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Fanni Szilágyi: End of Puberty

One of the most anticipated film festivals on the world, the 40th Toronto Film Festival has finally revealed its official selection, and that includes the competing Short Cuts programme too. Fanni Szilágyi’s short film End of Puberty – which won the Best Short film Award at Friss Hús 3.0 Budapest Short Film Festival – also got into this Short Cuts selection, and since Daazo is managing the festival distribution of this short film, we are even more excited about this programme.

 

(OTTO)
Directed by Multiple Directors
Netherlands | 10 minutes | World Premiere

A little girl accidentally leaves her imaginary baby brother behind at a restaurant — and suddenly, for a nearby childless couple, the definition of “baby” takes on a new and completely unexpected dimension. (Otto) is a charming animated short from the filmmakers who brought us the Oscar-nominated A Single Life.

 

4 QUARTERS
Directed by Ashley McKenzie
Canada | 13 minutes | Toronto

Willy and Jane quietly struggle to get by in Cape Breton, but at least they have each other — until Willy realizes the transactional nature of their relationship. 4 Quarters is a stark but tender look at how disenfranchised youth are affected by their environments.

 

7 SHEEP
Directed by Wiktoria Szymanska
Poland/​​United Kingdom/​​Denmark/​​Mexico | 21 minutes | World Premiere

A lonely little girl tries to create a new world for herself and an equally lonely man. In a visually stunning dreamscape, she finds that freedom and home are synonymous — and that they come at a steep cost.

 

BACON & GOD’S WRATH
Directed by Sol Friedman
Canada | 9 minutes | World Premiere

In this endearing and playful mixed-media docu-collage, ninety-year-old Razie’s discovery of “the Google” leads her to a reckoning with her lifelong Jewish faith.

 

THE BALLAD OF IMMORTAL JOE
Directed by Hector Herrera
Canada | 6 minutes | World Premiere

A two-fisted tale of ill-fated romance and six-gun justice gets a supernatural twist in this animated homage to the cowboy poetry of Robert W. Service. Kenneth Welsh’s lusty narration and The Sadies’ dead-cool score give extra colour to the vivid vistas of lonesome prairies and desperate men.

BAM
Directed by Howie Shia
Canada | 5 minutes | World Premiere

A young boxer struggles to contain the rage that roils inside him, in this animated short by Howie Shia.

 

BARBADOS
Directed by Misha Manson-Smith
USA | 7 minutes | World Premiere

The sight of police officers on his suburban street compels a man to make a surprising confession to his son. Michael Sheen and Radha Mitchell help mount an outrageous assault on upper-middle-class mores in a short that could only be the handiwork of the comedy kingpins at Funny or Die.

 

BENEATH THE SPACESHIP / UNDER RYMDSKEPPET
Directed by Caroline Ingvarsson
Sweden | 15 minutes | World Premiere

This deeply insightful drama traces the events of one sweltering Swedish summer, when the bond between an adolescent girl and her older neighbour frays as their relationship comes under the scrutiny of those who can’t understand what they share.

 

BENJAMIN
Directed by Sherren Lee
Canada | 16 minutes | World Premiere

When a dually-pregnant lesbian couple loses one of the babies in utero, the grieving mothers break their surrogacy arrangement with their closest friends in order to keep the remaining baby.

 

BEYOND THE HORIZON
Directed by Ryan J. Noth
Canada | 8 minutes | World Premiere

In this majestic chronicle of Parks Canada’s investigation of the wreck of the HMS Erebus, sweeping panoramic snowscapes and chilling underwater images evoke the haunting isolation of Arctic exploration.

 

BIRD HEARTS
Directed by Halfdan Olav Ullmann Tøndel
Norway | 25 minutes | North American Premiere

Benjamin’s insecurities bubble to the surface when his girlfriend Maya recounts a past sexual escapade in Brazil — and a quarter-life crisis ensues. Bird Hearts cleverly dissects Nordic liberalism and the fragility of the male ego.

 

BLUE SPRING
Directed by Andreea Cristina Bortun
Romania | 15 minutes | World Premiere

Chronicling a day in the life of a rather solitary woman as she has to part from her much-younger lover, this film is a study in the art of non-verbal communication and the uselessness of words in the face of the inevitable.

