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Short Of The Week: Denis Villeneuve’s Next Floor

Tuesday 24 March 2020, by Abla Kandalaft

What better time to unearth this early short by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve?
In the midst of the supermarket hording that is quickly characterising these end times, Netflix is showing Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform, whose obscene and opulent gorging sequences are starkly reminiscent of Villeneuve’s Next Floor, which sees privileged diners nauseatingly stuffing their faces with exquisitely prepared meats.
Much like The Platform, it is a dark and satirical, purposely over the top piece of social commentary. In 2008, the short earned Villeneuve plaudits and awards from Clermont-Ferrand and Cannes and it’s still as entertaining to watch as ever.

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