Dark Twisted Fantasies - Shorts Program


95m
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

Strings of dark, perverse, hilarious, and bizarre fantasies run through this quartet of bold visions from across the globe. After a recent breakup with a boy named David, a young man spirals down a mind-bending rabbit hole of unusual past encounters with other Davids. In Malaysia, a shy teenager finds herself drawn to the village bad girl, who harbors a nocturnal secret in It’s Easier to Raise Cattle. Ester Martin Bergsmark (Something Must Break, Frameline38) returns with Swedish Candy, Some Violence and a Bit of Cat, a surreal, comical, and transgressive triptych of tales taking on consumption, gluttony, and gender. Bergsmark’s three interwoven strands include a glossy corporate infomercial celebrating the unsettling production of gelatin, and two parallel stories of girls exploring the thin boundary between the grotesque and delectable. Performance artists Eva Johansson and Louise Löwenberg portray eerily close cousins who find their rehearsal of a notorious Tarzan & Jane routine going awry thanks to a vodka-filled watermelon. In Islands, winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes, garçon terrible Yann Gonzalez blurs the lines between wet dream and lucid nightmare, as a macabre, sensual stage performance sends a ripple of erotic desires through its audience and performers in visually sumptuous detail.

— JOE BOWMAN

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

David

DIRECTOR James Sweeney | 2018 | Germany, USA | 9m | In English and German with English subtitles
After a recent breakup with a boy named David, a young man, played by writer-director James Sweeney (Before Midnight Cowboy, Frameline40), spirals down a mind-bending rabbit hole of unusual encounters with other Davids.

It’s Easier to Raise Cattle

DIRECTOR Amanda Nell Eu | 2017 | Malaysia | 18m | In Malay with English subtitles
In a Malaysian village, a shy, heavyset teenage girl finds herself drawn to the village’s untamed beauty, a magnetic girl harboring a dark, nocturnal secret in this Venice Film Festival favorite.

Swedish Candy, Some Violence and a Bit of Cat

DIRECTOR Ester Martin Bergsmark | 2018 | Sweden | 45m | In Swedish with English subtitles
Recipient of Frameline38’s First Feature Award for Something Must Break, Ester Martin Bergsmark returns with a surreal, comical, and transgressive triptych of tales surrounding consumption, gluttony, and gender. Bergsmark’s three interwoven strands include a glossy corporate infomercial celebrating the unsettling production of gelatin, and two parallel stories of girls exploring the thin boundaries between the grotesque and delectable, love and hate, attraction and repulsion. Performance artists Eva Johansson and Louise Löwenberg portray eerily close cousins who find their rehearsal of a notorious Tarzan & Jane routine, special requested by one of their fathers for his birthday, going awry thanks to a vodka-filled watermelon.

Islands

DIRECTOR Yann Gonzalez | 2017 | France | 23m | In French with English subtitles
With a highly evocative soundtrack that features Oneohtrix Point Never and Stars of the Lid, the latest provocation from France’s resident garçon terrible Yann Gonzalez (You & the Night, Frameline38)—winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival—blurs the lines between wet dream and lucid nightmare as a macabre, erotic stage performance sends a ripple of lustful desires through its audience and performers.

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