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A Cell Phone Gets In the Way of an Important Conversation in This Short Film

By  · Published on October 4th, 2014

Maj-Britt La Cour/The Current

We’re teaming with The Current for the next two months to deliver 10 short films from 10 different directors, focused on social trends explored through cinema.

The first short film, New Status, is an exercise in frustration when a major life event gets filtered through a cell phone. It’s a simple (now well-worn) concept given irritatingly funny life and a scream-worthy punchline.

“My intention is to question the constant accessibility our smartphones provide and what it does to the way we communicate these days. It comes to a point where people are more focused on sharing with the world what a great time they are having, instead of actually having a great time. If we do not find the discipline to put the smartphone away once in a while, and have an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation, we will end up communicating via the smartphone only,” says director Maj-Britt La Cour.

Here’s some more information on La Cour:

“Films have always fascinated me. As a child I would spend days watching the same films over and over again. And when I felt sorry and sad, I wrote stories. When I was 17 I watched the film Amélie and that was an eye opener to what movies can do. After film school I worked in London as a director’s assistant to Danish director Lone Scherfig. Then I went to L.A. and studied cinematography in Hollywood.

In a way I think that The Current opens up for a whole new filmic format with its 2–3 mins films. You would think that such short films are less serious, but on the contrary! They describe subjects that the directors find important in our current society. And they practice the art of short and precise storytelling, which is the key to good filmmaking.”

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