Tons of award winning movies, creative workshops in 10 minutes brakes, workout for resistance, a relaxation and playing spot, and an amazing concert by The Mono Jacks. All during the Long Night of the Short Movies 2012, that takes place this Saturday, on June 23, in Bucharest, at the National Library, and in four other cities, at the same time.
The event starts with a semi-acoustic show by The Mono Jacks that have played around with the songs so that they work better with this night of shorts. The evening will continue, with different categories.
WarmUP brings along a series of comedies, like Love at forst sight (r. Michael Davies), a John Hurt short about butterflies in the stomach that landed the audience award at Aspen Shortsfest and the jury award at Raindance Film Festival.
WinnersUP is the most awaited category, with top movies of the last year, Oscar, BAFTA, Sundance and Cannes winners. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (r. William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg) is a fun allegory about the healing power of stories, and rightfully earned an Oscar and 14 other important awards.
HandsUP. That’s what the audience will be doing, while voting for the outcome of the story of Kiddo (r. Millo Simulov), the first interactive movie in Romania.
GoingUP will try to keep spirits as high as possible. It includes the Oscar nominated animation Sunday (r. Patrick Doyon, Canada, 2011) about a little boy that plays, apparently innocently, with a coin. The effects of his actions however will go beyond your wildest imagination.
CheerUP will make things even more fun with La cafea (r. Ritesh Batra). In a coffee place like many others in Cairo, a couple undergoes a special test. Special award of the jury at Tribeca.
KeepUP starts after 3 a.m., so it will go all the way to keep the public’s attention alive. The movie De azi inainte (r. Dorian Boguta) is centered on a boy celebrating his 18th anniversary. Best Romanian film at NexT 2012.
WakeUP is the trickiest category: can you enjoy shorts at 4 a.m.? Yes you can, with an intense movie about a man who returns home after he was imprisoned in Serbia, in The Return (r. Blerta Zeqiri). Winning fiction at Sundance.