Mspiff: Shorts 9: Dramatic Crossroads

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The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul says
Runtime: 92 min

Two Strangers Meet in a Bar
Country: United Arab Emirates, Hungary, USA | Language: English | 2014 | Runtime: 13 min
Director(s): Máté Bede-Fazekas, Nolan Funk

Two Strangers Meet in a Bar is an interactive narrative short. Audiences work together by using their cell phones to seamlessly change the plot in real time, affecting the meeting of two complete strangers. Instructions for interactivity will be provided at the screening.

The Light of Each New Day
Country: USA | Language: English | 2014 | Runtime: 14 min
Director: James Byrne

A gentle portrait of a zealous book collector who struggles to keep her life from spinning out of control.

Midway
Country: USA | Language: English | 2014 | Runtime: 10 min
Director(s): Jonathan Oster, Grant DeMesquita

After waking up in a strange place, a young man is guided by mysterious forces to alter someone's fate.

Carry On
Country: China,USA | Language: Chinese,Japanese | 2014 | Runtime: 17 min
Director: Yatao Li | Producer: Yatao Li

Carry On tells a story set in Japan-occupied China during World War II. In 1944, the tide turned against Japan and the war began winding down. Prior to their retreat, Japanese troops looted every Chinese village in their path. They took only food and women from these villages followed by massacring all others and burning everything to the ground.

Air Between Us
Country: USA | Language: English | 2015 | Runtime: 9 min
Director: Kjell Kvanbeck

Air Between Us explores the relationship between a mother and her son, and the lengths we will go to for those we love, even if misguided in our attempts to help one another.

Passione
Country: Italy, USA | Language: Italian | 2015 | Runtime: 14 min
Director: Hisham Bizri

A film psalm for Pier Paolo Pasolini's cinema, for his poetry, his Marxist politics, and for his shifting Catholicism. The psalm is a meditation on the Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage". We see the director Pasolini filming children enacting a play, two actresses auditioning in a garden, the staging of the passion, and the funeral of Palmiro Togliatti, the long-time leader of the Italian Communist Party, among other changing faces of the world in relation to the reality behind it: the one-thing-next-another (juxtaposition) and the one-thing-after-another (succession).

Birthday
Country: USA | Language: English | 2015 | Runtime: 12 min
Director: Chris King

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.
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By: The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul

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