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Thursday shorts: Golson, "Red Road," "And the winner is....."

Posted at 1:15 PM on May 3, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Golson: Make sure you lend an ear to the sound piece on sax-player Benny Golson which aired on Morning Edition today. He's the musician who was featured in "The Terminal" a few years back. It's a sweet little piece, and while the text on the web site is interesting, it's better to listen.

Red Road The jury at Cannes awarded "Red Road" its prize last year, and, as it opens locally this weekend, it's easy to see why.

Director Andrea Arnold's tense drama tells the story of Jackie (Kate Dickie,) who watches dozens of video monitors feeding images from cameras dotted around Glasgow in Scotland. When she sees one particular man appear one day, it sets her off on a journey where she has to confront an ugly part of her past. On one level "Red Road" is a straight-forward thriller, with some tricky twists along the way. However it's also a thought-provoking treatise on the dangers of knowing too much in our information-based society.

It's a tough film to watch at times, raw and at times graphic in its sexuality, but if you are up for it, this flick pays off.

And the winner is... MSPIFF will present "Four Minutes" Friday through Sunday at the Oak Street Cinema after it won the audience favorite award. The film is also up for nine "Lolas" the German equivalent of an Oscar in Berlin this week.

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