"Alive" at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo

Although Swedish director Jimmy Olsson's short film Alive (2020) runs for only twenty-three minutes, it packs a hefty punch of emotions and depth. The story follows Viktoria (Eva Johansson), whose disability seems inconsequential next to her unendurable sexual frustration. She confides this need for intimacy, this hunger for a man, to her caregiver Ida (Madeleine Martin) who, with some reluctance, helps Viktoria set up a Tinder profile. A match is made, and Ida worries she's made a dangerous mistake. What would happen if Viktoria and this man were to actually meet?

What's particularly remarkable about Alive is how it tells a fairly big story in a relatively short time frame, by bringing together precisely the right shot sizes, movement, colors, camera angles, sound and music to convey the narrative. Not only is it well shot, but it's also perfectly paced, with acting and storytelling that evoke empathy and inspire a new perspective.

Alive took a first prize at the Huesca International Film Festival earlier this year and should do well at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) in September (normally held each year in June in Tokyo's Harajuku-Omotesando area, but postponed this year due to Covid-19).

A trailer for Alive and information about some of Olsson's other film projects can be found here. To learn more about the SHORTSHORTS brand and its SSFF & ASIA, check out their website.