A consummate sampler platter of the bounty of state-of-the-art animation currently available as alternatives established major-studio house styles.
The plot is pure pulp, inspired in equal parts by the tropes and imagery of film noir, grand opera, and silent melodrama.
Irony is a popular pose struck throughout these shorts, which are less revealing of the existentialist despair that death often rouses than they are of their makers’ prejudices.
Is it just us or can the Academy’s infatuation with The Artist be felt even in categories where the film isn’t nominated?
Faith, in one way or another, seemed to be on trial frequently at the 30th CIFF.