Looking Back at L.A.
Brief films, briefly noted: Like Los Angeles, two of the festival's short films turn an obsessive eye on past cinema. Most fascinating is Mathias Mueller and Christoph Girardet's wordless short Cut, which screens on opening night--it's a disturbing montage of disfigurement and decay from recognizable films. Director Jessica Bardsley creates an interesting autobiographical reflection on her fascination with shoplifting in The Blazing World, juxtaposing her experiences with those of actress Winona Ryder, both in Ryder's real life and in Girl, Interrupted. The festival runs March 25-30.
[Originally published in March, 2014.]