Gimli Film Festival 2021

Shorts #5: Break Your Heart Until It Opens

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GFF is proud to present the short film program Break Your Heart Until It Opens, curated by GFF’s 2021 Short Film Programmer Shira Newman.

Generously sponsored by Johnston Group.

Love is always the Question! The search for love is eternal and universal. A teenager in Vietnam deals with his crush's love for Scandinavian boybands and her disdain for him; two young artists graduate high school and look into their future together (or apart); a young woman literally turns into an ecosystem of flowers and plants as she waits for her beloved; and an elderly couple in Iran show us how it's done - loving each other through all the ups and downs of life.These are just some of the wonderful love-focused films in this program. Funny, joyful, sad, know…love!



Becoming Water

dir. Claudia Tuyết Scheffel

2021 | Germany | 22 min

During her holidays, a girl saves a panda and takes care of the family's prayer shrine when she notices that a Buddha figure has disappeared.

Mr and Mrs Doe

dir. Shirin Qaredaqi

2019 | Iran | 20 min

A retired couple living a lonely life with a tiny retirement still carry the responsibility for their children's weaknesses in life. 

How to survive is the daily question on their plate.

As Spring Comes

dir. Marie-Ève JusteJ

2020 | Canada | 14 min

Suffering from a strange disease that transforms her into plants, a woman inhabit her lover's ice fishing cabin.

Flower Boy

dir. Anya Chirkova

2021 | Canada | 16 min

As August creeps in, Nav forms an intimate bond with an audacious painter and a middle-aged laser tag owner. Just as he begins to find himself, summer inescapably comes to an end.

The Tape

dir. Kayla Craig

2020 | Canada | 5 min

After popping the ultimate question an actor must decide how far they are willing to go to be famous.

Ring Bearer

dir. Adam Yarish

2021 | Manitoba | 6 min

After inheriting his grandmother's engagement ring, James finds himself on a daunting mission as he sets out to find his bride to be. However, along the way he begins to question where his motivation comes from.

Please Note: This program has been rated 14A

A magical realist tale in which a young woman on her school holidays dreams about Scandinavian Boy Bands, tutors a boy with a. crush on her to save up for a special toy panda, and takes care of the family's prayer shrine where she notices that a Buddha figure has disappeared.

As a person socialized in Germany with Vietnamese roots, how can I tell Vietnamese stories in Vietnam? Which European view flows into the film and how does Western and Asian pop culture become fertile together? To what extent do people of European origin fetishize people of Asian descent - and vice versa? The Vietnamese language is influenced by the Confucian system. These hierarchies are reflected in everyday terms. For example, in a hetero-relationship, the woman is commonly referred to as the "younger" - and therefore lower in rank, while the man - regardless of his natural age - is considered the "elder. " To what extent is it up to us to critically question these patterns instead of just observing them - and not judging them? Is a judgment an encroachment on a culture, the precursor of what colonialists have applied? Does a magical level in our narrative thus help us to approach these topics metaphorically?

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    22 minutes
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  • Director
    Claudia Tuyết Scheffel