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28 July 2021

Anything else?

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Masque-19” - 5 mins 03s

Marko Roth's effective lockdown drama is inspired by Masque-19 - the codeword used by domestic abuse victims in France. When a woman spots a pharmacy on her one-hour walk, she also spots a chance to escape her partner once and for all. Yet the fear of discovery follows her every step of the way.

Timely dread permeates Roth's five-minute film, as the twin threats of violence and Covid-19 collide in a cramped Paris store. Echoes and phantom hands risk a late shift into horror movie territory, though the overall tone is grounded and sensitive. The existence of codewords like 'Ani' and Masque-19 is heartbreaking, but a clear lifeline for those in need.

Director: Marko Roth Ⓦ (You Are Here Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Cinematographer: Léo Schrepel

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