Sunday, October 17, 2010

Katedra (2002) & Fallen Art (2004)

The great thing about short movies is that they don't need to muck about. They can focus on a single issue and make their point brilliantly, without wasting any time. Like the most perfect poetry where every word, and every syllable is well though out and has a deeper meaning, short films are cinematic minimalism at the extreme. If even as much as a second of the film does not serve the purpose of the main issue, it does not belong in the film.

The great thing about animation is, of course, the possibilities it gives the film-makers. Nothing is too far fetched, too extreme, or too difficult to materialize. If the film-makers can think it, they can put it on the screen.

Sadly, it's still rather rare to see short, animated films that take advantage of all this great potential.

But then, along comes Tomek Baginski, a Polish visionary, with talent to boot!

His two short films Katedra and Fallen art, while vastly different in imagery, genre and imagination, both share a level of excellence that is nothing short of astounding.



  1. I'm not well-versed in short films I'm afraid, though when done brilliantly, they could pack a punch despite its short running time. That poster for Katendra is stunning btw.

  2. you know, if fact I don't think I've ever met anybody that's "well-versed" in short films... And that's pretty great actually, because that means you can find some almost secret gems....