Film Assessment: ‘2013 Sundance Film Competition Limited Films’ at IFC Middle

December 28th, 2013

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Stephanie Allynne, left, and Michelle Morgan in “K.I.T.,” prepared and directed by Ms. Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).

A diverse sampler, “2013 Sundance Film Pageant Quick Films” bundles with each other prizewinners and other notables from the most recent edition of the festival in Park City, Utah. As with many collections of shorts, there’s a slight hazard of whiplash (to borrow the title of one particular variety) when each and every filmmaker introduces a appear, sets a mood, sketches a story. Above the training course of the eight-film assortment, you may possibly see a foulmouthed instructor berating a anxious drummer, pictures of operating-course villagers by the sea in eighties northern England, a dead guy rising and items of home furniture roaming the countryside in Eire.

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Malachi Kirby in “Jonah,” directed by Kibwe Taveres.

The program is not a cavalcade of unidentified talent: Individuals black-and-white photos are arrayed in the veteran unbiased filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s “Skinningrove.” That movie opens with the photographer and professor Chris Killip, noticed in profile subsequent to a world in a scene reminiscent of Vermeer’s “Astronomer,” as he friends at pictures on his laptop of the hard-bitten village of the title. Mr. Killip’s narrated tour of stills that follows is a tiny question of pacing and observation, breathing with the diffuse light of his pretty coastal scientific studies. These come about to have a charmingly whimsical companion in Tony Donoghue’s stop-movement-aided documentary “Irish Folk Furnishings.”

Then we leap throughout time and space to “Until the Tranquil Will come,” Khalil Joseph’s flashy but soulful short that features music by Flying Lotus. Its kinetic portrait of black youths, at play and in loss of life, bursts with power and strikes deeply on a monitor greater than that of a laptop (where some viewers may have presently witnessed it). In a different kind of audiovisual accompaniment, “The Function,” the Brooklyn animator Julia Pott delivers her hand-drawn, heartsick creatures to a darkly intimate stop-of-times poem by Tom Chivers, go through in alternating male and female voice-overs.

Bookending the Sundance assortment are a couple of stabs at the comedy of awkwardness. “The Day,” from the Finnish director Jenni Toivoniemi, lingers above a teenage boy web hosting two woman site visitors who have brought a cat to be loudly serviced by his studly tom. The amusingly very pleased youthful male resembles a scrawny tabby himself. In “K.I.T.,” Michelle Morgan hammers on the self-absorption of moneyed urban development followers with a real pill (Ms. Morgan) who neurotically makes an attempt to befriend a checkout woman. (Ms. Morgan also wrote this past summer’s “Girl Most Most likely,” starring Kristen Wiig.)

Kibwe Tavares’s bouncy yarn “Jonah” certainly feels like a bid for attention, splashing a computer-animation-increased vision of tourism run amok on its color-saturated Zanzibar, Tanzania, location. When a young hustler photographs a giant leaping fish guiding his buddy, the impression grow to be infamous and speedily rots his seaside city from the outside in: Billboards and other professional debris increase like kudzu. The end result is a tall tale turned magic-realist capitalist critique turned appear-at-me demonstration.

Last but not least, Damien Chazelle (“Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”) delivers possibly the most tightly wrought, entirely stay-motion piece with “Whiplash,” an account of a jazz-band drill sergeant (J. K. Simmons) who abuses an innocent younger man who just desires to strike the skins. It is perilously close to currently being just an extended skit premise, but, luckily, we might see it elaborated upon: Mr. Chazelle’s latest feature, bearing the same identify, has currently been announced to look in subsequent month’s incarnation of the Sundance festival.

2013 Sundance Film Competition

Short Movies

Opens on Friday in Manhattan.

A software of quick films: “The Day,” directed by Jenni Toivoniemi “Whiplash,” directed by Damien Chazelle “Skinningrove,” directed by Michael Almereyda “Until the Silent Comes,” directed by Kahlil Joseph “Irish Folk Furnishings,” directed by Tony Donoghue “The Event,” directed by Julia Pott “Jonah,” directed by Kibwe Tavares and “K.I.T.,” directed by Michelle Morgan introduced by the Sundance Film Competition. At the IFC Middle, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at 3rd Road, Greenwich Village. Overall managing time: one hour 33 minutes. These films are not rated.

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