It is a change in the daily routine, it charges you with positive energy, or challenges you to see the world’s flaws – the effects of laughter are surprising and guaranteed, particularly when served in small doses for two nights in a row. On February 1 and 2, viewers at Patria Cinema have a chance to see ironical, hilarious, or absurd short films that have been awarded at various film festivals around the world, as part of ShortsUP Short Comedy Weekend, an event that celebrates high quality humor. The films offer audiences three different perspectives on today’s world in which finding oneself becomes increasingly harder. Explosive and unpredictable, Remember Me (Jean-François Asselin, Canada, 2013) has been described by The Huffington Post as “one of the most funny and mean-spirited things I’ve ever seen. It was graphic, subtle, and daring. It made a commentary on modern social networking culture without the director having to step onstage and tell us that. During the screening, there were gasps, there were screams, there was legitimate, sustained laughter.” Winner of Best Comedy at the 2013 L.A. ShortFest, Record Breaker (Ryan Velásquez, U.S., 2012) is an amusing and touching short film about self-knowledge. Great (Andreas Henn, Germany, 2013), a German comedy selected to take part in over 14 international film festivals and awarded with the Audience Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest and Aspen ShortFest, will be screened for the first time in Romania Saturday, February 1. Apart from films, the event will also include Imbold Pop-Up Gallery, a visual art exhibition part of a curator project devised by Imbold and the Special Gallery for ShortsUp viewers. Thirteen avant-garde urban artists inspired by the ecogentric preoccupation of the modern world have created a series of original canvas, print, and metal works. Among these artists are Pisica Patrata, Matei Branea, Ioana Sopov, Madalina Andronic, and Loreta Isac. Tickets can be purchased through MyTicket and Eventim at RON 25/night or RON 40/both nights (subscription) or on site (Patria Cinema) at RON 35/night.