 

BOXING
Directed by Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley
Canada | 13 minutes | World Premiere

Returning to her boxing class for the first time after a life-changing accident, Sheila has a tough time coping with a classmate’s far-from-selfless efforts to express her concern. An extraordinary cast makes sure all the punches land in this skilfully directed tension-and-release exercise.

 

BOY
Directed by Connor Jessup
Canada | 14 minutes | World Premiere

After a boy dies in a bicycle accident, his ethereal shadow trails a classmate home from school and silently bears witness to the family’s sorrow, in this contemporary ghost story from former TIFF Rising Star Connor Jessup (Blackbird).

 

THE BOYFRIEND GAME
Directed by Alice Englert
Australia | 7 minutes | World Premiere

On the verge of adolescence, Tomika and Edith discover they are not so alike when their favourite “boyfriend game” takes a sinister turn. An exhibition of astonishing cinematic control, this ode to innocence lost is by turns raw and revealing.

 

BUNNY
Directed by Megha Ramaswamy
India | 19 minutes | North American Premiere

In this vivid and enchanting exploration of childhood fantasies and fears, a little girl mourns the loss of her bunny after it is found “dead” under mysterious circumstances. But when she wanders off into the woods with the boy next door in search of her beloved companion, she makes an even more startling discovery.

 

THE CALL
Directed by Zamo Mkhwanazi
South Africa | 11 minutes | Canadian Premiere

This arresting urban drama from Johannesburg’s Zamo Mkhwanazi focusses on a key moment in the relationship between a taxi driver and a prostitute. When Sibongiseni finds out that Purity is pregnant, he begins to question his own place in the world.

 

CASUALTIES OF MODERNITY
Directed by Kent Monkman
Canada | 14 minutes | World Premiere

Starring Kent Monkman’s alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, Casualties of Modernity follows a charitable socialite who tours a hospital specializing in the treatment of dying art traditions. Drawing on the Cree archetype of the Trickster, Monkman orchestrates a campy-queer soap-opera mash-up that uses cheeky humour as a subversive critique of the Eurocentric art world.

 

CLOUDS OF AUTUMN
Directed by Trevor Mack, Matthew Taylor Blais
Canada | 15 minutes | North American Premiere

The carefree childhood existence of two Indigenous siblings is ruptured when one of them is forced to attend a residential school far from home.

 

CONCERNING THE BODYGUARD
Directed by Kasra Farahani
USA | 10 minutes | World Premiere

An anonymous henchman fulfils his role in a rigid hierarchy of power and control in this ingenious and visually dazzling film. Salman Rushdie clearly relishes his role as narrator for this adaptation of a razor-sharp satire written by Donald Barthelme.

 

DESZCZ (RAIN)
Directed by Malina Maria Mackiewicz
Australia | 5 minutes | World Premiere

Every time Magda goes to see her lover, Jedrzej, in prison, neither of them knows when his execution will take place. For two years, they have had to accept that either each visit will be the end, and with the end will come a new beginning, or… not.

 

DOGS DON’T BREED CATS / LES CHIENS NE FONT PAS DES CHATS
Directed by Cristina Martins
Canada | 15 minutes | Canadian Premiere

Rebellion runs in the family in this astute drama about a young pregnant woman who abruptly moves in with her father, a prickly, reclusive former punk.

 

DRAGSTRIP
Directed by Daniel Claridge, Pacho Velez
USA | 4 minutes | World Premiere

In this exhilarating blast of raw Americana shot at a drag-racing track in Upstate New York, the faces of drivers, mechanics, and spectators betray all the excitement that we demand of any real-life sports drama.

 

DREAM THE OTHER / SOÑAR EL OTRO
Directed by Abril Schmucler Iñiguez
Mexico | 16 minutes | International Premiere

In his sleep each night, Diego, a lonely man with a humdrum life in Mexico City, dreams of the (far more invigorating) life of a man named Alejandro Valle. As his friend Fabian looks on in disbelief, Diego’s shifting realities begin to take on new forms and new meaning.

 

DREDGER
Directed by Phillip Barker
Canada | 17 minutes | World Premiere

On a salvage ship that scours the bottom of Lake Ontario, the old tales of a seasoned shipmate ignite unconscious cravings in the captain’s wife. Tension is heightened by the brilliant production design of director Phillip Barker in this exploration of longing and confinement.

 

EL ADIÓS
Directed by Clara Roquet
Spain | 15 minutes | World Premiere

A Bolivian maid who’s long served a wealthy Spanish family, Rosana is too busy with funeral preparations to grieve the newly departed matriarch. But amid all the events of the day are subtler suggestions of Rosana’s possible liberation. Clara Roquet directs this beautifully realized story of one household’s class divide.

