Families and friends are both lost and found in wistful journeys mingled with tales of twisted desperation. These characters struggle to stay grounded, resulting in unfortunate moments of weakness and troubling consequences. From Philippine slums, Taiwan’s countryside, and Canada’s suburbs, these late-night dramatic shorts traverse dark territories with the most beautiful cinematography.
–Serena Lee and Heather Keung
Dir: Ivy Universe Baldoza | Philippines 2008 | World Premiere | 7:00 | BetacamSP
In a small, quiet room in the Philippines, an old man waxes his floor to a disturbing shine. Ripe with bold texture and colour, Husk is a haunting look beneath the domestic veneer.
Ivy Universe Baldoza attended the Mowelfund Film Institute and 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus.
Dir: Anh Minh Truong | Canada 2007 | Toronto Premiere | 17:30 | Beta SP | French w/ English Subtitles
When 40-something Jerôme starts to blend in with his office décor, an old friend unexpectedly appears to remind him to live a little. A bittersweet trek through mid-life malaise, nostalgia, and the Québecois winterscape.
Anh Minh Truong graduated from Concordia University (Montreal). He has won over 20 awards and was a contestant on Fais ça court, a Canadian TV show about young filmmakers.
God Only Knows
Dir: Mark V. Reyes | Philippines 2007 | Canadian Premiere | 17:00 | Betacamsp | Tagalog w/ English Subtitles
Promises of a better future lure a single mother into a questionable decision to give up her 10-year-old son. It soon becomes clear that her desires for hope had blinded her. False promises lead to irreparable consequences.
Mark V. Reyes emerged on the independent film scene with his coming-of-age story, Last Full Show. Reyes moved to San Francisco from Manila in 2000, and has recently completed a feature screenplay, God Only Knows.
Dir: Jennifer Liao | Canada 2008 | World Premiere 9:00 | Betacam SP | Director In Attendance
Morality has a sharp aftertaste in this tale of growing up in the Canadian woods. A boy contends with his domineering father who believes that whatever you kill, you must also eat.
Jennifer Liao wrote, directed, and co-produced the short film Pride War. What You Eat won the Hear Me, See Me, Pitch Me competition jointly held by Charles Street Video and Reel Asian in 2007 and received grants from Bravo!FACT and the Ontario Arts Council for its production.
Dir: Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan 2008 | Toronto Premiere | 16:00 | 35mm | Mandarin With English Subtitles
A summer afternoon car ride quickly takes a twisted turn when two lovers think their backseat friend is just a nuisance… Technically beautiful long takes and circling camera work tell this surreal story set in Taiwan’s countryside in gorgeous black and white.
Ho Wi Ding is a Malaysian filmmaker based in Taiwan and a graduate from New York University film school. Summer Afternoon was selected as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.