Special Problems / The Sweet Shop brings out the art-house in Cannes project

Film duo Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali (aka Special Problems) permiered their short film Echoes at Cannes last month to some big names in the global film industry.

A synopsis from its creators:

It’s 3am and a comedian is having an off night. In a moment of desperation he begins to muse on love and life, his musings become the anchor to five stories of five isolated individuals. An expectant father waiting in a bar, an executive driving home, an astronaut in space, a young woman going for a late night swim and a singer waiting to go on stage are all experiencing a surreal moment of clarity.

The film was produced for The Weinstein Company and Lexus, to showcase innovative international film makers. Special Problems , which directs for production house The Sweet Shop, was one of five groups invited to present a short film.

“It was a real privilege for us to be involved with The Weinstein Company,” says Hooper.

“The artistic respect they gave us as directors in terms of our personal creative choices was refreshing and their ability to take a short film project like this and present it in an atmosphere like Cannes is unique.  It’s not often you get to share a round table discussion with Tim Burton and Harvey Weinstein to talk about your film!”

Echoes features Kiwi actors and actresses, including comedian Jeremy Elwood and My Weddings and Other Secrets star Michelle Ang.

Special Problems is well known for its eclectic style (which is apparent also in the Echoes trailer), having worked on the music videos for several indie New Zealand artists including Cut Off Your Hands, The Naked and Famous and The Mint Chicks. One of their latest videos is for Lorde's Top 40 song Royals.

A spokesperson for The Sweet Shop says it is still being confirmed if and when Echoes will get a wider release.

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