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The houses we were, the cities we are

The Houses We Were (Le case che eravamo) / DIALOGUE
Regissør: Arianna Lodeserto Regissør Yuka Sato
(Italia / Japan)

Two important documentaries that demonstrate the potential of the short film format and highlight the diversity of today's documentary film narratives.

Last year, Ny Tid and Modern Times Review highlighted the short documentary – a vibrant and rich format that is all too often overlooked in our feature film-focused world. Every month we reported on at least two of the best works shown at a current film festival. Now that the year is just over, we grab two excellent films that for various reasons slipped away, but which are far too important to ignore.

Female film artist

Arianna Lodesertos The Houses We Were (Le case che eravamo) and Yuka Satos CHAT lasts for 18 and 17 minutes respectively. Their virtually identical length is not the only common feature of the two short films: Both are made by a female film artist whose works cross the border between photo and film; both present a specific and densely populated urban space (Rome / Tokyo); both have directors who take care of script, production and editing. The latter task, the editing, is absolutely crucial here: The Houses We Were og CHAT is miles from today's "slow cinema" trend. Instead, they take. . .

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