The dance is intercut with naturalistic flashbacks of their budding relationship, the connection now underneath stress. And that stress has a sound: police radio, James Baldwin’s voice, protesters chanting “I can’t breathe.” As the strain mounts, she appears, at one level, to pledge allegiance to him and, on the subsequent, to pin him to the bottom, police fashion. The setting and cinematography are essential right here, as are the plausible performances, however it’s Ms. Misner’s choreography that brings us inside the girl’s painful reckoning with white guilt.
Additionally sturdy, another way, is “Welcome to a Brilliant White Limbo,” directed by Cara Holmes. “Welcome” is apt, as a result of this 10-minute movie is actually an introduction to the outstanding Belfast choreographer Oona Doherty. It situates her in her working-class habitat of cul-de-sacs and dart boards, samples a few of her pugnacious solo “Hope Hunt” and lets us hear her ideas in voice-over.
As in “Bend,” the weather are in steadiness: the honesty of Ms. Doherty’s dancing in concord with the honesty of the filmmaking and the honesty of her phrases. A present is a failure, she says, if a viewer’s physique doesn’t know what her physique means, if her viewers doesn’t really feel it within the abdomen. By that measure, this quick dance movie is a hit.
The feature-length picks of this yr’s competition are dominated by documentaries. And these longer movies share a fault: An excessive amount of speaking, not sufficient letting dance communicate for itself.
In a couple of, the imbalance appears considerably justified, a deliberate selection of type. Each Peter Vulchev’s “A Monologue within the Intermission” and Edoardo Gabbriellini’s “Kemp: My Greatest Dance Is But to Come” are rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light monologues: the primary by Vesa Tonova, a cigarette-smoking, Bulgarian ballerina on the sting of compelled retirement; the second by the flamboyant mime Lindsay Kemp, dropping names and making faces at 80. With the first give attention to such personalities, the efficiency footage turns into acceptably secondary, a photograph album flipped by means of whereas listening.