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International Film Shorts Showing Saturday, May 5, 2017:


House Arrest (From Switzerland, German w/ English subtitles, 13 min., 2016)

Found on Schnider vs. Bax

Max is sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him trough his new daily life. One day Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.


Lost & Found Box of Human Sensation (From Germany, in English, 15 min., 2010)

Found on Little Sparrows

When his father dies unexpectedly, a young man seeking to cope with his grief goes on a powerful emotional journey through time and space.


Edgar (From Germany, in German w/ English subtitles, 12 min., 2009)

Found on Bomber

A lonley retiree looks to find meaning in life in an unlikely place. 


A Family Portrait (From the U.K., in English, 5 min., 2009)

Found on Prairie Love 

A family portrait goes horribly wrong as jealousy and suspicion bubble to the surface under the photographer's relentless gaze. As the session reaches a disturbing conclusion, it's clear that this truly will be a day to remember.


Arie (From the Netherlands, in Dutch w/ English subtitles, 13 min., 2009)

Found on the Deflowering of Edna Van End

Mr. Manders lives in a retirement home with his beloved canary Arie. The sudden loss of this bright yellow spot in his gray existence surprisingly brings new friendships and unexpected joy.


Sea Child (From South Korea, in English, 8 min., 2015)

Found on Sea Fog

On the verge of becoming a woman, Sora is woken by a nightmare and decides to follow a group of men into the city in the hope of finding her mom.


Lucky (From South Africa, in Zulu w/ English subtitles, 20 min., 2005)

Lucky is an AIDS orphan desperate to leave his rural Zulu village for the bright lights of Durban. He is full of excitement and hope but Lucky has to learn about life the hard way, not through school or education, but through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian neighbor.




Complete List of International Film Shorts at MGPL

The Oscar winning short films collection
God of Love, The New Tenants, Toyland, West Bank Story, The Lost Thing, Logorama, The Danish Poet, Ryan and Harvie Krumpet.

A collection of 2007 Academy Award nominated short films: Peter and the Wolf, The Motzart of Pickpockets, At Night, The Substitute, Tanghi Argentini, The Tonto Woman 

A collection of 2006 Academy Award nominated short films: West Bank Story, Binta and the Great Idea, One Too Many, Helmer & Son, The Savior


The film shorts listed below come as bonus features on movies produced by Film Movement. They can be found in the Foreign Films collection, which is sorted by language, then by the title. Please note that the title of the short is different than the call numbe. If you need help, please ask!


12 Years

Found on Come Undone, COME (ITALIAN)

Germany, English, 4 min

For twelve years she ignored sneers and mockery and stood up for her relationship. But that was probably a mistake.


Ali & the Ball

Found on For My Father, FOR (HEBREW)

2008, Australia, English, 15 min

8 year old Ali lives in a refugee detention centre with his mother and little sister Fatima. When his mother's precious knitting needles are confiscated, Ali is forced to take action. Desperate to save his family, he hatches a plan using a ball and the help of a girl on the other side of the razor wire fence.



Found on King of Devil's Island, KING (NORWEGIAN)

United Kingdom, English, 15 min

A misunderstanding between 3 young boys and a group of teenagers sparks a frightening chain of events in the British countryside.


The Berlin Wall

Found on Welcome, WELC (FRENCH)

2009, Germany, 16 min, German w/ English subtitles

Upon losing his wife, 75-year-old Werner ventures out to the back of his house and begins to rebuild the Berlin Wall, stirring fervent reactions from the local suburbanites, refugees, children and police.


Catherine the Great

Found on Off White Lies, OFF (HEBREW)

Israel, Hebrew w/ English subtitles 5 min

Catherine, a young woman from Moldova, answers an appealing want-ad that calls for work overseas. She receives a plane ticket and arrives in Tel Aviv without the slightest notion of the cruelty that awaits her.



Found on Adam's Apples, ADAM (DANISH)

Australia, No dialogue, 6 min

Struggling with a massive change in her life, 12-year-old Clara is disorientated and confused. Her efforts to remedy the situation and make sense of her new world are thwarted when flowers attack her and ants invade her home. Her enchanted childhood has changed forever and now things will never be the same.



Found on Wind Journeys, WIND (SPANISH)

Peru, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 20 min

Inspired by The Agony of Rasu Niti, a short story by famous Peruvian writer José María Arguedas, Danzak tells the story of Nina, a ten year old girl whose father, a master dancer, asks her to fulfill his last wish.


Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish

Found on The Day I Saw Your Heart, DAY (FRENCH)

2010, Canada, English, 4 min

Encouraged by her mother, a little girl sits on Santa's knee to get a present, but must remember not to tell him she's Jewish.



Found on A Screaming Man, SCRE (FRENCH)

2008, France & Chad, Arabic, Chadian & French w/ English subtitles, 29 min

Having left on a long journey across the desert, Moussa suddenly shows up in his village again one day. He clearly never reached his destination. Completely transformed by his ordeal, he is now apathetic, locked in silence, and indifferent to everything around him. But his creditors, who lent him the money for his journey, are growing impatient.


First Day of Peace

Found on How I Ended This Summer, HOW (RUSSIAN)

Bosnia, 16 min

A peasant brings a moment of harmony to a land torn apart by war as he plows his land on the disputed Bosnian border the day that peace is announced.



Found on Seven Minutes in Heaven, SEVE (HEBREW)

Brazil, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, 12 min

Leo's grandfather gives him an old Super-8 camera for his tenth birthday, through which he discovers his heritage.



Found on A Call Girl, CALL (SLOVENIAN)

English, United States, 19 min

Katie’s retreat into isolation is interrupted one afternoon by a visit from Philip, a soldier bearing unsent letters from her husband Carl, who died in Iraq.


How It Ended

Found on Amador, AMAD (SPANISH)

English, 18 min

On her last night alive, a sick woman (Debra Winger) and her husband (Larry Pine) invite a young friend (Halley Feiffer) to join them for what is meant to be a civilized final dinner. Based on a story by James Salter.


I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

Found on The Protektor, PROT (CZECH)

English, Canada, 15 min

Using the healing power of humor, this animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein's acclaimed illustrated memoir probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience.


It’s My Turn

Found on Before Your Eyes, BEFO (KURDISH)

Turkey, Turkish w/ English subtitles

A group of boys play a rhyming game to decide whose turn it is to go to the movies, since they can only afford one ticket at a time. The rhythmic dialogue is intentionally left unsubtitled, allowing a universal story to spring forth naturally from the children's lively actions.



Found on If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, IF (ROMANIAN)

Dutch w/ English subtitles, Netherlands, 10 min

Eight-year-old Bruno finds it very interesting that his father, Daan, routinely wants to shave his beard and head before leaving on dangerous military missions in a desert country far away. This time, Daan lets Bruno shave him. Along with this intimate way of saying goodbye, we see what happens to Daan on his mission through Bruno playing with his toy soldiers.


The Kolaborator

Found on Troubled Water, TROU (NORWEGIAN)

Eerbo-Croatian w/ English subtitles           

Goran, a promising young soccer player, is forced to become a soldier as the war in Yugoslavia begins. He is quickly transformed from a talented athlete into an executioner. But soon Goran must make the decision of his life when he is ordered to kill someone from his past.


Land of the Heroes

Found on Found Memories, FOUN (PORTUGUESE)

Belgium, Kurdish and Arabic w/ English subtitles, 19 min

All 10-year-old Dileer and his sister Zienee want to do is watch cartoons, but they must contend with TV propaganda, collecting used weapons for their mother to re-sell, and their bullying cousin.


Lessons from the Night

Found on Karen Cries on the Bus, KARE (SPANISH)

English, Australia, 9 min

This innovative documentary follows Maia, who reflects on life, work and toilet bowls on her nightly cleaning rounds through silent, empty spaces. As she works, she reveals some of the secrets of the city - the traces of human presence that we leave behind each day – and of her former life in Bulgaria.


Lost Paradise

Found on Jaffa, JAFF (HEBREW)

2009, Israel

A couple has an intimate encounter in a one star hotel. But a moment later, their idyll is shattered by intervening politics.



Found on Lucky, LUCK (ZULU)

2005, South Africa & United Kingdom, Zulu, Tamil & English w/ English subtitles, 18 min

Lucky is an AIDS orphan desperate to leave his rural Zulu village for the bright lights of Durban. He is full of excitement and hope but Lucky has to learn about life the hard way, not through school or education, but through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian neighbour.


Luis and Marta Work Together

Found on Queen of Hearts, QUEE (FRENCH)

Untied Kingdom, Portuguese w/ English subtitles, 11 min

Luis and Marta work together in London. They are attracted to each other, but are both already in relationships. However, Marta has an unusual suggestion on how to solve their predicament.



Found on Free Men, FREE (FRENCH)

2007, United States, German w/ English subtitles, 17 min

Carrying haunting memories from time spent in a concentration camp, a man seeks out the surviving members of the Lustig family. He brings a secret to their doorstep that only the strength and courage of the deceased allows him to reveal.



