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The eight brief films in the festival’s Short Cuts presentation span seven countries and run the gamut from dramatic to lighthearted. A father earnestly attempts to help his daughter deal with the loss of her mother while he sells fish eggs to a wealthy client in the Romanian short Caviar. The French short As The Rain Was Falling hones in on a fleeting, romantically charged moment duringa storm. Renaud Capuçon, a renowned French violinist, takes his art to the Paris Metro in 7.57 AM-PM. As withJoshua Bell’s visit to the D.C. Metro with his Stradivarius, the thousands passing by hardly notice Capuçon’s masterful playing, and his breathtaking performance leaves him with only a few Euros to take home. The highlight is Swedish director Patrik Eklund’s clever Seeds of the Fall. The film follows an unlikely twist in the otherwise dull love life of an older couple, and it features the same absurd-but-compassionate humor that earned his last film, Instead of Abracadbra, an Oscar nomination.