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Film of the Week:  A(r)men by Thomas Lunde


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A(r)men by Thomas Lunde (2013) (Norway) (14m)

Directed by Thomas Lunde, A(R)MEN is a great dialogue-free comedy where an introspective man loses his arm in an industrial accident but finds it growing back. His exultation turns to trepidation when he discovers the miracle arm has a life of its own, but a directness that ladies find appealing. Arne finds himself on a date with a woman from his church choir. However, his arm is a heavy partier and the night takes an unexpected turn. Writing credits include Steinar Kaarstein, Thomas Lunde and Anders Olsen.


The Brink by Ben Jendras (2015) (USA) (7m)

The Brink won the People's Choice award in the 10th FILMSshort competition, proving its ability to capture the imagination. Directed by American filmmaker Ben Jendras, The Brink sees a man deserted in an endless wasteland. When he sees the sun glinting off a distant object, he sets off towards it but is blocked by another survivor, who assures him he cannot overcome the massive chasm in front separating them from rescue. But who is this second man, and why is our hero here anyway? All will be revealed.

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Paperman

Autumn Leaves by Saman Hosseinpuor (2015) (Iran) (5m) *

Written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Saman Hosseinpuor, Autumn Leaves was voted Best Short Short (films under five minutes) in the 10th FILMSshort competition. It tells the story of a little girl who wants to stay at home and play with a fallen leaf but must go to school instead. We follow her as she makes her way through the streets until she arrives at school, where leaves are no longer a source of amusement.


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Phone Box by Alan Powell (2014) (UK) (11m)

Written by Angelo Eidse and directed by Alan Powell, Phone Box was jointly awarded the Best Cinematography prize by Robert Brinkmann in the 10th FILMSshort competition. Warhol, an overall winner, was also commended. Phone Box is a drama centred around a London phone box - the type tourists have their photos taken inside - and the myriad characters who have to use it in the age of cell phones. It is beautifully acted and filmed.


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