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The innate strangeness of human social rituals is brought to the fore in these brilliantly bizarre anthropological social dramas that double as critiques of cultural norms and niceties. Swedish director Jerry Carlsson’s tense, uncanny short SHADOW ANIMALS assumes the point of view of a young girl as it surveys the increasingly weird, sinister goings-on at a nightmarish dinner party. Its vision of human nature as inherently animalistic is taken to the extreme in Greek iconoclast Athina Rachel Tsangari’s international breakout ATTENBERG, an outré blend of coming-of-age melodrama, oddball musical, and surrealist nature documentary.