 

END OF PUBERTY / KAMASZKOR VÉGE
Directed by Fanni Szilágyi
Hungary | 13 minutes | International Premiere

Two teenage sisters, non-identical twins, meet a boy on a beautiful summer day at the lake, and the encounter acquaints them with sexuality, jealousy, and a very real anger. Their divergent responses contain a threat to their unity — and may mean the end of their adolescence.

 

EXIT/​​ENTRANCE OR TRASUMANAR
Directed by Federica Foglia
Italy/​​Canada | 7 minutes | World Premiere

A flow of words and images portrays an artist’s journey through a variety of Italian landscapes and interiors, evoking an eminently modern strain of melancholy: the feeling of belonging to two places and being fully at home in neither.

 

THE FANTASTIC LOVE OF BEEBOY & FLOWERGIRL
Directed by Clemens Roth
Germany | 10 minutes | North American Premiere

Peter is being followed by killer bees. Elsa collects exotic flowers. Their desire to be together seems obstructed by daunting challenges. But in their fantasy world there is little room for reality and plenty of room for the extraordinary.

 

A FEW SECONDS
Directed by Nora El Hourch
France | 16 minutes | North American Premiere

Five girls live at a Paris home for wayward teens, each of them branded by a deeply troubling past. Forming an ad hoc community-within-a-community, the girls struggle to identify themselves no longer as victims but as something new and hopeful.

 

FOLLOWING DIANA / SENDIRI DIANA SENDIRI
Directed by Kamila Andini
Indonesia | 40 minutes | International Premiere

When Diana’s husband returns home one night with big news — he has taken on a second wife, and expects Diana to live in harmony with the situation — she does what is least expected and plans to make a life on her terms. This deeply felt short features a magnetic performance by Indonesian actor Raihaanun.

 

THE GUY FROM WORK / LE GARS D’LA SHOP
Directed by Jean-François Leblanc
Canada | 14 minutes | World Premiere

Raynald has worked at the same tire plant for over thirty years without incident — until a long-held secret compels him to break the unspoken rules of his workplace’s raucous fraternity.

 

HIDE & SEEK
Directed by Kimie Tanaka
France/​​Japan/​​Singapore | 22 minutes | International Premiere

Shoichi, a Japanese male nurse living in the city, returns home to the countryside after his mother’s sudden death to deal with younger brother Kotaro, who hasn’t left his room in over a decade. However, disappointment from the local bureaucracy leads Shoichi to a radical decision.

 

IT’S NOT YOU
Directed by Don McKellar
Canada | 12 minutes | World Premiere

Breaking up is very hard to do for the young men and women in this romantic-slash-caustic roundelay of modern relationships. Director Don McKellar puts a bounty of new talents from the National Theatre School of Canada through their paces.

 

KOKOM
Directed by Kevin Papatie
Canada | 5 minutes | Toronto Premiere

In this resonant tribute to his grandmother, Kevin Papatie presents the history of the Anicinape people as a cyclical journey that begins and ends with resilience.

 

LATCHKEY KIDS / YALDEY MAFTEAH
Directed by Elad Goldman
Israel | 22 minutes | North American Premiere

Gur and his sister Daniel have a remarkably close relationship after years of caring for each other in their empty house. Although Daniel is looking outside for a chance to grow up and fall in love, Gur feels safer at home and refuses to let their bond come undone.

 

THE MAGNETIC NATURE / EL SER MAGNÉTICO
Directed by Mateo Bendesky
Argentina | 17 minutes | North American Premiere

Fifty-five-year-old Aldo and his older brother Pablo live together and take part in a religious practice invented by their father, whose congregation meets mainly online. But for Aldo, the allure of the world outside the garden gates is growing much stronger than “philosophical magnetism.” Now, if he could just figure out a way to tell his brother…

 

THE MAGNIFICENT LIFE UNDERWATER / LA VIE MAGNIFIQUE SOUS L’EAU
Directed by Joël Vaudreuil
Canada | 16 minutes | World Premiere

In this absurd animated parody of a classic undersea adventure show, an authoritative narrator reveals the wonders and mysteries of the sea — although the banal habits of these homely aquatic creatures are oddly familiar.

