Here at Flavorpill, we’re total suckers for short stories — in any form. The idea of short stories being used as source material for films — even feature films — is nothing new (hello, Brokeback Mountain), but this week, PWxyz pointed us towards a gorgeous short film we had never seen before, based on one of our favorite short stories, Franz Kafka’s “A Country Doctor.” Inspired, we dug up a few more wonderful short films based on short stories, both professional and amateur, which could serve either to accent your understanding of a story, or, you know, let you off easy. After all, there’s nothing lower-effort than kicking back and watching videos online. Even if they’re literary. Click through to check out the films, and let us know which short story you’d love to see in short film form in the comments.
Franz Kafka’s “A Country Doctor,” adapted by Kōji Yamamura.
Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” adapted as “Black Hearts Bleed Red” by Jeri Cain Rossi.
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” adapted by Larry Yust.
Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” adapted as “2081” by Chandler Tuttle.
E.B. White’s “The Family That Dwelt Apart,” adapted by Yvon Malette.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” adapted by Alfonso S. Suárez.
Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose,” adapted by Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker.
Roddy Doyle’s “New Boy,” adapted by Steph Green.
Roald Dahl’s “The Sound Machine,” adapted by Zahid Chohan
Donald Barthelme’s “The Balloon,” adapted by Martynas Zaremba.