Commissioned by Grolsch Beer, this anthology film collects three shorts about the title concept, which most of the artists interpret simply as "time." Harmony Korine (Trash Humpers
) directed "The Lotus Community Workshop," whose star attraction is Val Kilmer delivering a loopy motivational speech to a crowd of middle-American losers in a bowling alley. Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls
) directed "Chronoeye," about an esteemed Russian mathematician who's trying to invent a time machine, and the free-spirited woman in the apartment overhead who keeps distracting him with her dance routine. The sole knockout, however, comes from the filmmaker with the shortest track record: Jan Kwiecinski, a native of Warsaw and a recent graduate of the London Film School. His apocalyptic drama "Fawns" follows four young pals as they romp around an evacuated town, a civil defense siren rising and falling in the distance and news broadcasts warning of a cataclysmic flood. Nothing drives home the idea of time more powerfully than watching it run out. In English and subtitled Russian and Polish.
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The 19th annual fest opens Thursday night at Gene Siskel Film Center