Family is never just who you’re related to. It’s the drama, the tears, the hugs and the fights. The following films run the gamut of what it means to deal with family.
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TJ Collanto / SHORT FILMS / Philippines, UK / Drama, Family / 14 minsA Filipino family is caught in a convoluted catering delivery for their niece’s wedding in London, which seems to pull them further and further from the reception itself.
Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Comedy, Drama, Family / 30 minsIn GUO MIE, a karaoke-addicted old woman struggles with her sense of self-worth after her estranged husband's funeral where she encounters his younger and more sophisticated girlfriend, and finds out that her kids may have secretly been in touch with her late husband all these years. Imbued with elements of Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu, GUO MIE is a delicate, emotional ode to family.
Justine Suh / SHORT FILMS / China, South Korea, USA / Documentary / 23 minsRISE & SHINE: A STORY ABOUT BREAKFAST MAKERS is a peaceful film that observes four diverse families as they prepare breakfast. Behind this intimate portrait of family life lies a question: why are women expected to do most of the housework, even today? By spending time in the kitchens of these families, we explore what is unique to each family, and what is universal. Family drama often unfolds around the table; in this case, the breakfast table.
Yung Shiuan Yang / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Animation / 13 minsIn this artfully pieced together short, Yung Shiuan Yang mixes a wide range of techniques from collage, glass painting, and animation to tell the whimsical story of her grandfather. Her relatives say that he was a gold miner, a trainee, a businessman, and a hero. The stories they tell her are almost too difficult to imagine. Are these tales all real? Who on earth is he?
Albert M. Chan, Anthony Grasso / SHORT FILMS / Canada, USA / Drama / 7 minsA troubled man records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person confessional style, the film presents the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity in one continuous seven-minute shot.
Ahmed Hasan Ahmed / United Arab Emirates / Drama / 22 minsTwo siblings are a study in contrasts—celebrating life and death. Baheet is a cook, celebrating delicious flavours by day, and an oud musician by night. Bahia is a woman undertaker, living between perfumes, scents, and camphor in her daily work. She lives with death every day. Baheet and Bahia reside under one roof, with their intellectual differences, contradictions, and lifestyles coming between them.