Official Selection: Golden Girls
Much like most Official Selection programs, this grouping starts with a short animated film to acclimate the viewing palate. The Girl & the Hunter is a brief, simplistically drawn film about a young girl whose tears threaten to flood her entire village. Its mediocrity is then challenged by the shocking and engrossing Bosnian short, Smart Girls, wherein a young girl decides to lose her virginity with an older family friend that decides to use her as a toilet afterwards.
North American short Cookie is somewhat less controversial, insomuch as Jonathan Silverman doesn't poop on Jennifer Finnegan, mainly because he's a ghost. Despite having some comic undertones, this somewhat clumsy but well-intentioned title is a tale of grief and moving on after the death of a loved one.
Heavy Heads is a brief animation about a depressed woman with an enormous head that seduces a fly, which passes the time until the acutely assembled and fascinating documentary I am a Girl! takes the stage, telling the story of 13-year-old Joppe, who may have been born a boy physically, but is a girl in every other way.
Next up is strange funereal short Wee Requiem, which features a dead mouse and an abundance of grieving creatures, which ties in thematically to thwarted celebration film Rhonda's Party, wherein a woman's 100th birthday celebration is ruined when she dies one day prior.
These titles are far superior to the awkward and laughably bad Korean short Teamwork, wherein a girl and her grandmother participate in a three-legged race. There's a lot of overacting and screaming.
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