In Les Liens De Sang (“Blood Ties”), we see the youngest daughter of an autocratic father take her birthday as the chance to break free. It’s a sumptuous short, filled with imagery that is both disturbing and revealing of her backstory.

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You’ve got to admire the work of Sophie Kavouridis, Manon Lazzari, Marion Louw, Simon Pannetrat, and Thomas Ricquier. In just a few minutes, there’s enough packed into this short for you to turn over in your mind all day.

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