Nadim's parents struggle to understand the carefree and westernized lifestyle of their daughter Sahar. With tension high and tolerance low, the household remains at a standstill, waiting for her to come home.
Pineapple Calamari dreams of being a horse racing champion. He lives with two inseparable women who share a very special connection. But when tragedy befalls this happy family, their social dynamic takes a drastic turn to the unexpected.
A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.
Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?
This years Sundance Film Festival had a number of really well done features but the thing that sets Sundance and Cannes apart is the quality of the shorts. Filmmakers seem to know that if you can get a good short into one of these festivals, they are locked in for a chance at the big-time. Top of the list this year (although it didn't win) was David Lowery's Pioneer.
The setup felt to me like a darker version of Princess Bride, without the happy bits but equally well crafted. It is basically a father telling a violent story to his young son about his long gone mother. It had some "BIG FISH" moments to it but Lowery seemed to make it his own with his incredible timing and good editorial decisions.
To be honest, I don't know which of the to main characters were done better; the father, played by Will Oldham or the 4 year old kid played by Myles Brooks.
Truly a standout of this year's festivals. I can't wait to see what David Lowery does with his big break.
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