OverAgain is an American-Canadian film from the Cannes Short Film Catalogue, and Short Film Corner at this year’s festival. Read our short Q&A with the director Marc Pannia.
What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?
OverAgain explores how we create idealized versions of our past that often lead us to miss the good things in front of us because of the fantasy behind us. Narrated by Sam (Sam Krumrine), he reminisces on a romanticized history during his breakup with Riley (Riley Dandy). Lines blur between fact and fiction – is this how the relationship really was, or is this just how Sam wants to remember it?
Who is the target audience of your film?
Although the film is written, directed, acted through the eyes of young adults navigating modern dating, the reach feels much larger than that. Anyone, who at one time, has wondered, “what if it didn’t end?” can find a moment in the film they connect with. I wouldn’t put an age, gender or demographic on it. If you’ve been through a breakup, and struggled to move past it, OverAgain will resonate.
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
I co-wrote the film with Lilianna Wilde, we both felt The Short Film Corner was a uniquely distinctive way to view the film. The juxtaposition of personal viewing stations amidst the crowded festival allow for a parallel between the character and the audience – where both are experiencing intimate moments as the world continues passing by.
Tell us something about your film people might not notice the first time they watch it.
To show Sam’s endless cycle we worked with circular imagery. The film opens on a shot of a pizza with a slice missing, the only time a circle is broken. You’ll notice repetitious moments in dialogue, spinning donuts, umbrellas, Ferris Wheels – they may seem insignificant at first until you watch it again. The film caps out at 3 minutes, 60 seconds, rounding out the degrees of a circle.
The director’s official website: http://www.marcpannia.com/
You can find the growing list of interviews of the Short Film Q&A from Cannes, here: http://www.daazo.com/cannes2016qa/info