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Lift

Otis (Dominique Pinon) is a live-in lift operator who has never set foot outside his elevator. He is secretly in love with K, a junior typist who is afraid of elevators and has never set foot in one.

Each morning, as K climbs the 20 flights of stairs to her typing pool, Otis does his best to parallel her ascent. He subtly influences the demands of his many passengers to catch glimpses of his beloved. K’s only pleasure is typing her dreams on her lunch breaks. Everyday they each go about their routines with quiet dedication. But this routine is about to change.

Today, something will happen that will make them realize they share a common dream that could bring them together and forever change their lives.

Film notes

Lift is a fantasy. A world populated by people and things we have never seen before: a man who has lives inside an elevator, a steam powered typing pool, the ability to discern what someone is typing by the minute variations of each keystroke. But this is not escapist melodrama. The emotional life of the main characters is a rarification of experiences that we all share as human beings: the hesitancy to step beyond the safe confines of our known limitations, the ache of a secret passion, the moment when we must decide to take a risk in the hope of realizing a greater desire. Lift seeks to distill and amplify the emotions that we become immured too in our daily lives. Its fanciful aspects serve to highlight the magic of the everyday that resides under the façade of normal existence.

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Copyright © 2004 Garton/Dalton

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Previous screenings

2004
Montréal World Film Festival
26 Aug – 6 Sep | Montréal, Canada
31 Aug – 6 Sep | Palm Springs, United States
14 Oct – 21 Nov | Fort Lauderdale, United States
14 Oct – 24 Oct | Denver, United States
23 Oct – 29 Oct | Savannah, United States
14 Nov | Concord, United States
3 Dec – 12 Dec | Anchorage, United States
2005
21 Jan – 23 Jan | Claremont, United States
28 Jan – 6 Feb | Sarasota, United States
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
28 Jan – 5 Feb | Clermont-Ferrand, France
17 Feb – 20 Feb | Boulder, United States
25 Feb – 6 Mar | Carbondale, United States
2 Mar – 5 Mar | Fargo, United States
2 Mar – 13 Mar | San Jose, United States
2 Mar – 13 Mar | Washington, United States
3 Mar – 6 Mar | Sedona, United States
11 Mar – 17 Mar | Tiburon, United States
31 Mar – 4 Apr | Ashland, United States
31 Mar – 3 Apr | Sonoma, United States
1 Apr – 8 Apr | Calabasas, United States
1 Apr – 3 Apr | Libertyville, United States
7 Apr – 10 Apr | Atlantic City, United States
7 Apr – 20 Apr | Philadelphia, United States
7 Apr – 10 Apr | Phoenix, United States
21 Apr – 24 Apr | Indianapolis, United States
21 Apr – 30 Apr | Newport Beach, United States
22 Apr – 28 Apr | Kansas City, United States
25 Apr – 1 May | Syracuse, United States
29 Apr – 1 May | Trenton, United States
13 May – 28 May | Albany & Saratoga Springs, United States
7 Jun | France
Winnipeg International Film Festival | 2005
9 Jun – 12 Jun | Winnipeg, Canada
20 Jul – 24 Jul | New York, United States
21 Jul – 30 Jul | Stony Brook, United States
30 Jul – 6 Aug | Woods Hole, United States
9 Aug – 14 Aug | Providence, United States
24 Aug – 28 Aug | Tahoe, United States
6 Sep – 11 Sep | Oxford, United States
6 Oct – 13 Oct | New Orleans, United States
7 Oct – 9 Oct | Ellensburg, United States
13 Oct – 21 Oct | Indianapolis, United States
20 Oct – 30 Oct | Milwaukee, United States
21 Oct – 27 Oct | Edina, United States
25 Oct – 30 Oct | Bethel, United States
6 Nov – 13 Nov | Cleveland, United States
11 Nov – 13 Nov | Morgan Hill, United States
11 Nov – 14 Nov | Annapolis, United States

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