 

MAMAN(S)
Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré
France | 21 minutes | North American Premiere

The family of eight-year-old Aida is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with young Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Aida may not exactly understand the details, but she understands that her mother is in deep distress, and that there seems to be but one way to make things better again.

 

THE MAN WHO SHOT HOLLYWOOD
Directed by Barry Avrich
Canada | 12 minutes | World Premiere

This moving film chronicles the life of photographer Yasha (Jack) Pashkovsky, from his humble beginnings as a Jewish-Russian immigrant to his position shooting the biggest stars in Hollywood’s golden era.

 

MIA’
Directed by Amanda Strong, Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Canada | 8 minutes | World Premiere

Transformed into a salmon, an Indigenous street artist travels through decayed urban landscapes to the forests of long ago, in this sublime mixed animation.

 

MOBILIZE
Directed by Caroline Monnet
Canada | 4 minutes | World Premiere

A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic interconnection between natural and urban spaces. In this evocative short set to a hypnotizing soundtrack by Inuk artist Tanya Taqaq, director Caroline Monnet celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of Indigenous people in adapting to the dizzying changes of the past century.

 

NEVER HAPPENED
Directed by Mark Slutsky
Canada | 8 minutes | World Premiere

In Montrealer Mark Slutsky’s sly and seductive comedy, Mia Kirshner and Aaron Abrams are funny, sexy, and cool as co-workers who resort to unusual measures to keep a business-trip indiscretion on the down-low.

 

NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL
Directed by Kathleen Hepburn
Canada | 18 minutes | World Premiere

A troubled young man is driven back to his childhood home by a horrible mistake — and discovers that he is not alone in his struggle. Never Steady, Never Still is a thundering whisper that beautifully captures the solace of family and home.

 

NEW EYES
Directed by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh
France/​​United Kingdom | 12 minutes | North American Premiere

In a bustling village near Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian girl becomes aware of strange new feelings that are both discomfiting and exciting. As her burgeoning sexuality begins to colour her experience of the world, it threatens to bring her into conflict with societal expectations. Even so, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh’s extraordinary film is suffused with joy and sensuality.

 

A NEW YEAR / NOUVEL AN
Directed by Marie-Ève Juste
Canada | 11 minutes | World Premiere

Florence is having a New Year’s party — but at 37 weeks pregnant, she feels somewhat ambivalent about the gleeful festivities and the usual frolics of her friends. A New Year gracefully conveys the shifting ground of impending parenthood.

 

NINA
Directed by Halima Elkhatabi
Canada | 15 minutes | World Premiere

Sixteen-year-old Nina ventures out with her friends one night in a desperate bid to escape the relentless and suffocating demands of single motherhood — but the night’s adventures fail to provide the relief she is looking for. NINA is a stirring and honest look at a teenager’s failure to fully grasp the implications of her actions.

 

NULLA NULLA
Directed by Dylan River
Australia | 6 minutes | North American Premiere

With guidebook in hand, an eager white cop straight out of training shows up for his first posting in remote Australia — and is immediately dropped into the deep end by his veteran partner. In this comical fish-out-of-water tale, director Dylan River finds levity in the complexities of race relations and community policing.

 

O NEGATIVE
Directed by Steven McCarthy
Canada | 14 minutes | World Premiere

A young woman and the man who cares for her race to find shelter in a roadside motel so they can feed her addiction, in this intriguing, wordless story about desire and dependency.

 

ONE LAST NIGHT / LAILA ACHARON
Directed by Kerem Blumberg
Israel | 22 minutes | International Premiere

In this tough and tender punk-rock romance, Noa and Orr have just one more night to spend together in Tel Aviv before Orr leaves for Berlin. But, as is so often the case, the passions and ideals of youth may be imperilled by adulthood’s tough emotional truths and knotty ethical dilemmas.

 

OSLO’S ROSE / OSLOS ROSE
Directed by The Sporadic Film Collective
Norway | 7 minutes | International Premiere

For more than two years, Nader has been head over heels in love with Janne but unable to let her know — an untenable situation for both his work and creativity. At last, one night at the bar, it appears Nader may be able to finally speak and free himself from the writer’s block that has plagued him.

 

OVERPASS / VIADUC
Directed by Patrice Laliberté
Canada | 19 minutes | World Premiere

Seventeen-year-old Mathieu is chased by police after he scrawls graffiti on an overpass, but his midnight marauding has a purpose that only he understands. This deeply moving family drama captures the power of self-expression in the midst of upheaval.

