I like ambitious and unusual filmmaking and so think Burning Hearts by James McFay deserves to be seen because of its no-holds-barred genre switch. It begins with an interesting narration by a weary Tokyo taxi driver. We then focus on his passenger's love story, wondering why we were introduced to the taxi driver before the love triangle between three self-absorbed European models. However, bare with the film and you will be rewarded with the kickass genre switch. It should leave you smiling.
As Rabbit and Deer has been removed from Vimeo, Seraphim takes over as the Film of the Week. Written and directed by Kip Kubin, Seraphim was a finalist in the 8th FILMSshort competition. It is a simple sci-fi story set in a dystopian world overrun by unknown creatures. We find one of the few survivors living alone in a caravan but on the lookout for any of those frightening aliens. Can he really defend himself against one or is he and the world doomed? You can see competition winners here.
Written and directed by Hungarian animator Peter Vacz, Rabbit and Dear (Nyuszi és Öz) was a big hit on the festival circuit. It tells the story of Rabbit, a sensitive female, and Deer, a more pugnacious male, who live together in perfect 2D harmony until an argument breaks out and Deer glimpses the possibility of a third dimension. However, Deer's obsession puts his relationship with Rabbit under further strain and Rabbit is soon left behind in two dimensions. Can they find a way to make a z axis work for them both?