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Laura Gonçalves' Three Weeks in December (2013)

The loose line work and muddled audio add to the intimacy, as the film fixates on quiet moments and small gestures

sketch of a family sitting around a table eating a turkey dinner. There are three-four elderly people, three adults, and two babies/children. There is a dog wearing a sweater on the floor, begging for food. From Laura Goncalves' Three Weeks in December (2013)

NOTE: This Monday short was originally posted on April 29, 2019. We are re-uploading Peter Hemminger's original Monday Shorts until further notice.

I thought that this was nice and relatable. Talking around a table with family in December. It also is by Laura Gonçalves, who made The Garbage Men that screened in GIRAF18's Indie Mixtape A - it was also very wholesome and amazing, so I'm happy that this was in the archives! Another great nostalgic piece that makes everyone feel good.

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Animator Laura Goncalves based her film Three Weeks in December on sketchbook drawings done at an extended family gathering. The resulting film is wonderfully informal, affectionate portrait of her relatives. The loose line work and muddled audio add to the intimacy, as the film fixates on quiet moments and small gestures, confident that the broader theme of family ties will come through naturally. It's an invitation into a bustling home for a hearty meal, with all the warmth that implies.

dir: Laura Gonçalves

syn: It is a personal story that emphasises the family bonds. Using my sketchbook drawings as a reference and my family as the subject, this film follows a diaristic format, showing several situations and events that are part of my routine in Belmonte
My research evolved around documenting personal stories, diary and autobiography, memory and trauma.
It is dedicated to my grandfather.