Niki Lindroth von Bahr, 2017, Sweden, 14 min.
Existential fear and boredom take center stage in this dark but delightful animated Swedish musical filled with quavering fish and monkeys with 9-to-5 office jobs. The apocalypse will prove to be a seductive savior.
Yann Gonzalez, 2017, France, 23 min.
A meticulously staged film about desire, flesh, and love between characters entranced by a strange, ecstatic, Lynchian magnetism. A clash between 1970s soft porn and cheesy 1950s movies, and the big winner of last year’s Queer Palm at Cannes.
STACEY AND THE ALIEN
Nelson Polfliet, 2016, Belgium, 15 min.
A young cheerleader can’t say goodbye to her deceased mother, so she continues to take care of the dead body. A depiction of the grieving process, which pushes through absurdity into compassion.
David OReilly, 2017, United States, 10 min.
In this interactive experience, everything you see is something that can become something else – from animals to planets and to galaxies and far beyond. A philosophical video game featuring the soothing voice of the late philosopher Alan Watts.
Christophe Mavroudis, 2017, Belgium, 25 min.
Tom hides not only a deformed face behind his flamboyant Commedia dell'arte masks, but also a dark secret that won't be divulged until decades later. A beautifully photographed and atmospheric Gothic fairytale.