Fresh Choices and Old Conclusions was #2ShortNights final International Screening and they’d certainly saved the best until last.
In Fresh Choices and Old Conclusions the age of the characters rises with each short. So we go from seeing a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s terminal illness in No One Pukes in Heaven (Benrath, Hirschmann & Sandhofer, 2013) to an elderly man suffering with Alzheimers in Keepsake (Robinson, 2013).
This collection of shorts, by far, had the best theme, or rather, it had more rhythm than the other International Screenings. The shorts flowed more naturally here, anchored by their theme and therefore the screening had more intent (than the others).
As with Panorama and Overwhelming, Uncontrollable, Frenzied there was a varied bunch of shorts in Fresh Choices and Old Conclusions -11 films in total. The real gems included: Status 2 (Standen, 2012), ICEBERG (Rudolph, 2013) and the frankly odd, The Misbehaviour of Polly Paper Cut (Ferguson, 2013).
Twelve (Watson, 2013) was of note too, with some very good acting from Monica Dolan and Joseph Mewle and Reality 2.0 (Ramirez, 2013) featured some rather pleasant rotoscoping.
With the final short screened, that concluded the International Shorts and with the audience’s votes collected for this year’s Audience Award, it was almost time for the Two Short Nights, Bursary Awards Premiere.
For more info on Fresh Choices and Old Conclusions checkout the festival’s website.
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