Saturday Shorts: ‘Maniac’, directed by Shia LaBeouf

Today’s film is the 2011 short Maniac. The short is directed and written by Shia LaBeouf, and is in french with english subtitles. LaBeouf, while he is known for his onscreen perfomances, has dabbled in directorial efforts for short films from time to time. He was last seen in 2012’s Lawless, and is currently working with director Lars Von Trier on the film Nymphomaniac.


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