SHORTS THREE: FEAR AND TREMBLING
Whether it’s our current cultural mood or the increasing frequency of natural disasters, filmmakers lately have been increasingly intent on scaring their audiences silly. There were certainly more than enough outstanding chills and thrills among this year’s submissions to allow us to put together this dark and creepy program, which ranges from the world premiere of Polish director Marcin Pazera’s Moloch
, a peculiar symbiosis of factory and man, to American filmmaker Carter Smith’s Sundance Jury Prize-winning Bugcrush
, a disturbing look at the perils of trying to fit in at a suburban high school. The Netherlands’ Rosto whips up a spinning nightmare in Jona/Tomberry
, while Venezuelan-born, UK-based Carl Zitelmann uses vividly stark animation to take viewers inside a cowboy’s last moments. in Temerario
. Taken as a whole, Fear and Trembling’s troubling and occasionally terrifying tricks and treats will get into your subconscious and plant seeds there.