Ramin Bahrani Shorts Collection
Run Time: 53 min.
Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani was born in Winston-Salem. His films have won awards and acclaim all over the world, from Venice to Cannes. Bahrani is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award in 2008. His films have won numerous awards: Goodbye Solo won the Critics’ Prize for best film at the Venice Film Festival (2009), and 99 Homes won Michael Shannon SAG and Golden Globe nominations in 2015.
During his 20 year career, Bahrani also wrote, produced and/or directed many short films. a/perture is pleased to present this selection of three shorts in our virtual cinema.
Plastic Bag (2009) – 19 mins
This short film by American director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.
In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex — a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.
Lift You Up (2014) – 8 mins
Glyn is a volunteer egg inspector in North Carolina who died and was revived after a heart attack. Since then, his outlook on life has taken a spiritual, thoughtful bent: He waxes poetic on life, death, and the meaning of existence. “The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person,” Nelson Mandela
Blood Kin (2018) – 26 mins
In 2009, Red Oak’s community in Texas is in a state of shock due to a patricide incident. Austin Eversole, age 15 at the time, who had suffered a long period of psychological and sexual abuse in his father’s hands, is sentenced to an outrageous 40-year incarceration. Famous director Ramin Bahrani interviews the perpetrator, as well as other members of the family, avoiding easy criticism and wishful thinking. On the contrary, he contemplates in a discrete and low-key tone, allowing all the pain and suffering to slip out of quivering lips and faces.