A film by Yoriko Mizushiri
Japan | 2014 | color | prores | 16:9 | 5.1ch | 5'26" | animation | no dialogue
Kyogen Stage/Eye Examination Room/Sushi Bar Counter - There are two people who face each other in each space.
Each pair keeps a few distance between their partners and find some fearful, tender, and comfortable feelings that fascinate them.
The feelings are put into practice immediately, and they start groping each feelings.
Special Jury Award - Anima (2016)
Best Experimental Short - Lisbon Animated Film Festival (2016)
Honorable Mention - Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (2016)
2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Germany ★World Premiere★
MAKU is an extraordinary and beautiful film which defies easy description. Yorkio Mizushiri employs her own form of surrealism to describe a world which is both bright and mysterious - both childlike and adult. Our brain chases a ‘complete picture’ as we are teased with fragmented images - moments in time - all while under the spell of a gentle and almost meditative tone. It’s impossible not to mention the very considered and deliberate sense of time in Yorkio’s work - both in editing and animation, where each thing has it’s own physics and beauty seeps into the mundane. MAKU is a celebration of both human sensuousness and the hand-drawn line itself - it is proof of why hand-drawn animation needs to exist. - David OReilly