Day Two of #wsff12 saw me take in an afternoon screening about love at the Isabel Bader Theatre at U of T’s picturesque Victoria campus. At the heart of nearly every film is a love story. And the eight shorts that make up the LOVE HURTS programme are no exception.
In some cases, you may have to peel back the layers to find the love—like with MOVING STORIES, a short that combines stunning visuals of a flying plane with archival narration to tell the story of a man lusting after a mysterious woman—while other times it may be right there in front of you, clear as day—as it is in TUESDAY (MARDI), a film whose opening scenes beautifully capture those rare moments of all-encompassing, young love.
I'm a sucker for a good love story, and so was really excited to check out this programme. Here are my must-sees:
- REMEMBER ME, MY GHOST: This incredibly moving, black and white short film takes us to the site of the infamous Ballymun Flats in Dublin, a tower block in the roughest area of the city that's currently under demolition. Narrated by a former tenant who lived through a highly abusive relationship, REMEMBER ME, MY GHOST is a tough but necessary watch that proves there is no love like a mother’s for her children.
- LIFE AND STUFF: This fast-paced, stop-motion animated short flies through the average man's life in five minutes, recounting every milestone from birth and starting school, to buying an apartment and finding a girlfriend. Super funny and completely true to life!
- THE MASTER CLEANSE: An extreme tale of a couple who decide to embark on a 10-day detox together, which basically sees them subsisting on a cocktail made of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. (Side note: wasn't Beyonce rumoured to have tried this ridiculous diet when preparing for her role in Dreamgirls?!) Watch as the couple's lack of food quickly brings out their true colours! Plus, you'll catch a glimpse of the quirky comedic stylings of former Much Music VJ, Amanda Walsh.
If you're in the mood for some love, catch the replay of LOVE HURTS Friday, June 8 at 9:15 p.m. at the Bader.
Luckily, I was able to make a pit-stop at home for a quick bite before heading out to the Filmmakers Reception at the swanky Spoke Club, a members-only haunt for entertainment industry types. I first set foot in the Spoke back in September when the CFC had a similar event during TIFF 2011, and I was happy to be let back in! Held on the lower level amid a sea of drinks and appetizers (they make the best mini grilled sandwiches in the world!), the Filmmakers Reception provides an opportunity for filmmakers from around the world to mingle with one another and expand their professional network. I definitely saw some deep conversation and the exchange of business cards.
On tap for tomorrow: the much-anticipated CELEBRITY SHORTS featuring a who's-who of famous faces, including the inimitable Dame Judi Dench and mega-hunk Michael Fassbender, plus Scene Not Herd, Date Night at the CN Tower and so much more!