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Mixed with graphic novel imagery and real-life actors and settings, Elder Fraga’s Brazilian film “Boca Fechada”, or “Shut Mouth”, was one of the adult-oriented dramas that were featured in the 2013 Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival during First Friday on Nov. 1.
In the film, a wealthy woman named Monique accepts an invitation to a stranger’s house and has dinner with the man and his wife. The dinner ends with a dark and unforeseen outcome.
“It was really risqué, but I liked how it had a ‘Pulp Fiction’ feel to it,” said Katie Forrester, a travel agent and Millersville University alumnus. “It’s interesting to see all the different types of films, and different styles.”
The founder and creative director of the film festival, Michael Hoober, wrote in a statement that the “long-term mission is to establish the festival as the forum for contemporary short filmmakers to present their work and empower our emerging local talent with connections to bring their visions into reality.”
The Ware Center, in Downtown Lancaster, hosted the two-day festival which presented short films from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, France, Israel, Romania, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many other countries.
It is one of the only festivals to focus on representing short films from around the world.
“Sometimes subtitles are a little bit harder for people who aren’t used to it,” said Kristin McCormick, who works in the Communications Department for various local manufacturers in Lancaster, “but I think the content kept the audience more aware of what was going on.”
Most of the films ranged between 2 to 30 minutes. Out of the 79 contemporary short film submissions, 47 were officially selected by a panel of judges. The categories were: Animation, Comedy, Documentary with one sub-category, Home Grown, Drama, Horror and Music Video.
“I actually haven’t been to this for several years, so it’s very different with the groupings and the schedule,” said McCormick.
McCormick explained that in past film festivals, the screenings typically showed local films.
“There weren’t as many international films,” McCormick said. “I think it’s kind of cool to see different things from all over the world. I do like seeing some local stuff too.”
The motion pictures varied from the black and white Australian feature “The Things my Father Never taught me”, which won the 2012 Rumschpringe Film Award for Best Comedy, to the dramatic French romance thriller “Angelique”, which won for Best Foreign film at the 9th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival Awards this past April.
“My favorite was ‘The Blind Squad’. I just thought it was really sweet,” said Forrester.
This Romanian film, originally titled “Detasamentul Orb”, features a young man named Matthew who senses no purpose in his life, until he accepts a job taking care of seven blind World War II veterans and attempts to get them back to the real world of modern times.
“He was helping himself too,” Forrester said. “I just thought it kind of brought himself and the soldiers back to life, and they enjoyed life again.”