 

PARADISE / HET PARADIJS
Directed by Laura Vandewynckel
Belgium | 6 minutes | Canadian Premiere

Paths cross, but never intersect, as people head for a better place on either side of the ocean.

 

PEACOCK / FURIANT
Directed by Ondrej Hudecek
Czech Republic | 26 minutes | International Premiere

A writer named Ladislav terrorizes a nineteenth-century Bohemian village with his mischief, until war breaks out and he is forced to hide in a monastery where he unexpectedly discovers his hidden desires. Peacock is at once a historical picture book, a queer literary encyclopedia, and a black comedy based on a true story about revered Czech writer Ladislav Stroupeznický.

 

PEOPLE ARE BECOMING CLOUDS
Directed by Marc Katz
USA | 15 minutes | World Premiere

John and Eleanor are a young married couple who go to see a therapist about a problem they’ve been having, one of a curiously meteorological nature. Director Marc Katz creates a wonderfully askew world in this bittersweet parable about the distance that can exist even in our most intimate relationships.

 

PERIPHERIA
Directed by David Coquard-Dassault
France | 12 minutes | World Premiere

This haunting, beautifully crafted animation is set in a not-so-distant dystopia where lonely, suspicious pack dogs set the boundaries of their world amidst the remains of human presence. Within the confines of this border, the best and worst of animal behavior begin to manifest.

 

PORTAL TO HELL!!!
Directed by Vivieno Caldinelli
Canada | 11 minutes | World Premiere

The apartment-superintendent hero of this primo slice of Canuxploitation has enough on his plate, what with all the plumbing and electrical problems and high-maintenance tenants. But then some jerks open up a multidimensional gateway in the basement. Thankfully, the guy standing between humanity and its certain destruction is played by the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

 

QUIET ZONE / ONDES ET SILENCE
Directed by David Bryant, Karl Lemieux
Canada | 14 minutes | Canadian Premiere

In this experiential celluloid diary, otherworldly frequencies and textured images beautifully express the distress of those who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity and must live in exile from cities in order to find relief from the noise.

 

RATE ME
Directed by Fyzal Boulifa
United Kingdom | 17 minutes | North American Premiere

What begins as a summary of online reviews of a teenage escort becomes a provocative and formally audacious commentary on the fluidity of identities and perceptions of young women in the Internet age. Indeed, the only thing that’s certain in Fyzal Boulifa’s Cannes prize-winner is the fact that all these people who claim to know “Coco” may not know anything at all.

 

REMAINING LIVES / LES VIES QUI NOUS RESTENT
Directed by Luiza Cocora
Canada | 17 minutes | World Premiere

Having recently immigrated to Quebec from Romania, 10-year-old Sofia lives with her mother in a small apartment in Montreal. In a world where technology imposes social isolation, Sofia ties to find her place.

 

THE RETURN OF ERKIN
Directed by Maria Guskova
Russia | 29 minutes | North American Premiere

Newly released from prison, a man comes to his hometown in rural Kyrgyzstan with the hope of making amends. Of course, it’s up to his neighbours to decide whether that’s possible in this genuinely humane and finely shaded Cannes prizewinner by Russia’s Maria Guskova.

 

ROCK THE BOX
Directed by Katherine Monk
Canada | 10 minutes | World Premiere

Seeking to storm the man-fortress of the DJ booth, a 29-year-old university grad is forced to deal with an old feminist dilemma: use your sexuality and get noticed, or refuse to and linger in the shadows.

 

SEMELE
Directed by Myrsini Aristidou
Cyprus/​​Greece/​​USA | 13 minutes | World Premiere

Eleven-year-old Semele unexpectedly arrives at her father’s worksite in Cyprus with a note from school that needs to be signed. This is an astutely observed, ultimately heart-rending story about a youngster whose fierce longing to be noticed is matched only by her determination to make it happen.

 

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
Directed by Zack Russell
Canada | 16 minutes | World Premiere

A struggling talent-show performer wanders into a nightclub disguised in a mask, and is inexplicably attracted to the real-life doppelgänger of her masked character. She Stoops to Conquer is a fantastical oddity that celebrates those who defy the status quo in their search for self-expression.

