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Canadian short films to enjoy Windsor screening

What kind of film gets into the Toronto International Film Festival? There’s an easy way to find out, thanks to the Windsor International Film Festival, which will hold a special screening of Canada’s top 10 short films at the Capitol Theatre on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

“I think it’s really important for students who make short films to see which short films make it in to the big festivals,” said communications professor Kim Nelson, one of the organizers.

The screening is divided into two programs of five films each.

Program A

  • ORA by Philippe Baylaucq
    An unprecedented, game-changing 3D visual-art trip uses thermal imaging technology to capture contemporary dance choreography.
  • Hope by Pedro Pires
    A dying General’s final moments on the battlefield lead to a visceral and stunningly visual journey into death in Pedro Pires’ phenomenal follow up to his award-winning Danse Macabre.
  • We Ate the Children Last by Andrew Cividino
    A futuristic - but believable - surgical transplant involving a pig’s digestive system leads the human population to a drastic gastronomic crisis in this adaptation of Yan Martel’s story.
  • Choke by Michelle Latimer
    A deeply moving visual poem about a young man’s trip into the city after leaving his First Nations reserve, and the thread that permanently ties us to where we are from.
  • Doubles With Slight Pepper by Ian Harnarine
    Winner of the Award for Best Canadian Short Film at TIFF2011. A father’s request of the son he left behind in Trinidad reveals deep wounds in this heartfelt immigrant story.

Program B

  • No Words Came Down by Ryan Flowers, Lisa Pham
    Thomas, a good-looking but awkward young man, is set up on a blind date with Mary, a middle-aged woman.
  • Rhonda’s Party by Ashley McKenzie
    A party for Margaret’s 100th birthday takes an unexpected turn when it suddenly becomes a funeral. A short film with a tonne of heart, Rhonda’s Party is both a statement on friendship and aging, and a celebration of life.
  • The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar by Igor Drljaca
    Using personal home video footage, this documentary traces young boy’s fear that his efforts to avoid poor mark on a school assignment in 1990s Sarajevo may have contributed to the civil war.
  • La ronde by Sophie Goyette
    Twins deal with their father’s imminent death: Alexandre feels the need to stay; Ariane has an uncontrollable urge to leave.
  • Trotteur by Arnaud Brisebois, Francis Leclerc
    A young outcast pits himself in a race against a raging locomotive. Fantastic visual effects add to this powerful tale of man versus machine.

Tickets $10 at the door and $5 for students with valid student card. The Capitol Theatre is located at 121 University Avenue West.

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