Marlène — Injustice and punishment

Marlene heard about Stephen Truscott’s case seven years after he was sentenced to be hung for the rape and murder of a 12 year old classmate. She became involved in his case after reading a book by Isabel LaBourdais, a journalist who started studying his case because she was against capital punishment, and then realized he was innocent. Steven lost his appeal, but when he was paroled 10 years after his arrest, they met and became friends and eventually fell in love.

[VIFF] Spaghetti Code Love (スパゲティコード・ラブ) — Solitude

A delivery boy who cannot forget the one he loves. A singer-songwriter who has given up her dreams. A digital nomad who lives out of a suitcase at capsule hotels. A call girl who continues to be betrayed by those she adores. A genius creative director who spirals and destroys the world around her. A high school couple who debates the most beautiful way to die…

[VIFF] Selection of 5 North American short films

I continue my coverage of the VIFF with 5 short films that only have in common the fact that they have caught my attention. No, they have nothing more than that in common. Apart, together (Olivia Hang Zhou) — USA/China A teen girl and her mother from China are in…

Fantasy of Companionship Between Human and Inanimate — Friendship of the Future

Fantasy of Companionship Between Human and Inanimate is a fictional story about the future of companionship between human and inanimate. It tells of a plush Inanimate , with the soul of a baby lion, who craves the new science and technologies of synthetic DNA, artificial intelligence and teleportation, to be an enabled companion, and its soul quantum entangled with its human partner, for eternity.

[Fantasia] The Sadness (哭 悲) — Oomph

After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. The virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of. Murder, torture, rape and mutilation are only the beginning.