 

THE SIGNALMAN / O SINALEIRO
Directed by Daniel Augusto
Brazil | 15 minutes | World Premiere

A railroad signalman is haunted by a series of otherworldly events in this adaptation of a Charles Dickens short story. Are they truly ghostly manifestations, or the signalman’s psychological response to his isolation and repetitive work?

 

THE SLEEPWALKER / SONÁMBULO
Directed by Theodore Ushev
Canada | 4 minutes | North American Premiere

A Federico García Lorca poem provides the inspiration — and Balkan beat wave artist Kottarashky provides the infectious soundtrack — for animator Theodore Ushev’s surrealist romantic fantasia.

 

THE SOCIETY / AL MUJTAMAA
Directed by Osama Rasheed
Iraq/​​Germany | 13 minutes | World Premiere

Lovers Muhamad and Ahmed live in a society that not only rejects homosexuality but actively and insistently pressures its young men into marriage and fatherhood. In this frank look at a strictly religious and traditional society, filmmaker Osama Rasheed delivers a raw and starkly honest statement about the experience of being gay in Iraq.

 

THE SWIMMING LESSON / LE COURS DE NATATION
Directed by Olivia Boudreau
Canada | 11 minutes | North American Premiere

At some point in every child’s life, fears must be faced without anyone’s help. In this sensitively wrought drama by Canada’s Olivia Boudreau, that time comes for a seven-year-old girl when a trip to the pool demands one very large and scary step toward independence.

 

A TALE OF LOVE, MADNESS AND DEATH / UN CUENTO DE AMOR, LOCURA Y MUERTE
Directed by Mijael Bustos Gutiérrez
Chile | 22 minutes | North American Premiere

“My uncle is schizophrenic and my grandmother suffers from a terminal illness. My grandfather, who is unable to take care of them both, must decide between his wife and his son.” So begins Mijael Bustos Gutiérrez’s remarkable documentary about a family caught between love and duty.

 

THAT DOG
Directed by Nick Thorburn
USA | 15 minutes | World Premiere

In this wickedly acerbic spin on a quintessential LA story, three people in an apartment complex raise social awkwardness and crass insensitivity to the level of art form. Musician-turned-filmmaker Nick Thorburn makes the most of a cast that includes alt-comedy heroes Michael Cera and Tim Heidecker.

 

TUESDAY / SALI
Directed by Ziya Demirel
Turkey/​​France | 12 minutes | North American Premiere

This is, at first glance, a film about an ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul. But as Tuesday details three encounters she has while going to school, playing basketball, and taking a bus home, it becomes an observational exposé of men who believe they are entitled to an unquestioned authority over a woman’s personal space.

 

VIOLET
Directed by Maurice Joyce
Ireland | 8 minutes | North American Premiere

“There are many natural enemies for the self-loathing youth… but for Violet O’Reilly, the worst of them all was an unforgiving rectangle that hung on the wall.” Violet is the cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, Violet’s reflection decides she’s not going to take it anymore…

 

WAVES ’98
Directed by Ely Dagher
Lebanon/​​Qatar | 15 minutes | North American Premiere

In the crumbling tower blocks of post-war Beirut, Omar is restless and isolated, until a luminescent light draws him across the segregated city to a utopian world of enchantment — and he finds himself drifting further away from home. Ely Dagher’s dreamy Cannes Palme d’Or winner explores his complex relationship with his home country.

Read our interview with the director after winning the Cannes Palme d’Or!

WELLINGTON JR.
Directed by Cécile Paysant
France | 12 minutes | World Premiere

A tentative young hunter sets out into the wilderness under the tutelage of his seasoned father. But the rite of passage leads to increasingly surreal and grisly developments in this stop-motion animated marvel by France’s Cécile Paysant.

 

WOLKAAN
Directed by Bahar Noorizadeh
Canada/​​Iran/​​USA | 30 minutes | World Premiere

A volcano spews lava that slowly crawls through the streets of Tehran. Thousands of miles away, an Iranian boy and his dad take a road trip through the American Midwest. Two seemingly unrelated journeys are juxtaposed in this rich meditation on diaspora, memory, and loss.

 

WORLD FAMOUS GOPHER HOLE MUSEUM
Directed by Chelsea McMullan, Douglas Nayler
Canada | 20 minutes | World Premiere
In the Albertan town of Torrington, a local museum is a must-see for tourists and taxidermists alike. Its critter-filled dioramas are the inspiration for this wistful ode to a fading way of life on the Canadian Prairies.
/Text from the official website of Toronto Film Festival/