At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.
Over presents a crime scene. During the course of 9 wide shots, we watch an intriguing story unfold. What's happened in this quiet neighbourhood? A murder, hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is profound, and deeply unexpected.
Bailee MyKell Cowperthwaite
Malcolm Fetcher is a neurotic, middle-aged teacher lost in a dull marriage with his wife of twenty years, Beverly. As he faces an all-consuming identity crisis, their marriage disintegrates... See full summary »
Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara
The inspiring true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
L'assenza (the absence) is a brilliant, good natured, whimsical satire of the hyperintellectual Italian films of the sixties, especially those of Michelangelo Antonioni. It is also a satire of their viewers. This has been attempted before (e.g. Woody Allen in the Italian segment of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, 1972) but the approach here is more subtle, indirect and understated, to the point that to describe the action would not even begin to describe what the movie attempts (and achieves).
The length (20 minutes) suits perfectly the story; no scene could be omitted, no further material could be added. The movie has deservedly garnered a large number of festival awards, among them the London Short Film Festival 2014 and the Telluride Film Festival the same year. Not to be missed.
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