Life Aquatic

Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
61 minutes

Whether it’s celebrating people who have fish-related surnames, decorating dioramas for land snails, gluing broken turtle shells back together, or forging deep connections with chimpanzees, these short films demonstrate that humans are at their finest when inspired by other living creatures.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
Charlie Lyne | 
UK |
 2017 | 
13 minutes

The grand opening of a marina in Anglesey, UK, is the backdrop for an unlikely mystery involving a group of elderly Brits, a famous weatherman, and a bunch of fish. -SC

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
Olivier Jourdain | 
Belgium |
 2016 | 
56 minutes

In Rwanda, there is a tradition of female pleasure that undoes all the standards of Hollywood and most of the Western world combined. It is kunyaza, a practice that centres on that mythic holy grail of human sexuality: female ejaculation. According to local mythos, a warrior queen, unsatisfied by her husband, took a servant as a lover and was so pleased with him that she brought forth the great waters that eventually turned into Lake Kivu. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:15pm
Guilherme B. Hoffmann | 
Brazil |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Shot over two years from 2014 to 2016, Praia unfolds a portrait of Brazilian life that captures the vibrancy and idiosyncratic eclecticism that draw tourists and locals to the country’s beaches. Filmmaker Guilherme B. Hoffmann takes an observational approach, creating a film that is by turns comic, sweet, and serious as he introduces us to a motley collection of characters on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ali Weinstein | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
76 minutes

The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:15pm
Cara Cusumano  | 
US |
 2017 | 
7 minutes

Underwater hydrophones have detected an ultra low-frequency sound emanating from a point 1,500 miles off the coast of Chile. No one can explain it. Scientists have dubbed it “the bloop.” Cara Cusumano’s eerily beautiful film explores the mysteries that lie beneath the ocean’s surface. -JC

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Koldo Almandoz | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Félix Lamarche | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
98 minutes

Have you ever looked out onto Howe Sound and wondered about the container ships at anchor there? What happens on these floating prisons? How do people make their lives at sea? Félix Lamarche’s elegant and poignant film takes us aboard one such cargo ship in a film that is at once monumental and intimate.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:45pm