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Paper Memories by Theo Putzu (7:25)

An old man watching the world pass by one day decides to find his happiness. Sitting all day in his room, looking out the window, sleeping under the clock and hearing it tick awakens the man to the search for his lover. Hidden among her letters to him are series of photographs that lead him around the city, looking for the next location as shown in her pictures. Passing through abandoned buildings, old parts and  stadium; the old man finds her finally at the beach that concludes to a dramatic ending.

Using stop-motion teachnique, Theo Putzu captures a simple story of yearning and loneliness through a dreamer’s eyes. The old man, while seemingly contended in his life alone, is pushed by a pulsing need to look beyond the glass windows that detained him in his aging years. The music works like a pendulum that counts every waking second that the old man spends as he travels across town chasing after olden images of her. Putzu reportedly used approximately 4000 pictures beautifully edited together, like the man’s memory of his wife, in paler shades of grey and muted colors to illustrate the sentimentality of his tale.

Paper Memories has won Best Short Film in Corto Corto Mon Amour (Italy, 2010) and Festival Schermi Irregolari (Belgium, 2011), Audience Award in Disposable Film Festival (USA,2011), Special Jury Prizes in Miglio D’oro Film Festival (2011), Trani Film Festival (2011) and more accolades in numerous festivals around Italy.

Putzu was born in Sardinia, Italy and is now based in Barcelona, Spain. He studied Production Design in Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence before taking up his Master in Directing Film in Spain’s Centro de Estudios Cinematograficos de Catalunya. He is a self-confessed dreamer. More of his work here.


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Ian Ruschel’s Buenos Aires: Las Calles de Borges (Short Film, 2:47)

Just a few days after Jorge Luis Borges’s 111th birthday, Ian Ruschel honors the Brazilian poet in his latest short Las Calles de Borges (Borges’s Streets). The Spanish literary great is widely known for his magic realist style of writing apart from being one of the eminent figures of Spanish anti-modernism movement ultraism and being a strong Peron oppositionist.

The film explores Argentina seen through its hero’s vision which probably explains the illusory approach on focus notably its manipulation of light. It can be interpreted that Ruschel tries to expand on Borges last years where his eyesight began to deteriorate; shots of sidewalks, railways and pubs are intercepted by bordering lights and refracted blurriness. The story begins at a daytime and closes with a close up of Borges at nightfall where everything around him are shadows moving in the dark. Images caught in 1:08, 1:36 and 1:58 are stunning.

Shot in Canon 5D, Las Calles de Borges was shoot in winter of 2010 in Buenos Aires and Capilla del Señor, Argentina. Alcidez Zonco plays Borges. The music is by Gustavo Santaolalla from the Ernesto Guevarra biopic The Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack. For more about Ian Ruschel and his work visit his blog, Vimeo and Facebook.

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John X. Carey’s Be Near Me (Short Film, 1:20)

Be near me when my light is low

be near me when my faith is dry

and the heart is sick

and all the wheels of being slow

be near when I fade away.

Picking lines from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem, John X. Carey relies on simple, personal and instinctive elements to elicit the message he wants to deliver across— deepcuts of memory, loss and acceptance. Mounted in series of camerawork and shots that well-up emotions, the story is rich in details unlocked by scenes that reveal the backbone of a heartbreaking end. With music holding its ground in such a story, the narrative is affecting in 80 seconds that braces the viewers if not moves them to watch it again.

More films from and information about John X. Carey here.

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Izabela Melamed’s Tooth Fairy Affair (Short Film)

Dentures had never been really the Swarovski of the mythical tooth fairy until Izabela Melamed twisted the story around to make the story relatively close to her native Bulgaria, and much closer to our heart. In the story, a boy dreams of going to to the local carnival but does not have enough money prodding him to steal his grandmother’s dentures. His encounter with the tooth fairy evokes smiles and flashbacks of our own childhood mischief.

Labored frame by frame in pencil by Melamed, she asked help from Jack Brewer for voice and music and her brother Val Melamed for consulation and sponsorship. The result is a wonderful six-minute short film done in old school animation that showcases Melamed’s talent for storytelling and a thought-provoking take on modern materialism.
See you for yourself:

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Robert Showalter’s Origins

Made as a senior thesis for his major at Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design, Robert Showalter‘s Origins is a tale of a rusty, wistful robot who wanders through the woods of maple trees and autumn sun. His encounter with a passing train leads him to a discovery of his identity and himself. Cody Cook provides the music for the short film which adds more depth to an already heart-warming story. Only in 2:09, this animated tale of self-discovery and character can win you a smile.

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