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The Short Films of Ari Aster

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To coincide with the highly anticipated release of Beau is Afraid, Ari Aster’s masterfully third feature, we are thrilled to present a selection of his early short films:

Before writing and directing his widely praised debut feature Hereditary – and after receiving his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory – Ari Aster had already made a strong impression with his short films. This collection shows his style of dark comedy mixed with horror elements was fully formed from the outset. His latest offering, Beau is Afraid, is another ANXIETY inducing black comedy horror movie with A24.

BASICALLY & C’EST LA VIE are the first two episodes of a once planned series Aster described as “an idiosyncratic collection of monologue-driven character profiles” of Los Angeles residents.

MUNCHAUSEN is an early works from the acclaimed director of Hereditary, revealing his darkly comic vision.

THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS is a dark domestic melodrama/satire about the ties that bind and the ties that really bind.

THE TURTLE’S HEAD see’s Aster in the mood for spoof, mimicking the style of a Noir detective story, crossed with an elaborate “dick joke”, perfectly twinned as a double bill with TDF.

Content included in this bundle

14m Dark Humor, Short, Comedy, Satire 2014
C’est La Vie
8m Comedy, Drama, Apocalyptic, Short, LA 2016
16m Short, Comedy, Drama, Ari Aster 2014
The Turtle's Head
12m Film-Noir, Comedy, Short, Ari Aster 2014
TDF Really Works (aka Todd's Dick Fart)
2m Comedy, Parody, Advert, Short, Ari Aster 2011
The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
34m Drama, Short, Ari Aster, Satire, Dark Humor 2011