Short Stay

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    Short Stay

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    61 min

    • English


    Mike may always be wandering, but you’d hardly call him a man on the move. His stamping ground is modest, the strip of suburbia between his mom’s house in New Jersey and the pizza place where he works. Mike’s no great conversationalist and isn’t big on direction either, preferring to let things happen than making them happen himself. Feeding a neighbour’s dog, bumping into a friend, catching a hockey game: all just different reasons to trudge along the same wintry streets, unhurried, ungainly, alone. One day, opportunity knocks. Mike bumps into his old school friend Mark, who asks Mike to take over his walking tour job and Philadelphia apartment during his trip to Poland. A change of season, a change of scene, a change of fortune? The streets Mike now wanders through are different and the sun is shining, but otherwise it’s the same old story: new people and new encounters, laced with the usual awkwardness and inertia. Ted Fendt’s charming 35 mm miniature is not quite a comedy, nor quite a drama, but rather a moral tale: a lesson on how anything that falls into your lap can just as easily fall out of it again. We can change our context, but we can’t change ourselves.


    • FIPRESCI Award - IndieLisboa


    Labels & Line Ups


    Mike Maccherone
    Elizabeth Soltan
    Mark Simmons
    Marta Sicinska
    Meaghan Lydon
    Dan Faro
    Calvin Engime
    Rob Fini
    Ted Fendt
    Sage Einarsen
    Sean Dunn


    In its own strange way a marvelous thing.

    Calum Marsh, The Village Voice

    A timeless, sobering portrait.

    James Lattimer , Slant Magazine

    Simple yet effective.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Ted Fendt

    Ted Fendt


    Born in Philadelphia, USA in 1989. He works as a filmmaker and translator. His translations from French into English include film criticism by Luc Moullet, Mireille Latil-le-Dantec, Emmanuel Siety, and Louis Seguin; and subtitles for films by Jean-Marie Straub, Alain Resnais, Marcel Hanoun, and Jean Epstein. He has directed three short films. SHORT STAY, his first feature film, was selected at the Berlinale Forum in 2016.