Friday, October 7, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Ark (animated)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you a fantastic story of courage and loss in a post-apocalyptic world. Here is a 8-minute computer animated Polish short called, Ark from filmmaker, Grzegorz Jonkajtys. This is actually a quite fascinating and sad look at the lengths people will go to survive when there's nothing to live for.

Nominated for the Cannes Palm d'Or in 2007, this short turned a lot of heads during the stogy film festival and its easy to see why. Here's the synopsis:

An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man.

It's just a lot of fun and has a great twist ending that adds another layer, an added melancholy to the story.

Check this out if you're in the mood to see beautiful European cgi animation. Check this out if you like your post-apocalyptic stories with heart and a mournful wistfulness. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Ark.

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