A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »
Six outwardly average individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge with surreptitious care. A mousy letter carrier makes dough balls she grotesquely ingests before bed. A shop clerk ... See full summary »
A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum - absolute freedom versus control and punishment - within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean ... See full summary »
An entomologist searching for insects by the seaside is trapped by local villagers into living with a widow whose life task is digging up sand for them. He eventually develops strong feelings for her as his hope for escape dims.
Using an array of gloves in different styles and from different historical periods, the film is a short history of the cinema - from silent movies via pastiches of Buñuel and Fellini and ... See full summary »
Laid-off old mannequins spend their cracked and broken lives in an old, abandoned warehouse. New mannequins are brought to the warehouse. They are old as well, but from a younger generation... See full summary »
Cycles of life, with fantasy elements. An ax splits wood. Bits of split wood move in stop-motion; one piece has a woman's face near the top. Water streams in torrents; patches of snow give ... See full summary »
Jiří Barta, usually known for stop motion animation, takes a different turn with "Poslední lup" ("The Last Theft" in English). The short film has a thief enter a cemetery and go into a crypt to snatch some goodies, but gets more than he bargained for. This movie has no stop motion animation as far as I can tell, opting instead for live action, but makes perceptive use of colors. As is Barta's style, it remains avant garde: no dialog, no discernible geographic location, and a plot that tests your attention span. But make no mistake about it, this is one that I recommend. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on the computer-animated film that Barta released in 2006.
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