|My favourite No Festival Required screening of the year is always the selection of short films shown at the Phoenix Art Museum. Here's Selection 2010.|
This is the epitome of the arthouse short, making it surprising to find it shot in colour. It's the sort of wordless but utterly understandable story that tends to get lampooned in shows like Family Guy whenever it's revealed that someone made a short film in college. This one, produced and directed by Magda M Olchawska of Bulletfilm, is cleverly done, deceptively simple and careful in its pauses and silences. Most of the soundtrack is deliberately banal, cars and outdoor noises reminding us that there's a world outside the apartment, however much the two people we watch apparently resist that, at least for 7 minutes of their lives.