“The Door” (Ireland; in Russian, subtitled; 17 minutes): A man steals the door to his former home in Chernobyl. His ailing daughter’s radiation sickness is charted through poignant glances; the significance of the stolen door hits like a jab to the heart. A clip
“Instead of Abracadabra” (Sweden; 22 minutes): At 25, Thomas still lives with his parents and dreams of a career as a magician. When his gorgeous new neighbor invites him to perform at her son’s birthday, he unveils his high-risk blend of “gothic death and mystery.”
“Miracle Fish” (Australia; 17 minutes): A bullied schoolboy just wishes to be left alone on his eighth birthday. After falling asleep in the infirmary, he finds the hallways and classrooms eerily silent. As he learns why, the mood shifts from moody fantasy to stark drama. Watch the full film here — before it gets taken down.
“The New Tenants” (United States/Denmark; 20 minutes): A bickering gay couple move into a new apartment where every knock at the door brings a jealous husband brandishing a tire iron, a drug dealer waving a shotgun and other greeters from the UnWelcome Wagon.
Best Animated Short
Granny O‚ÄôGrimm‚Äôs Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama (my favorite)
A Matter of Loaf and Death – doesn’t seem to be online but you know, the usual Nick Park stuff.
So, for the animated shorts – I love Logorama the most, even with the homophobic character of Mr. Clean. The Lady and the Reaper is really great too. I think it might have a pretty good chance of winning.