TIFF 2011 Short Film Preview: ‘ORA’ & ‘We Ate the Children Last’

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ORA

Directed by Philippe Baylaucq

2011, Canada, 15 minutes

ORA is a visual treat – modern dance choreography meets cinematic innovation of the highest order. It is the first time infrared thermal imaging technology has been used to shoot a complete film (the technology is strictly controlled and limited to military, medical, and scientific applications), and it is shot in 3D to boot. The resulting sensory experience is incredible.

We Ate the Children Last

Directed by Andrew Cividino

2011, Canada, 13 minutes

Based on the story by Booker prize-winning author Yann Martel, this slick sci-fi film is a good example of what makes a short work. The action is tight, the cinematography is careful but powerful, and the story is interesting but straightforward. Frankly, the film makes me a little jealous.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 – 18th

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