Shorts 2: Where You Stand

I've seen only one of these eight shorts, but Tsai Ming-liang's 23-minute The Skywalk Is Gone (2002) is probably better than most full-length features showing at the festival. A minimalist sequel to his 2001 What Time Is It There?, it features the same two characters in approximately the same Taipei setting where they last met—only this time they don't meet. As usual with Tsai, less is, if not necessarily more, still a great deal. I'd love to see Nanni Moretti's The Last Customer, with the same running time, about the closing of a family-run pharmacy. Also screening: Gemma Carrington's Coming Home (UK, 7 min.), Mervi Junkkonen's Barbeiros (Finland, 12 min.), Julio Robeldo's The Trumouse Show (Spain, 6 min.), Robias Bechtloff's To Impress the Girl Next Door (Germany, 7 min.), Ezra Krybus and Matthew Miller's The School (Canada, 13 min.), and Annemarie Jacir's Like Twenty Impossibles (U.S./Palestine, 17 min.).

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