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Review: Four Stories short film series with Roman Coppola

Wednesday 28 November 2012

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Words Alice Bell

Last night Spindle went to Roman Coppola’s screening of ‘Four Stories’, which saw Intel, W Hotels, Vice, and director Roman Coppola team up on short film competition, part of the Ultrabook Experience campaign promoting its line of Ultrabook laptops.

The Four Stories premiere is the culmination of a film contest launched earlier in 2012 to find some of the world’s most promising aspiring film-makers. Entrants were challenged to upload their original screenplays online for the chance to see their idea brought to life on the big screen. The competition brief was for short films – generally up to 15 minutes in length – and the theme ‘hotels’, adventures on the road and the physical, emotional and spiritual elements of travel.

The competition has been curated by acclaimed film director and screenwriter Roman Coppola and his award winning production company, The Directors’ Bureau. They turned the four winning scripts into individual ten-minute shorts, with a final fifth film being created by Coppola himself.

Our personal favourite was Eugene, directed by Spencer Susser, which was about a business traveller in Washington DC who gets a mysterious gift: an Ultrabook that grants all his wishes. You can’t help but sympathise with Eugene’s character and the surreal twist the story takes.

The Four Stories included;

Eugene, directed by Spencer Susser (feat. Michael Govier and Karolina Wydra)

El Tonto! directed by Lake Bell (feat. Kyle Mooney)

Modern/Love, directed by Lee Toland Krieger (feat Robert Schwartzman and Naomi Scott)

The Mirror Between Us, directed by Kahlil Joseph (feat Nicole Beharie and Dan’ee Doty)

Die Again, Undead One, directed by Roman Coppola

Watch ‘Four Stories’ HERE