Eight short animated films - most without words - that demonstrate an impressive range of themes and techniques. All these shorts screened at Havana's Young Directors Film Festival, which is Cuba's premier showcase for young cinematic talent.
Imaginary Boys: Two children, two apartments, two closets, and a drawing ripped in half. This haunting short captures a moment of childhood melancholia.
8 Ways To Get Sick: Progressing from simple black-and-white line drawings to archival footage, this film playfully uses overt and implied imagery to illustrate the axiom that "sex is everything."
Tick Tock: Death comes outfitted with the latest technology. But he meets his match in an old man who outwits him - and finds love in the process.
How Does One Completely Disappear? A desk and chair terrify a young man in this pixillated short that pays homage to Norman McLaren's classic A Chairy Tale.
The Suit: An outwardly successful official is depressed over the mind-numbing repetitiveness of his work and life, which are in sharp contrast to his child's creativity... for now.
The Seamstress: Meet a seamstress who uses her tools and materials to (literally) mend broken hearts and a host of other ills - until she pays a steep price.
The Revenge: A man living in an apartment in a gritty urban neighbourhood just wants to get some well-deserved rest. But nature has other plans for him and his neighbours in this animation made with cut-outs.
Modern Communities: In a classic reversal, an anthropologist from the developing world examines the rituals and behaviours of Western women, skewering our unattainable ideals of beauty.
8 Formas de Enfermar / 8 Ways to Get Sick (Leandro de la Rosa), 4 min., 2009
Como Desaparecer completamente /How to Completely Disappear (Harold Rensoli), 3 min., 2009
El Traje / The Suit (Abdel and Adrián de la Campa), 5 min., 2010
La Revancha / The Revenge (Ivette Ávila), 3 min, 2009
Tic Tac / Tick Tock (Alien Ma Alfonso), 6 min., 2008
Nińos imaginarios / Imaginary Boys (Alien Ma Alfonso), 4 min., 2010
La Costurera / The Seamstress (Ivette Ávila), 6 min., 2010
Comunidades Modernas/Modern Communities (Lester Harbert Noguel), 3 min., 2008