Friday, April 22, 2016

Chulyen, histoire de corbeau / Chulyen - A Crow's Tale

Director: Agnès Patron / Cerise Lopez
Production: Ikki Films
FR 2015
Technique: black and white, drawn and painted animation
Narration/dialogue: only sound and music
Duration: 20 min
Cinema Andorra, Helsinki (Animatricks, International Shorts 1: Metamorphosis of Love) 22 April 2016
    NB. Corbeau = raven. Crow = corneille.

Animatricks: "Chulyen is strong, Chulyen is handsome. Chulyen is weak, Chulyen is ugly. Chulyen is the crow spirit, and three shamans are chasing him."

IMDb: "Up there, so close to the pole, Chulyen is bored. Half man, half crow, with his pitiless eyes he cuts the world into pieces. When Chulyen covets a giant's kayak, he comes down from the air to charm and deceive him. When Chulyen is starving, he devours alive a plump, pudgy, delicious youngs seal. But the wind rises, and the spirits of the forest are at his heels. This time, Chulyen won't get out of it unscathed. Unless...  "

AA: "Ce film est tiré d'une histoire vraie". The essence of animation is in its affinity with animism. This film is about the power of nature, the might of heaven, the thunder of the sky, the Northern lights, the poetry of the snow. Chulyen the crow spirit is stuck in the limbo between  heaven and earth, but when he is set free there is light, an entrance into infinity. This is a film about metamorphoses: transformations into a birdman and a sealman. The flight of fantasy is remarkable, and the attempt to identify with atavistic, prehistorical imagination is compelling. This is a film about the pre-dawn of consciousness.

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