Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance: The five stages of grief are on full display here, sometimes bittersweet, occasionally uplifting, often soul-shattering.
Stefanie Abel Horowitz’s Sundance-startler sometimes, I think about dying explores the horror of anhedonia and the inability to connect—the fear, the lack of desire, the clinical consideration of its implications—within a soul that is only moved at the thought of her own demise. Maegan Houang’s In Full Bloom stars Kieu Chinh (The Joy Luck Club) and explores a Vietnamese woman’s loss of memory and self in the aftermath of the death of her partner.
Tomas Stark’s Deliria weaves a tale of dread and denial under the stark sunlight of a Swedish summer as a father frantically searches for his son. Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple’s harrowing Water Horse follows a secluded family facing the unthinkable, where reality itself twists and turns, bargaining for a way out of what’s happened, or what’s to come. Brock Bodell & Daniel Perry’s heart-wrenching Grief examines a couple under the crushing vice of its titular emotion; their child has died and a mysterious stranger appears during a gutting moment of emotional rawness, anger, and bargaining. Canadian filmmakers Rebecca Kahn & Abhishek Prasad’s Uplift lays bare a grieving father’s dark and whimsical ode to his lost child.
Aussie filmmaker and maestro make-up artist Mia’kate Russell’s Maggie May returns to LA for an encore screening with a tale that finds two estranged sisters attempting to reconnect after the death of their mother. Swiss duo David Oesch & Remo Rickenbacher’s Dead Animals follows a man who finds a way to give his recently deceased cat the ultimate send-off. Bring tissues, this program is a little heavy. — Nicole McControversy
sometimes, i think about dying
Stefanie Abel Horowitz | USA | 12 min.
Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.
In Full Bloom
Maegan Houang | USA | 11 min.
Cecile, an older Vietnamese-American hoarder, has her life upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.
Tomas Stark | Sweden | 8 min.
A slow, hot summer day - something bad is about to happen.
Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple | USA | 8 min.
A secluded family encounters a dreadful presence emerging from the water.
Brock Bodell & Daniel Perry | USA | 14 min.
A grieving couple navigates the mysterious death of their son and a stranger visits in the middle of the night to bring their worst fears to a violent, and psychedelic climax.
Rebecca Kahn & Abhishek Prasad | Canada/USA | 11 min.
Eli makes an unusual ode to his departed child. Tinged with whimsy and black humor, Uplift is about how grief can be weird, poetic, and horrifying.
Mia'Kate Russell Australia 14 min.
Two estranged sisters, Sam and Maggie, attempt to reconnect after the death of their mother. But Maggie isn't interested in anything.
David Oesch & Remo Rickenbacher | Switzerland | 10 min.
With a heavy heart, a man brings his dead cat to the animal carcass disposal. Once a mysterious taxidermist gives him her business card he is intrigued to find out if the death of his pet might just be the beginning.
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