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MSPIFF // Shorts // X - The Exploited


These dramas will leave you questioning everything. Or will they?

Sergey's Fortune:
A hitman for the Ukrainian mafia gets in trouble with the boss after his mission is compromised by a pair of obnoxious YouTube stars.

Director: Peter Mackie | Runtime: 16 min | Country: USA | 2018 | English

Masseuse, The: 
A fledgling human technician is torn between his feelings towards an outdated android and placating his abusive, android-averse father.

Director: Tan Ce Ding | Runtime: 20 min | Country: Malaysia | 2018 | Chinese

Sect, The:
Mark, alone in his transgressions, is haunted by a recent decision and needs to make his trouble disappear, but there is only one option to do so.

Director: Nick Wenck | Runtime: 7 min | Country: USA | 2018 | English

In Sound, We Live Forever:
Something bad has(is) happened(happening).

Director: Joshua Giuliano | Runtime: 12 min | Country: USA | 2019 | English

Lunch Time: 
A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother.

Director: Alireza Ghasemi | Runtime: 15 min | Country: Iran | 2017 | Persian

Nursery Rhymes:
Why is a Metalhead singing Old MacDonald on the side of a rural highway?

Director: Tom Noakes | Runtime: 5 min | Country: Australia | 2018 | English

Secret Lives of Asians at Night:
What does the “model minority” do after dark? (A screwball noir in 5 languages.)

Director: KEFF | Runtime: 18 min | Country: USA | 2019 | English, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean


9:30 PM // X-The Exploited

The highly anticipated second feature from the director behind the 2015 box office hit Liza, the Fox Fairy is an intense and stylish crime drama that shows how the unsettled heritage of the communist past still haunts the nation. Personal histories and a murder mystery unfold in present-day Budapest, where talented investigative detective Éva must overcome her panic attacks in order to save her country – and herself. Éva and her husband were once the best detectives the department ever had. But Éva's husband committed suicide in his office and she discovered the body. Ever since, actual crime scenes make her ill, but she's a wizard at deriving information from photographs. From her basement office in the Department of Unusual Deaths, she discovers a few too many. In these days before the national election, a serial killer is on the loose.

Hungarian director and writer Károly Ujj Mészáros was born on April 23, 1968 in Keszthely. Along with his latest film, X-The Exploited, he is known for Liza The Fox Fairy (15) and Guimember (03).

"[N]avigates between a police investigation in a Seven-inspired noxious atmosphere, against a backdrop of serious and vague politico-realistic secrets, and a pure genre film with its various archetypes" - Cineuropa


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