19min29 | 35mm
Clara spends her birthday working the night shift at a furniture store. When she learns that James, her secret crush is leaving, she seeks solace in a gift from her mother - a bottle of champagne. Emboldened, Clara tries to find a real connection in a world of artificial displays.
After a BA in philosophy and some assorted work experiences, Hans Olson began to make films with the support of FAVA, Edmonton’s film and video co-op. He later studied screenwriting at Langara College in Vancouver. His fictional shorts, Bronwen’s Ark and Baby Boots, take place against the backdrop of the prairies, while his first documentary, Where Credit is Due, was filmed in Guatemala. Hans recently completed the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, where he directed a short drama called Champagne. Champagne screened at the 2010 TIFF and was broadcast on CBC Reflections in April 2011. Hans has worked on video projects at Skills Society in Edmonton, and is currently the Alberta coordinator for the Kaleidoscope Video Challenge. He enjoys being involved with the Nordlys Film and Arts Festival in Camrose.