Watch This: Dan Sachar's Sci-Fi Short OVERTURE

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
We here at Twitch are fans of Israeli filmmaker Dan Sachar. Big fans. Speaking for myself, his last effort Overture was the best overall short film I saw in 2011, and truth be told it's up there for shorts in general. Here's what I wrote for our Best of 2011 roundup:
You may remember a few years back some Twitch love for Dan Sachar's short When It Will Be Silent. With his latest science fiction, Overture, Sachar more than solidifies the filmmaking prowess his previous effort hinted at. Rich with symbolism, light on dialog, moody and languid, Overture is poetic sci-fi at its very best; If you will... a post-apocalyptic pastoral. Ever since I saw it last June it has haunted my thoughts like almost no other film this year, short or feature.

I've watched the film several times since and it is still revealing new mysteries and questions to me. So it is now with great pleasure that I get to share with you the full film, online, ready to watch right now, embedded below! It's just about perfect for a lunch break or easy dinner watch. Well easy, if you like your meals with the accompaniment of deep, philosophical sci-fi. Still curious and need a little more? Here's a simple synopsis:
A lone survivor lost in a dying world, a man struggles to connect pieces from his daily scavenging routine and bits from his repressed memory. When a woman appears in his desolate forest world, she's intent on making him face his past and consequent fate.

So what's next? Sachar, his writing partner Kai Mark, and their producer Guy Lahav are prepping a new short, tentatively titled Nostalgia. Here's a word on that:
The inventor of a memory recording device obsessively replays the last day he shared with his late wife. One night, a call for help forces him to face the outside world and choose between present-time reality or total immersion in the remnants of a playback past.

If you're so inclined you can support this next effort by clicking on the vimeo link and "tipping them" after you've watched Overture. Every little bit does help. It goes without saying that we're very keen to see how Nostalgia shapes up. For now... Overture.
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  • Robert

    Nice video art piece.

  • dinoster

    Thank you, Robert.

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