Highlights from Sundance, Venice, London, and Toronto abound in this program that sees a range of styles, from local animation and comedy to universal stories of love are placed alongside heart-wrenching tales of loss. If a forbidden romance among the cornfields (The Field by Sandhya Suri) or a minimalist examination of nostalgia and competition (Rules of Play by Merlin Flügel) does not pique your interest, then perhaps a story of an unusual creature applying for asylum (Magic Alps by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi) will – there really is something for everyone.
- Mia Falstein-Rush, MIFF Programmer
- Dance of The Dead; Scarlet Sykes Hesterman; Australia (2019)
A gathering of native animals welcome a new member of their group in a bittersweet celebration. A glass display cabinet sits dormant in a large silent room when, slowly, something stirs.
- Magic Alps; Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi; Italy; (2018)
When an Afghani asylum seeker brings his beloved pet goat on his months-long journey into Italy, immigration authorities are confronted with the task of processing the two as a pair. Based on true events.
- Rules of Play; Merlin Flügel; Germany (2018)
A gathering of weary playground visitors meet for one final showdown.
Merlin Flügel (Echo, MIFF 2013) explores the concept of play in this minimalist world. Familiar games, ritualistic and ordered, bring a sense of nostalgia but also an intoxicating competition.
- The Field; Sandhya Suri; France, UK, India (2018)
Sandhya Suri (I For India, MIFF 2006) returns to MIFF with an award-winning short which tells the story of a female agricultural labourer and her illicit romance in the cornfields.
In The Field, winner of the Best International Short Film at TIFF 2018, a woman dreams of a different life away from the pressures of being a wife and mother.