Bear (2011 film)
|Directed by||Nash Edgerton|
|Produced by||Lauren Edwards|
|Written by||David Michod|
|Music by||Ben Lee|
|Edited by||Nash Edgerton|
Bear is a 2011 Australian short black comedy drama film directed by Nash Edgerton and written by David Michod and Nash Edgerton. The film had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2011.
Emelie is greatly annoyed by her significant other Jack. After she leaves to ride her bicycle along a trail, Jack gets into his car with a box and drives to the trail. As Emelie is riding her bike, she is startled by a bear, and accidentally falls off a cliff. Behind the bear, there are colourful birthday decorations. The bear, revealed to be Jack in a bear costume, rushes down the cliff to Emelie's side. After reconciling with the injured Emelie, he jokingly puts the bear mask back on, and is shot by a bear hunter.
The film earned mainly positive reviews from critics. Ivan Kander of short of the week gave film the positive review said "Edgerton isn’t trying to surprise you—he already pulled off that magic trick once with Spider. Instead, he’s reveling a bit in a sort of misanthropic playground. Our protagonist is a cartoon character of sorts—the Wile E. Coyote of cinematic schadenfreude. He’s always getting himself, and his loved ones, into the darndest, deadliest situations. And, all the while, we can’t help but laugh at his misfortune." David Brook of blue print review gave the film three and a half out of five stars and said "A sequel to Spider, Bear basically replays the gag in a new setting. Predictable of course for this reason, but still funny and well produced." Another critic in his review said that "Reviewing a film this short is going to be fairly similar to reviewing an advert, because and with so little time to build character or a world, it essentially comes down to did you did or did you didn’t like the punch. In this case, I did, it gave me a legitimate ‘ I didn’t see that coming’ moment, upon the fact that it was coolly put together and even pulls of a very impressive stunt. Not one I’ll remember for the rest of my days for sure, but an amusing distraction, which is exactly what I think it was designed to be."
|2011||Cannes Film Festival||Palme d'Or - Best Short Film||Nash Edgerton||Nominated|
|Leeds International Film Festival||Louis le Prince International Short Film||Nash Edgerton||Won|
|Strasbourg International Film Festival||Golden Octopus for the best international short fantastic film||Nash Edgerton||Won|
|2012||Flickerfest International Short Film Festival||Best Direction in an Australian Short Film||Nash Edgerton||Won|
The film received a honorable mention in the category "Best narrative short film" at the 12th International Cycling Film Festival 2017.
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