This Time Away – the sci-fi short written and directed by Magali Barbe – has recently been selected for three more film festivals. In September, the Oscar qualifying Manhatten Short Festival. In October, the Santa Fe International Film Festival. And in November, the Norwich Film Festival.

This Time Away follows Timothy Spall’s Nigel, an elderly recluse whose troubled relationship with his daughter is a source for much repressed pain. But when he befriends an odd robotic companion, his daily routine is challenged and he begins to remember how to love.