Found on Hospitalité, HOSP (JAPANESE)

2010, United States, English & Japanese w/ English subtitles, 12 min

Miyuki, a lonely young Japanese woman and recent New York transplant, turns to the internet to make a new friend.


The Necktie

Found on The Piano in a Factory, PIAN (MANDARIN)

No Dialogue, Canada, 12 min

A man leads a drab existence in a dead-end job, until one day he discovers a forgotten birthday gift that magically reignites his long lost joy of life.


The Nine Mile Walk

Found on A Bad Day to Go Fishing, BAD (SPANISH)

2003, English, 20 min

Two friends in a strange place begin a game of words that leads to an unexpected twist.


On the Road to Tel-Aviv

Found on Aliyah, ALIY (FRENCH)

2008, Israel, Hebrew w/ English subtitles, 15 min

In the wake of a terrorist attack, a young Israeli and his fiance find themselves in a tricky situation when a suspicious-looking Arab woman boards their bus.


One Weekend a Month

Found on The Grocer's Son, GROC (FRENCH)

English, United States, 12 min

Busy single mom Meg McDermott is having a routine crazy Monday morning when her phone rings. The caller delivers some news that turns her life, and the lives of her children, upside down.


The Piano Tuner

Found on Three Worlds, THRE (FRENCH)

2010, French w/ English subtitles, France, 13 min

A piano tuner pretends to be blind in order to attract more business, but one day he witnesses a customer commit a terrifying act, and does not know how to react.



Found on Corpo Celeste, CORP (ITALIAN)

German w/ English subtitles, Germany, 25 min

A German couple adopts an Indian orphan in Kolkata. When the child suddenly disappears, they realize that they are part of the problem.



Found on Illegal, ILLE (FRENCH)

Italy, Italian w/ English subtitles, 20 min

Rita, who is blind, shelters a boy after he suddenly breaks into her home. This enigmatic event allows Rita a brief moment of freedom.


Shanghai Love Market

Found on Shun Li and the Poet, SHUN (ITALIAN)

Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Australia, 9 min

Every weekend in Shanghai's famous Peoples' Park, an overly ambitious mother puts up a poster advertising her unwed son to potential brides. But, when true love is at stake, sometimes the best-laid plans have a funny way of coming undone.



Found on La Sirga, SIRG (SPANISH)

2010, Columbia, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 14 min

Ana lives in dark and isolated wetlands. Returning home from a quest for candles, she finds a lone child, and the silence between them becomes deafening. This short was the inspiration for the feature La Sirga.



Found on A Bad Day to Good Fishing, BAD (SPANISH)

2005, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 18 min

It's been four years since Sophia disappeared. Now, for the first time, she will have to tell her story.


The Swimmers

Found on The Colors of the Mountains, COLO (SPANISH)

Cuba, Spanish w/ English subtitles

A swimming instructor teaches children to swim in a little town near Havana, but there's only one problem: the pool is empty. That will not stop the kids or the teacher from accomplishing their goal.


Take It Easy

Found on Alamar, ALAM (SPANISH)

Spanish w/ English subtitles, Spain, 7 min

This sand animated film takes you on an amazing dreamlike journey where man and nature transform into each other, reflecting the circle of life.


Tell Your Children

Found on Human Resources Manager, HUMA (HEBREW)

Hungary, No dialogue, 5 min

A little girl manages to escape the horrors of the Holocaust. Decades later she is confronted by a group of Neo Nazis. History repeats itself. Based on a true story.



Found on Storm, STOR (GERMAN)

2007, German w/ English subtitles, Germany, 14 min

Germany 1942: In order to protect her son Marianne Meiner tried to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to "Toyland." One morning her son has disappeared - the Jewish neighbors too. Toyland is a film about guilt, responsibility, small and big lies.


Un Bisou Pour Le Monde

Found on The Violin, VIOL (SPANISH)

French w/ English subtitles, France, 10 min

A primary school teacher shows her pupils some daily newspapers. In an effort to take a closer look, one student tears Le Monde into pieces. The teacher punishes him and asks him to glue the pieces of the newspaper back together. His inventive reconstruction of the news will have surprising effects on Le Monde – 'the world.' 


Veo Veo

Found on Candestine Childhood, CLAN (SPANISH)

Argentina, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 25 min

Argentina, 1977. A class project leads 8-year-old Juancho to discover the shocking truth behind his father's two year absence. This short film was the basis for Clandestine Childhood.



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