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An emotive reflection animation that delves into the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
4/5

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Ekaterina Chatski’s short experimental animation film is a poignant exploration of profound sadness, guilt, and anguish in the face of the shocking news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The narrative follows a couple, voiced by Chatski and Eddie Mora, on a journey through Costa Rica when they stumble upon the devastating information on their car radio.

The film’s emotional depth is palpable as it unfolds through a unique stop-motion animation style, captivating viewers with its somber tone and black-and-white imagery. The characters’ helpless despair is a central theme, creating a dark and reflective atmosphere that lingers throughout the film. Chatski effectively weaves in brief elements of religion, history, and politics, subtly emphasizing the broader context of the characters’ sorrow.

While the narrative is fleeting, it successfully conveys the characters’ emotional turmoil, leaving room for further exploration. The bilingual approach, with dialogue in Spanish and Russian accompanied by English subtitles, adds a layer of authenticity to the storytelling. Chatski’s film is a compelling and thought-provoking piece that invites viewers to reflect on the human impact of geopolitical events, showcasing a unique artistic vision and a commendable execution of stop-motion animation.

Brief Synopsis

A couple is enjoying a vacation in Costa Rica, the country where they live. While driving to Arenal Volcano and listening to the radio, they hear news about the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The protagonist, who is of Russian origin, can’t bear the daily news of the armed conflict and voluntarily secludes herself at home, silencing all her activities due to shame for the events. She “carries the cross” for her country.

Lost in a maze of pain and dishonor of Russian culture, she can’t find a way out. Her partner, who is also her husband, encourages and saves her by throwing her an “Ariadne’s thread” helping her find a way out of the internal chaos.

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Director(s): Ekaterian Chatski
Writer(s): Ekaterian Chatski
Cast: Eddie Mora, Ekaterina Chatski
Producer(s): Ekaterina Chatski
Director of Photography: Ekaterina Chatski
Animation: Ekaterina Chatski

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Runtime: 4 min

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24

An emotive reflection animation that delves into the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
4/5

Review

Ekaterina Chatski’s short experimental animation film is a poignant exploration of profound sadness, guilt, and anguish in the face of the shocking news of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The narrative follows a couple, voiced by Chatski and Eddie Mora, on a journey through Costa Rica when they stumble upon the devastating information on their car radio.

The film’s emotional depth is palpable as it unfolds through a unique stop-motion animation style, captivating viewers with its somber tone and black-and-white imagery. The characters’ helpless despair is a central theme, creating a dark and reflective atmosphere that lingers throughout the film. Chatski effectively weaves in brief elements of religion, history, and politics, subtly emphasizing the broader context of the characters’ sorrow.

While the narrative is fleeting, it successfully conveys the characters’ emotional turmoil, leaving room for further exploration. The bilingual approach, with dialogue in Spanish and Russian accompanied by English subtitles, adds a layer of authenticity to the storytelling. Chatski’s film is a compelling and thought-provoking piece that invites viewers to reflect on the human impact of geopolitical events, showcasing a unique artistic vision and a commendable execution of stop-motion animation.

Spotlight

No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

A couple is enjoying a vacation in Costa Rica, the country where they live. While driving to Arenal Volcano and listening to the radio, they hear news about the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The protagonist, who is of Russian origin, can’t bear the daily news of the armed conflict and voluntarily secludes herself at home, silencing all her activities due to shame for the events. She “carries the cross” for her country.

Lost in a maze of pain and dishonor of Russian culture, she can’t find a way out. Her partner, who is also her husband, encourages and saves her by throwing her an “Ariadne’s thread” helping her find a way out of the internal chaos.

24 Short Animation

Credits

Director(s): Ekaterian Chatski
Writer(s): Ekaterian Chatski
Cast: Eddie Mora, Ekaterina Chatski
Producer(s): Ekaterina Chatski
Director of Photography: Ekaterina Chatski
Animation: Ekaterina Chatski

Specifications

Genre: ,
Subjects: ,
Country:
Language: ,
Year:
Runtime: 4 min
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