From conception to dysfunction, family life has its joys and struggles. In this package, aspirations for a family collide with the nuclear family blown apart, and family members search for meaning in the fallout.
UPSET BODY (Corps Contrarié) - Canada - 20 min - Delphine Le Courtois
A young, independent woman believes she is in control of her life. Unexpected news changes her outlook and forces her to make difficult decisions.
THE LICENSE (Die Lizenz) - Germany - 10 min - Nora Fingscheidt
Adam and Ella's application for a license to procreate is in the final stages of review. The only thing standing in their way is the bureaucratic license clerk, and a spot-on performance.
FRIGID - Canada - 14 min - Joe Kicak
In the blurry, exhausting first days of motherhood, a woman's maternal instincts sense a sinister threat to her newborn in her own home.
THE CAMERAMAN - Canada - 16 min - Connor Gaston
Filmmaker Connor Gaston adapts his father's novel in a story of two brothers coming to terms with their abusive father who suffers from Huntington's Disease. The youngest brother Ed records their dysfunctional lives with his Super 8 camera.
LUNCH TIME - Iran - 15 min - Alireza Ghasemi
In the wake of her mother's death, a 16-year-old girl from a crime-ridden family with no legal guardian must identify the body.
THROUGH THE SUPERMARKET IN FIVE EASY PIECES - Finland - 8 min - Anna-Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri
Parenthood is an elaborate dance, as a family tries to manage the weekly grocery shopping without disintegrating.
A GENTLE NIGHT - China - 15 min - Qiu Yang
A mother's guilt spurs her to keep searching the night for her missing daughter. This taut and deceptively quiet drama from China was awarded the Cannes 2017 Short Film Palme d'Or.
BONBONÉ - Lebanon/Palestine - 15 min - Rakan Mayasi
A Palestinian couple reunites during a visit to the Israeli jail where the husband is held. The journey is far, dangerous, and infrequent, and the bold couple is determined to make the most of their visit.