United States / 16 Minutes / Katya Yakubov
When Sasha, a troubled 17-year-old college student, pays a surprise visit to her alcoholic musician grandfather, Desmond, the two spend the night out in the city drinking, under the pretense of reconnecting, while the real reason for Sasha’s visit remains hidden. Uncomfortable with Sasha’s teenage awkwardness and pulled by his alcohol addiction, Desmond hits on a waitress only a few years older than Sasha. As the trio goes clubbing and metaphorically dances around one another, sexual and behavioral norms bend, and the relationships develop in unexpected ways. This nocturnal short film highlights the momentary connections that people make, and explores the ambiguous role that sexuality plays in family dynamics.