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Short Films and the Internet’s Most Famous Baby, on the Roof This Friday

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Still from Johannes Nyholm's Youtube sensation, and now full-fledged short film, LAS PALMAS debuting at Rooftop Films this Friday

The independent summer film series from Rooftop Films continues on the Open Road Rooftop this Friday with a selection of short films from New York and Sweden (they are partnering with the Swedish Film Institute this summer).

One of the highlights of the evening will be the US premier of the short, Las Palmas, by Swedish animator Johannes Nyholm. The “trailer” was a Youtube sensation – viewed by over 9 million people – and features his one-year-old daughter portraying a middle-aged lady get a little “tipsy” on holiday.  The complete version was produced in part by the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund and just screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Nyholm will be at the show in person for a Q&A after the film.

Here’s the full lineup:


Tord & Tord (Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden | 11 min.)
Tord accidentally walks into the apartment next to his and discovers that Tord lives there, too. An adorable, animated, post-modern fable.

Andy & Zach (Nick Paley | New York, NY | 10 min.)
In this wry comedy starring actual ex-roommates (and Office cast members), when Zach decides to move out, Andy tries to set up a new life without his best friend. nickpaley.com

John’s Gone (Josh and Benny Safdie | New York, NY | 22 min.)
John sells things online, cheats off dollar stores, needs friends but settles for strangers, has roaches. John is punch drunk, not with love but with something far more strange and lost. In this fever dream comedy, one can only say John’s Gone. redbucketfilms.com

Peter’s Room (Nicolas Kolovos | Sweden | 3 min.)
Young Peter lies in bed, pretending to be asleep. His parents are worried that he’s become too attached.

Yoghurt (Sanna Lenken | Sweden | 29 min.)
Six strangers are sitting in a conference room. They’re in a focus group, but how much is there really to say about yoghurt? There’s so much more to discover about each other.

Cross Your Heart (Michael Wood | Brooklyn, NY | 11 min.)
After serving 3 years in prison, Andre returns to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Sheila. Hoping to rekindle their relationship and re-connect with the 5 year-old daughter they share, Andre fights to gain the trust of his fractured family.

Las Palmas (Johannes Nyholm | Sweden | 14 min.)
A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one-year-old girl (Johannes’ daughter); the rest of the cast are marionette puppets. The trailer received over 8 million views on YouTube. Here now is the US premiere of the complete version of Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund grantee Johannes Nyholm’s legendary short film. johannesnyholm.se

$10 // Doors open at 8p, Live Music at 8:30p // 450 Grand Street.

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