2023 Festival

Archived: Saturday Morning Shorts

Dart Auditorium / 500 N Capitol Ave, Lansing MI 48933

Short Film

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The Way You Die

1960. Night. A train on its way to the Iron Curtain. In it Sebastian (Andreas Thiele) – a guy like you and me. His actual mission was to escort an important painting to Prague. But after finding one of the guards murdered on the toilet, he is already in the middle of a bizarre 1960ies spy story. Who is the Scottish man (Erol Sander) in his perfectly tailored suit who seeks his life with a silenced gun? Is the attractive train hostess (Jil Funke) really what she claims to be? To save his life and the painting, Sebastian has to overcome his fears which may also include breaking free from his ghastly fiancée (Finja Martens).

Manuel Vogel / 2014 / 25 minutes / German / Germany

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My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something he’d say or do, but he’d never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.

Pascal Flörks / 2014 / 8 minutes / German / Germany

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Sanctuary of Collell

The Spanish Civil War is coming to a bloody end.

A Fascist prisoner and young Republican soldier’s lives intertwine in a meditative short, exploring the fear of death.

Boris Thompson-Roylance / 2014 / 12 minutes / Spanish / UK

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Auguste & Louis

Auguste and Louis are fishing, but the fish will have to wait…

Nicolas Bertrand / 2014 / 8 minutes / French / Belgium

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At the Door

A man comes to pick up his son at his ex-wife’s house, just like every weekend. As always, he waits at the entrance of her apartment building for his son to come downstairs. But this Saturday, it takes a little longer. Their son wants to finish watching a TV show. And so it happens that the separated couple starts to talk again – via the intercom. Suddenly the former intimacy is back, the conversation almost turns into a flirt…
The most painful thing about a separation is the fact that you remain so close to each other.

Miriam Bliese / 2013 / 5 minutes / German / Germany

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Bahar Im Wunderland

Where do you hide from danger, when you can’t hide anywhere? The kurdish girl Bahar believes she has found a way. “Bahar in Wonderland” is the story of Bahar, a little girl, who given the circumstances she is in, is not able to be a child. She is escaping with her father from Syria to Germany. In order to fight her fears and defend herself from danger she believes in being able to get invisible by closing her eyes.

Behrooz Karamizad / 2013 / 16 minutes / German / Germany

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Julius can not sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow he can not manage to leave. A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red motorbike, pretty bargirls, the desolateness of Berlin (even in summer) and waterproof socks.

Xaver Xylophon / 2014 / 22 minutes / German / Germany

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Border Patrol

Carl, a young eager border cop is anxious to finish work so he can watch the big football match against Austria. Getting annoyed with his partner, Franz (who’s nearing retirement and likes to take his time), his plans are thwarted by the discovery of a suicide victim in the woods just near the Austrian border. The wily Franz realises this an opportunity for a bit of fun with his younger colleague, and sets about instructing him in making the body the Austrians’ problem. It all seems to work out well, except maybe the Austrians have seen this body before.

Peter Baumann / 2013 / 15 minutes / German / Germany