Narrative Short

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Jörn Knost | Germany | 2015 | 7 m The manufacturing hand H-3957 has an accident. After regeneration, H-3957 wants to continue his job. But the Company-Main-Computer answers, that H-3957 is to slow to continue working there. H-3957 retires. After another regeneration sleep, he feels his finger more than before. He recognizes the warm feeling blanket. After… Read more »


Piotr Wieckowski | France, Poland | 2016 | 15 m French with English Subtitles It’s getting late. Aleks’s wife hasn’t come back home yet. Their 3 years old daughter Emilie refuses to go to sleep. The ringing phone triggers a set of emotions which would get out of control.

Glass House (Glasshus)

Erik Ivar Sæther, Nicolai Berg Hansson | Norway | 2016 | 10 m Norwegian with English Subtitles In recent months, Jens has determined that he is unhappy. Luckily he has found in this black comedy with the taste of a “salty duck” an appropriate opportunity to all to speak of the soul.

Miss Eleonoora and the Bottom of the Bottle (Neiti Eleonoora ja pullonpohja)

Pauliina Talikka | Finland | 2013 | 6 m Finnish with English Subtitles Old Miss Eleonoora collects empty bottles from the streets. When the night falls she returns to her apartment and starts to build something extraordinary. Miss Eleonoora robs from the poor to give the rich an ability to see.

The Thread (Fonál)

Arpad Gorogh | Hungary | 2016 | 18:00 Hungarian with English Subtitles Real men are tough. Real men do not show their emotions – they just take what is theirs. But what happens when the things you took take possession of you? Máté, a man around thirty who has seen better days, seeks refuge in a… Read more »


Zhao Yu | China | 2016 | 30 m Chinese with English Subtitles The film tells that a programmer named “Shu” encountered a tough problem when breaking a program and he was confused and turned to another programmer named b for help. B told one secrete to “Shu” that the whole world has been deeply enveloped in… Read more »

The Next Day (De Volgende Dag)

Jikke de haan | Netherlands | 2015 | 31 m Dutch with English Subtitles The next Day tells the dramatic story of two married couples who go on a joined holiday each year. After the death of both wives (one through cancer, the other because of a traffic accident) the husbands decide to go on that holiday… Read more »

A Theory of Colours: The Origin of White Light Part 1 (Farbenlehre: Der Ursprung Weißen Lichts Teil 1)

Peter Jonas | Germany | 2015 | 34 m German with English Subtitles First part of a film about competing theories of colours. A journey to find the origin of white.

A Halt (Pysähdys)

Pia Andell | Finland | 2016 | 6 m Finnish with English Subtitles A woman sitting in a tram sees a man dressed in jogging gear stretching on the tram stop. She wishes that he would not spot her, but of course he does. Thus begins a conversation that is soundless but not silent.


Felix Schaffert | Switzerland | 2015 | 17 m German with English Subtitles Both mother and daughter have the same blond hair down to their hips, wear the same clothes and the interior of their bedrooms are identical. Harmony, a nine-year-old girl, lives in symbiosis with her mother. Strolling down the streets in their designer clothes they’re… Read more »