CALARTS HIGHLIGHTS

86 min . 16 years

Sun, 4 nov 18h Instituto Moreira Salles
Tue, 6 nov 15h30 Odeon Petrobras

WONDER ROOM
WUNDERKAMMER

DIR: Andrea Pallaoro . FIC . 13 min . Color . H264 . USA . 2008

An elderly woman and her son struggle to coexist in a house that shelters a spectacular menagerie of birds. Surrendering to their codependence, inside a world that bears no exit, they go about their bedtime ritual resisting and succumbing to each other’s needs. Within the everydayness of their gestures and movements lurks a secret, and the anticipation of what might come is the dawning question. 

THE ORPHANS

DIR: Cy Kuckenbaker . FIC . 24 min . Color . HDV > H264 . USA . 2006

A letter arrives from Germany; Mindaugas has died. To fulfill his last requests Ervinas and Romas travel across Eastern Europe from Lithuania to Berlin on a quest to pay their respects. In Berlin they investigate the Berlin wall, meet a belly dancer and survey the staggering modernity of the West. As their search for the grave becomes futile, old secrets emerge.

DOL - FIRST BIRTHDAY

DIR: Andrew Ahn . FIC . 11 min . Color . H264 . USA . 2011

Nick is a gay Korean-American man living in Koreatown, Los Angeles with his partner Brian and their dog Chloe. When Nick attends his baby nephew’s dol, a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach.

STORM TIGER MOUNTAIN

DIR: Scott Cummings . FIC . 9 min . Color . Super 16 > H264 . USA . 2008

Jon and Nastya come from a small, low-income Russian family living in Los Angeles' Little Armenia neighborhood. When Jon's mother sends them to the store to buy her cigarettes, the two pass the time on the streets of LA playing hide-and-seek and telling jokes. When Nastya disappears, Jon finds himself alone for the first time.

CIRCA 1995

DIR: Nick Flessa . FIC . 3 min . Color . H264 . USA . 2012

A short narrative meditation on medium and memory using the obsolete hi-8 video format to communicate the subjective emotional world of an estranged boy on a family vacation.

CATERWAUL

DIR: Ian Samuels . FIC . 14 min . Color . H264 . USA . 2012

A short film following the relationship between an aging fisherman and a lobster he pulls from his trap off the Cape Cod coast.

HOMEBODY

DIR: Kate Marks . FIC . 12 min . Color . HDV > H264 . USA . 2012

Nell's (Gwendolyn Forrest) feet hang over her tiny bed, she can’t squeeze through her little front door, her miniature meals leave her hungry, and the tiny debt collector (Robert Keniston) won’t go away. This is a tiny film about a giant housing crisis.