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Film review: Dark Matter runs the gamut of the surreal to the sublime

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A collection of short films with dark themes, Dark Matter ranges from the surreal to the sublime, evocative to the indulgent.

A collection of short films with dark themes, Dark Matter ranges from the surreal to the sublime, evocative to the indulgent. Some have challenging story telling with compelling imagery and others veer a little closer to demo reels from complex artists.

Some of the shorts that are still rattling around in my head:

Tele directed by Gabriel Adelman – a subtle tale told with little dialogue about man who can teleport but has no control over it. He is trying to find peace and his home. How he makes it back in the time and his globe hopping adventure is tragic.

Under the Bridge of Fear directed by Mackenzie Grey – a black and white film noir is a little all over the place at times, but the passion and fun is clearly on the screen.

We Wanted More directed by Stephen Dunn – a creepy tale about a successful singer who has to choose between starting a family and pursuing her career. Her conflict is actualized when she is plagued with more than a just frog in her throat.

Der Untermensch directed by Kays Mejri – a contemporary dance film about the horrors homosexuals face in World War II.  Skillfully shot, it features ice, stone, sledge hammers and some brilliant movement from dancer Simon Vermeulen.

Repeat screening Noon on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Vancity Theatre.  Visit http://viff.org for tickets and information.

David C JonesDavid C. Jones is an arts lover and a critical thinker. He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.

Follow David on Twitter or visit him online at DavidCJones.ca.

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