Shorts
Shorts Program 2

Get Lost - Your Kid - The Loyal Man


Video introduction by Romuald Rodrigues Andrade and Lawrence Valin

Closing Night Party at 6:15pm


Sunday, October 3, 2021
5pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

The films in this program reflect the difficulty of choosing one’s life path—until a plan imposes itself. This might come in the form of an unexpected transition to fatherhood (Timoun Aw), a dreamed-of professional opportunity (Get Lost), or a cryptic chance meeting (The Loyal Man).

3 shorts, 85 min

  • Get Lost (Trace ta route) — US Premiere
    Dir. Romuald Rodigues Andrade, France, 2019, 20 min
    In French with English subtitles
  • Your Kid (Timoun Aw) — US Premiere
    Dir. Nelson Foix, France, 2020, 28 min
    In French Creole and French with English or French subtitles
  • The Loyal Man
    Dir. Lawrence Valin, France, 2019, 37 min
    In Tamil with English subtitles

Get Lost (Trace ta route)

US Premiere

Dir. Romuald Rodigues Andrade, France, 2019, 20 min
With Amine Guedja, Idir Azougli, Karim Medjahed, Mourad Tahar Boussatha
In French with English subtitles

Cédric is about to take his final high-school exam, convinced that his future lies far from the suburb in which he grew up. He dreams of an escape to London with his childhood friend, Farès, who has different plans. This short film brings to life the inner conflict of two adolescents who face a universal dilemma: Do they stay, or do they go?

Your Kid (Timoun Aw)

US Premiere

Dir. Nelson Foix, France, 2020, 28 min
With Karine Pedurand, Sloan Decombes et Kataleya Azede
French Creole and French with English or French subtitles

Chris, a young thug, one day discovers a baby on his stairway landing. A relentless search for the mother of this abandoned baby ensues, as it sinks in for Chris that the child might be his. Full of energy and humor, this short film portrays the passage of a young man from a life of petty crime to fatherhood.

  • About Nelson Foix
    • Growing up, Nelson Foix split his time between the Parisian suburbs and Guadeloupe—and this blend of urban and West Indian cultures informs his work today. While he has a degree as an audiovisual technician, he learned filmmaking mostly on the job. Timoun Aw is the third short movie he directed in as many years; he is currently at work on his first feature film.

The Loyal Man

Dir. Lawrence Valin, France, 2019, 37 min
With Lawrence Valin, Aurora Marion, Antonythasan Jesuthasan
Tamil with English subtitles

This gripping crime romance brings us into Paris’s Tamil underworld. Aathi (played by the filmmaker) has devoted his life to serving Sir (Jesuthasan Antonythasan, from Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or–winning Deephan), a father figure and mafia boss who runs a human smuggling ring. Aathi’s loyalty is shaken when he meets Minnale, a newly arrived young immigrant woman with nowhere to go.

  • Watch introduction by Lawrence Valin
  • About Lawrence Valin
    • After studying at famed Parisian film school La Fémis, Lawrence Valin directed Little Jaffna, which won the Canal Plus award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He subsequently won the Clermont-Ferrand award for Best Actor for The Loyal Man, which he also wrote and directed. Adapted from his short film of the same name, his debut feature, Little Jaffna, portrays the Tamil criminal underworld of Paris.