Monday, November 25, 2019

Away by Gints Zilbalodis Available Friday @awayfilm

Away An Animated feature film by Gints Zilbalodis Opens on Friday.

AWAY is an amazing feature length animated film; written, produced and directed entirely by one very talented person: Director and Animator, Gints Zilbalodis. Gints worked on the film for three and a half years, writing the fascinating story, creating the beautifully animated landscapes and characters, and composing and recording the enchanting music to the film.

The story is about a boy traveling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, and in a way, the story-line/narrative is a reflection of the creative process of the making of the film itself. The main idea of AWAY is our common, universal need to find a connection.

“I’m very happy to have finally finished the film after so many years... And I can’t wait to share it with the world because watching films in a theatre is the best way to create a connection with people.” – Gints Zilbalodis

Winner: Annecy - Contrechamp Award Anima Mundi - Best Feature Film for Children Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival - Best Animated Feature (Golden Stork Award) Animest - Best Feature Award +6 More!
Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival Shanghai International Film Festival Goteborg Film Festival Sitges Film Festival Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Ottawa Internationa Animation Festival Animafest Zagreb Fantasia Festival Fantoche New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival Riga IFF +40 More! 75 minutes

The 411:

I LOVED this part fantasy, part mystery, part fantasy, part science fiction movie. There is no dialogue necessary.

Memorizing scenery as a boy wakes dangling from his parachute way above the ground. A large, dark being walks toward him but he gets away. We follow his journey as he and his rescued bird friend try to find a way home with the threat of this dark presence throughout the movie.

Such a smart well done movie that had me glued. The 3D animation is OMG and the soundtrack beautiful. It is a perfect movie. No dialogue means it can be viewed by anyone and be understood.

My daughter came in while I was reviewing and watched with me. She kept mentioning the animation and how awesome the animation is. My husband came in from work and asked from downstairs if I were playing Myst a game from the 90s. He said the music reminded him of it.

Truly a masterpiece created by ONE person. 25 year old Gints Zilbalois wrote, directed, produced and composed all of it. He is a true genius

This is a must see!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

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