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The Sinners – Los Pecadores (2007)

January 30, 2014 0 animation, comedy

Created by Pablo Polledri
Music by David Simons

Los Pecadores, or The Sinners, is a short animation by Argentinian director and animator Pablo Polledri about the seven deadly sins. The Pecadores are represented as characters acting out their natures as they are all thrown together in a lord of the flies type situation. They interact with each other in all manner of amusing and horrifying ways in what becomes a war of attrition.

See more of Pablo’s work at http://www.maniacplanet.com.ar/.

VICE Meets Glenn Greenwald: Snowden’s Journalist of Choice (2014)

January 24, 2014 0 documentary

In 2013, a team from VICE magazine travelled to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to interview American journalist and author Glenn Greenwald, the man responsible for breaking the biggest news story that year via the Guardian newspaper. He has worked closely with former NSA employer and whistleblower Edward Snowden to report on the NSA’s secret and unconstitutional programmes of mass surveillance. A former lawyer, Glenn Greenwald has an extremely sharp mind and in this absorbing interview, he explains the reasons behind his decision to work with Snowden and talks about some of the most pertinent and important issues of our time: privacy and freedom of expression. The interview goes deeper than a simple account of what happened in 2013 – Greenwald explains what exactly privacy means to the individual, and why it is so important for us in order to flourish as creative, free human beings

Miracle of Flight (1974)

January 17, 2014 0 animation, comedy

Written and directed by Terry Gilliam.

Terry Gilliam, who began his career as a cartoonist, was part of the Monty Python team and his animations characterised the shows, appearing as vignettes in between sketches. The image of a huge foot coming down to crush everything is a well-known one, and typical of the surrealist style and content of many of these wonderful animated pieces.

Miracle of Flight, produced in 1974, is about humans striving for the ability to fly like birds (or, indeed, a Boeing 707) and embarking on numerous unsuccessful attempts to get, and remain airborne using all manner of imaginative methods, including tar and bird feathers, cliffs, a bird costume and many more.

Minneapolis-born  Gilliam went on to direct several feature films including Brazil in 1985, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen in 1988, Twelve Monkeys in 1995 and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009. Like his animated work, his films often have fantastical, highly imaginative themes and styles.

In 1999, Gilliam attempted to realise a long-held ambition to make a film about Don Quixote (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote), starring Johnny Depp, but production was beset by disaster included the star getting a hernia, flooding causing expensive damage to sets and filming equipment, and various other mishaps. All was not, however, in vain – archive footage from the doomed production was used to make the fascinating documentary Lost In La Mancha.

Sunlight (2010)

January 10, 2014 0 comedy, music

‘Sunlight’ is a music video for the song of the same title by music duo Bag Raiders, formed in 2006 by Jack Glass and Chris Stracey from Sydney. The video was directed by Fleur and Manu and produced by Division.

When a beautiful girl develops a crush on a chimpanzee, she releases him from captivity. We see their relationship go through various stages, all to the rhythm of a fantastically catchy and cheerful song. The video humorously explores numerous relationship themes including love at first sight, trust, jealousy, separation and loss, reconciliation, taking loved ones for granted – even inter-species love. Okay, don’t take that last one too seriously. Enjoy!

8 (2010)

January 4, 2014 0 comedy, drama

Written and directed by Aćim Vasić
Produced by Turbulence Films
Starring Nicky Naudé, Guillaume Tavi
Music by Stribor Kusturica

8 is an award-winning short film by Serbian director Aćim Vasić, centered around two soliders in a setting resembling something like a Siberian forest. One is a downed pilot, the other a soldier from the opposing side who takes the stricken pilot captive. The story follows the two men in what ultimately becomes a game of wits, and a guessing game for the audience. Although the subject matter appears anything but light-hearted, and the film certainly has a brutal gravity to it, it isn’t without humour. Produced by Swiss production company Turbulence Films, 8 won best short at the 2010 Monfilmfest in Italy, and has screened at many film festivals and received many nominations.