AN ENDURING POWERHOUSE OF CINEMATIC STORYTELLING:
The WSFF Presents:
Spotlight on GERMANY
GERMANY 1: "Young and Old" - Innis Town Hall, Sunday June 18th
at 4:30 p.m.
GERMANY 2: "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" - Innis Town
Hall, Sunday June 18th at 7:15 p.m.
GERMANY 3: "Germanimation" - Isabel Bader Theatre, Saturday
June 17th at 1:30 p.m.
TORONTO, May 23rd, 2006 - The Canadian
Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 13th
– 18th) is proud to shine the Spotlight on Germany
this year. Twenty-seven contemporary shorts are showcased throughout
Spotlight on Germany’s three programmes: YOUNG AND OLD, SHOULD
I STAY OR SHOULD I GO and GERMANIMATION! An additional 8 German
films are featured in competition and other special programmes throughout
YOUNG AND OLD brings us touching and satirical tales of
the challenges and joys of wide generation gaps. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD
I GO examines the balancing act of trying to find our place in the
world. GERMANIMATION! is a stellar collection of adventurous,
eclectic and meticulously crafted animated shorts.
"Germany continues to be a force in international filmmaking
and the sheer variety and exceptional quality of the German films screening
at the Festival demonstrate this beautifully" says Shane Smith,
The three programmes of Spotlight on Germany prove
that Germany is still a powerhouse of cinematic storytelling. Highlights
GREGOR’s GREATEST INVENTION (GREGORS GRÖSSTE ERFINDUNG)
– (Johannes Kiefer, Germany) – Gregor, an ingenious inventor, wonders how he
can prevent his increasingly frail grandmother from having to move into a
nursing home. Academy Award® Nominee - Best Live Action Short Film.
THE TELL-TALE HEART – (Marc Malze, Germany) – A
sumptuously shot telling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of murder guilt,
and the incessant sound of a dead heart beating.
COLD SKIN (KALTE HAUT) (Sebastian Kutzli, Germany –
North American Premiere) – Marion has just been released from prison and
she returns home to reunite with her best friend. As she reflects on the
events that led to her incarceration, Marion realizes a difficult decision
about this friendship needs to be made.
ESCAPE! (ABHAUN!) – (Christoph Wermke, Germany) – The
backwaters of East Germany – stagnation, unemployment, rural exodus. But
Nico has found a job in West Germany, and is waiting for his bus.
THE RAFT (DAS FLOSS) – (Jan Thüring, Germany) – Two
starved and exhausted castaways are lost at sea when a seagull drops a fish
in their raft. This is the moment that will reveal their true colours.
ROCKS (DAS RAD) - (Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger,
Germany) – Two old rocks sit on a hill with a view into a green valley. Hew
and Kew have already seen a great deal in their long lives. But there comes
a point when humanity’s ultra-rapid development can shake even a rock’s
stoic clam. Academy Award® Nominee 2002 – Best Animated Short.
Now in its 12th year, the Canadian Film Centre’s
Worldwide Short Film Festival is the premier venue for the exhibition
and promotion of short film in North America. Taking place from June 13th
to 18th, 2006 the WSFF will present 250 films from more than 30
countries. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the
world, top WSFF winners are eligible for both Academy Award® and
Genie Award consideration. The WSFF Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium
offers renowned professional development, while the WSFF Business Centre
is home to the largest short film marketplace in North America. For more
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