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In Search of Lost Time - Shorts Programme

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Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Late Afternoon
Directed by: Louise Bagnall
Oscar-shortlisted short film 'Late Afternoon' uses hand-drawn digital animation to poignantly explore the internal landscape of a woman with memory loss.

Blind Vaysha
Directed by: Theodore Ushev
Vaysha is not like other young girls; her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of living in the present moment.

Begone Dull Care
Directed by: Evelyn Lambart and Norman
In this extraordinary short animation, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Wild Life
Directed by: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
This Oscar-nominated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man who is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World.

Black Barbie
Directed by: Comfort Arthur
In this thoughtful animation, Comfort Arthur narrates her attempts to lighten her skin and look like the perfect light-toned African Barbie. The personal journey she embarks on causes her to question societal ideals of beauty and whether she can accept herself as she is.

Sandburg’s Arithmetic
Directed by: Lynn Diana Smith
Carl Sandburg, beloved American poet, narrates this animated short film based on his poem "Arithmetic." The film takes place in Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where we see children not only adding and multiplying, but also experiencing numbers as part of the living, breathing world. While the images and music capture perfectly the feeling of the land and the spirit of Sandburg's poetry, his voice inspires us to listen to and appreciate the power of the spoken word.

The Street
Directed by: Caroline Leaf
This award-winning animation is a poignant interpretation of a short story by Montreal author Mordecai Richler. It makes a strong statement about how many families respond to their old and infirm members. In washes of watercolour and ink, filmmaker Caroline Leaf illustrates reactions to a dying grandmother, capturing family feelings and distilling them into harsh reality.

Directed by: Trevor Jimenez
Nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, 'Weekends' is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken-up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.