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    Fugu & Tako by Ben West
    Elephant by Pablo Larcuen
    Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion

    Fugu & Tako
    Two friends have very discerning tastes when it comes to sushi. They want only the freshest sushi. When one friend reprimands the chef for stale sushi, the chef gives him really fresh sushi. You've heard the expression, "You are what you eat?" Be careful what you wish for. Written and directed by Ben West. Principal cast: Kentaro Hara, Kuni Hashimoto and Shingo Usami.
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    Manuel is a middle aged man with a dull life. He is trapped in a monotonous job. His family takes him for granted. But one day his doctor tells him he suffers from a rare disease that will turn him into an elephant. His life is boring no more. Written and directed by Pablo Larcuen. Principal cast: Xavier Ortiz, Cristina Rodriguez, Alexandre Novell and Marc Montserrat.
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    Edmond Was a Donkey
    Canada / France
    Edmond is not like everybody else. Some may say odd. He is very well aware he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice. A haunting and empathetic tale about people who don't fit in written and directed by Franck Dion.
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