Holiday Shorts

Holiday Shorts

7 Episodes

A stocking stuffer of holiday shorts captures both the magic of the season and the melancholy of what can be the loneliest time of year. From a cozy stop-motion treasure (A CHRISTMAS DREAM) to striking early works by renowned auteurs like Lynne Ramsay (GASMAN), these by turns festive, funny, and poignant films are proof that sometimes small gifts are the best of all.

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Holiday Shorts
  • A Christmas Dream

    Episode 1

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1945 • Czechoslovakia

    This early short from 1945 showcases the technical skill, wit, and creativity of director Karel Zeman.

  • Otemba

    Episode 2

    Directed by Kayo Hatta • 1988 • United States

    Cultural traditions blend as a Japanese American family celebrates Christmas and a young girl tries to find her place within the family structure.

  • Gasman

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lynne Ramsay • 1998 • United Kingdom
    Starring James Ramsay, Lynne Ramsay Jr., Jackie Quinn

    Lynne Ramsay displays her photographer’s eye for striking compositions in this woozily sensorial Christmastime snapshot of a fractured family, an early expression of the complicated parent-chil...

  • Bad Night for the Blues

    Episode 4

    Directed by Chris Shepherd • 2010 • United Kingdom

    It’s a holiday to remember—or not—when a young man joins his dotty elderly aunt for a Christmas party at her local Conservative Club, where the wine is flowing, the bingo is heated, and the cracks in the genteel facade start to show.

  • Lady of the Night

    Episode 5

    Directed by Marin Håskjold • 2017 • Norway
    Starring Jonas Strand Gravli, Sverre Kvamme

    The dynamics between friends are challenged when Martin arrives at a Christmas party wearing a dress. As hidden desires come forth, the evening becomes an exploration of gender roles.

  • A New Year

    Episode 6

    Directed by George Sikharulidze • 2018 • Georgia
    Starring Eka Demetradze, Giorgi Bandzeladze, Demetre Gratiashvili

    In this poignantly understated portrait of everyday resilience, a mother and son face a difficult holiday season when the patriarch of the household announces he is leaving to join ...

  • Melting Snow

    Episode 7

    Directed by Janah Elise Cox • 2021 • United States

    Two tons of snow—flown from New Hampshire to Puerto Rico in 1952 in order to “gift” Puerto Ricans a “white Christmas”—become a metaphor for the colonialist paternalism of America’s relationship to Puerto Rico.