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I saw this film on a festival in Italy, where it won the 1st prize.
It's like a small explosive. Starts slowly and carefully, but ends with a big awesome bang. It's always difficult to make a good short film, as the time is compressed. This one used the time and space exactly how short films should. Actors are good enough and carry out well their characters and the character of the film, which is unique in a way and very amusing.
Many times I didn't know if it is all supposed to be serious or funny. It was all on the edge of both. Very sarcastic. The short film is visually great, amazing location, and costumes, and some unexpectedly beautiful shots, among which ones is surely the best reloading shot in cinema history, in my very humble opinion.
Watch it if you have a chance, you won't regret, I promise.
A soldier patrols a snow clad forest . A plane's engine is heard
spluttering and a plane crashes . The soldier comes across the pilot
and takes him prisoner but the pilot doesn't want to end up in POW camp
There's a fair bit wrong with this short . There's no dialogue and it tries to be ambiguous by taking place In an unnamed setting and time frame because the uniforms and aircraft with turbo prop engines suggest it's the Second World War , but that said it's near impossible to visualise on screen a generic war that is timeless and could be taking anywhere or at anytime
But this is not what 8 concerns itself with . Instead director Acim Vasic and the production team entirely concentrate on the audio , an often overlooked part of film making . There is no dialogue and everything is told by action and sound . It is impressive and even if you can work out what the pay off is going to be as I did the technicalities of sound mix and sound editing kept me engaged within the film
When an enemy fighter pilot is shot down behind enemy lines he is
captured by a soldier and transported through the snowy woodland. This
is the start of the short film which sees the conflict between the two
play out in a series of small but engaging ways. As a plot it is simple
perhaps but I enjoyed it and the style of delivery helped it. Although
there is no comment on the war or soldiers, there is a certain
absurdity to the plot and the delivery but at the same time the
director has managed to capture the look and feel of a "proper" war
movie. Shooting in the snowy wood is very well done and the film looks
very good and plays well with many shots where you are not sure if it
is a comedy or a drama (but in a good way).
The acting is solid although I personally did not like the noise the soldier made in place of dialogue I think the decision to have no dialogue or language was a good one, just not sure about that noise in particular (as opposed to a whistle or something less abrasive and odd). Despite this the delivery is very good and it manages to be dramatic while being absurd and I found it quite enjoyable in its content and style.
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