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Directed by David Lynch
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
3 minutes
Language English

Absurda is a short film directed by David Lynch and shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] The film is approximately two and a half minutes long. It employs dream-like imagery, with stationary visuals which show a theater and the screen on which nightmarish images are projected.[3][4][5] The film is part of the To Each His Own Cinema anthology.


A group of four teens walk into the theater, thinking they are going to see a dance. A giant pair of scissors are sticking out of the screen and the teens start to talk to the man in the projection room. The screen starts showing one teen, Cindy, dancing in a tutu and another teen, Tom, with a bloody face. Tom begins to say he feels strange and begins to look at Cindy in a weird way. A scream and the words "No, Tom, no" are audible as smoke consumes most of the theater. In the smoke, the audience can see Cindy dancing in a tutu while she says, "So, I went dancing. I've always loved to dance."

The film is stationary in the sense the camera stays in one spot, showing the theater and the screen. The group of teens in the film are not seen, but they are heard.


  1. ^ "New Short Film Absurda Premieres at Cannes". dugpa.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Absurda(2007)". imdb.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Fest Poster Boy, WKW, Set for Cannes Close-Up; New Market Faces; IETFF". indiewire.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cannes Film Festival jury meets". businessofcinema.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Absurda - David Lynch". youtube.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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