Best Shortfilms from Spain

Best Shortfilms from Spain




Drama
Spain | 14min | 2011
70m2 promises, at the very first minutes, to be nothing more than a romantic comedy. However, director Miguel Ángel Carmona switches the perspective in a genre pastiche of unexpected twists. The short film centers on a young man who is looking for the perfect gift for his girlfriend and ends up buying her flowers and a dog. But when he’s on the threshold of her house, the dog runs out and leads him to the apartment of a strange old lady. Carmona seems to get fun of the viewer playing with its prejudices about what he thinks could happen, based on the clichés of the romantic genre. But real life it’s not like that at all, and sometimes days can change in a matter of seconds. Achieving this in filmmaking it’s not an easy task (maybe only Bong Joon-ho can get away with it every time he wants), but Carmona manages the perfect balance between comedy, horror, drama, and emotion. Among its many recognitions, it won the Best Shor Film – Fiction at Malaga Cinema 2011, Spain, Best director and Best screenplay at the 10th angry film festival, Australia, and a Special diploma at the New vision international film festival, Czech Republic.

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Drama
Spain | 15min | 2011
Alejandro Villalba and Miguel Díaz Rivera approach a tragic subject with ambiguity in Dios Sólo Mira (God Only Looks), an Indie Short Film that narrates the story of a photojournalist who takes a picture of the suicide of a man, in the earthquake in Haiti. Then, because of the controversial and morally questionable photo is published, he is terrorized by his own paranoia and by someone who sends him photos of his death. Not so special in terms of cinematic technique but strongly built upon a script that asks uncomfortable questions, it’s a film that transposes the role of God in our lives, and how do we face the same difficulties that he’s supposed to handle. Through a very catholic context, the film tries to subvert the timely question: if God is watching all the pain and suffering in the world… Why doesn’t he do something about it? Where is he? But instead of leaving everything in God’s hands, the filmmakers put the responsibility in the hands of a normal guy, who faces the same weight over his shoulders. Maybe God only looks, but don’t we do the same thing every day in all the aspects of our lives? Does our condition justify this kind of behavior?

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Comedy
Spain | 9min | 2011
Magical realism is a genre of narrative fiction often associated with Latin American literature that encompasses a naturalistic view of the world that merges itself with magical elements, perfectly accepted inside its own logic. Some Spanish filmmakers, like Pedro Almodovar, had work with it before in its movies (for example, Volver, that had a twist that completely vanished the magical realism on it, but anyhow it seems like it until that moment). Elefante, directed by Pablo Larcuen, is another brilliant example. This independent short film won in Sitges (2012), was selected in Clermont Ferrand (2013), and also was nominated in the Gaudí Awards (2013), and narrates the life of a normal man whose daily routine is completely transformed when he starts to transform into an elephant… literally. A voiceover allows the viewer to get into the emotions of the main character, whose self-reflective life is annoying and full of emptiness. Is becoming an elephant a reflection of his status? Or does it mean that, in order to be what he needs to, must transform into something completely unknown?

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Comedy
Spain | 14min | 2009
El Momento Justo is an Indie Short Film rightfully awarded in the VII "Villa de Avilés" script contest, in 2009. Its overwhelming simplicity is part of what makes it special, because there’s nothing pretentious about it, and uses mostly dialog to approach its subject. Directors Gonzalo Visedo y Hugo Serra just needed a couple of shots and a handheld camera to develop a comedy full of vitality and surprises that centers on a couple waiting in line to go to the movies… Until an old “friend” from school appears behind them. In just ten minutes, the script manages to paint a clear view of the characters and their possible outcomes, trapped in an uncomfortable situation that just gets worst and worst (to our delight, thankfully). Visedo is known for having work in the production of several television series, and as the writer and director of one of the shorts of the movie "Madrid 11 M, we all went on that train", for La Primera of TVE. Serra has directed a variety of short films since 1998, like Brogma #1 (1999), Micro-film (2001) and Baratometrajes: películas de bajo presupuesto (2005).

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Horror
Spain | 11min | 2010
Juan con miedo is a horror short film directed by Daniel Romero, winner of more than 10 international awards. Although at first sight seems like a fairy tale, it quickly becomes into something grittier, a tale of two children trying to escape their personal horrors. Director Daniel Romero utilizes his cast to develop a frightening story with an outstanding mise-en-scene easily noticeable. The short film won the Slak’s Vicious Cats Award, given by the Grossmann Film and Wine Festival, in Slovenia. In the words of the jury, "Juan con miedo won the prize because it’s a magnificent classic style exercise that has a great interpretation by its two main actors, the children Iván Martín and Sonia Lázaro". It was Romero’s sixth short film after El Embaucador and La habitación contigua. His latest work, Cambio, was released on 2016 and was nominated as Best Short Film at the Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival.

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Thriller
Spain | 12min | 2011
The official premise of David Victory’s La Culpa it’s in pretty straightforward fashion: ‘After the murder of Leo’s wife a single idea circles endlessly within his head: revenge’.  However, the way the film is shot and the pacing it achieves proves that any story can be marveling if it has a capable director. Also, a capable crew, like the excellent cinematography in hands of Sergi Vilanova, or the credible and emotionally resonant performances of Carlus Fábrega and Cesc Gómez. La Culpa has echoes of the most twisted David Fincher and combines it with more surreal elements that could belong to David Lynch. The result is highly interesting and debatable. The central question at the core of the story it’s not what the guilt is, but how does it feel; that’s its greatest achievement, one that was recognized by Your Film Festival (2012), were it won the World Winner Award. This was the first film festival organized by You Tube.

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Comedy
Spain | 10min | 2009
With 80 Awards and more than 200 selections, Víctor Carrey’s La Huída it’s a marvelous exercise in style and storytelling. What is exactly happening on it? Who are these characters and what do they mean for the story? How does a cloud that looks like Richard Nixon could be interesting or relevant in a story that seems to go nowhere? However, the film acts like a colorful puzzle that remembers of Wes Anderson’s first works. It’s a short film that uses its ten minutes runtime at maximum, slowly taking shape and developing. One could wonder, again, what the filmmaker is trying to say beyond the obvious display of cinematic techniques, and at first sight, it would seem to be little. But the first and last shot are reminders of the nations and the country in which the quirky tale takes place. Doesn’t that tell something, after all the references and connections? La Huída won the Best Experimental Short Award at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Next Film Festival of Bucarest, and the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 41 Kiev International Film Festival Molodist, among others. Definitely, an important statement about how universal can cinema be when it’s reduced to its central form.

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