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Festival Spotlight: RIDM 2022

The 2022 edition of RIDM has come and gone, leaving us with some long-lasting, thought-provoking films in our collective memory. These are the documentaries that sparked Juan Ospina and Antoine Demeule’s curiosity. Luminum dir. Maximiliano Schonfeld (Argentina)Something special at the core of Schonfeld’s film pushes you towards it as if it had its own gravitational…

Festival Spotlight: SPASM 2022

Just like that, another edition of Montreal’s gut-busting, demon-summoning, face-punching Spasm Film Festival comes to a close. Here is a list of short films that were the highlights of my experience. Seek – Dir. Aaron Morgan (USA) Aaron Morgan’s Seek packs a hell of a lot of tension in its short 6-minute runtime. Not a…

In Conversation: Deco Dawson, Diaspora, and the Universalness of Solitude

In the frame of the Festival de Nouveau Cinema, I was able to interview Canadian filmmaker Deco Dawson. The 8th of October had a chilly morning and overcast skies, an almost scripted atmosphere to talk about his film Diaspora, Deco’s first feature after a decade-long hiatus. Since I saw the title of the movie on…

Festival Spotlight: FNC 2022

Short Ends had the pleasure to attend the latest edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC). Although the festival has come and gone, these are the films that left an indelible impression on our team members: Vincenzo, Elya and Juan. You can read our interviews and supplementary material here. Vincenzo Nappi’s picks The Maiden – Dir.…

Food Anxieties and Futures in The Divine Fist of the North Star

The Divine Fist of the North Star (1983-88) is a kick-ass manga series later adapted into an anime (1984-88) that follows a young man named Kenshiro who carries the legacy of a 2000-year-old assassination art that guides him towards his destiny as the saviour at the world’s end. After nuclear war ravaged the planet, civilization…

For the Love of Soup: the Quest for Perfect Ramen in Tampopo

I love soup. To my friends and family, this obsession can seem a little unusual. After all, much of western cuisine tends to place soup in a supporting role. In full-course dinners, it’s subjugated to an early pitstop between hors-d’oeuvres and the main course. In more casual or frugal circles, soup is often paired with…

Fresh Meat

Food is an essential part of everyone’s life, and its primary purpose is to provide the nutrition that is necessary for the existence of any human being. However, throughout history, the concept of food has been appropriated by different cultures, and therefore acquired a variety of new meanings that could serve to indicate an individual’s…

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