Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Boy Meets Girl (#1310H) Duration: 28:48 STEREO TVG
97% (Holland) - Finally, technology has now been able to help us find love. Via an app on his phone, single and ready to mingle, Bert gets a notice that the girl of his dreams is nearby. Now, all he has to do is find her before the subway train reaches the end of the line... easier said than done.
MICKEY AND MARIA (Germany) - Twenty year old Maria goes to a birthday party in hopes of escaping her troubles. She has just broken up with her immature boyfriend and has become disenchanted with men and love. Just when she is ready to give up on love, a precocious nine year old Mickey, who knows a good thing when he sees it, offers her the most romantic proposal ever.
MAN IN SUIT (Holland) - A busy woman is at her wit's end with her family. Her children don't appreciate all the things she does for them. When her husband forgets to tell her that he has to work on the family's planned day to visit the amusement park, she reaches the end of her rope. She decides to seize the day. Now it's Mommy time. Directed by Anna van der Heide. Principal cast: Maria Kraakman, Nick Livramento Silva, Rover Van Gennep, Roosmarijn Van der Hoek, Ali Ben Horsting.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 -- 10:30pm
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Never Take No for An Answer (#1309H) Duration: 29:21 STEREO TVPG
GROUNDED (France) - Evelyne needs to travel to London for her mother's funeral. But at the airport, she can't produce her newborn baby's ID. She is not allowed to board her plane. But with the help of Stephanie, a young air hostess, they will fight the inflexible airport rules and bureaucratic red tape. It is a race against time. Will she make it before the gate closes?
SELMA (Tunisia) - After the accidental death of her taxi-driver husband, Selma decides to become master of her own life by taking over his taxi business. She comes up against the Kafkaesque procedures of Tunisian bureaucracy and the heavily entrenched patriarchal society. With quiet determination, she also faces her conservative Muslim in-laws who continue to dictate the way she should behave. Facing difficult odds, she fights to break free.
The Dog in the Window (#1305H) Duration: 23:37 STEREO TVG
HELIUM (Denmark) - A terminally ill boy makes a friend with a hospital worker. Through his stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world, the boy regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from his daily hardships. Written and directed by Anders Walter. The film won the 2014 Oscar for Best Short.
Love Never Dies (#1315H) Duration: 27:09 STEREO TVG
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (England) - It's not every day you fall in love, but in 70 year old Arthur's case he can and does. When he spots Ruth in the retirement home, he knows in his heart he has finally found his soul mate. Directed by Michael Davies, the short film shows that you are never too old to fall in love.
ROMANCE (Belgium) - Meet Desiree, Agnes and Louise. All three have come from different backgrounds and life experiences to share the same room in a nursing home. Only one has the coveted spot near the window. From her vantage point, she is able to give her bedridden roommates a daily play-by-play of the young lovers in the park. The newcomer to the ward finds her stories meddlesome until one day she has an epiphany.