The Devil Is in the Details


TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 80m
GENRE: Asian/Pacific Islander | Latino/a | Lesbian
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

These exquisite shorts from around the globe shine a light on love, relationships, and perceptions of gender, revealing stories of courage and desire. Drama and intrigue abound in these complex and beautifully constructed shorts that demonstrate just how far one will go to live their truth.

First Love, based on a true story from South Korea, depicts two young girls who fall in love, and even though they are not out to the world, their relationship endures for forty years. They live a harmonious life, until one day something happens that challenges their long-term bond. In The Letter, Lupe, after many years of absence, returns to her small hometown in Mexico. She reencounters Rosalia, her best friend from childhood, and the letter she wrote when they initially said goodbye. The Devil Is in the Details is set in mid-19th-century France: Alexina, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent, suffers from unbearable pains. After examination by a doctor who questions Alexina’s gender and subsequently decides that masculinity prevails, Alexina works to find their own path forward. In Etage X, set in Germany, an accidental meeting in an elevator that gets stuck at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise to extraordinary outcomes.

— FRANCES WALLACE

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

First Love

DIRECTOR Ji-Sook Kang | 2016 | South Korea | 29m | In Korean with English subtitles
Based on a true story from South Korea, First Love depicts two young girls who fall in love, and even though they’re not out to the world, their relationship endures for forty years. They live a harmonious life until, one day, something happens that challenges their long-term bond.

The Letter (La Carta)

DIRECTOR Ángeles Cruz | 2014 | Mexico | 17m | In Spanish with English subtitles
Lupe, after many years of absence, returns to her small hometown in Mexico. She reencounters Rosalia, her best friend from childhood, and the letter she wrote when they initially said goodbye.

The Devil Is in the Details

DIRECTOR Fabien Gorgeart | 2016 | France | 20m
Set in mid-19th-century France, this short follows Alexina, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent, who suffers unbearable pains. After examination by a doctor who questions Alexina’s gender and subsequently decides that masculinity prevails, Alexina works to find their own path forward.

Etage X

DIRECTOR Francy Fabritz | 2016 | Germany | 14m | In German with English subtitles
An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise.