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A series of irresistible short films that explore the idealized individuals, coveted items and beguiling ideas that elicit yearning and inspire everything from reveries to demented rampages.

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sex & Eroticism
International Shorts

Who would think that a ride home from two apparently friendly strangers after you got mugged could turn into a life-changing experience?

Comedy
Canadian Images

The operations in the tar sands of Fort McMurray are certainly ripe for discussion. However, the subject is so polarizing that meaningful debate is rare. Charles Wilkinson’s documentary addresses the tension between work and worldliness in fluid interviews with a handful of workers who are also preparing for a karaoke contest.

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Music & Dance
International Shorts

How we wish we responded.

(Au bord du monde)
Spotlight on France

Paris, at night. This is where Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and the others live. Homeless, they haunt the streets and bridges, and the corridors of the metro, on the edge of a world where society no longer offers protection. They face us and they talk… Claus Drexel’s luminously shot film contrasts the beauty of the city with the plight of the homeless to deeply moving effect.

Human Rights
(Huulilla)
International Shorts

What to do when your single father sticks you with his date’s teenaged daughter at the amusement park? An evening full of suspicion, awkward relations and sexual tension.

Drama, Under 18 May Attend
(Il était une forêt)
Nonfiction Features

Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) and pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé fly us to the very top of the Amazon rainforest canopy and chronicle seven centuries in the life of this "green lung" of the world. A glorious celebration of trees and a call to arms for the protection of this wondrous tropical ecosystem.

Animation, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, Under 18 May Attend, Science & Technology
(Campo abierto)
Arts and Letters

Gliding with the grace of a boomerang, Juan Carlos Martín’s documentary circles back through artist Gabriel Orozco’s career, tracing how the Mexican modernist’s drawings, photographs and sculptures became so influential. And every time the camera returns to Orozco, we see an artist wrestling with precisely what a career retrospective signifies.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Biography, Science & Technology
International Shorts

Two estranged brothers, a truck full of their deceased father’s UFO memorabilia and a two-day drive home lead to a rough and tumble commentary on sibling relations.

Comedy, Family Relations
(Woori Seonhui)
Dragons & Tigers

Hong Sangsoo won Best Director in Locarno for this comedy of manners about a young woman and the three hopeless men orbiting her. Sunhi is set on studying abroad, but needs a character reference…

Comedy, Filmmaking, Romance
Canadian Images

In turns sensuous and sinister, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ entrancing, atmospheric character study unfolds in an isolated, snowbound cabin within which a woman is plagued by grief, illness and a supernatural presence. "Viewers who are unafraid to venture into cinema’s darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here."—Grid

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Fantasy, Health (Mental & Physical)