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Nine Nation Animation

Rated NR 2010

Most of the shorts in this international collection are somber or wistful, but a few stand out for their wit or visual panache. In the darkly funny Deconstruction Workers, Kajsa Naess uses stop-motion to animate two Norwegian workers who engage in an existential debate about meaninglessness, while all around them rioters, projectiles, and falling buildings signal the collapse of civilization. From Belgium, Jonas Geirnaert's colorful Flatlife takes place in an apartment building presented like a comic book grid with four panels, each of them inhabited by residents who are irritated by activities in the adjoining units. Please Say Something, a digital animation from Irish filmmaker David O'Reilly about a disturbed cat and mouse, has a funky video-game feel. In the elegiac Bamiyan, French director Patrick Pleutin uses cutouts, sand, and pigment to contrast the visit of a seventh-century Chinese monk to the towering, twin stone Buddhas in ancient Gandhara and the reaction of contemporary Afghan children to the statues' recent destruction by the Taliban.

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