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More Academy Award winning short animations.


Balance by Christoph & Wolfgang Lauenstein ('89) (Germany) (7m)

One of those great short films that explore human nature, Balance is a classic Oscar winning animation from brothers Cristoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein. Five men are on a pivoting platform that requires they move in unison to remain in balance. However, when one of them brings up a chest from the unseen mist below it becomes apparent that, should they wish to, any one of them can slide the chest towards them and force the others to move.

Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees by Frédéric Back (1988) (Can) (30m)

The Man Who Planted Trees (L'Homme Qui Plantait Des Arbre) is another animation from French Canada (although this version his in English). It is based on the 1953 novella by French author, Jean Giono. It tells the story of a man who embarks on a trek through the desolate foothills of the Alps and encounters a recluse, Elzéard Bouffier, who is planting one hundred trees a day, has been doing so for three years, and will continue to do so evermore...

Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski (1981) (Poland) (8m) *

One of my all time favourites, Tango won the Academy Award in 1983. It is a mesmerising animation set entirely in one room in which a series of events take place, repeat and overlap each other in time to a tango soundtrack. Rybczynski first studied as a painter before studying cinematopgraphy at the Lodz Film School in central Poland.


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