Mimesis: The Battered Mime and a Little Street Kid

Mimesis: The Battered Mime and a Little Street Kid

Mimesis is a melancholy, but ultimately very uplifting short film directed by the young French filmmaker Camille Meynard, which has won a number of awards at European film festivals. The film tells the story of a chance meeting between a down-on-his-luck mime and a young boy. Mimesis opens showing the mime at a tawdry fight club full of hooligans, where he works as a battered fall-guy for the other fighters. After he gets fired from the fight club, the mime returns home to his decrepit little apartment, where he gets harassed by a group of boys throwing rocks through his window. The ensuing encounter between the street kid and the tragic mime leads to a heartwarming coming together of an adult mind in a children’s body and a children’s mind in an adult body. Who said magic doesn’t exist anymore?

Mimesis: The Battered Mime and a Little Street Kid

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Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target is a suspenseful new short film by the gifted young French director Kendy Ty, an action-thriller that keeps the viewer sitting on edge, guessing right up until the very end. The film begins with brief flash-forward, flash-back sequences that introduce the situation, then focuses on the gripping fast-paced action in a setting of pure presence. Target tells the spine-tingling story of a cold-blooded hitman who sets out to enforce a contract; however, nothing happens in the way that the killer actually had planned.

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

(Best Viewed in HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Clac! Clac! Clac! Clac! Now They Finally Get What They Bloody Well Deserve!

Clac! Clac! Clac! Clac! Now They Finally Get What They Bloody Well Deserve!

*clac* *clac* *clac* *clac* *clac*  Clac is a wickedly funny two-minute animated short film by Julien Hazebroucq and Monica Beramendi, two students at Supinfocom in France.  Birds can be very annoying, especially when they mess with a living statue man.  They can be aggravating to the point of creepiness, particularly when they swarm down in massive groups.  But here, these nasty birds finally get what they darn well bloody deserve, after messing once too often with the living statue man….

Clac! Clac! Clac! Clac! Now They Finally Get What They Bloody Well Deserve!

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La Gaîté Lyrique: A Poetic Journey Through a 19th Century Parisian Theater

La Gaîté Lyrique: A Poetic Journey Through a 19th Century Parisian Theater

La Gaîté Lyrique is a stunning, dreamlike two-minute 3D animated short film by Passion Paris Director Yves Geleyn.  The film was created to celebrate La Gaîté Lyrique, the 19th century Paris theater abandoned since the 1980s, which will blossom as a center for digital arts and contemporary music this coming December.  The animation is a stunning work both in the 3D animation and also the interactive experience, combining elements of Baroque theater and stylised Japanese Kabuki dance.  The film’s opening moments lead to a shimmering cascade, immersing the viewer in magical experiences as flowing shapes of all descriptions are conjured from air and water in magnificent, abstract spectacle, conveying the promise of the new theater, the art, science and sound.

La Gaîté Lyrique: A Poetic Journey Through a 19th Century Parisian Theater

(Enjoy this Magnificent, Magical Spectacle in Full-Screen Mode)

In addition, Yves Geleyn expands this magnificent film, creating an interactive experience that allows the viewer to venture inside the cathedral and become immersed in its magical atmosphere, bathing in the shimmering visuals and wonderful soundscape.  Please click the image below to live the full experience:

An Interactive Passage Through the Soul of La Gaîté Lyrique

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Mon Ami Charly: It’s Your Turn to Get Your Brains Blown Out!

Mon Ami Charly: It’s Your Turn to Get Your Brains Blown Out!

Mon Ami Charly is a wickedly wild, award-winning animated short film by four students from the French ESMA School of Arts (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques).  In the film, a little girl gets bored being all alone and asks her mother for permission to go meet her “imaginary friend” Charly.  The mother refuses but the little girl disobeys her, and things rapidly go downhill, completely loony-tunes crazy from that point on!

Mon Ami Charly: It’s Your Turn to Get Your Brains Blown Out!

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A Bicycle Love Story: Hope Lost and Hope Regained

A  Bicycle Love Story: Hope Lost and Hope Regained

(Manquer) Missing: A Bicycle Love Story is a visually stunning 4-minute animated short film by Matt Daniels and Sean Pecknold.  The stop-motion animation recounts a well-known motion picture trope: awkward fellow falls for the love of his life, who is stolen away by a village lout, then abused and neglected by the hooligan, and finally gallantly rescued from the cruel thug.  But this wonderfully charming short transcends that commonplace leitmotif through its mixture of unusual, visually dynamic photography and a captivating narrative voice-over.  You’ll find it very hard not to fall under the pleasant spell of this beguiling little love story, with its every surprising twist and turn.

A  Bicycle Love Story: Hope Lost and Hope Regained

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