Shortsfest 2018 ASPEN PROGRAM 7

Shorts Program Seven

Friday, April 6 | 8:00PM  | 93 min. | Filmmaker Q&A to follow  |  Wheeler Opera House

Counterfeit Kunkoo

In a country where marital rape is not a legal crime, it took a lot for Smita to escape an abusive marriage. She lives in a one room apartment in Mumbai, earning her living by making imitation mangalsutras (necklace worn by married women). But the recent tranquility of her life is shaken when the doorbell rings. Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. (Reema Sengupta, India, 15 min.)

Personal Truth

Inspired by “Pizzagate,” the director re-examines a conspiracy from his youth and uncorks a sometimes funny, sometimes serious meditation on skepticism. (Charlie Lyne, USA/United Kingdom, 18 min.)


A couple wakes up in bed together; they start making out and he wants to take things further, but she’s not in the mood. A passing joke about paying for her to change her mind turns serious and afterwards, they have a hard time coming to terms with how this has changed their relationship. In the darkly humorous Intercourse, director Jonatan Etzler holds up a mirror to the skewed power structures in our society and how they can affect our most intimate relationships and our ability to talk about them. (Jonatan Etzler, Sweden, 10 min.)


Josue, an undocumented Brazilian immigrant living in Boston, has been working as a cleaner for close to three months. He had agreed with his wife who stayed back home that he would return. After finding a Fernando Pessoa book in a school he was cleaning, Josue is inspired to buy a car in order to make the most of his time left in America–without telling his wife. (Gustavo Rosa, USA/Brazil, 12 min.)


Landline is a documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community. Candid, intimate and shocking, Landline is a snapshot of a group of people bound together by circumstance but so often isolated from each other. (Matt Houghton, United Kingdom, 12 min.) North American Premiere

Blind Mice

Upon his release from prison Walter falls back in with his old gang of hustlers. In this con within a con, will he be the one left holding the bag? Mixing the anthropomorphic menagerie of humanity found in the cartoons of the 1930’s with the fatalist allegorical themes of film noir, Blind Mice tell a tale of societies divisions. (Nicholas D’Agostino, USA, 9 min.)


14-year-old Marlon is visiting her mother in jail for the first time since her imprisonment. The young girl, protected by her family and relatives, stubbornly believes that her mother is still her childhood heroine. (Jessica Palud, Belgium/France, 20 min.)