Emily is a happy, carefree little girl. One day, she receives the unexpected visit of Emily from the future, a third-generation clone of herself who lives 227 years after her. The clone will transport the original Emily to her era and begin to explain how everything works in the future. It’s an era marked by technology, but in which humans end up having the same old worries and fears, even if they are not entirely aware of it. With his colourful cosmic animation film, Don Hertzfeldt tackles the subject of the “outernet” era with a devastating transcendence. Two sci-fi shorts full of humour, poetry and, most of all, a feeling of infinite sadness. An ode to appreciating the small details in an increasingly robotised world that is slipping away from us.
Don Hertzfeldt is the director of independent animation film par excellence. Drawing from scribbles reminding of a child’s first drawings, the American filmmaker has managed to create a world of his own, being the author, illustrator and music composer of his short films. A few shorts that started as humorous anecdotes, yet that slowly gained transcendence over the years. Long gone are the days of nice features like his Billy’s Balloon; nowadays, Hertzfeld is quite the philosopher. A little delirious, yes, but a philosopher nonetheless. Critically-acclaimed for his feature-length short-film trilogy It’s Such a Beautiful Day, the filmmaker now presents the second episode of World of Tomorrow, after the first one received an Oscar nomination and was honoured at many festivals, such as Sundance or Annecy. This double session is meant for viewers to enjoy the two episodes of Word of Tomorrow consecutively. A real delight that is sure to leave a lump in the viewers’ throat.
Special Screening of World of Tomorrow and World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts
2015: Oscar nomintation for best animated short
2015: Short Film Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
2015: Audience Award and Special Distinction – Annecy International Animated Film Festival
2015: SXSW Grand Jury Award