wonders where her life went bland, and a filmmaker imagines how life would be different if his girlfriend were dead. Love hurts, but lost love hurts more.
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Two's A Crowd (Jim and Tom Isler | New York, NY | 20 min.)
A New York love story, threatened by economic downturn. And cohabitation. A tale of romance and rent control. gloamingpictures.com
Honeymoon (Grzegorz Krawiec | Poland | 29 min.)
Tomek has just left the jail after 7 years. On his release day he gets married with Agnieszka. She has to stay in prison longer because she's waiting for her trial. And Tomek needs to start his life all over again. polishshorts.pl
Celluloid (Ethan Knecht | Brooklyn, NY | 3 min.)
Rooftop alum Knecht continues his playful explorations of time and cinema, here conducting a melancholy experimental documentary about the affect of the present on memory and love.
Howard (Julia Pott | UK | 4 min.)
Do you remember when we met? You were brilliant, witty, gorgeous to look at...something's changed. juliapott.com
Looking Forward to Yesterday (Kaia Rose and Nick Wilding | UK | 20 min.)
The story of a man experiencing his life—and his love—in reverse. Living in the past can be painful. worldofarthurcox.com
Eric Lindley’s small-scale music sounds equally invested in what draws you in and what throws you off. It’s appropriate that he’s recording under the name Careful: Mr. Lindley sings his abstract pop songs about as quietly as he can while holding down a clear, confident tone.
On “Oh, Light” that voice jumps right in your head. It’s from a tradition of unnervingly confidential, light-voiced male singers: João Gilberto, Arthur Russell, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh, Elliott Smith, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. Beyond the singing, bare but surely played acoustic-guitar patterns hold down the songs. Here and there, as in the track “Every Epiphany,” he uses some of the obdurate strategies from electro-acoustic minimalism—loops, drones, digital pops as percussion—and makes gorgeous, multitracked, even gently Auto-Tuned surfaces.
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times